American and International Student Ministries Working Together

  Dennis Runner shares some practices that could help you add international student work within an existing college ministry. What do you do if you are launching an International student ministry? Here are some questions that might be going through your head: “How do I begin to connect with international students?” “What about creating a […]

One Million International Students Again.

  The 2016/2017 stats are out from IEE for international students studying in the United States.  A total of 1,078,822 students are studying here.  This number represents a 3.4 percent increase over the previous academic year, and is the eleventh consecutive year of expansion.  The top five sending countries are China, India, South Korea, Saudi […]

Ten Ways to Connect with International Students

  Looking for ways to connect with international students at the start of this academic year?  Then check out this article by Terry Sharp. Here are 10 great ways to connect/adopt international students as compiled by state convention collegiate ministry leaders Tom Knight, Teresa ‘Bit’ Stephens, Teresa Royall and Chris Mills: 1. Pray for God […]

Praying for International Students

In the fall of 2016, over 1 million international students arrived in the U.S. to study.  This was the largest number ever to enter the US for education and scholarly research.  These students bring a huge economic boom to the US economy in general and to colleges and universities specifically.  But most importantly, these students […]

Introduce Your New Friends to Jesus


A few years ago Kathy and I adopted our first international student; a young woman from China. We met in a park near the university where she was studying law. As we sat down to eat lunch and get to know each other better, we couldn’t believe it when God opened the door for us […]

Third Place for International Students

For eight years, every Friday night during the academic year our ministry hosted students for a free meal and a chance to practice English, make friends, and talk about topics that allowed us to share our worldviews.  We played music, learned about different cultures, looked forward to seeing old friends and making new ones.  We […]

You can reach the nations right here in the United States

In this podcast, Chase Jenkins in Durham NC talks with the No Campus Left podcast about the ministry of First Baptist Durham to international students.  Chase brings a lot of energy and wisdom about reaching the nations right here in the United States. For the link click here

How to Get International Students Connected With the Local Church

One of the bedrock principles God has used to guide my heart in evangelism came from a statement in Oscar Thompson, Jr.’s book on relationship evangelism, Concentric Circles of Concern. It is found in the first few sentences in Chapter 1. He said, “The most important word in the English language apart from proper nouns, […]

Steps to Cross-Cultural Servanthood

We know that Jesus came to serve and not be served.  His example sets a high standard for us to follow.  We all should be servants in some way.   But let’s face it, when it comes right down to it, we often are commanding servants, well-meaning but blind servants, or perhaps befuddled servants.  This is […]