Friday, November 23, 2012

International Students Outreach at Christmas- Why sign up?

Neal Pirolo wrote a great article on International Students and why be part of this outreach:

More people travel internationally today than ever before. Political, economic, educational, social and religious factors have led to unprecedented movements of people. Most of us can expect to be newcomers in increasing ways. I want to invite you to open your eyes to seven specific types of internationals in our midst.
International Students
At any given time, there are over one million international students from 181 countries studying in the United States. Let’s do what we can so that none of them return home without visiting a Christian American home.
Fleeing war, famine and deprivation  refugees gratefully accept entry to the U.S. and living support for six months. After that, churches are often their lifeline to jobs, housing and social services.
International Business People
International Business people, already in places of leadership in their own countries, visit the U.S. briefly for economic reasons. U.S. Christians have unique opportunities to speak into their lives.
International Visitors
With the sagging U.S. dollar, America has become a bit of a bargain for international visitors. The window is open briefly, but what a chance to welcome them to the U.S., change perceptions of Americans, and perhaps invite them to think of Jesus in new ways.
Settled Ethnic Communities
As foreigners gain formal residence in the U.S., they begin to gather in communities of similar background. They build businesses, educate their children and contribute to their communities. Visit these areas, eat the food, and delight in the greatness of the God who created such diversity.
Illegal Aliens
Likely more than ten million people live in the U.S. sans documents. Among many tricky issues associated with this, observant believers find ample opportunity for the Gospel.
Missionary Kids
If they followed a traditional path of four year of service and one year for furlough, children of career missionaries may return to college and life in the U.S. having lived in their now home culture for no more than three years. They may appear to be Americans on the outside, but look closer and be amazed at the cultural stew bubbling inside them. The need mentoring as internationals in our midst.
The frontiers of the world evangelization are not only in Tibet, Saudi Arabia, Mongolia and China. The frontiers of unreached people groups are also in Boston, New York, Chicago, San Diego, and _______________! (Insert the name of your town.) God has brought the internationals of the world to the doorstep of every church in America. Let’s do world missions at home. 

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