Host an International Student through Carolina BCM . . .
. . . for periodic visits in your home. Sign up at https://www.carolinabcm.org/host-an-international-student.
God is bringing the world to the Midlands of South Carolina and providing an opportunity to tell them about the love of Jesus. We have 2000 international students in the Columbia area. We have 15 organized non-English/non-North American fellowships or associations functioning in the Midlands. How can we interact, connect, show the genuine love of God through Jesus Christ? One strategy with students is for families from our member churches to connect with an international student. Befriend them. Have them into your home. Show them what the love of Jesus is like.
As George Wright of Shandon reminded us at our most recent Vision Day, many collegiate students—especially international students—live in spiritual darkness or at best a nominalism. Too many Christians are afraid of darkness and do not want to go there. We often forget that God’s Holy Spirit has gone before us preparing the people among who we minister for our coming. Are you willing to share the hospitality of your home and family with an international student? Are you willing to be an example in word and deed of your story of Jesus in your life?
A Call to Action!
Here is an appeal that I enthusiastically endorse from Jamie Rogers – our Baptist Collegiate Ministries director. Please considering sharing this opportunity in your congregation. Make it one of the ministries of your congregation. Our goal is to have at least 40 families as hosts by the fall semester and 100 over the next year.
“Many of our international students have expressed interest in spending time with a host American family during their time as a student here in America, in order to practice their language, learn about American culture, to simply see how things are done differently in America as compared to their home.
We at the BCM see this as one of our greatest desires, to partner these students with host American families. We are looking for families that would be willing to open their homes to a single student, or to a single international student’s family (Many of them are visiting scholars that bring their families to live with them while they study) at least once a month. Notice, this is a greater commitment than simply Thanksgiving or Christmas. Doing this is easier than you might think. We are wanting to begin this during the fall semester of 2019. We will be conducting several classes to prepare our volunteers to do this. We will conduct training events June 25th, July 30th, and August 15th at the Carolina BCM building 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A light dinner will be provided. If you’d like to sign up to be a volunteer, fill out the information form at https://www.carolinabcm.org/host-an-international-student.