Never in the history of the Church has a generation of Christians had a greater opportunity to reach the world than we have in America today!
The United States hosts more international students than anywhere else in the world. They represent the brightest and most affluent people from their countries, and 60% or more come from the least evangelized countries around the globe. They come hungry for American friends and an understanding of the American culture.
University researchers estimate that 50% of the world’s future Presidents are studying on American college campuses today. Others will find work in their home nations as Prime Ministers, educators, and engineers, or as experts in computer science, medicine, construction, and law.”
The above information, from Crossroads International Student Ministries, points out the importance of reaching out to international students. The international students who have come to NAU and other campuses across the U.S. are indeed the future leaders of their own countries, and will be greatly influenced by the time they spend in the United States.
There are over 1200 international students enrolled for fall semester at NAU, and if you consider that many brought families with them, there are probably several thousand living in Flagstaff. God has brought them to us, many from countries that are closed to Christians.
We are hoping that by the end of August, many from CCoF will have signed up with FlagFriends, an international student friendship program wh
ich provides opportunities for international students to develop friendships with Americans and gain an understanding of life in the U.S. It simultaneously allows us to broaden our understanding of other cultures, and to practice Biblical hospitality.
FlagFriends is not a home-stay program. Once you’ve been matched with a student, the expectation is that once a month or so you invite the student to join you in activities such as family dinners, picnics, holiday celebrations, game nights, sports activities, hikes, or perhaps having coffee or running errands. The idea is to treat the student as an extended family member rather than a guest, so that a true friendship develops.
Worried that you wouldn’t know how to break the ice, or that you would serve the wrong food? Then join Kevin Cook on Sunday, August 27 from 12:15 – 1:45 in The Junction, as he provides tips and practical advice on developing relationships with international students.
Begin your adventure with an international student now, and click here to register with FlagFriends!