Reaching international students means reaching the worldby Sammy Joo, Collegiate Partnerships
Consider Moses. God called him through the burning bush in the wilderness to lead the children of Israel out of the Egypt.
In some ways, international students in North America are like a modern day Moses. They are in their wilderness, far away from home and wandering in a foreign land.
What if these students encountered God during their brief time here and took the gospel of Jesus Christ back to their people in their home countries? Such a concept sounds almost like a modern-day Exodus!
Nearly 1 million international students are pursuing academic and career goals in universities and colleges in the United States. Many are future leaders who will likely influence their people, country and, possibly, large portions of the world. Several of them will have a global impact. Consider some former international students who returned from North America to positions of power and prestige.
- Abdullah Bin Al-Hussein is the king of Jordan.
- Benazir Bhutto served two non-consecutive terms as the prime minister of Pakistan.
- Goh Chok Tong served as Singapore’s second prime minister.
Each of these individuals were all international students in the United States. International students are not only capable of having a global impact, they can make a significant Kingdom impact, as well.
Bakht Singh came to Christ through a friendship with a Christian couple while he was an international student in the United States. Singh returned to India not only as an engineer, but also as a God’s ambassador. He has established more than 700 churches in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
Reaching international students for Christ while they are here can bring about a global impact for the Kingdom. Wouldn’t it be a strategic investment to labor to reach the modern-day Moses here in their wilderness? Perhaps they will in turn reach the world for Christ.
Editor’s Note: Sammy Joo serves as a consultant with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s collegiate partnerships team. This is the first of a two-part article series on reaching international students. In part two, Sammy will suggest five ideas you and your church can take to reach international students.This article was adapted from the free resource, 21st Century Moses International Student Training Manual.