Global Families Initiative

Serving the Nations in our Backyard

From Genesis to Revelation, the Lord commands us to go and reach the nations in His name. His command, however, does not necessarily require a plane ticket or a visa. Every year increasing numbers of international students come to the U.S. for their education—totaling around 1,100,000 in 2016. These students come from around the world with the top sending countries including China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Canada. Over 60% come from the 10/40 window. They have come to the US not just to study but also to learn about American culture, experience life here and get to know Americans. Unfortunately, 75% of these students will never enter an American home during their time here. 80% will never enter an American church, and 40% will never make an American friend.

 

What if the church stepped into this gap? What if we loved these international students while they were here and open to experiencing our culture (including our religious practices)? These students are often the best and brightest from around the world. They will go home and lead their countries’ governments and top businesses. What if they also went home as missionaries ready to share the love of Christ they had come to know while here?

Of the world’s 220 heads of state, over 40% were educated in the United States along with other top politicians, lawmakers, diplomats, military leaders and business leaders. The list includes Communist leader Ho Chi Minh, Yosuke Matsuoka (who played a key role in attacking Pearl Harbor), John Garang (who would go on to lead the Sudan People’s Liberation Army), Mohamed Morsi (the leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood), King Abdullah of Jordan, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the late former Pakistani President Benazir Bhutto and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (and most of his Cabinet). How would world history and the trajectory of entire nations have changed if just one of these men had been reached for Christ while they were an international student in the U.S.?

 

Estimates are that today somewhere between ¼ to ½ of the world’s future leaders are on U.S. campuses. With them lies great potential for world evangelism. God has brought the world to our doorstep. How will we respond?

 

What can you do? Volunteer to become a Global Family at Storyline and commit to loving one international student from Colorado School of Mines for the 2018-19 academic year.

What does it look like to be a Global family?

The numbers on the previous page can be overwhelming. We want to beat those statistics by welcoming international students into our families, our lives and our homes. You will be paired with one international student for the academic year. We ask that you commit to spend time with them at least once a month. Here are just a few ideas of what you can do:

 

» Have them over for a meal.
» Invite them to game night.
» Include them in a celebration, birthday or holiday.
(Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter are great opportunities to share the gospel and often times international students have nowhere to go as campus is closed.)
» Show them how to wash clothes.
(American machines may be different than what they are used to.)
» Take them grocery shopping.
» Go hiking with them.
» Let them cook a cultural meal for you.
» Talk with them about their life back home and things they miss.
» Invite them to visit Storyline with you.

 

Think about what you’d want to experience if you were living in a foreign country and ask them to join you in that here!