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?