Over one-million international students are studying in the United States right now. The number of international students studying in the U.S. is at an all-time high, despite the fact the number of new enrollments for international students studying on college campuses has slightly declined.
Marc Papai, Director of International Student Ministry for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, says there are many different ways international students are counted. For example, students in exchanged programs or who are studying at language schools are sometimes counted, too.
International Students and YOU
Either way, Papai says building genuine relationships with international students is an excellent opportunity to reach the nations.
“Now we have about 500 chapters in InterVarsity that have international students involved in them. And they become a part of the flow of the chapter life together. So, that includes social outings, meals together, lots of tea and coffee drinking together, and building those kinds of friendships in the context of which we have the opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus,” Papai says.
But, as much as 75 percent of international students in the U.S. never see the inside of an American home. This Thanksgiving is a chance to change this statistic. InterVarsity is helping every-day Americans connect with international students to host them in their homes.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Bethann Flynn