Is there a purpose to history? Is history just a random series of events where various empires rise and fall as they fight each other over land, possessions or pride? Or is God orchestrating events to achieve some...
Can international students be the key to launching disciple-making movements in every unreached people? Hua Mulan is putting into practice some of the simple steps that are leading to great progress in the lives of her students both here and around the world.
What does love sound like? It sounds like a family showing hospitality to thousands of students every week for 40 years. Hundreds, if not thousands, of students have accepted Christ as their Savior and then returned home and shared their faith with family and friends. The gospel has spread like water in dry lands desperate for life.
As her family gathers on Saturday morning in China, Lihua shares with them the Bible story she has just discussed at International Friendships’ Friday night Discovery Bible Study in the United States. The first thing she does when she returns home is call them, and they are eager to hear the story.
When we began working with people of peace, we found that they used their existing social networks, and, unsurprisingly, we saw multiplication.
International student ministries (ISMs) often get stuck in the land of welcoming and serving students. This is not wrong, in and of itself. The problem comes when service sidelines evangelism and discipleship.
Two years ago, I joined a community of people who committed together to engaging with international students. This group was challenging me to leave my comfort zone and begin to develop meaningful relationships with people who looked, spoke, and acted differently from me. This is what I learned.
As mission professionals develop 21st century strategies for church planting and disciple-making movements around the world, we have to simultaneously keep an eye on what God has done in the past. His past work, in this case amongst Chinese students who studied in the USA over 100 years ago, ought to be fuel our imagination.
As our world rapidly globalizes, God is bringing people from all over the world to us. Are we open to reaching out to them, becoming their friends, and sharing God's salvation with them so that they can become reproducing disciples back in their home societies?
In Church-Planting Movements (CPMs), one of the most misunderstood aspects of weekly discipleship is the role of the Bible and how to rightly handle it. Perhaps the central tenet of why CPMs emerge is that they emphasize returning to biblical norms of discipleship.
Editor's note: Internationals come in very diverse categories, as you will see in this article, fleshed out in Neal's book Internationals Who Live Among Us: Doing World Missions at Home. Most of these represent very...
Does International Student Ministry actually make a difference in the lives of these students? Here is the story of one chance encounter that answers that question.
The gradual growth and multiplication of ministries among international students as an emergent movement began in the 1950’s but there was no global network of ISM ministries until the Lausanne Movement included ISM in its agenda at a global event in 2004.
In a season of heated political debate about refugees and immigrants, Frontier Ventures members around the U.S. and the world are observing and contributing to creative new attempts to represent Jesus faithfully to the stranger.
In light of the massively growing numbers of international students, the primary question that needs to be asked in ISM is this: How can we reach them all? What has been done in the past? And what should be done in the future?
Jean Johnson is the author of We Are Not The Hero: A Missionary’s Guide for Sharing Christ, Not a Culture of Dependency. Jean served as a missionary with the Assemblies of God in Cambodia for 16 years in the areas of...