“For you bless the godly, O Lord; You surround them with your shield of love,”
Psalm 5:12 (NLT).
“The humble will see their God at work and be glad. Let all who seek God’s help be encouraged,” Psalm 69:32 (NLT).
“In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge,” 2 Peter 1:5 (NLT).
We can truly be at peace when we intentionally live our lives in God’s will. It might be easy to start each day presenting our Heavenly Father with a checklist of requests. Yet, how much more might we be blessed if instead of asking what He can do for us, we ask Him each morning: “God, what will You have me do for You this day?”
The Psalmist wrote of God saying that He blesses, “the godly, O, Lord; You surround them with Your shield of love.” Psalm 5:12 (NLT).
We see this happen all of the time through our ministry and we are always thrilled to see how the Lord surrounds international students with His love. One of our staff members shared with me an encouraging story about a student blessed through our M28 Bible Study ministry. He writes:
“At one point, we had two weekly Friday home groups where an average of 40 students were gathering in two homes for a time of great community building, awesome dinners, M28 Bible studies, and English discussion groups. Students were finding community with both Americans and Internationals at these Friday home groups. I really understood how much was happening when a student from Korea made this comment at the end of last semester: ‘These home groups are the best thing that has happened to me since being in America. I feel like this is my family. I do not know what my semester would have been like if I did not have International Students, Inc.’ It is such a blessing to see the effect our ministry has on international students, but it is also a blessing to watch many of our American students grow in their own faith as they spend time with, minister to and pray for the international students that God has brought to their lives.”
Friend, we are so excited that our ministry continues to expand. Not too long ago, we launched our Strategic Advanced Leadership Teams (S.A.L.T.) initiative with ambitious plans to reach even more people with the Good News of Jesus Christ. The three-year initiative is focused on accelerating ministry impact through our M28 Global Discipleship model, Church Mobilization efforts and Outreach and Technology.
We are thrilled that the S.A.L.T. initiative is thriving and want to share some exciting numbers with you! Some of the initiative updates include:
M28 Global Discipleship
- Millions of people in Africa will be able to hear the Gospel through our M28 study, which will be shared on radio broadcasts throughout the continent! Leaders in Kenya and Togo are already requesting more trainings!
- 4,245 leaders have been trained in M:28 Global Discipleship, with over 106,125 people now projected to have been impacted by M:28!
- 375 enthusiastic participants have been trained in M:28 this year in Seattle, Montana, Idaho, California, Washington, Australia and Kenya!
Our ministry now has access to more than 4,275 churches as a result of cultivating relationships with several denominational groups.
- We have plans to distribute 5,000 International Student Edition Bibles for churches to give away after they are trained to effectively reach students in their respective areas.
Outreach and Technology
Our Global Media Outreach (GMO) Evangelism Website results to date include:
- 222,912 Gospel Presentations
- 12,755 Accepted Christ
- 13,844 Requested Discipleship
- 6,204 Downloads
- 15,167 Launches
- 48,628 Impressions (pages viewed)
Friend, we give all glory to the Lord for His gracious and abundant ways. It is because of His faithfulness that we continue to grow and expand. Please pray that our volunteers and staff are surrounded by His “shield of love” as they minister to and share His Promise to international students! Please pray also for students, that they are encouraged and uplifted by His Word--that they find true comfort and hope in the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
For More Information
Learn more about the M:28 initiative by reading Dr. Shaw’s blog, “M28 Bible Study Evolves into Global Movement.”
International Students, Inc. recently introduced the FIRST app specifically for international students! Download the app here.
Learn some helpful tips on how to reach out to international students!