Learn more about how the M:28 Discovery Bible study is growing overseas and here in the US.
“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most,”
Hebrews 4:16 (NLT).
Hebrew 4:16 speaks of boldly approaching the throne of grace––and this spring, that throne radiates hope. It brings me great joy to be able to share with you the many ways we here at International Students, Inc. are experiencing His grace, which leads us to the gift of incredible hope.
First, I want to share with you the great hope we hold in Australia. Our staff members recently trained ministry leaders in three major cities in how to use the M:28 Discovery Bible study; these leaders are now implementing the M:28 Bible study to reach the country’s 400,000 international students. You may have heard of Australia’s small Christian population and even smaller Christian worker base. I want you to know that despite this, hope abounds in the Land Down Under! I encourage you to take a moment to pray for these city leaders as they begin their M:28 journey. I truly believe that the M:28 study will change the hearts and minds of many, many Australians who desperately need to hear the Good News!
I am thrilled to let you know that incredible hope also abounds in Kenya, Africa, where the M:28 study will be shared over the airwaves to radio listeners!
Such hope also abounds in the United States. A foundation asked what we were doing to invigorate and incite the US church for reaching international students. We told them of our calling to equip churches burdened for international students, churches who seek help and training to reach them. As a result of our in-depth discussion, they committed to three years’ funding to accomplish that goal! We have accepted that challenge, and pray for a great harvest of churches to volunteer and let us walk alongside. This unexpected blessing will help us continue our goal to reach every international student for Christ!
We are also blessed, here at International Students, Inc., with the addition of laborers to the harvest! We praise God for more and more brothers and sisters joining our staff, which now approaches 400-strong in team members plus the multiplied impact of over 24,000 cherished volunteers.
Another praise related to our bountiful harvest is the“fruit preservation” in conserving our leadership. To that end, we just completed a course on ministry attrition to understand and learn the top reasons why ministry leaders drop out. Conducted by a leading Christian resource expert, this course helped us recognize our own risk factors and spot early signs of ways we can recognize our peers’ needs and minister to them while there’s still time.
Finally, but most definitely worthy of great praise, is our continued outreach to Muslims. More and more Islamic students voluntarily seek us out to engage with our ministry. Recently, our staff was invited to help a Muslim women’s group at one of America’s largest universities with English language instruction as well as cultural and social guidance. In only the second meeting, our staffer looked out at the group and said, “I want you to know that we Christians love you. We love Muslims.” Astonishment swept across the room. Within hours, the group’s leaders were discussing the formation of a model to bring a similar outreach to other campuses.
Friend, we are truly excited and overcome with joy at what the Lord is doing in our ministry! I look forward to keeping you updated on our efforts to reach every international student for Christ!
For More Information
Learn more about the M:28 Global Discipleship Initiative by watching this ISI video.
Learn more about how your church can request training in the M:28 Initiative.