“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago,” Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
Here at International Students, Inc., we are blessed by the dedication of our more than 25,000 volunteers across the country. These selfless servants continually support what we do by reaching out and befriending international students in their respective communities. Our volunteers are missionaries right here in the United States.
In June, we were able to honor and celebrate our volunteers and their invaluable contributions to our ministry during our “Year of the Volunteer” 2016 National Conference in Denver, Colorado. We are deeply appreciative of every single volunteer who serves with us. It was our privilege to highlight their contributions and stories during our conference.
Acts 20:24 (NLT) states:
“But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.”
Our theme during the conference was “Completing the Assignment.” Our volunteers, with their tireless efforts to fulfill the Great Commission, are prime examples of people who are actively “finishing the work assigned” by the Lord Jesus. They are actively “completing the assignment” on a daily basis. And they are changing lives—literally.
Take, for example, the story of one of our volunteers in Muncie, Indiana. Hope volunteers with international students at Ball State University. After helping one of our ministry staff members lead a Bible study, Hope went on to lead a study on her own when the staff member moved. She writes:
“God has opened doors, which I never would have imagined with students, faculty, and their wives. He has given my retirement years a joyful experience, with a God-ordained purpose. I look forward to teaching the Bible with English lessons that always result during the week and on Sunday. The Chinese Bible class on Sundays currently has about five regulars who ask thought-provoking questions as they seek to know God and want to be sure of more truth before committing their lives to the Savior. I cannot imagine a more joyful retirement. I never know what door will open next. For example, today I took a Muslim professor from Bangladesh, along with his wife and son, to Indianapolis to be fingerprinted. They know I am a follower of Jesus. Through such experiences, I pray and trust that God’s love radiates through me.”
We, here at International Students, Inc., for the second year in a row, have seen one student for every single hour for every single day accept Jesus Christ. There are clearly signs of movement to the Lord.
I believe this ministry is critical because of our stewardship. We are called to be good stewards. We are to be aware, but not afraid. We are people of Hope. We are people of peace. We are people of Love.
As Scripture tells us:
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago,” Ephesians 2:10 (NLT).
We are people who declare boldly that there is celebration in none other than the Lord Jesus Christ—every opportunity we get. We are called to be stewards of The Great Commission.
I am thrilled that for the next few weeks I will get to share in my blog other stories highlighting our incredible volunteers who boldly share the Gospel with international students. Thank you for your continued support, and I look forward to sharing more next week!
For More Information
Read Dr. Shaw’s blog “ISI Staff, Volunteers Leave Lasting Impact.”
Learn more about how to use your unique talents and gifts to bless the lives of international students.