“You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance,” Psalm 65:11 (NLT).
Although we traveled over some difficult terrain in the past year, the Lord’s countless blessings have far surpassed any bumps in the road. When I reflect on the adventure of 2015, I am reminded of Psalm 65:11 which says of God, “You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.”
As we make our way into 2016, I want to praise God for the ongoing expansion of our programs and initiatives! It is because of His provision for us that we are able to continue reaching one student per hour for Christ through our ministry. We are reaching students from a variety of backgrounds, and have been receiving more and more inquiries from Muslim students and professionals!
As you likely know, 2015 was a year of incredible global tensions between religious groups: most notably between Christians and Muslims in some of the hot-spots of the world. But here’s something good that has come from this: International Students, Inc. has seen a steep increase in contacts, Gospel presentations and decisions for Christ among Muslims! This incredible surge was experienced both on-campus and in-person, as well as on our web and mobile platforms.
Friend, this underscored an incredible movement among Muslims worldwide who are accepting Christ by the millions! One such student has joined our staff and relocated to a major city where he will reach more like him. Because of the Lord’s blessings, we continue to see “hard pathways overflow with abundance.”
We often hear of how the ministry is growing through the dedication of our partner churches. In one of the many stories that filter into our office, we learned of a church inspired to expand its commitment to the outreach of our ministry. The church, which at the time was not sure about how its commitment to international student outreach would work, decided to host a welcome dinner for students. The event turned out to be a hit! When 300 showed up, some of the mission committee members realized that they only have 500 coming on Sundays, but 300 show up for a Friday dinner! Needless to say: this church, in a major urban area, has renewed its commitment to outreach through International Students, Inc.
Please join us as we pray for God’s provision to guide our ministry in its expansion and influence world-wide. We are trusting God for financial stability and exponential growth. We are especially excited about His plans for our SALT (Strategic Advance Leadership Teams) Initiative, which includes church mobilization, expansion of mobile platforms, and the growth of M:28 success throughout the world!
I look forward to updating you on His incredible blessings and “bountiful harvest” throughout the New Year! Thank you for your continual support and prayers for our ministry. We value your dedication to helping us reach every international student for Christ!
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