“From His abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another,” John 1:16 (NLT).
“You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance,” Psalm 65:11 (NLT).
Although it’s sometimes a challenge to put words to the incredible blessings we get to witness here at International Students, Inc., it’s always a joy to share the news! Friend, we are experiencing abundant harvest, facing abundant opportunities, seeing abundant prophetic fulfillment, and anticipating abundant expectations of greater things to come!
It’s exciting to think that international student growth in the US and worldwide is estimated to double by 2020! This provides staff and volunteers the opportunity to share our abundant blessings with even more students! This will help us, no doubt, with our mission to reach every international student for Christ!
I want to share with you a letter that shows what a blessing it is to be able to serve as a missionary right here in the US. The daughter of a longtime staff member with International Students, Inc. wrote:
“It is a misconception that we have to go far away to be missionaries. I didn’t grow up in China, but I grew up with China, Cameroon, Ghana, Uganda, Eritrea, South Korea, Taiwan, Chile, India, Switzerland, and the Philippines in my living room....We live by the provision of God, like any other missionary in the field—it just so happens that the field comes to us. We reach the world from Connecticut.”
Through international students, God has placed “the ends of the earth” close to every believer! I encourage you to find ways to reach out to one of these “earth ends” in your community. It will bless you beyond measure.
I want to share with you some more good news: By 2025, more than 50% of world leaders will have been international students, according to early projections. This gives us all even more opportunities to serve as missionaries right here at home! We are more focused than ever on preparing for the 7 million international students that are expected worldwide in just a few years. The recent launch of our S.A.L.T. (Strategic Advance Leadership Teams) Initiative will support this abundant increase in international students.
Let me share with you our exciting plans for S.A.L.T.! The three-year initiative is focused on accelerating ministry impact through the following: Church Mobilization, Outreach and Technology, and our M:28 Global Discipleship model. Our goals in these areas include:
Church Mobilization Outreach
- Equip, resource, and train the US Church to reach international students
- Add 1,000 new church partners
- Mobilize volunteers to engage with students
Outreach and Technology
- Online evangelism to international students in Europe, India, and China through Global Media Outreach Partnership
- 300,000 Gospel Presentations
- Develop cutting edge social media and web follow-up process
M:28 Global Discipleship
- Impact 1,000,000 people over the next three years
- Video and Radio tests worldwide
- Create enhanced follow-up process
- Develop Mobile App
While reflecting on our many gifts from the Lord, which includes our ongoing expansion through our S.A.L.T. Initiative, I am reminded of Scripture, which tells us that “From His abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another,” John 1:16 (NLT).
Please join us as we lift Him up in praise for allowing us the opportunity to “reach the ends of the earth” right here in our own communities. I look forward to updating you on our “gracious blessings” as we move forward with our mission to share the Good News of our Lord Jesus with every international student!
For More Information
Read “The ISI Approach to Ministry to International Students.”
See what international students are saying about ISI!