Turning the Tables
Did you know that 75% of international students will never enter an American home while in the United States? And, 80% of international students will never enter an American church! Flint International Friends is working on reducing those numbers by introducing our Christian friends to international students during the holidays. We place students in homes of church members who express a desire to meet an international student. We pray that each student will experience a huge helping of God’s love on this holiday and friendships will be formed in order to share not only food—but the Bread of Life, Jesus!
Note: This year 8 students and their family members signed up to visit with an American family. Unfortunately, 4 of the visitors from the same family experienced illness and didn’t get a chance to participate. However, their host family is hoping that they will be able to meet when health improves.
Our students were very grateful for their Thanksgiving experiences—so much so that they decided to turn-the-tables on us and host their own “International Thanksgiving” celebration. Students inviting our volunteers to a taste treat from around the world. We tasted Napali Momos which are a delicious combination of vegetables and chicken steamed in a dumpling wrapper, along with Indian butter chicken, and stir-fries cooked to perfection. (See attached photo)
Besides the wonderful food, we had the pleasure of learning more about the cultures of Nepal, India, Pakistan and Turkey, which helps us better understand their international worldview.
Scripture tells us to, “….. always be ready to give a logical defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it courteously and respectfully.” (1 PETER 3:15) If we are going to effectively share our faith with our international friends we need to have an understanding of their worldview. Sharing meals and friendships is a great way to develop this understanding and be ready…when anyone asks us …to share our faith in Christ.
Kate Cole is a forgiven sinner who has had the privilege to work internationally and serve Jesus with LCMS World Missions in Africa. Her daily goal is to know Jesus and make Him known.