Jan Armstrong – Reaching international students at North Carolina State University.
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International students in the U.S. present a critical opportunity to reach the world for Christ, a world in which millions have never heard a clear presentation of the gospel. Future world leaders are at our doorstep. For example the Interim Prime Minister of Libya (2011-2012) and the former Prime Minister of Egypt (2012-2013) studied at NCSU. We have over 4500 international graduate students and visiting scholars at NCSU with a growing undergraduate population as well.
Our focus is on the vision of Jesus’ command to make disciples of all nations as stated in Matthew 28:18-20. We are trusting the Lord to reach the nations here so that we can reach the nations there. We can envision international students who come to Christ going on to serve God’s kingdom in business, education, government or in full-time ministry, perhaps to unreached people groups in their own nations. International students will play a great role in the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
Redemptive relationships play a key role in reaching these students. If you have a desire to engage in a redemptive relationship with a student, help with events (see below) or receive prayer requests occasionally through email I would love to hear from you.
- Email Jan Armstrong or call 919-539-8001 to find out more information about any of these events.
GET IN THE GAME: Connect with Bridges below…
Welcome Dinner – This is one of the key first events of the semester for new students. This allows us to meet and begin establishing relationships with them. Help is appreciated in setting up, serving and greeting.
English Conversation Partner – Give an international student or scholar an opportunity to practice speaking English. An hour over coffee each week can grow into a friendship which can lead to spiritual conversations.
Thanksgiving Dinner – Each Thanksgiving many international students are interested in experiencing American families and homes around this holiday. It provides them with home away from home and you with an opportunity to change the world from your doorstep!
International Students Lunch – The weekly lunch at NC State is a way of connecting with and developing redemptive relationships with approximately 150 students from all over the world. TCC also supports Jan’s ministry to international students by sponsoring one of the lunches each semester.
- We want any TCCer to join Jan, her team, and the students at any of the weekly lunches.
- For the TCC-sponsored lunches each semester, we need:
- Side dishes and desserts
- Volunteers to transport and serve the food (carpool from TCC).
Tour of Raleigh – Personally meet and welcome International students soon after they arrive on campus. This is often the first personal contact these students have ever had with a believer.