The U.S. has become "a modern crossroads of peoples from throughout the world," Terry Sharp writes, calling Christians to welcome and share their faith with "the nations that God is sending to our cities and communities."
Now is the time to be a friend to an international student, Terry Sharp writes, to help those who have traveled far from their native lands adjust to life in a new country early in the school year.
Terry Sharp of the International Mission Board sets forth practical ways Christ-followers and their churches can help refugees who arrive in the U.S. with little more than they can carry.
The nations of the world are "all around us," Terry Sharp writes of immigrants, refugees and international students in America's cities, "but sometimes we don't see them because we aren't looking for them." Reaching them, he writes, "makes strategic, missiological sense."
Terry Sharp describes "an incredible opportunity in the U.S. to welcome almost a million international students who arrive from countries all around the world to attend American colleges and universities every year." The large majority of them, however, "are never invited into an American home."
Terry Sharp examines the question, "Who is my neighbor?" in view of the world's refugee crisis. "Reality is that we don't always choose who our neighbors are," he writes, "but we do choose what kind of neighbors we will be."
NASHVILLE (BP) -- With another school year underway, let me encourage you to consider hosting an international student.