Good conversation, great food, new friends, and a new ministry is underway! Several KSBC families took advantage of the opportunity to host a total of over 70 new Purdue international students for a brunch and tour of Lafayette/West Lafayette last Saturday, and the feedback is overwhelmingly exciting! Read what these families and some of the students have shared, and be sure to sign up early next year so you won’t miss this exciting and fun way to serve!
The Davis family: “What a fabulous time we had today with our 5 new Chinese friends! It was so refreshing to get to spend some time welcoming them to the USA. We look forward to getting together again soon with them. Our children also had a wonderful time connecting with the students. They were so warm to all of us, perhaps especially Noah. When they left he stomped up to his room and pouted as he was quite disappointed that they weren't spending the night.”
Tom and Linda Brelage: “Our experience was very pleasant. We had 3 grad students from China that were great conversationalists. They are so curious about so many things, and led us into complimentary enquiries about their home environments. All of them expressed an interest in visiting our church (even before I could ask them). All in all, it was a fun time and we look forward to further interaction with these students in the days and weeks to come.”
John and Andria Sprunger: “We had a great experience! We went on our tour of Lafayette and made an additional stop at the Farmer’s Market as well as walked through the church. None of them had ever seen a Bible or knew very little if anything about Christianity. I was able to give them a Bible and invite them to church. One of them texted Saturday evening and asked if she could come to church the next day, which she did. We look forward to getting to know these ladies more and are already throwing dates around for our next meeting.”
Dave and Betsy Ayers: “We hosted students from Japan, Korea, and China. As a matter of course, we explained our family tradition of praying before we eat and offered up a brief prayer prior to eating. Interestingly, the student from Japan told us that although he himself was not a Christian, both his grandmother and mother are Christians. What are the odds of that, given that only about 1% of Japanese people are Christian? In like fashion, the Chinese student also reported that his grandmother was a Christian. The Korean student is a Christian and has visited Kossuth the past couple of Sundays. We had a good time showing them sites around town: Happy Hollow Park, various Asian food stores, topped off by picture next to a giant wind mill near the wind farm.”
Allen and Carmen Gilbert: “Carmen & I enjoyed the time we had with our students. We enjoyed getting to know them and learning about their home life as we ate brunch. Carmen & I are both amazed at the bravery of these students to leave home and to go so far away from family and friends to attend college here. We believe they enjoyed this time together as well.”
And from a student’s perspective: “Thank you so much for inviting me to spend the fantastic Saturday with your family! This was great experience to me and it was so nice to meet Geri and Erica. I just do not know how to express my appreciation to you. I wish happiness will always be with your family and wish we can gather together again in the future.”
And another student says: “I want to thank you again for having me over. I had a really good time. It was nice meeting you and your lovely family. I would love to visit the church sometime.”
These are only a few testimonials from folks who participated but as you can see, a great time was had by all! Of course, “a great time” was not our only or most important goal, but we pray it is the beginning of relationships being built that will allow us to share the gospel with our new friends from around the world.