WHAT WOULD YOU THINK IF……you found out that at this very moment, thousands of students, from all over the world were studying on your campus? And what if it turned out that half of them came from the “10/40 Window,” that horizontal slice of the globe where there is almost no access to the Gospel? Well, if you have a ministry at a large university, this may very well be true for your campus.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF……you knew that these same students not only had a deep curiosity about Christianity, but could return to their homelands as ambassadors for Jesus Christ in positions of leadership? Most international students are usually students of high achievement. It is highly probable that they could go on to represent Christ in the top-levels of politics, business, or education.
THEN HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF……you arrived on a campus halfway around the world from your home, all of the other students were total strangers, represented a strange culture, and spoke a strange language, and no one befriended you?
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REACH: HERE, THERE, EVERYWHEREImagine if: Friday night, Sam and several new pledges from his fraternity spread out a map of the world and pray for the unreached peoples in North Africa. Across campus later that week, Sara, a business major, adds a Chinese Minor and intentionally spends more time with Chinese students and begins to learn their language. Joe, remains in his freshman dorm as a Resident Advisor to lead a bible study, helping other students learn about Scripture and the needs around the world for laborers. Later that summer, Jennie and her best friend spend the summer in the Middle East to learn about what it would look like to share the Gospel among Muslim women long-term. They are praying God sends them back. Upon graduation, Eric, an engineering graduate student, interviews with international companies in the hopes of being sent overseas to use his degree. He lands a job in India where he hopes to share the Gospel with his Hindu colleagues and mobilize Indian believers toward the 2000 unreached people groups in north India.
Does this happen on your campus? Could your ministry see 100 students sent to the nations over the next 5 years? Could 50% of all your students live out World Christian habits? Absolutely! When our ministries line up with God’s passion for His glory among all people, crazy things can happen. Is there something God wants to bless more?
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Rajika Bhandari, deputy vice president for research and evaluation at IIE discusses transformations in international higher education and shares her own experience as an international student. "It was 1992, and I was one of 36,000 Indian students studying in the United States that year, according to the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors report. That flight was the beginning of an extraordinary journey for me that gave me a better understanding of the United States, my homeland, and myself," says Bhandari in her article in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
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November 5, 2013
By Scott Jaschik
First-time international graduate enrollment is up 10 percent this fall, largely due to a substantial increase from India, according to a report being released today by the Council of Graduate Schools.
The 10 percent increase over all follows two years in which the gains were 8 percent, and one year at 3 percent. The first-year figure is key to many universities that rely on international graduate students because the long duration of many graduate programs means that many of those who start will be enrolled for a number of years.
By far the most dramatic change this year is a 40 percent increase in new graduate enrollments from India, which have been relatively stable (up or down a few percentage points) in recent years. That gain compensates for a much smaller increase this year from China (although those enrollments are also still going up).
Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/11/05/international-grad-enrollment-largely-due-indian-students#ixzz2jnQinKpC
Inside Higher Ed
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