Every year, mission weekends are organized across Canada to tell of God’s amazing work through global and local ministries.
ISMC participates in these weekends because we hear and see God moving in the lives of international students and want to share this exciting work.
Enrich your heart for international students and visit us at a missions fest near you to see what God is doing through ISMC!
Missions Fest Vancouver—Joining people together in Christ’s missionJanuary 26-28, 2018, Vancouver*Booth B07www.missionsfestvancouver.ca
Missionfest Manitoba—Reaching all people by all means possibleFebruary 2-4, 2018, Winnipeg*ISMC President Yaw Perbi is a plenary speakerwww.missionfestmanitoba.org
Missions Fest Alberta—Do you want the King to come? . . . then finish the job!February 23-25, 2018, Edmontonhttp://mfest.ab.ca
‘Missions Fest’ Halifax—Jesus to the NationsMarch 23-25, 2018, Halifaxhttp://jesustothenations.com
Published on the December 2017 issue of Doorways
Word from the President—Dr. Yaw Perbi
“After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands.” Revelation 7:9, NLT
It was an electrifying week at the SIM Headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina when about 100 International Student Ministry (ISM) leaders from 25 countries gathered under the auspices of the Lausanne Movement. With the number of international students globally having now mushroomed to over 5 million, with Canada accounting for about 8% of that, it was clear what the Spirit of the Lord was saying to us ‘professional missionaries’: give up control!!
Through a word of knowledge on our first night of intense prayer the Lord showed us a picture of a dam about to break its bounds. God is calling us to engage, envision and equip the whole Church with the whole Gospel (word and deed) to reach every international student within our national boundaries. He says the way to do this is to transition from mere international student ministries to international student movements. Unless the whole body of Christ in Canada ‘gets it’ and does something about the nearly half a million international students in our midst, it would be a sad thing to see the 86% of the world’s Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus who do not personally know a Christian come among us ostensibly to study and leave still untouched by the love of Jesus through His people!
How can this be? First and foremost: by prayer. Secondly, together with other ISMs we are stepping up already-made, easy-to-engage, turnkey, onramp programmes and projects like Friends for Dinner, Home Away from Home, Welcome Ride, Global Leadership Roundtables and Enroute which any ‘ordinary’ member of any ‘ordinary’ church can sign up and plug into towards the big dream of touching every international in our midst. We are rolling out solid Bible discovery-based discipleship training for every local church in Canada to disciple our students better than we are today, especially in a way that these students become disciple-makers and church-planting catalysts themselves (leaders) here and in their nations of origin.
How do you see yourself contributing to God’s ‘big, hairy, audacious goal’ of “a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb”?
Join global ISM Leaders dream big with God and pray: that EVERY INTERNATIONAL STUDENT from EVERY nation in EVERY nation will have the opportunity to encounter the Gospel and become a catalyst for an evangelical church for every people, Christ-like leaders for every church, and kingdom impact in every sphere of society. Maranatha!
FOCUS stands for Friends of Overseas College and University Students. This international friendship club is hosted by ISMC staff in several colleges, universities, and cities across Canada.
During a weekly FOCUS Club gathering, international students have the opportunity to make friends with people from different cultures and backgrounds, learn about Canada through social and cultural activities, explore the Christian faith through topical discussions and Bible studies, and develop Christ-centered leadership skills through discipleship and leadership programs.
Unconditional love and community building are the essence of a FOCUS Club. Many students come to the Lord through their FOCUS Club experience, and they are reaching the world for Christ!
We asked five international students, now back in their home country, to comment on their FOCUS Club experience.
"I joined a Bible study for the first time at FOCUS Club. Through the Japanese community in Vancouver, I learned it is a joy to follow Jesus, and I soon accepted Christ as my Savior. The church I attend in Japan has around 10 people. I am the only one in my generation. As a former FOCUS Club member, I welcome other returnees and connect them to Christian communities here."
"FOCUS Club’s biggest impact on me was coming to know Jesus Christ. Life changing! It’s the gospel I needed and now want to share with others. I’m doing a Ph.D. in Hong Kong; many friends and students at school do not know Christ. I thank God for empowering me to lead my mom and five friends to Christ since I returned home."
"FOCUS Club taught me to love people and be loved. The love of Jesus changed my whole life. I am working as a university teacher in China and pray that Jesus will continue to inspire and empower me to love and help people in my workplace and community."
"After I came home, I continued to attend church and was baptized one year after leaving Canada. I am a group leader in my fellowship and had an opportunity to join a mission trip to Taiwan with my church. I want to help more people know Christ and to invite them to my church."
"Although we are not allowed to promote the Christian faith publicly in China, I always find ways to introduce Christianity in discussions, because I believe God wants me to reach out. Please pray that we will have more freedom to share the good news about the Kingdom of God."
We are so thankful to hear how God has put these students in places to be used by Him. A Chinese student returned home and started a church which meets in an office with 120 attending.
Praise God for using FOCUS Club to reach these students who are reaching the world for Christ!
Published on the December 2017 issue of Doorways
Part 2 of Students on Logos Hope Vision Trip
Yurika, from JapanBefore I joined the ship, it was difficult to talk to people because I am shy. But while on board, God challenged me to overcome this fear by shifting my feelings to others. That helped me to communicate with people from around the world! At the book fair, I welcomed and introduced the Logos Hope to visitors and while working as a cleaning angel, I talked to crew members. Not only that, we shared the gospel on the streets of Aruba. What a great learning experience!
Jeannie, volunteerThis unforgettable experience was a taste of heaven. I see it as a ship bringing hope to everyone along with the book fair of knowledge. God is challenging me to be a stronger prayer warrior, to gain more knowledge, and to equip myself for global missions!
Bert Kamphuis, consultantI had the joy and challenge to help with preparation and promotion of this vision trip. Guiding the students to raise support, praying with them, going with them on the ship, and seeing God change their lives was a worthwhile experience! This trip also expanded my horizons, although my wife and I were on the first Logos Hope ship on its maiden voyage in Asia 46 years ago, just after our marriage in India!
My prayer is that God continues the work He has started with the students who went on the trip. May many more of our internationals get the opportunity to experience missions first hand, so they may be more equipped to share the gospel when they go back to their home countries.
The entire team was very encouraged through the experience of walking with God and experiencing His wonderful work. None of this could have happened without your support and prayer.
Published on the September 2017 issue of Doorways
ISMC’s vision is to empower international students to impact the world through Jesus Christ. To help make this a reality, we partnered with OM Ships International to send students on a short-term trip with OM's Logos Hope.
The Logos Hope ship ministry is part of Operation Mobilization's global Christian training and outreach movement. It brings knowledge, help, and hope by supplying literature resources, encouraging cross-cultural understanding, training young people for effective life and service, providing relief, and sharing the message of hope in God at every opportunity.
Thanks to the support of churches, partners, and prayer warriors, we sent four students—Emily, Martina, Vit, and Yurika—along with ISMC consultant Bert Kamphuis and volunteer Jeannie to participate in a Logos Hope outreach in late April in Aruba.
Highlights and summaries
Martina, from China I expected to gain a deeper knowledge of Christ as I opened my heart to Him. While on the ship, I listened to many stories about God’s remarkable working in the lives of crew members and visitors. I was so inspired by His amazing love! My heart was cultivated and filled; I learned so much, my friend has already noticed changes in me. I know God is helping and changing me because He loves me!
Vit, from RussiaI asked God to give me a clear vision and to take me to a higher level of living up to my potential as a Christian. The profound lessons God taught during that week on the ship are truly astounding. I was challenged to practice true sacrificial love and embrace empathy, putting other people’s agendas before mine. God showed me that everything is under His divine control and that His plans are higher than ours. I realized that trusting God’s provision always surpasses my wisdom and experience. He answered my prayers and gave me a deeper understanding of my character and His character.
My trip highlight? Meeting people and sharing stories—how amazing to hear how God transforms lives and continues to work through them. I now place a greater value in such missions and am determined to support them.
Emily, from China I learned much on this trip and heard many beautiful stories and testimonies. Four ships summarize my trip—relationship, friendship, worship, and Logos Hope ship. During the week, I got to know these four ships more deeply. Even though there were 400 volunteers from 60 nations, we were all members of God’s family. We worshipped and prayed together. I worked in the book fair and connected with many visitors. I also worked as an angel (a volunteer who cleans the bathrooms). Although not easy, I learned much and built relationships with every angel, as well as with God.
On the last day, I was part of a street ministry team that went to Aruba. It was the first time I had spoken to strangers about the gospel. Even though the weather was very hot, I was joyful to share the gospel and God’s love.
Continue to read Students on Logos Hope Vision Trip (part 2)
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