My name is Adarsh Jain, most of my friends call me Addy. I am from India and came to Canada one cold winter in December 2014 for the computer science program at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. Shortly after school started, a guy gave me a flyer and said, “Come tonight. It’s free!” The flyer read FOCUS Club with free food. I decided to check it out and brought a friend. FOCUS Club is for international students. The gathering started with a dinner, followed by ice-breaker games, worship music, and topical discussions. We met many new friends from various countries and found the leaders welcoming and friendly. We felt very much at home! FOCUS Club has become an amazing family for me in Canada. When I can’t attend a gathering, I get notes saying I was missed. Their friendship makes me feel I am not alone. When the semester ended, I went to Vancouver to work and missed my FOCUS Club family. As I reflected on our discussions about life and faith, I had more questions. Back in Kamloops in September, I learned some friends had decided to get baptized. This encouraged me to follow God also and let Him continue to teach me the truth about life and faith. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior in September 2015 and today, am pleased to serve as the president of the Kamloops FOCUS Club.
Published on the March 2018 issue of Doorways
Sharing from Chi Perrie, City Director, ISMC Halifax
Organizing talent shows always brings the largest number of performers and attendees. What a great opportunity for our international guests and volunteers to showcase talents and build confidence. A talent show promotes cultural exchange and brings together the ISMC Halifax community for a fun and friendly event.
Performances, ranging from instrumentals and folk songs to modern dance, are encouraged. Although most participants come to enjoy the show, we also share the love of Christ and touch lives.
The evening usually starts with a potluck dinner and a Bible-based small group discussion. Our main goal: make everyone feel welcome and loved while learning Bible-based insights such as the fruit of the Spirit, servant leadership, and Christ’s teachings.
We’ve seen increased interest and curiosity from international students and new immigrants to learn more about Christianity. We connect some of these guests to the Bible studies at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography or Dalhousie University, where many of our guests pursue graduate degrees and related research. We also encourage them to visit our partnering churches.
Please pray for God’s hand on the Halifax ministry. May our international friends come to know the Lord through these creative outreach activities.
Word from the President—Dr. Yaw Perbi
"He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground." Isaiah 53:2, NLT
In late November 2017, in my dual role as ISMC president and global CEO of The HuD Group, I gathered eight emerging leaders (mostly former international students, half of them Canadian alumni) from Colombia, Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda/Uganda, Egypt, Canada, and Cote d’Ivoire for a retreat in Egypt. I challenged them to live and lead from a place of deep divine transformation and our authentic selves. The retreat’s theme was Strengthening the Soul of our Leadership. Using Moses' life as a lens, what better context to explore this than in Moses’ Egypt!
While we were there, the deadliest terrorist attack in modern Egyptian history took place, with the death toll reaching over 300. Speak of impact amidst terror! Our alumnus, M., leads the small, persecuted body of Christ in Egypt to lovingly engage Muslim neighbors by providing healthcare and essential services. The pastors and churches M. influences (we met three of them) feed their Muslim neighbors every day during Ramadan as they break their fast. M. is applying what he learned in Canada to conduct such a community transformation.
I will never forget hearing how Muslims surrounded a church to defend it against an attempted armed attack. Why? Because of the church’s significant impact on their Muslim neighbors. The Muslim neighbors said to the belligerents, “To get to that church, you have to kill us first.”
What’s the point? ISMC’s mandate is not to directly impact the world per se, but to empower internationals like M. and his cohort to then impact the world as He leads them. Who would think a tender shoot of impact would grow out of such a dry ground of persecution and terror? It is only the doing of the Lord and is marvelous in our eyes! Please pray for Egypt and the continued impact of our alumni there, especially M. Without doubt, our international alumni are impacting the world through Jesus Christ! Hallelujah!
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
“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!
International Student Ministries CanadaBox 1205, Three Hills AB, T0M 2A0
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