International Student Ministries Canada is a Christian charitable organization committed to empowering international students to impact the world through Jesus Christ.
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Word from the President—Dr. Yaw Perbi
When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” Matthew 28:8-9 NIV
Founded by Billy Graham in 1974 and cemented by the likes of John Stott, when the Lausanne Movement speaks, people listen. This pivotal movement, which connects ideas and influencers for global mission, has undergone significant changes over the past couple of months, such as appointing new and generally younger leaders.
In November 2015, Dr. David Platt, president of International Mission Board, who is about my age, was appointed chair of Lausanne’s theology working group. A month later, I had the privilege of being appointed the new Lausanne co-senior associate for international student ministry. To God be the glory!
Several awesome things happened at Urbana 15 (InterVarsity’s student missions conference) last December in St. Louis, Missouri. There were over 600 decisions for Christ and 5,500 commitments to short-term missions! What challenged me most was Dr. Platt’s exposition on our propensity to passionately pursue a cause (even international student ministry) while personally ignoring Jesus.
Indeed, wasn’t John Wesley (founder of Methodism) a devout preacher and trans-Atlantic career missionary before his conversion years later?
As Dr. Platt succinctly put it, many try to manufacture a heart for missions, yet miss a heart for Christ.
In Matthew 26:8-9, the disciples expressed concern for the poor, but just a few verses later Judas sells his Master for a few coins and Peter publicly denies Him three times.
After an incredible six weeks of visiting 13 cities to promote my Amazon book Thinking outside the Window, it was a relief to take off the entire month of January, not only to rest, reflect, recuperate, and enjoy my family, but to fully engage in ISMC's annual 21-day fast and prayer.
How I want my heart to absolutely and fully belong to Jesus first, to Jesus only! As you step into the new year, reflect on and recalibrate your relationship with Jesus Christ.
Dr. Platt’s poignant question at Urbana still resounds: “Does your heart fully belong to Jesus?” If it does, your time and energy and money should automatically follow, even if it’s a whole year’s worth of wages distilled in one alabaster jar.
The Great Commandment, to love God, comes before the Great Commission to go and tell. Worship first, then work and witness.
O that our ministry and mission for Him will only be an overflow of our absolute in-loveness with Him!
Sharing from Paulin Ngweth, City Director in New Brunswick
It is my passion to serve as Moncton city director. Together with my volunteer team, we lead a weekly FOCUS Club for fellowship, thoughtful discussions, social activities, and outreach. Most of my time is given to building friendships with and friendly international students.
Last December, we invited international students to join us in celebrating Christmas; we enjoyed a precious time of eating, playing games, laughing, and discussing life issues. What a joy to share Christ’s love by simply doing life with these internationals!
Our Moncton ministry is exciting and challenging as we seek to equip and encourage students to take the gospel home with them. Our vision is to see students built into communities of disciples and transformed by the gospel so they will impact the university, the church, and society for Christ’s glory! Please pray with us that these students will discover Jesus, develop spiritual maturity, and become godly leaders.
Sharing from Eunice Dyani Tanuwijaya, student leader of FOCUS Club, Douglas College, Vancouver
During International Students’ Day last November, the FOCUS Club at Douglas College I regularly attend set up a Pray for the World booth so students could pray for recent global events.
Initially indifferent, I did not feel like joining. What’s the big deal? I would rather spend time studying, but decided to participate because I was curious why God would care about these things when I saw nothing worth caring about.
To my surprise, many students—Christians, non-believers, atheists, even Jehovah Witnesses and Muslims—prayed with us in Jesus’ name! I was moved to see many so concerned about others that they came to write their prayer requests at our booth. I saw that this is how all of us should live—loving one another, no matter our beliefs and religious background.
The Bible teaches us to love one another, for love comes from God (1 John 4:7). Yet, many Christians, including me, fail to do it. We barricade ourselves from those who have different beliefs and religions, a different sexual orientation, or a different culture or race. We consider ourselves right and others wrong. Our prideful attitude and behavior have created conflicts, hatred, and wars. They also influence me to become an individualist who does not care as I should. At the prayer booth, God led me to a new perspective—that we can choose to set aside our barriers and pride, that we can choose to live in unity and peace, and that we can choose to love and care through simple acts like praying together for the world and each other. All are possible when we understand how much God loves us!
“Bless you!” many students said as they left our booth. Yes, I am truly blessed because of this experience. It taught me the true meaning of love. I pray for the world to truly understand the meaning of love so we can live in unity and peace.
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