So how do we grow meaningful connections in the midst of our complex culture? Yes, we want to give a grounding in Christ’s love, but all around us, the world is busier than ever—ever rushing, ever secular.
Cultivating a loving connectedness in a fragmented world is a high calling. A University of Calgary math professor talked about the loneliness of his vocation, and the challenge of trying to maintain a relationship with his wife in China. Returning to his isolated apartment every day added to his loneliness, but the caring community he discovered at FOCUS Club connected him to a family that transcends all boundaries.
Compelled by Jesus’ heart for the world, Calgary’s ISMC team faithfully commits to unconditionally loving international students. Every Friday, our FOCUS Club welcomes about 60 international students. We usually eat together, followed by a Christ-centered program, such as a special topic discussion, an inspiring movie, or a team building activity. Our goal? To provide a home away from home, a place where everyone feels loved and welcome, where we empower international students to impact the world through Jesus.
We thank God for the partnerships we enjoy with several local churches. Not only do they provide a place to gather, they help prepare meals for students, volunteers, and staff members every week.
Please remember us in your prayers as we seek to express our love for God by loving those He has brought here from every corner of the globe.
Published on the February 2017 issue of Doorways
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