Where does our organisation or type of ministry fit in the list of priorities of a local church? Pastoral leadership, office and caretaking staff, local outreach workers, youth and children’s ministry probably all come higher up the pecking order than far flung mission initiatives or specialised ministry opportunities. One of those that can fall between the cracks when making the case for priorities can be International Student ministry.
Alan Tower from Friends International shares with us about a new initiative for International Business Students called Leadership Development. See See also www.trueleadership.org.uk and www.iliveleadership.org for more information.
International students, half a million a year, arrive in the UK to further their education and improve their prospects, many starting with language study, many returning home as high fliers in their government or business sectors. In 2014/15 38.4% of Business students in the UK were internationals, as were 33.1% of the engineering students.
To befriend them while they are here, and help them see life with a Christ filled perspective as they map out their future can start easy but become tricky.Read more