When I watch/read the news, it can be quite disheartening because of all the bad news that is presented. I begins to make you question the mentality of mankind. From rape, killing, robbery, corruption, and on and on, it can be overwhelming.
I was watching "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes". It tried to present this idea that mankind messed it all up and the apes might reshape a society better, but in the end, it showed the depravity of creation.
I know that this isn't the way God had it all planned out from the beginning. There was a time in the beginning when all was perfect and right. According to the Bible, it will one day return back to that perfection. I long for that day! In the meantime, let us love one another, respect one another, and show kindness. Just because we may not agree, let us show our disagreement with respect.
The summer is here! It gets hotter and the crops are growing quickly. We, here at ICM, like to continue to gather together with students who remain throughout the summer. As a matter of fact, we went to dinner with several students last week. It was cool! We went to a Japanese restaurant where we had to take our shoes off just to enter the table area where we would sit and eat. Then after we were done, we went back to our house to "hang out" together and watch a movie. It was very relaxing!
If you are hanging out this summer, please let us know! We will have some more events (ones that we have made as a "tradition"). In July we will have two events that we have done now for 3 years. On July 4th, the American Independence Day, we will have a cook-out at a historical house and then go watch some fireworks. Then later in July, we will take students to the Tippecanoe County 4-H Fair. It is a cultural event with animals, food, and carnival rides. Its fun!
I hope y'all are able to rest and relax as much as possible during your summer break! I know some have started their summer courses, but still try to rest too.
My wife and I just returned from a trip to China. It was an incredible experience for us! We had been asking The Lord to allow us to go for several years and he finally provided for it to happen.
This summer I met an American who had lived there for years and knew the culture and language enough to guide us. He invited us to join him this (just passed) October. We sought The Lord and He provided incredibly for us to go!
We traveled to Beijing and Xi'An over a 12 day period. We spent most of our time meeting people in Xi'An, but got to do some sightseeing in Beijing as well thanks to a mother of one of our current students.
The purpose of our trip was to learn more about the environment and culture that a majority of our students here at Purdue are coming from and to learn more about the challenges that they are faced with when they come to the U.S. to study. Although we didn't learn everything there is to know, we feel we definitely added to our knowledge through this experience. We are still processing our experiences, but we thank The Lord for giving us this opportunity! We look forward to meeting new friends from China and other parts of the world and we hope to visit more countries in the future!
So often in this world, we are tempted to isolate ourselves from others. We want to deal with our problems on our own. Or, we are scared about our circumstances because we don't know what is about to happen. But no matter, we keep our lives private from others. There a problem with that though.
In the Bible, at the creation of man, God saw that the man He had created was lonely after naming the animals. God said,
"If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together." He was telling the Christians to come together in compassion with each other.
If you are struggling and need a friend to talk to, please find someone or fine me. ICM is here to be a family for you while you are away from your family. We will listen and str
As the new semester has begun, are you, as a student, looking for new opportunities for: friendships, activities, social causes, or most importantly, grow as a person? As the semester is now into it's second week, look for those things. It will only make your time here at Purdue more valuable. Ask, seek, and find.
That last sentence actually is found in the Bible. In the book of Matthew, in the 7th chapter, and the 7th verse, Jesus says, "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." Now the meaning is something greater. If you are curious, contact me or call out to God for yourself.
My challenge to you is to pursue more than just an education. It is VERY important! However, there are things that are even MORE than education!
As our first Fall semester is coming to a close, I have been learning and growing so much through this time. I am still learning and adjusting to the class schedule of students. Also, I am learning and still have a lot to learn about the needs of students. Students go through a variety of challenges throughout each semester. Some of their challenges come in the form of: being homesick, managing their schedules, keeping parents informed of daily life, making friends, etc. These are just a few.
If you are a student reading this blog, please know that International Campus Ministry is here for you! I can't take your tests for you or do your projects, but I will be a good listener. We are working hard to help students develop new friendships with other International students as well as other American students.
As we are making the preparations to begin this next semester, is there something I can do to help those coming in? if you are an incoming international student coming to Purdue or have a international friend coming to Purdue and you are reading this, please let me know if there is anything that I can do to assist your transition here!
Yesterday, I began my personal campaign to recruit new families for the International Friendship Program at Purdue! We had 2 new families sign up at one location to indicate they were interested. I hope to add 10 families by the end of the month. We are trying to encourage these audiences of the incredible opportunity we have to meet people from around the world that are coming here to Purdue. My desire is to recruit 25 committed families by 2017. Lord knows!
I am thrilled to see what could happen this next semester. I am making plans to incorporate more Bible studies this coming semester for those who will be interested. One will be called Christianity Explored which we will use a DVD with English subtitles to assist us. Also, our TeaTalk will resume on Thursdays but at a little later time of 2:30p.m. for those who can make it. Also, we are putting in place some activities that will have more interaction with the American students of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry. They are thrilled at these opportunities to build new friendships! There will be more to come.
As the Director of ICM, my desire is to connect with the international students at Purdue University along with connecting them with American friends. This blog is some personal thoughts and stories from our experiences.