Two weeks ago I received an email from the international office at the U of A saying, “Hi Courtney, thanks to your efforts at UBC, we actually have more American hosts then international students this year! Since you know so many of the hosts and students this year, we would love for you to come and help us match them this week.” Every year we have too many students and not enough host families to match them with—this is HUGE!
What an incredible picture of the body of Christ catching a vision and running with it. University Baptist Church now has a reputation with the University of Arkansas as being a people who are willing to meet a practical need to the glory of the Father! We have gotten to bless the University and invite these students from Macedonia, Brazil, Morocco, Korea Iraq, etc. to sit at our dinning-room tables and hang out with our families.
Not to mention, there was SO MUCH favor in the University inviting me to come help match, because it enabled me to hand-pick students I’ve gotten to share the gospel with and match them with many UBC families, even with many of you who are now welcoming them into your homes! Last week we even saw three different international students came to UBC for the first time with their I-friend families! We are so excited to see how God continues to reveal Himself to these students through the love and faithful gospel witness of families within our church body.
If you’re still interested in being matched with a student, a whole new group of internationals arrive in January! How awesome would it be to once again have more host families then students to match them with?! My hope for us as a body is that our presence on campus among international students would continue to grow and that our increased involvement would become the norm! I thank my God for each of you, as we labor together for the glory of God, and the furtherance of His Kingdom among internationals at the U of A!
Written by Courtney Osborn