January 2010

Last night we met for the first of our spring semester of international student Bible studies at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

The Bible studies, using a simplified English language version of the Bible, provide the students the opportunity to practice their English reading, speaking, listening, and comprehension skills. During the course of the reading and discussion time we also discuss grammar, word pronunciation, and various parts of speech as the students endeavour to improve their English skills.

As important as these aspects of our studies are to the students, the most important aspect of our time together is the discussion and application of the God’s Word to our personal and daily lives.

Many of the students that we have been involved with over the years, and are involved with this semester, have virtually no knowledge of the Bible and most do not know Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. It is our prayerful desire that many will come to faith in Christ and follow Him as devoted disciples as the result of our time in His Word.

Over the course of the years that we have been involved in international student ministry at Texas A&M (beginning in 1997), we have seen the Lord draw people to faith in Christ and be baptized, believers grow as disciples and in His service, and seekers move closer to accepting Christ as their personal Savior and Lord.

Knowing that many students have very heavy class, seminar, and lab schedules during the week that prevent them from joining us at week-night studies, we are planning to conduct a Saturday night Bible study this semester as well.

Four students have already told us that Saturdays will be a better day for them to be involved in a Bible study group. We believe that Saturdays will prove to be a better day for others also.

So, this Saturday, the 23rd, we are going to initiate our Saturday night Bible study schedule with a pot-luck meal and Bible study at our home.

Each Saturday group will start with a meal which will then be followed by the reading and discussion of God’s Word.

We have conducted Saturday groups in the past and they have been well attended. Students, and their families, seem to enjoy weekend gatherings more than week-night studies. A home environment is very comfortable, casual, and conducive to the study of God’s Word and the building of relationships as we eat around the tables, children play, students talk about their studies, and wives ask about American home and family life. 

Please pray for us as we seek to expand the Kingdom of God at Texas A&M University and beyond through these international student Bible study groups.

~ reach students … disciple the “nations” ~

Back in October we had a pot-luck meal at our house with some Chinese students who are enrolled at Texas A&M University. I never posted a picture from that evening but wanted to share one with you today.

Most of the students in the picture we have known all semester. They have been involved with us either in our mid-week Bible study or go to the Chinese church with us on weekends. A couple of the folks we met for the first time that evening when they came with friends.

~ reach students … disciple the “nations” ~