Students from all over the world have come to study in the Australia. Right now, there are students from Saudi Arabia studying in Australia which is a country closed to missionaries and the Gospel. This opens a mission field to us like never before. We now have untold opportunities to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with foreigners here in Australia who previously could only be reached by long-term missionaries.
As these students come to know Jesus Christ, are discipled, and return home, they become missionaries in their own right. But instead of reaching a people foreign to them, they are reaching their friends and family.
International students are uniquely gifted to reach the world because they:
- Speak at least two languages fluently
- Know their own culture well
- Are future leaders and respected for their education
- Already have many relationships underway back home
- Do not need visas to go to their own countries
- Can open doors for foreign “tentmakers”
Looking for a way to reach students? Consider hosting one in your home. We also need families to connect with students once a month for meals, games and special events. There will be more details about this opportunity coming soon. Contact us for more information.
Reaching and discipling international students is possibly the most strategic mission in God’s Kingdom today for fulfilling the Great Commission.
- Yosuke Matsuoka attended the University of Oregon. Isoruku Yamamoto studied at Harvard. Both experienced incredible racial prejudice. After returning to Japan they became the foreign Minister of Japan and the Commander in Chief of the Combined Fleet respectively. They played key roles in leading their nation to attack Pearl Harbor.
- Ho Chi Minh also studied at Harvard and was subjected to extreme racial prejudice. He later studied Marxism and due to his influence all of Southeast Asia came under communist dominion.
- Mengistu Haile Mariam, the communist leader of Ethiopia, went to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas for military training and was said to have been embittered by the racial discrimination he received while in America. The lack of cooperation the government of Ethiopia exhibited with the nations of the West during the great famine, was a direct result of this embitterment.
- These men went to America for an education – and rather than reaching out to them and loving them, we sent them back as enemies. Their stories should teach us a lesson about the importance of reaching out to international students!
Right now, we may have future leaders of the world studying at our Australian universities . A great potential for world evangelism lies in the international students studying in Australia. God has truly brought the whole world to our doorstep. This is one of God’s most effective strategies for world evangelism.
There are many nations of the world which either prohibit or restrict missionary activity. In Australian universities, however, there are many Middle Eastern and Asian students, whose governments are sponsoring their academic endeavors.
These students are already familiar with the people, language and customs of their own country. These international students are the future leaders of their societies, often comprising the top five percent of their nation – often, most people in these nations have never even heard of Jesus Christ. If these students become Christians while studying here in Australia and are trained in God’s Word, they can go back and begin a spiritual awakening in their own nation – from within!
The foreign students on our university campuses are often lonely and are used to living around people in their own nation who show them great respect. Now, living in Australia, they are treated like another face in the crowd. Most international students come to this country with a real desire to have an Australian friend. They are looking for people who have genuine love and concern for them. Refugees and immigrants are also among those that are hungry for people to reach out to them.