How We Plant

International Students, Inc.

We have been working with International Students, Inc. (ISI) for more than two years and are excited to now be serving as campus staff with this ministry. ISI, which is the oldest and largest foreign student missionary movement in America, was founded in 1953 by Bob Finney in response to the unique needs and growing number of international students studying in the United States. This was the first concerted movement to evangelize and disciple foreign students. Today, there are close to one million international students and scholars studying in America, providing a golden opportunity to reach people from around the world with the gospel. ISI's staff continues to grow, and ISI is now represented on more than 500 college campuses.

Other Ministry Partners

In addition to international student ministry, we also have a burden to share the gospel with immigrants from among the most unreached people groups. One sister organization to ISI with which we partner is Global Gates. Global Gates, which was founded in 2011 by former missionaries to Mali and Indonesia, is laboring to train missionaries to work in an urban context and bring the gospel to the unreached and least-reached people groups. We also partner with Urban Nations Outreach, founded in 1999, which shares Christ's love with immigrants from Bangladesh, India, Tibet, Guinea, and Senegal through free English and Bible classes. ISI is also forming a strategic partnership with Perspectives, a fifteen-week course which exhorts Christians to be more intentional in sharing their faith, especially with those with few opportunities to hear the gospel, and we hope to help coordinate a Perspectives class in Queens soon.

Ministry Goals

  • To be God-centered, not self-centered or ministry-centered.

  • To coordinate and organize international student ministry on the six campuses in Queens and Long Island with the largest number of international students. These campuses have a combined total of 10,482 international students. With the exception of our current ministry at St. John's and Queens College, there is not an ISI presence on the other four campuses:
    • Stony Brook University (4,122)
    • LaGuardia Community College (1,717)
    • St. John's University (1,364)
    • Nassau Community College (1,153)
    • Queens College (1,086)
    • Hofstra University (1,040)
  • To mobilize and train 12 new Christian volunteers in Queens and Long Island to facilitate discovery Bible studies with international students. To encourage and mobilize local churches to get more involved in international student ministry.

  • To train three new Perspectives course coordinators.

  • To successfully train 10 international students to facilitate Discovery Bible studies.

  • To begin a regular Bible class for West African Muslims to attend.

  • To start regular Bible study groups with Bangladeshis in the nearby neighborhood.

Our Roles

  • To prayerfully seek God's will daily.

  • To properly care for and spend time with each other and our children despite busy schedules.

  • To minister to the needs of internationals and unreached peoples: offering classes or trainings in English, computer, or other needed skills; meeting physical needs of immigrants.

  • To lead and organize discovery Bible studies with international students.

  • To disciple Christian students and equip them to share their faith and disciple others.

  • To train Christian volunteers
          by recruiting and mobilizing churches to help with ministry to internationals.
          by providing coaching, mentoring, and other training seminars

  • To create a missions culture in Queens
          by mobilizing churches through missions courses such as Perspectives.
          by serving as an advocate for unreached people groups
          by promoting volunteer activities to serve among internationals

  • To outreach to Muslim immigrants by
          intentional befriending
          beginning Bible study groups
          partnering with Global Gates and Urban Nations Outreach

  • To lead the Queens/Long Island ISI team to expand ministry at additional campuses.
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