Do you have a passion to reach out those who are new to Corvallis and far from home? OSU has approximately 4,000 international students and 500 visiting scholars each year—and that doesn’t include family members who join them. Most of them will eventually return to their home countries where they will become key influencers in their fields. According to surveys, the majority of them will never be invited into an American’s home.
Partnering with Friends of Internationals (FOI), our goal is to help internationals feel at home and welcomed in our community, to build relationships with them, and to love on them and serve them in the name of Jesus. We humbly respect all cultures, religions, and the varying spiritual appetites of individuals, but we hope that our international friends are so touched and renewed by the presence of Jesus that they would take Him home with them and desire to share Him with others.
There are many opportunities to befriend and help internationals in our community, including:
- Be a conversation partner
- Help with a conversation group
- Serve at the International Free Lunch
- Participate in monthly game nights or day trips
- Providing a Thanksgiving meal or a pre-term homestay experience
If you are interested in learning more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.