In America, Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to gather with friends, family and loved ones to share a bounty of food and give thanks for our many blessings. For students, it is also a time to take a break from studies and return home. Unfortunately, for international students studying here from abroad, returning home and gathering with family are out of the equation, leaving them alone on campus.
Creating an International Student Ministry
Recognizing the needs of these international students, a Thanksgiving dinner was hosted at Maple Ridge Church. “In starting an international student ministry, we want to serve students in any way that we can,” explained Hannah Shipman, who coordinated the dinner. “We knew this dinner could be an opportunity to not only provide a good meal, but also a place of community for them.”