Saturday, March 31, 2018

Another Step Forward

In spite of snow, freezing rain, and sickness a group of volunteers with us offered a dinner & game night to Conversation Cafe attendees.
 We welcomed the students and got to know them a bit.

 Then we shared a delicious meal and continued conversations.

Afterward, Richard shared about cultural and religious Easter.
We ended the evening with a rousing game of Uno that seems to cross all cultural barriers! This evening felt like a big step forward for which we felt very blessed by God and His volunteers!

Monday, March 12, 2018

NE Reg'l Conf Cortland, NY 2018

 In March every year we join together as a North-east region.  We use to be able to fit in our living room in Tolland, CT. My, how we have grown!(see group photo below).

One of the things we do is meet in Prayer Squares to share personal and ministry needs and pray for one another.

We are always blessed by the attendance of the president of Int'l Students Inc, Doug Shaw.
He shared that last year there were 22,519 decisions for Christ! Since the new year there have been 4,000 per month! God is moving mightily among international students!

 We meet in the mornings and evenings for a time of worship.  As we were challenge this year by winter storms, the guest worship team couldn't make it.  So, our own multi talented staff led the way! It was a blessing!

 Aside from special speakers, we enjoyed small round table presentations from different staff on varying topics. Here Jon and Ruth Alumbaugh share about ICF UCONN, and their adaptation of M-28.

Richard is the un official official photographer for the event. He isn't in the group photo this year
 as it is getting for difficult to jump and run!

 Dave Larson is our NE region Director, sharing a message with us about Sowing in Tears.

We close our time together with worship and communion, a very special time, indeed!
 The drive back to VA was clear and dry, thankfully.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Training Day

 God is amazing! After our friends and supporters started praying the enrollment for our training time went up from 3 to 30 in one short week!
Carol worked the registration table, so there are no photos of Richard teaching this time.

Richard spoke at one church near NOVA Loudoun the Sunday before the training. That church was well represented on Saturday.
Illness did take out a few of our staff and some of the people who pre registered, but those who attended were blessed.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Like the tortoise...

finished pumpkins
SoAmerica, Eastern Europe, Africa & Asia 
We keep reciting to ourselves, do not despise the day of small beginnings.....
We are so blessed to be welcomed by the staff of the English Language program of NOVA Loudoun!  They invited us to join them in the Halloween party.  Each class had a pumpkin to decorate and then they were judged, the winning class to get a pizza party.

 Richard's presence with Conversation Cafe has made a noticable difference for the participants. Slowly we are developing relationships.  It just takes time...
The Winner: The English Monster is eating us!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Lift Off

 We were warmly welcomed at the orientation for students in the accelerated English program.

A week later, Richard spent the day with interested students at our Conversation Cafe.  In the school lounge he met students and introduced them to games.  As they play these games they practice their English pronunciation and learn new vocabulary.
After starting in week one with 2 students, Richard has welcomed 6-8 students from all over the world! Asia, Africa and S.America. We are excited to see how God develops our relationships!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

We have ignition.......!!!!!

 Suddenly, when Richard called the administrator of the intensive ESL program at NOVA-Loudoun, we had ignition!  The administrator was pleased, helpful and excited to have the opportunity for a Conversation Cafe for students to practice English accomplished by volunteers.
 Richard started informing the churches, pastors, and volunteers that had recently stepped forward with interest to reach out to international students.
Now we need help with enough fuel for lift off!
There is a need for people to come forward, be trained and make themselves available for Sept 19th! 
We are also hoping to launch a dinner event on Sept 21st.

We are looking to the Lord of the Harvest for a successful lift off AND mission!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Teamwork: Psalm 133

 One of the exciting things that is happening in the Washington DC area, is that there is more co-operation and teamwork than when we first arrived. There are several pastors groups that have begun in the recent years to focus on teamwork, relationships and reaching DC. As an International Student outreach team we have grown from 2 to 4 to 9 in two years, with several others in the wings preparing to join us.  We have also grown as we are partnering with other campus ministries.

 This growth will allow us to get back to student ministry, hopefully sooner rather than later.  Although Richard is still mobilizer and trainer, he has begun the process of breaking ground to reach  two campuses in Loudoun County.

Science & Technology VA Campus

Please pray with us as we begin finding church support and volunteers to join us in this endeavor.  We are looking for God's strategy for the best way to begin.