Thursday, November 29, 2018

The Battle continues ...

This semester has been an adventure! We have had great attendance at Conversation Cafe. In September we had a lovely dinner night, in an American host home, followed by English practice in discusing American life style or Bible. Students could choose which option to attend. Of the 11 students attending, 9 chose the Bible option, much to our delight!

Conversation Cafe

Conversation Cafe
 While attendance at Conversation Cafe continues to bless us, the dinners in October &  November  were cancelled due to weather and other issues. A bit disappointing after such a great start.
Dinner Night English Practice with the Bible
Dinner Night English Practice American Culture
The semester for the English classes ends in two weeks. So we will continue to pray and connect with students that we know live "closer" to us.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Beginning a new school year.

We wanted to up date you all, but as Carol usually in the photographer and she has been home recuperating, there are no new photos to share.

 Every Tuesday Richard is on NOVA Loudoun campus offering Conversation Cafe. In this time he (and some volunteers) offer games, like ANOMIA, to help international students improve their English skills between their class times. This opens the doors for relationships and opportunities to invite them to dinner nights and events. We are still in ground breaking mode.

We are awaiting a commitment from the Open Doors Presbyterian church. They are processing their resources and our needs.

This coming week, Oct 2nd, is the dinner where we are launching additional opportunities for conversational English. The students will have 2 choices: one is a topical discussion and one is a Bible based discussion. There is a good amount of interest from the students.  We are praying that Father God will bring many hungry souls.
My recuperation from surgery is side lining me at this point, but i will be home praying.

The next Saturday, Oct 6th, Richard is teaching at our DC area training day for local volunteers. The topic is Spiritual Warfare.

We are thankful to be a part of a growing team here in the DC area. We bless you for your prayers and support.

Monday, August 27, 2018

VA style picnic

 We were blessed to have a picnic to re-connect with some of the students Richard met last semester at NOVA Loudoun.

Our friends from Sterling Park Baptist hosted the event in their home and we all brought food. Our hosts are "famous" for barbecue roast beef, so we were really favored to have them prepare it for us!

 But being VA and summer, we didn't last outside at all. Table games inside were enjoyed by all, and the students from Germany, Taiwan, & So America did an amazing job practicing their English and conquering the rules of the games.
Future engineer at work!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Empowerment: to turn our world right side up! Acts 17:6

view from our hotel room...Pikes Peak!

The prayer room in the new home office
 Our National Staff Conference was in beautiful Colorado Springs this year.  The speakers this year blessed us so much. Bill Lawrence spoke from Jonah each morning. Fred Markert (YWAM) brought us up to date on where we are in world developments and trends. Carol Staubi encouraged us to maximize technology for ministry, especially for Gen Z and Milleniels. Dr Abraham showed us how to reach m*lms. We are still processing all the challenges and encouragement.
Doug Shaw with Richard

Susan Shaw with Carol
 We visited ISI's new home, as we finally have our own building. It is just beautiful and an appropriate way to celebrate 65 years of ministry. Sadly, Doug Shaw announced that he will be retiring as president when a replacement is found. He has brought much to this ministry and made us a family.  To say we will miss him is an understatement. But God has great plans for the future of ISI and we look forward to what He will do.
We are in this picture, near the light on the right...good luck!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

April and May ...

Richard sharing at the Bible Church of Waterbury
 Although not in correct chronological order, these are some of the people we got to see and churches we got to visit in our recent trip to CT.
We had a great time visiting and getting caught up with everyone, praying together and hearing what Father God is doing in your lives!  He is so good, all the time.
Richard sharing at Glastonbury Community Church

Blessed by GCC friends!

Meeting in the middle to catch up.

ICF at UConn

We crossed on the new Tappan Zee bridge!

Meeting new family members!

Besties for a long time.

Our hosts, such a blessing!

We came home totally blessed and totally tired! We had a couple days of rest before son Daniel and his wife Melanie came from England to visit us for 2 weeks.  A super good time, and we miss them terribly as they have returned to "jolly ole England".

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.