We have unprecedented opportunities right here in Baton Rouge to reach out in welcoming and loving the internationals that have flooded our campuses and city. More than half of them come from regions of the world that have no access to the gospel. Imagine the privilege of being the first person to share the unconditional love of Jesus Christ with them. Most of them will never enter an American’s home, will never know a Christian or will never hear the gospel. Most feel isolated and lonely.
We can change that through simple acts of hospitality and building bridges of friendship, trust and mutual respect. We can engage with them in an intentional way in their search for truth, hope and purpose. We can make a difference through prayer.
The International Friendship Partners (IFP) team is a friendship-building initiative to match internationals with members of our church. Will you prayerfully consider being a “Friendship Partner” to an international? Or being involved through prayer or hospitality?
What’s involved in being a Friendship Partner? It’s a six month commitment to cultivate a genuine friendship with a matched international; meeting at least once a month and maintaining weekly contact with your international friend. Each Friendship Partner will be asked to complete training materials before being matched.
The IFP leadership team promises to come alongside, encourage and give you whatever support you need as you engage in building a friendship with an international. You will be part of a team effort. We will support each other in prayer.
Hospitality is the golden bridge to connect with internationals. We hope to offer many opportunities to host or help host a small group of internationals for a one-time function, e.g. a welcome party, an enrichment class, a potluck supper, a swim party, a game night, an afternoon tea, etc.