Did you know that the Lansing area is an international community? Michigan State University is home to roughly 6500 international students from over 130 different countries. Many of these students bring their families with them, multiplying that number with spouses, parents and children. More than that, mid-Michigan is home for 10,000-13,000 refugees, with Lansing resettling 400-700 each year.
South Church is preparing English as a Second Language (ESL) classes as a method to help meet the needs of internationals in our community. If you are interested in connecting with the world by sharing your time practicing English conversation, please contact Pastor Tim Van Loh.
Other Opportunities to Minister to Internationals (at MSU)
1. Coffee Hour
Every Friday during the academic school year from 4-6pm in the International Center food court, come meet international students, faculty, and staff for conversation over free coffee and tea! All are welcome and visitor parking is available across the street from the International Center. http://oiss.isp.msu.edu/about/feature/weekly-coffee-hour/
2. International Friendship Program
IFP is actively recruiting community members to join as Friends for international students and scholars. Friends will be matched with a student or scholar for the academic year, with the intention of meeting at least once per month to share cultural activities and build relationships. You can read more and find the application info here: http://cvip.isp.msu.edu/programs/international-friendship-program/
The deadline for this Spring is January 18th, but the earlier the better!
Joy Shantz has participated in these programs and may be able to help answer questions here.