International Students and Missionary KidsBy Joe Stowell on September 9, 2014
I love the cross-cultural dynamics our international students bring to this campus! They add richness and depth to our community and challenge our comfortable view of Christianity.
This year, we welcomed 29 new international students and 15 MKs ("missionary kids") from a long list of countries...
- South Korea
- South Africa
- US Virgin Islands
It's great to hear stories of how God provides for these students. Karin Ceballos, a missionary kid from the Philippines, asked the Lord to show her where to go to college. One day this summer she sensed His clear call to Cornerstone. With scarce food and not even enough money to buy a new pair of shoes, Karin was discouraged by the cost of education. But she took a step of faith and applied, believing this was where God wanted her.
After being accepted, she prayed that God would provide a way to make it financially possible. With only seven days left to send her tuition payment, Karin sent a prayer request to her family's support church in Singapore. A number of families pledged to support Karin's education in the United States with a total of $17,000 flooding in—just enough to pay for her tuition. With only days to spare, her plane ticket still was not covered until a family offered to pay for the ticket too!
Her story is only one of many miraculous stories of God's provision for these students. He has brought many international students to our campus this year, and we are thankful for each of them. Having international students on campus is a strategic move to continually stretch our campus to think globally. It's just another reason...why I love it here!