Ministry & Friendship Partners
International Students Club has introduced international students to Americans for many years. We depend on these Ministry Partners from local churches to help us fulfill our vision and mission. Students and these Ministry Partners are encouraged to become Friendship Partners. Students and their American Friends are encouraged to connect several times each month to have English conversations, enjoy meals together, attend events and share all kinds of mutual interests. In busy times, just a text, phone call or Facebook message is enough to keep the friendship growing. American Friendship Partners often include their international friend in family activities, and international students can often find a “home away from home” in these friendships.
Developing successful Friendship Partner relationships require time, effort, and training… including cross-cultural. Years of experience are condensed into ten short videos to provide training that has proven itself effective in preparing our Ministry Partners to engage in significant friendships with international students. International Students, Inc. makes this training available online (link below). We also ask that you scroll down and read through ISI’s Statement of Faith, Guiding Biblical Principles and the NAFSA Code of Ethics before signing up to become a Ministry Partner using the link below.
International Students, Inc. is a faith based organization, and thus it is important that all Ministry Partners be in agreement with ISI’s Statement of Faith and Guiding Biblical Principles. Please take a moment to scroll down and read before continuing.
Statement of Faith:
“We believe in the divine inspiration and authority of the Scriptures. By this is meant a miraculous guidance of the Holy Spirit in their original writing, extending to all parts of the Scripture equally, applying even to the choice of the words, so that the result is the very Word of God; the only infallible rule of faith and practice. Moreover, it is our conviction that God has exercised such singular care and providence through the ages in preserving the written Word, that the Scriptures as we now have them are in every essential particular as originally given, and contain all things necessary to salvation.
“We believe in the one God revealed as existing in three equal Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We believe in the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe in the Holy Spirit as a Divine Person, a personality as distinct as the Father and the Son.
“We believe that as through one man sin entered the world and death through sin, so death passed unto all people, for that all have sinned.
“We believe in the death of Jesus Christ, as a true substitute, and that His death was a sufficient expiation for the guilt of all people. We believe in His bodily resurrection from the dead.
“We believe that those who receive Christ by faith have a new life from God given to them.
“We believe that people are justified by faith alone and are counted as righteous before God only by the merit of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ imputed to them.
“We believe in the everlasting conscious blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost.
“We believe in the personal return of our Lord.
“We believe it to be the supreme responsibility of the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ to make His Gospel known to all people.”
Guiding Biblical Principles:
Final Authority for Matters of Belief and Conduct
ISI’s Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of International Students, Inc.’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Executive Team/Board of Trustees is International Students, Inc.’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.
Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Gen 1:26-27). Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
We believe that the term “marriage” means the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Gen 2:18-25). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4). We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and the use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10).
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of ISI as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to ISI members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by International Students, Inc. in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality (Matt 5:16; Phil 2:14-16; 1 Thess 5:22).
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11).
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31). Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of International Students, Inc.
Statement of the Sanctity of Human Life
We believe that all human life from conception through natural death is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are, therefore, called to defend, protect, and value all human life (Ps. 139).
NAFSA Code of Ethics for Community Volunteers Volunteers agree to the Code of Ethics of the Association of Christian Ministries among Internationals (ACMI) and the NAFSA: Association of International Educators as stated below:
ACMI members agree to the NAFSA code of ethics as expressed in NAFSA’s Code of Ethics, particularly in reference to Community organization involvement…
Members with Responsibilities in Community Organizations Working with Foreign Students and Scholars Shall:
- Make certain that organizations providing programs for foreign students and scholars have clear statements of purpose and responsibility, so that all parties can know what is expected of them.
- Accurately portray their services and programs, making clear the identity, the intent, and the nature of the sponsoring organization and of each particular event or service.
- Provide appropriate opportunities to observe and to join in mutual inquiry into cultural differences.
- Provide adequate orientation for volunteers and participants in community programs so they may understand each other and may interact constructively. The organization should make clear that surreptitious, deceptive or coercive proselytizing is unacceptable.
In plain English, what this means is NO DECEPTION and NO DURESS. If you have religious activities/discussion planned for your time together with a student, the student must give informed consent to be a part of those activities before hand—there must be a socially-acceptable face-saving way to choose not to be a part of the activities. [Many cultures cannot say, “No,” directly to you.] As long as the student knows what will happen and chooses to be a part of it, there is no problem. Because of language facility, we want to make sure no student feels intimidated or put upon. This does not mean you must avoid religious topics in all normal social conversation. College students LOVE to discuss controversial stuff! The issue is always one of respect of the person, their views, and their country/culture. To not do these things reflects badly upon all Christians anyway! If you have any questions about what this IS or IS NOT saying, please call Charles Boyle at 480-686-0561 to clarify BEFORE you have a situation develop.
If you are in agreement with the ISI’s Statement of Faith, Guiding Biblical Principles and the NAFSA Code of Ethics and are ready to sign up as a Friendship Partner. Click here
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