“When you say God, is God his name or is God his job?” “Is God male or female?”
“Why would Satan want to fight against God if he knew how powerful God was?”
Most of our new international students have little background knowledge about Jesus or the Bible, but they ask tough questions in class. I’ll admit, I’m not always sure how to answer them! First-year international students take a Bible class called Introduction to the Bible. They start at the beginning, answering, Who is God? From there, the students spend the year learning how the stories of each person in the Bible are part of God’s larger story of redemption in the world. They begin with creation, study major portions of the Old Testament, and then study the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The lessons are simple, but their questions are not.
Our international students arrive excited about experiencing American culture and holidays such as Christmas, but their understanding of Christianity is often based on popular American movies and TV shows. They are curious about church, but most have never been inside one. Host families play a vital role in sharing their faith with new students from the first Sunday church service to celebrating the meaning of Christmas. International students also learn from their host families, teachers, and classmates how the lessons from Bible class fit into someone’s everyday life.
While not every international student will be receptive to the message of salvation, each student who comes to our school has the chance to hear and ask questions, often for the very first time. The opportunity they have to study in the US can have an eternal impact on these students and their families around the world!
Miss Kala Walls serves LCS as a 6th grade Social Studies teacher, and as the International Student Program Coordinator. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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