In 1999, God gave us a vision for preaching the gospel to international students. A new way of doing missions by hosting, loving and serving these young guys. By living together, we are able to discipleship them with purpose. They receive Jesus, learn about their identities and they go back to their country without language and cultural barriers. It is proven that failure in the mission’s field often occurs in language, cultural learning and adaptation. Our local missionaries don’t have these problems. They grew up with their people. They love their culture.
The GIFT often opens a way for the GIVER. These foreign students are not the conventional missionaries either. They are future leaders. With their degree and area of influence, they IMPACT their nation’s politics, economy and culture, touching all mountains of influence by bringing financial provision and needed solutions, such as water wells, solar energy for hospitals in villages, education and many other economic development strategies.
Our vision is to train other families to host international students and share the Gospel with them, so multiple nations will receive back their loved students with a big plus: they are returning to their people with a seed of Jesus. He alone can truly change nations.
Impacting nations with love. When we host our students, we serve them. We help them through each phase of their experience: Through their excitement and optimism, through their disorientation, loneliness, homesickness, acceptance and serenity.
We take care of them without any agenda. We believe they are courageous because they left their family. We believe they are adventurous and they will be the future world leaders. It is a true honor to live with them and to help them to achieve their goal in life.
It all started with Hawaii.
Hawaii advantage: multicultural atmosphere, wide range of learning opportunities, health, safe and friendly environment, ranked program, concentration of international students in a small place (Oahu) and the need for hosting houses, once the biggest Private University (HPU) has only a few accommodations to their students.
In 2011, 4,768 international students contributed more than $115 million to the Hawaii economy — a figure that includes only college level students according to the Institute of International Education. (Short term training, specialized educational programs for limited periods, non-accredited classes, etc. are not included in this calculation, so the economic impact from international students studying in Hawaii is much greater that the $115 million calculated. However, this serves as a base to gauge the economic impact of international students.) In turn, the $115 million direct impact generated 2,185 jobs and $16.8 million in state government tax revenues according to DBEDT calculation.
There are now 40 percent more international students studying at U.S. colleges than a decade ago, and the rate of increase has risen steadily for the past three years, the report said.
In the 2012-13 school year, 235,597 of the 819,644 international students on U.S. campuses, or 28.7 percent, arrived from China. The number of students from China increased 21.4 percent from the previous year. Following China, the top “places of origin” are India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Canada, the report said. That order has not changed for years. Those five account for about 60 percent of all international students.
• One of the largest increases, 30.5%, came from Saudi Arabia; its 44,566 students are largely funded by a Saudi government scholarship program.
• Participation by Brazil students increased 20.4%, largely because of a new government scholarship program for undergraduates.
• Japan, which was hit hard by a tsunami in early 2011, saw a rebound in interest among U.S. students. Participation increased 27.8%, to 5,283, in 2011-12 as study-abroad providers resumed programs.