Gathering the church and international students for mission-minded hiking.
Why HIKING CLUB?
Xiaochen and Muhammed, both international PhD students at the University of Minnesota, are sick of winter and are looking forward to getting outdoors this summer. But they don’t have a car, and if they did, they wouldn’t know where to go. The Hiking Club is for them.
The Hiking Club is also for you, for missions-minded groups of 5-15 who are able to commit to three summer hikes with a small group of international students because we don’t want Xiaochen and Muhammed to enter fall semester or return home at the end of summer having never met and had a meaningful conversation with a Christian who loved them and prayed for them.
EXAMPLE HIKING SCHEDULE
Pray: We “plant” and “water” but ultimately God “gives the growth” (1 Cor 3:6).
Know Your Story: Ephesians 2:1–8 gives a good summary of what God has done. Also see Acts 26.
Know Their Story: Don’t treat students simply as “objects of salvation.” Get to know them and what they value!
Be intentional and natural: As you talk about your life and what you value, talk about God.
One of the best ways you can connect with international students is to ask open-ended questions and listen!
Common topics: hometown and culture, food, travel, holidays, hobbies and interests, current major and future hopes and dreams.
Some may be open to talking about faith and Christianity. If you try to ask questions about faith and they are not interested, please be attentive to that and respect them by talking about other things! But don’t give up. Pray. If not this hike, maybe the next hike!
Some students are not confident in their English, so don’t be afraid to repeat yourself or rephrase your question to help them understand you.