Campus outreach at Ivy League school offers unusual new clubs to international students
By Bill Bray, ASSIST News Service Campus Correspondent
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (ANS — August 31, 2017) — Two unusual new Bible clubs have been formed to help introduce the Bible basics to international students and visitors at the University of Virginia.
The study fellowship groups are especially designed to help new believers and curious non-Christians get an introduction to the Old and New Testaments.
According to the Center for Christian Study located on Soriety Row, there are over 21 grounds ministries in the Christian community and 20 churches offering ministry to students this year at the University of Virginia.
However, none of these are publicly reaching out to international students. Lists of the ministries reaching out to the whole campus community are available from staff members at the Center or by calling 434-817-1050.
Local churches and student-led campus fellowships formed the new groups with the help of the Overseas Students Mission (OSM). The weekly fellowships are held Tuesday, 6 p.m. at Center for Christian Study, 128 Chancellor and on Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., at Charlottesville Elim Church, 1675 Avon Extended. Call for details and directions, 434-227-0811. Community volunteers will arrange pick-up on the grounds for those needing rides.
Andrew Browning, a Fourth-Year student at UVa, is teaching the Tuesday evening course at the Christian Study Center and Charlottesville Elim Church is coordinating the Thursday night group.
Photo captions: 1) A happy group of international students. 2) International students in the classroom. 3) Bill Bray.
About the writer: Bill Bray, 70, is an author, retired foreign correspondent and frequent contributor to ASSIST News Service. He specializes in covering international student ministries and foreign missions. He has traveled to over 65 countries as a missionary journalist to report on missions and development ministries, returning to some countries as many as 30 times during his career. He welcomes exchange with readers and can be contacted by e-mail at: email@example.com
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