How it works
Every year, U. S. colleges draw over 700,000 international students; almost 10,000 in San Diego! Many come here eager to learn about American culture, but few are ever invited inside an American home. Most of them have never heard about Jesus Christ in a meaningful way. What a ripe opportunity for extending love and witness! What an enriching experience it could be for both Americans and Internationals!
What a blessing it would be for your family to make friends with a bright, young UCSD student who is brand new to our country. Imagine the eternal impact we could have on international students and on their home countries as we sensitively share our faith with these future leaders.
Here's How It Works:
An ISO (International Student Outreach) host will be available to host an international student for a two to three day home stay when he/she first arrives. This personal introduction to America means the world to these newcomers! If possible, the host will pick the student up at the airport and then after the home stay will take him/her to campus housing.
An ISO host will make periodic contacts with the student, including him/her in family activities as it is natural for the family and the student. Examples-invite student to Thanksgiving dinner, to church, and/or church concerts, and to SBPC's College Ministry activities.
If you are interested in being involved with this ministry, we are ask for a commitment of one academic year. Please fill out a Host Family Information Form, return it to Pastor Tom Theriault at SBPC, 120 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach, CA 92075.
Here's How We'll Help:
To optimize the experience for both hosts and students, we hold an Host Orientation Gathering.
We will hold a fall and spring party at church to bring together our families and their students for fun and relationship building.
We will provide ongoing help with any difficulties that may come up and will link any student needs with the care ministries of our church.
Questions? Please call Pastor Tom Theriault at 858-509-2580 or e-mail him.