As we have settled back in NC for a season of support development and preparation for Seattle, we have also returned with the same passion to reach the nations found in Raleigh-Durham and the Research Triangle Park.
This week alone, we have connected with people from Iran, Pakistan, Nepal, Algeria, China, Indonesia and many others nations. All of these nations have extreme restrictions on evangelism and the Christian church. And yet here these foreigners find themselves in the most “Gospel saturated” nation on the earth. What an amazing opportunity to fulfill the Great Commission!
Many of these contacts were made at an event we hosted recently called Culture Shock. The event was held by iMix, the name of Every Nation’s international student ministry here. The goal was to help new and current international students from Duke, UNC and NCSU adjust to life in the US, along with connecting them with believers who could serve and help host them. The turn out at the event was incredible, over 170 students and volunteers attended!
We are now the official host family for 6 students from Iran, Pakistan and China. Not to mention, Cindy and I are following up with numerous others who have expressed an interest to “know more about God.” To get a better idea of the openness of thse students, I thought you may enjoy this email Cindy and I recently received from a visiting Chinese scholar studying at NCSU. He wrote:
Hello John and Cindy Simpson,Today nice to meet you! And we are very happy to join iMIX and we enjoyed it! I am Guanglin He. I come from Beijing Institute of Technology; Beijing, China. Now I am a visiting scholar in mechanical and aerospace engineering. Mechatronics is my major. I think if we can become good friends and I can stay in contact with you. And I can welcome you to Beijing and you can come to my home. I think my wife will be delighted. Thank you.Best regards,
Can you say future open doors in China? What an opportunity to share the love of Christ with Guanglin and the almost 900,000 international students, and future world leaders, who are studying in the US. But sadly, 75% of international students will never enter an American home and 80% of international students will never enter an American church while in the United States.In this time of transition, Cindy and I are committed to keep our “missionary mindset” and continue to reaching out to those who’ve never heard the Good News. But for a change, we will have “home field advantage.” Thanks so much for faithfully standing with us and praying for us. We know, our greatest days of ministry are ahead. We look forward to talking and seeing you soon. Many blessings to you and your family.