April 14, 2012
A few families from our church got together and hosted an Easter Dinner for several International Students from FIT. Monica & Japheth Light graciously offered their home for this outreach. The weather was beautiful and enabled the group to set tables outside in the shade of the Light's backyard. Beginning the afternoon, Daniel Hedman presented the history of Easter celebrations, explained some of the pagan symbols, then transitioned into three reasons why Christians aren't crazy for believing that Jesus rose from the dead.
Since the event was not overcrowded, it provided opportunities to really talk to some of the International students. Linda Condon said she got to meet a half dozen new students from Oman. This is the first group of students ever sent by their country to America on scholarship. They are all ELS (English Language Students) so they were all grateful to be able to have opportunities to talk to Americans. A few shared about their country, families, and cultural values; one such value is the high importance placed on education. Several of them expressed interest in going on the camping trip with Synergy, so we hope there will be more opportunities to build relationships with these International Students.