Monthly Friendship Dinner Party for Japanese Student Connections Jim Tilus of Minnesota campus ministries asks: Would you pray for God’s Blessing on our monthly friendship dinner party for Japanese Student Connections (XAi) tomorrow? So far, we have 42 Japanese Students (4 of these students are joining us for the 1st time) and 12 ministry volunteers who will be attending this event at Bordertown Coffee House on the U of M Campus.
Here is the follow-up report:
Thank You for your prayers for our dinner.
Our dinner tonight went very well. All the details went off without a hitch, which is not a given when planning this type of large event.
We had a smaller attendance than expected due to midterms, 33 Japanese students, but we had a wonderful time of building and strengthening friendships. The owner of the coffee shop was able to share a testimony of God’s vision for the store and God’s provision in acquiring the building. It was also encouraging to see two new couples serve with us as volunteers. They both were thrilled with the experience and seem to be a great fit to share God’s love with our students.
One couple are from Hong Kong/Japan, and the other couple arrived back in the US from Japan less than a week ago. They were missionaries to young adults with the Vineyard Church in Japan but suddenly had to return to the US for health reasons. They are staying in Minneapolis and will look for jobs here, even though they had never lived here before. The husband was sharing with me that our dinner felt just like the ministry he was used to in Japan. We thank God that he would see fit to connect them with us!
We had five 1st time girls, and one 1st time guy. I will be meeting with the new Japanese guy soon over coffee. He is studying individual counseling and is planning to be a “life coach”.
We also had 2 new colleges represented (Adler Graduate School and St. Mary’s University), bringing our total of Minnesota colleges represented by Japanese students at our friendship dinners this year to 12! We are hoping that these connections across the area will allow future Japanese students to hear about our ministry and connect with us quickly when they arrive in Minnesota.