One of the most effective ways to minister to the students is through our availability and hospitality. This is why we believe that purchasing a "Mission House" near the Main Parkway would best serve these methods of outreach. It would also provide housing for out-of-town volunteers who come to serve for one to several weeks at a time, as well as returning students that have been discipled through our online church and Bible studies. Your giving towards this future expansion of the ministry will help us more effectively reach the students for Christ.
The International Student Ministry has become known as the "ministry-on-wheels" because of the continual need to transport students to and from the airport, bus station, the social security office, church services and special outings. These many miles provide wonderful ministry opportunities for sharing the Gospel and discussing the many spiritual questions that the students pose while traveling. While the church van is necessary for transporting large groups of students, it is not always the best choice for stewarding God's financial provisions since it only gets about 10 miles to a gallon. Due to the students' various flight schedules upon arriving and returning, there is a constant need to make this 90-mile roundtrip for only one or two students at a time. The same situation applies when taking them to the social security office in Knoxville. The Kochans have been using their family van for the last four seasons to help take these smaller groups of students, but because their vehicle has over 270,000 miles on it, there are serious concerns about its reliability and safety. Please pray and ask the Lord how you might help with this vital and immediate need.