5 Ways to Be Globally Involved from Your Dorm RoomPosted on Monday, March 1st, 2021
By GoCorps Staff Team
Don’t wait until you graduate to be globally engaged! While you’re still in school, it’s a great time to start learning about what God is doing all over the world, and to join in! Here are five ways you can be globally involved from your dorm room:
1. Meet International Students. Most universities are great places to meet peers from other countries and often have international student groups and events. Meet new friends, invite someone to have lunch with you, and learn about other cultures and different ways of growing up! Pro-Tip: Take the initiative. Embrace any awkwardness that comes from a language or cultural barrier. Just be friendly, be you, be welcoming! You’ll be surprised how encouraging it will be to the person you are befriending.
FACT: 95% of international students never have a single meal in the home of an American family. You can change that for someone on your campus! Showing hospitality to international students is a very biblical and fun way to be global!
2. Take the Perspective Course. This is a college-level course offered all over the country. Perspectives is for anyone who wants a closer walk with the Lord and is serious about gaining a deeper understanding of His ultimate purpose in the world. Taking Perspectives is a great step to learn and see history and the world through a new lens. For many, taking Perspectives “ruins them for the ordinary,” but that’s a good thing, isn’t it?! Go to perspectives.org to find a course in your area.
BE A LEARNER! Having a posture of learning and growth is a great first step in being globally engaged on your campus. Start reading about global news. Read a biography about someone from another part of the world. Steer conversations to talk about what you’re learning.
3. Pray for People from the Other Side of the Planet! Start by picking a country and learning 5 or more facts about the people, economy, history and religion. Pray each day for a week for the people of that country. Next Step: Invite some of your friends to join you! Have them pick a country and then pray together. Maybe even start a weekly global prayer time together!
PRO-TIP: You can use the Joshua Project app or Operation World emails to help you learn about and pray through different unreached people groups (specific cultures and places where there is the least access to the gospel). If you want something with a bit more structure, you could use the free resources from prayercourse.org as a guide for small group meetings.
4. Read a book. There are tons of great books on God’s heart for the nations. Some good ones to start with are The Abrahamic Revolution by Todd Ahrend, Something Has to Change by David Platt, and The Good News About Injustice by Gary A. Haugen.
Or read an autobiography! Some books that have ‘rocked’ the lives of our staff while they were in college include The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken, Living on the Devil’s Doorstep by Floyd McClung and Eternity in their Hearts by Don Richardson.
5. Learn a new language. Use a language learning app like Duolingo or Memrise (they’re free!) to learn a few words in a new language every day. Then go find an international student or language meet-up to use your new vocab!
Pop Quiz: What do you call someone who speaks two languages? (Answer: Bilingual), What do you call someone who speaks three languages? (Answer: Trilingual) What do you call someone who speaks one language? (Answer: American! Yes, it’s true. Most of the world speaks more than one language, but not us. You could change this!)
There’s lots of other ways you can begin to be more global in your faith, your learning, your relationships and your actions. We hope this list gives you some fun ideas to be more globally involved today! Don’t wait. Start being more global now! And when you are getting closer to graduation, let’s talk about helping you find a place globally to use your degree and live on mission to make a real difference in the lives of some amazing people globally.
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