International Friends is a strategic outreach to the international student community in Southeastern Michigan, and is an opportunity for members and friends of HPBC to participate in building a relationship with students from around the world. Within two miles of our church, there are over 600 international students.
International Friends provides an at-home context to impact the world, where your current life-style creates the catalyst to build a friendship with an international student, opens opportunities to share about American culture, your family traditions, and your faith in Christ.
International Friends, in partnership with a local university, has created a comprehensive outreach program that provides an opportunity for students to meet Friendship Families and to make Conversational Friends. It has been reported that over 90% of international students never enter an American home during their studies in this country.
Won’t you join us to reach out and become a Friendship Family or participate with English Corner?
Winter/Spring Events - 2013
January 20 - Welcome Back Potluck at HPBC - 12:45pm
January 25 - Auto Show
January 29 - Business Factory Tours
February 2 - Basketball Clinic - 9:00am
February 17 - Lunch & Historical Museum - 12:45pm
March 9 - Hot Pot Dinner - 5:00pm
*International Friends Potluck Dinners are times when international students and Friendship Families connect together. We share a meal and have a fun time of interaction. Since this is a potluck dinner, the church and Friendship Families provide the meals.
*English Corner is a collaborative outreach with the LTU English as a second language department, one on one meeting students to help them with their English language skills, a great time for discussion as they work on pronunciation and diction. Directions provided or carpooling from HPBC south parking lot 6:30pm.
*Friendship Families participant in group activities along with inviting a student join you in your everyday individual activities and/or holiday’s in your home.