The “Nations” Are Here: Fall 2009 Edition

I have just obtained the Fall 2009 international student enrollment figures for Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. My family and I are involved in a home-based ministry to students from the “nations” who are pursing their academic careers in our community and these numbers are always very interesting to us.

The report shows that the international student population at A&M (Main Campus) has increased since the 2008-2009 school year.

The Fall 2008 international student enrollment was 4,484. This year’s total (Fall 2009) international student enrollment is 4,560.

The top five nations represented in this year’s international student enrollment (including financially “sponsored” students), and their numbers are:

  1. India – 1,131
  2. People’s Republic of China – 956
  3. South Korea – 578
  4. Mexico – 364
  5. Taiwan – 238

Of these students, 3,646 are enrolled in graduate degree programs, while 824 are enrolled in undergraduates studies. The remaining numbers are enrolled in other studies and programs.

We are always mindful that the community’s international population is much greater than the university enrollment numbers would suggest. Many of the University’s students are married with children and are visited, often for extended periods of time, by parents and siblings. There is no way that we can accurately place a figure on the total number of internationals living in our community, but it is huge.

As I have written in earlier posts on this blog, we believe that the Lord of the Harvest, in His sovereignty, has brought the “nations” to our campus so that they might hear the saving message of Jesus Christ and come to know Him as their personal Savior and Lord. These new believers will then be discipled in the faith, as we are commanded to do by Christ in Matthew 28:18-20, and equipped for ministry and service (Ephesians 4:11-14). We will also seek to start organic, simple churches that will reach into the respective nationality groups and networks of the new believers and model a simple form of church that can be replicated and reproduced in any culture, setting, or nation.

These new believers will be used of the Lord, in their respective professional and academic fields as church planters, Bible teachers, pastors, and evangelists to reach their networks, people groups, and nations for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Please pray for the many to be led to faith in Christ and for us as we commit ourselves to reach and disciple the “nations” who are studying at Texas A&M University.

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This article was originally posted on November 17, 2009, on taethnenetwork, another blog I have written.

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