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  • Writer's pictureRayven Hallmark

Every Student Welcomes - The Nations At Our Doorstep -

“Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.” (Psalm 96:3)

There are over 17,000 people groups that populate the earth. Forty-three percent of those people groups are unreached, meaning that there is little or no access to hear and experience the gospel of Jesus Christ. Many of these people groups are in places that missionaries or resources cannot go.

But, many of these people are right at our door. Right here on the campus of UT Arlington. They are our neighbors whom we see at the grocery store, sit next to in class or on the shuttle. People that we pass in the hall, or even our lab partner. God has brought the world to our doorstep and wants us to be the ones to welcome and invite them to His kingdom. We are the ones to help them see Jesus and hear the gospel.

God calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:39). We should welcome our neighbor into our lives. Love, not mistreat or ignore, and through friendship with us, may they hear the good news of Jesus Christ, see and meet Him.

How do we love our neighbor as ourselves? The answer is like Jesus. He served with humility, He gave generously, and He loved unselfishly. This is how we should love our neighbor. Our eyes would see our neighbor and our hearts would be moved to compassion and whatever they needed; we would meet that need. We would have open arms to receive and embrace them as if we were embracing Jesus. Think about it, if you moved to a foreign country, away from your family, friends, spoke little of the language. It would feel pretty lonely, and you would be longing for a friend. We can be that friend. It could just start with a simple hello. Let's welcome our friends from all over the world into the community of One True God!

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