STRATEGY: CASE STUDY: IVCF International Student Ministry

Bill and Treva Lansdown's unique ministry to International Students is highlighted in the SPRING 1997 _Internationals On Campus_ periodical from InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Bill was teaching Engineering at the University of Denver and wondering what God wanted him and his wife to do after his soon-coming retirement. They got the idea to develop a sort of halfway house for International students. "They called the building 'Crossroads' and asked God to send students to fill the rooms. They have had more than 700 students from 70 countries stay from one night to three years. Bill meets them at the airport with a warm welcome. Some stay a few nights until they find an apartment or dorm room; others stay for their university career's duration. Bill and Treva are approved for 16 students, but many want a private room, so the average number is eight to 10. Until now they have served three meals a day, except Wednesday. However, with both at 71, the Landsdowns are phasing out breakfast and lunch. They all have dinner together as Dr. Bill reads the Scriptures and invites the students to Friday night Bible study in the house. 'It is a lot of work, but we have some cleaning help,' says Treva. 'We have claimed the verse, "As thy days, so shall thy strength be."'" Source: IVCF International Student Ministries, P.O. Box 7895 Madison, WI 53707-7895