Field Staff (Guelph)
Dave & Linda Buchner
Fundraising for staff salary goals includes salary needs, ministry expenses, and a 10% administration fee.
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We have served the Lord with ISMC at the University of Guelph for 21 years. To reach our purpose we have focused on the principles described in 1 Corinthians 3:5-9. By becoming a friend to the internationals God has sent us, along with His Spirit at work, some have prepared the soil, some have planted the seed, some have watered the seed, and some have harvested the fruit. Therefore, we have trained and built up a team of volunteers from some churches in Guelph. The majority of our contacts are now visiting scholars.
During this time we have made contact with the internationals through our various programs with students from over 50 different countries using bus trips, a Friendship Partner Program, and ESL classes. Our main contacts are now from the countries of China and Brazil.
Our primary focus has been individual and group Bible studies. Internationals from 25 countries have attended our Bible studies; the majority still receive the weekly Bible studies. Other follow-up has included frequent correspondence, links with christian contacts, and two visits to China.