As part of our international partnership with Trinity Baptist Church in Dénia, Spain (Iglesia Evangélica Bautista ‘La Trinitat’) and Colegio Alfa & Omega, Columbus Avenue Baptist Church (CABC) in Waco, TX, is blessed to host international students each year. Within the past five years, CABC families have hosted more than 10 students.
From culture to language and more, each student has a lot to offer. This summer, one of our CABC families became the host parents of the graceful Giulietta, one of Alfa & Omega's high school students from Dénia. From enjoying youth camp to learning a proper Sic ‘em Bears call at Baylor University to a celebrating an explosive 4th of July at a Texas Ranger’s baseball game, Giulietta has spent this summer experiencing American Christian culture (specifically Texas culture) with her American family! It will be an unforgettable experience.
Hosting a student is a great opportunity to live on mission without having to leave your city. You can introduce your student to Christ by living out your faith in front of them daily and encouraging them to take part in activities at your church. Many of our CABC host families have traveled to Dénia as well and become lifelong friends with their international students. I encourage you to take part in this ministry by first praying for open hearts for the students as our host families share the love of God with them and by encouraging Christian families in your church and community to host a student. What a privilege it is to serve our God in this way!
David Villarreal, Minister of Missions & Spanish Language Minister, CABC/DBF Board Member