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Alabama WMU - International Friends Retreat

Seven years ago, Alabama WMU came alongside Collegiate & Student Ministries at the State Board of Missions as they began hosting the International Friends Retreat at WorldSong Missions Place. This annual weekend away has grown to become an impactful world missions opportunity for college students across Alabama — without ever leaving the state! 

American students invite their international friends to enjoy a weekend of canoeing, mountain climbing, zip lining, archery, and breakout sessions about life in Alabama. The retreat provides an avenue for relationship building and sharing of the Gospel. Over the years, more than a thousand international students from 30+ countries have attended. 

Each international student receives a welcome bag put together by WMU groups across the state. Collegiate & Student Ministries personnel place a simple English Bible in each bag. Above all, every student is prayed for individually as their goodie bag is packed. Seeds of faith are planted at every turn before, during and after the weekend. Last year, the International Friends Retreat saw a harvest of salvation — prayerfully, the first of many to come.

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How you can pray...

Since this year’s International Friends Retreat has been cancelled due to COVID-19, WMU groups are providing welcome bags to be passed out to international students by Baptist Campus Ministries on campuses across the state. Pray for welcome bags received by international students to be Gospel conversation starters and Kingdom fruit to come from this effort.

Pray for international students to be welcomed by BCM students and local churches. Ask God to provide opportunities for Alabama Baptists to share the hope of Christ with the nations on our campuses.

Pray for the young man from South Asia who surrendered to Christ as a result of last year's event. Pray for his ongoing discipleship and that his family and friends will respond to the Gospel as he shares.