I'm nicely into my third year as an international student at Charis Bible College. I think there are 55 of us on the Colorado campus from 19 different countries. When we gather for a luncheon some are able to share traditional foods from their homelands, but everyone can share a story - how they came to know and love the Lord Jesus; what He has done in their lives; how doors opened for them to come to the United States to study...
The fact that we are international means that we are between two countries. We have the privilege of living in America as students while we still have the rights of citizens in our native lands. To achieve our purpose at Charis we have to focus on our classes without ignoring the responsibilities and relationships left behind. We need to maintain a balance between the two.
Every follower of the Lord Jesus shares this dual way of living in the school of life. Each one has a role to fulfill wherever they've been placed on this earth. We're learning lots and what we need while we are here is provided, but it isn't home. Our full rights are in God's Kingdom and home is where Father is.
When difficulties pile up it's so good to be able to call on Him. He's always there. We can tell Him exactly how it is and know He understands completely. He loves us and He has the right answer. He supports us as we tackle each challenge and when we complete our course on earth we will celebrate at home with Him.
It's a blessing to have a place at the tables with all the international students at Charis, a tiny foretaste of the feast we will enjoy with believers from every nation at home with Father God after graduation.