Share the love of Christ with America’s hundreds of thousands of international students
Indian-born Dr. Doug Shaw, the new President/CEO of International Students, Inc., of Colorado Springs, CO, has urged American Christians to “share the love of Christ” with America's 662,000 international students and scholars.
In an interview, Dr. Shaw, who was once an international student, said that following the September 11 terror attack on the United States, some foreign students have come under suspicion. "This is the time that we Christians need to rise to the opportunity to share love and concern with open hearts and hands towards these students.
Dr. Shaw went on to say, "I feel that it is our privilege as Christians to befriend these students with the love of Christ, just as Jesus would if He were here and, as God provides the opportunity, we need to introduce the message of salvation through Christ to them.
Dr. Shaw said that being an international student in the United States from India has given him a closer insight into how ISI can work on the many campuses where these students are studying.
A Wealth of Valuable Experience
Dr. Doug Shaw brings a wealth of experience to his new position at ISI. His family heritage includes a great-grandfather who was a Muslim convert to Christianity and a grandfather who was a yogi in the Himalayas of India. He considers himself the product of missionary efforts in India through churches as widely varied as German Lutheran, United Methodist, Baptist and Assemblies of God.
After growing up and receiving his initial education in Calcutta, he came to the U.S. over 33 years ago and earned both an MA and a Ph.D. at California Graduate School of Theology in Glendale, CA. His continuing education includes an emphasis in evangelism and church growth as well as missions.
Dr. Shaw's professional experience is also varied. For seven years, he was President of a family corporation that owned three small businesses. He has served several churches in California in either interim/consultative roles or as senior pastor, having been ordained since 1974. He has been a consultant, producer and guest in various media endeavors, including television, radio and multi-media. He is the author of many articles and more than a dozen books and training manuals. In addition to these, Dr. Shaw has served several para-church ministries, including Living Bibles International, Christ for All Nations, the Joshua Project/Mission America, and Every Home for Christ. He has a heart for and extensive experience in missions. His ministry has been enriched by experience in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Far East, including several communist countries.
Also active as a layman, Dr. Shaw has served numerous community groups as an advisor, Bible study leader and Board member.
Doug Shaw is married to Susan, and they have three children, Cilicia, Kassania, and Rajeev.
Denny Schlosser is the Chairman of Schlosser Steel, Inc., of Hatfield, PA, and the Chair of ISI's Board of Trustees. Regarding Doug Shaw's appointment, he says, "The Board spent considerable time interviewing Doug Shaw and reviewing his qualifications. Most importantly, we spent time in prayer, both together and separately, about God's choice for this position. We believe that Doug Shaw will bring unique talent and vision as ISI's new President."
Will Perkins, the Vice-Chair of ISI's Board of Trustees and Chairman of Perkins Motor City Dodge in Colorado Springs, CO, was Chair of the Search Committee responsible for finding a new ISI President.
International Students, Inc. (ISI) is a 48-year-old organization, the mission of which is to share Christ's love with international students and to equip them for effective service in cooperation with the local church and others. ISI volunteers and staff help students with such things as learning about American culture, problems that require a native speaker or someone familiar with the culture, finding an American Christian mentor in their academic discipline, and (if interested) in learning about our Creator God and the Bible.
For more information on ISI, please write to ISI, P.O. Box C, Colorado Springs, CO 80901. Phone: (719) 576-2700 or log onto their Web site at internationalstudents.org.
Author: Dan Wooding. Used with permission from ASSIST News Service.
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