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Calvary Students Participate in Conversation Groups

Calvary Students Participate in Conversation Groups

Calvary’s International Student Services Department holds conversation groups on a weekly basis that exist to benefit the English language learners on campus.

These groups are a time where students can come for instruction in grammar, reading support, and most importantly, conversation over a wide range of topics.

When desiring to fully aquire a language, it is important to practice communicating. The hope for those that participate in conversation groups is that they will become more confident in their conversational skills. This is a time to put the grammar knowledge that they have to use without fear of mistake. 

During our meetings we love to focus on different questions that engage each other in conversation, as well as learn a few phrasal verbs. Phrasal verbs are such a fun part of the English language. Every day life is riddled with, what appear to be, these common sayings. Although some may think them to be commen, often times phrasal verbs are used in a very nonliteral way. And that is where things get tricky and interesting.


Some of the favorite phrasal verbs include “hold up” and “back up”.

Television shows will often use phrases like “what’s holding you up?” Students have found that it is exciting to know what they mean by that. No longer are they just hearing a random saying on TV, but they are now more aware of what the actor/actress is trying to say.

The phrasal verb “back up” is a favorite for its many different ways to use it. Backing people up in conversation or ideas, moving away from something, or even having a backup item are different ways that individuals have found this phrasal verb to be useful.

Learning a language is a hard thing to do, but we hope to encourage, uplift, and help create a deeper understanding of English for those that take part in our conversation groups.  

Intercultural Club, Campfire Version!

Intercultural Club, Campfire Version!

Nothing spells fun like a group of friends enjoying the crisp fall air around a campfire.

Sunday evening our Intercultural Club got together at Dean Josh’s house to enjoy a time of fellowship.

 Nozomi Miwata prepared for us a delightful Japanese dinner. The meal involved teriyaki chicken, rice, Japanese stew, and a salad with the traditional tofu and seaweed. Not a stomach left disappointed with this food!

Following the meal we sang a few worship songs around the campfire. There is something so wonderful about a simple guitar and fire pit.


Once we sang together Kosei Miwata gave his testimony to the group. His love for God is inspiring, and his story encouraging. Something Kosei said that really struck a chord within the group was that our failure is not the same thing as our sin. God does not discipline us for the failures, in the eyes of the world at least, that may come when trying something for him. He loves us and encourages on, despite the failures. Kosei’s example was just as a parent punishes for the bad behavior, not the failure in trying, of the child. We are to try to live our life for Christ regardless of the setbacks that may come! It was an encouragement to hear Kosei share about the love God has for us. 

The Intercultural Club event was a refreshing time for those visiting and for the students just getting a break from the normal campus rhythm.

A huge thank you is due to Dean Josh and his family for opening their home for us, as well as to Kosei and Nozomi for preparing food and a testimony for everyone!


Games and Gyros

Games and Gyros

Saturday evening many gathered together in the Langmade room for the first Intercultural Club event of the school year.

A delicious Greek meal involving gyros and Greek salad was made by Mr. Hange for all in attendance. Once the food was consumed, Tim Hange stood up and said a few words to the group.


 When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. you shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

Leviticus 19:3334

Pulling from Leviticus 19, we were charged to be kind and compassionate to every person we come in contact with.  This passage of scriptures talks about how one ought to love the foreigner that comes to live with them. God says this to his people back in the Old Testament, but still calls us to this today. We even see that in the New Testament Jesus commands his children with the two greatest commandments: to love God and to love others.

Going through life we are going to encounter those that are foreigners to our environments. No matter who you are, you must love and care for these people. The love and compassionate that we possess as the children of God should make itself known to those who surround us.


Following this look into God’s word, we all rearranged ourselves to play some games. Dix It and Code Names were a few of the games chosen. Dix It involves people to create their own themes based off the many abstract pictures provided. Code Names was exciting and challenging as a few got to practice a bit of their english while guessing what words were being hinted at by their teammates.

Children and adults alike joined in and found themselves having a great time!

We had such a blessed evening and look forward to the next Intercultural Club event.

Calvary Welcomes New Students

Calvary Welcomes New Students

This last week Calvary welcomed all incoming students for the 2019 school year.

There were many activities planned for the students to get to know one another and break that awkward feeling of being new. From an intense “Where’s Waldo” search to donuts and worship, students really found themselves moving into their new home with greater ease.

Here at the International Student Services we are excited to welcome two new international students. Megumi Grace Matsui and Moses Waswa are now officially Calvary Warriors!

Grace is a student from Japan and is studying Business Administration. One activity that she would say was her favorite from this last week was the Talent Show put on by some of our returning Calvary students. Many individuals got up on stage, but Grace thought that the skits were the best. She says that they were “so good and so fun”!

Grace looks forward to living in the Christian community here on campus. She is excited to make friends here who will help encourage her on her walk with Christ.


Moses is a student from Uganda and he is here studying Biblical Counseling. The week had a lot of activities packed into it, but Moses’ favorite one was the candle game. The goal of this game was to move from one end of the field to the other without letting your candle get blown out by the opposing team. Moses was an expert at dodging others and blowing out candles!

Moses is looking forward to “the new adventure… towards [his] goal of transforming and reaching out to the community”. With all of the activities planned Moses really liked how easy it was to begin to connect with everyone.

Both Grace and Moses are great additions to Calvary’s student body. We are really looking forward to how God will use them in their classrooms and in the lives of those they come in contact with this upcoming year.



Every year a new group of students rise up to walk across the stage and receive their well-earned diploma from Calvary University. 

This year we were blessed to watch as many of our international students stood up to receive their diplomas. A handful of these international students are Chinese individuals that have served the Lord so faithfully while here at Calvary, and are now moving on to continue in their service to Him.

Pastor Billy Ko, a well-known minister to the Chinese people here in the Midwest states and across the country, has played a great role in getting a few of these international students to Calvary University.

Pastor Ko founded the Christian Witness Center (CWC) in Missouri. The goal of this organization is to build disciples and co-leaders for Bible study groups and churches. They focus their ministry on the needs of the Chinese individuals in the Midwest of the States. As a whole this organization reaches over forty college campuses within ten states, focusing on creating disciples and growing students in their faith.

One of our graduates, Qinglong Liang, has graduated from Calvary with his Masters of Divinity. He received high honors and awards in both his Hebrew and ministry studies. Qinglong is moving to work alongside the Christian Witness Center. While at the CWC, Qinglong will serve as a missionary in the churches and Bible study groups that are a part of the CWC.

He has enjoyed his time at Calvary and states that the biggest lesson he learned while studying here is, “I really know that God… is truly faithful to provide everything beyond my imagination.”

Another one of our students, Xiaofei He, has graduated with a Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Studies, along with many outstanding awards in his Greek and ministry studies

Xiaofei is now moving to Texas, where his wife will be studying Biblical Counseling at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. While there he plans to serve in a Chinese church in Arlington, Texas. He and his wife are both seeking the Lord’s guidance as to where to go once the program in Texas is completed next May.

Xiaofei has learned while at Calvary that, “the knowledge of God is the most important knowledge.” He came to know that “God is good and faithful.” Not only this, but that his “aim of spiritual growth is to know more and more about God and to cultivate a more intimate relationship with Him!”

Yang Zhang has also graduated from Calvary. He has graduated with his Masters in Bible and Theology and will be moving to North Carolina in the fall. Yang will be interning at the Christian leadership Renewal Center in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Here he will be working as a cook while continuing his studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

While at Calvary, Yang says that he has “learned how to interpret God’s word correctly,” and is excited to continue studying God’s word as he goes on to study for a Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Studies.


We are so pleased to have watched these students graduate and to hear how they are going to continue in their service to God with their next steps. Please be in prayer for them as they walk according to the will of our Lord, wherever it should take them.