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First Baptist offers thriving ministry for internationals at MSU


Murray—Around 50 Murray State University international students gathered with First Baptist Church of Murray for food and fellowship to kick off their school year on Aug. 13. It was just one of many events that First Baptist will host for the international student ministry.

Three years ago, Steve and Paula Alcott started the ministry after a few Chinese students approached him in Walmart asking for a ride back to campus. As they spoke on the ride back, he explained that he had just returned from visiting his daughter, who is a missionary in China. The couple invited the students to church.

"After the first service, we asked if they had any questions. One of the girls spoke up and said, 'Yes, what was that in there?'" Paula recalled.

"I said that was a worship service for the God that we serve that created the world," Paula said. "But inside, I was thinking, 'How do we begin with the process of explaining the gospel to someone who has never heard?'"

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