SPECIAL PROJECTS

 

New Welcome Night Dinner - Sponsor a Student

 

“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” - Matthew 25: 31-40

 

For over 30 years, PRISM has welcomed new international students from around the world at the annual Garage Giveaway. So many of our volunteers give of themselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually for this event. As a result, many of the students come back the following evening for our Welcome Night Dinner. They come to find out more about PRISM, why we would love them, a stranger, by giving them household items and then drive them and their items to their new apartments for FREE. They come curious, and what do they find? More. A free meal, fun giveaways (Pirate hats to T-shirts), information about free trips, Friendship Partners, and Bible studies – most of all they get more love!

This year, we are opening this night up to all who desire to become a Friendship Partner. The Welcome Night Dinner will provide a natural, easy atmosphere to start building relationships. Our goal is to help our volunteers find a student/scholar who they naturally "connect" with and give them the opportunity to invite the student to meet as a Friendship Partner.

In the past, we have used the fellowship hall at Bellefield Presbyterian Church, but by adding future Friendship Partner volunteers to our numbers, we needed to find a larger venue. For this reason, we are holding our event at the University Club right next door to Bellefield Church.

 

The benefits of this change:

 

  • Easy to invite new students back to same area
  • Larger venue to accommodate more guests
  • Space for American Friendship Partners to meet new students
  • Dinner prepared by University Club, freeing up staff and volunteers to connect with students
  • Great meal to welcome the new students
  • Set-up and breakdown done by University Club, freeing-up volunteers and staff

 

To offset the cost of this event, we are asking our friends and supporters to sponsor the cost a dinner for a new student. $25 will Welcome one stranger to Pittsburgh. Please follow the link below and welcome Jesus to Pittsburgh!