Welcome to RUF International at George Mason University!
RUF-I is a Christian hospitality ministry with Leviticus 19:33-34 as a core principle. Leviticus 19:33-34 "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." As the verse says God desires his people to love and serve strangers (foreigners/ resident alien) in your land as you would love / serve yourself. This makes hospitality very important!
We desire to welcome internationals, and my focus is international students on campus. We also provide students opportunities to explore Christianity if they choose, but they have to take that next step. Since last year I've been listening to them explain the needs of international students on campus (material, relational, spiritual) and we've been able to have Americans host holiday dinners, sightseeing trips and dinners, temporary housing, connecting students with American mentors in their chosen vocation, airport pickups, transportation to their grocery of choice, help with English, etc. Let me know if you'd like to be a part of RUF at GMU!
Matthew grew up in Florence, KY and attended Murray State University. After graduating with a degree in Music Education in 2002, Matthew moved to Alabama to serve at a Christian camp. During his time there, he felt called to attend seminary, and headed over to Westminster Seminary California (MDiv 2010), where he met Sherrene (MA Theological Studies, 2011). Somehow, Matthew convinced Sherrene to marry him, leave her large Indian family in southern California, and move to Alabama with him. They were married on 9-10-11, adopted their dog, Bhindi, three months later, and are excited to welcome the nations at Auburn University together.
Janelle graduated from Thomas Edison State University in 2015 with a degree in Entrepreneurship. She and her twin sister have run a bakery out of their home for several years and love providing their customers with a healthy option for breads. Janelle's hobbies include piano, ukulele, reading, nature walks, and learning about different cultures. A trip to the Dominican Republic in 2014 and the Middle East more recently have contributed to Janelle's love for people from all over the world. She is delighted to be welcoming and befriending international students right in her own home town!