Being a long way from home can be really difficult, especially when you are facing the challenge of navigating a new culture and language. SMU has about 1600 international students representing more than 90 different nations. RUF International seeks to welcome international students and scholars in the name of Jesus Christ.
If you are an American student who has a heart to serve the international students on campus, we would love have you partner with us! If you are an international student, we want to walk alongside you as you navigate life outside of the classroom! In addition to your studies, we want to help you experience the local culture, develop lasting cross-cultural friendships, and better understand who Jesus Christ is. Come join us for what we hope will be an exciting and life-changing experience!
Chris and Sarah have been married for more than 10 years. They met as undergraduate students at Vanderbilt University, graduating in 2003. They have a son, Haynes, who was born in 2011, and a daughter, Ellie Grace, who was born in 2015. Chris graduated from Redeemer Seminary in 2013 with a Master of Divinity. He has been an international student twice - first in Spain while an undergrad, and then he and Sarah spent three years in Asia.
Heidi is a Franklin, TN native who graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in August 2016. She majored in journalism and classics, intending to work as a reporter until she connected with the RUF International on campus and began serving as a volunteer for three years. She moved to Dallas in August 2017 after accepting a job as an RUF-I intern and is thrilled to continue serving the international student community at SMU as campus staff. When she's not working, you can find her listening to podcasts, hanging out by White Rock Lake, reading National Geographic and cooking with friends.