RUF International exists at Texas thanks to the partnership of local churches in Austin to welcome international students, explore the good news of Jesus Christ together, and equip Christian international students to be ambassadors for God's kingdom here on earth.

No matter where you're coming from, or what you're in Austin to study, we are here to serve you. It is difficult to be in a new place, let alone a new country where you don't know anybody. We hope you'll find a community and friendships with other International students, as well as American students and families that will help make your time in Austin feel more like home. 

In our goal to explore the good news of Jesus Christ together, we have a weekly discussion where students can read passages from the Bible, and ask questions about God, Jesus, the Bible, and Christianity. This is a safe place and time for skeptics, doubters, non-believers, and those of other faiths to see what exactly the Bible says about who God is, and to ask whatever questions may come up in a civil and respectful environment. 

If you're interested in learning about the Bible, Jesus, or Christianity, or just want someone to talk to over lunch call, text or email Terry and he'd be happy to meet you.


Global God Discussion

Fridays 7-8 pm

at Caffe Medici on Guadalupe

Friday Dinner

Every Friday from 5:30-6:30 pm

Text Terry for location since it rotates every week.

Welcome Pool Party

September 1st from 6-9pm

at 1400 Ridgecrest Drive


September 8th at 6 pm

 at 1917 Littlefield Street

Greenbelt & Tacodeli

September 15th from 8-11 am.

We'll walk on the greenbelt and finish with some tacos for lunch at Tacodeli.

Local Dinner

September 29th at 6pm

 at 1707 Sanchez St #E

Halloween Dinner & Movie Night

October 27th from 7:30-10:30 pm

at 1815 Michael Wayne Drive 

Thanksgiving Dinner

November 17th

at All Saints Presbyterian Church

Terry Dykstra

Originally from Colorado, Terry lived most of his life in Georgia before moving to Austin in summer 2017 to continue the work of RUF International at Texas. Terry studied Journalism at the University of Georgia, where he met his wife Mary Rose through RUF. Mary Rose was a finance major and now works in Business Valuation at Deloitte. Terry and Mary Rose have been married since 2014 and welcomed their first child, Arthur, in May 2018. They also have two cats named Agnus and Georgia.

Terry enjoys watching most sports but especially American football (and is growing in his excitement for the world's football), listening to podcasts, and likes playing volleyball, tennis, racquetball, and frisbee. Together, he and Mary Rose enjoy good food, art, theatre, reading, working out and riding bikes. They look forward to meeting students from all the nations represented at UT, and Terry would love to meet on campus over tea, coffee or lunch!