We WELCOME students from all nations. Over 800,000 international students, the brightest from their nations, now study on American campuses. They are future world leaders and culture shapers, but are rarely invited into American friendships, homes, or churches. We equip Christians and churches to offer hospitality to international students in Christ’s Name. RUF International represents a cost-effective Global-Local mission opportunity for the church.
We EXPLORE the gospel of Christ with internationals. While far from home, internationals are curious about their hosts and open to new ideas. With gentleness and respect, we offer reasons for our hope in Christ. As Paul did at Ephesus, RUF International hosts discussions in academic settings. After experiencing God’s welcoming love through Christian friends, many internationals seek to learn more about the good news of God’s welcoming grace.
We EQUIP internationals who follow Jesus Christ to become effective servant-leaders for God’s kingdom and Christ’s church worldwide. Many return to their home nations as future leaders in government, academia, industry, and the church. RUF International prepares international students to live and work for Christ’s glory in their home nations.
Al LaCour serves as the nationwide Area Coordinator for RUF's international student ministry. Al equips churches and campus ministers to “welcome the nations and equip kingdom ambassadors.” Al graduated from Georgia Tech and Westminster Seminary. After 30 years as a church planter and the senior pastor of four churches, Al now trains Christians to welcome international students into their homes and churches. Al and his wife Elaine have been married for 40 years. They have two married children and two grandchildren.