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.

Whether you are familiar with the Bible, Jesus, and Christianity or not, RUF International is a ministry where all international students are free to explore the Bible, ask questions, learn about who Jesus is and what it means to follow him.

We also exist to provide a place of community and friendship for students. Of course, you'll make friends and community with your classmates and fellow countrymen and women. But we want to show you the hospitality you would show us to help make Austin a home away from home.

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.


International Cafe

Thursdays from 11-1:30

Bring a friend and join Terry for lunch in the Union Food court 

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. After Terry finished his internship with RUF at Western Kentucky, they married in June 2014, and have one (fat) cat named Agnus. 

Terry enjoys watching most sports but especially 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!