Walnut Hills Baptist Church will host a pizza/ice cream social on August 19 for J-1 international students at the Pineapple Inn on Richmond Road. With a J-1 Visa, several hundred students come to Williamsburg in the summer to work in the hospitality industry followed by up to 30 days of travel. Over 250 students are housed in Richmond Road motels. Students represent some 20 countries with the majority coming from eastern European countries and China. They have secured jobs before they arrive and pay all their expenses. The J-1 Visa program allows students to gain exposure to U.S. culture while improving their English skills by working and traveling.
Walnut Hills Baptist Church and partnering churches under the leadership of Rev. Jeffrey Buffkin, Baptist Collegiate Minister at William and Mary, and Zeko Wezah, staff associate, provide many activities to welcome the students. In addition to hosting picnics, Walnut Hills members serve as summer families to host students for a meal or activity. On Tuesdays, the Peninsula Chinese Baptist Church hosts a meal and worship time for some 50 students at Walnut Hills. Women on Mission from the church provide desserts for this service. Students can participate in English conversational groups or Bible study at the Pineapple Inn. Pick-up soccer and basketball games and trips to the beach or local sites are also held. To become involved in this ministry, contact the church office at 757-220-5900.
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