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Koinonia Host Program

Koinonia is a program that connects International Students studying at Gordon College with local community members including faculty, staff, area church members, and friends of the college. The goal of this program is in its name, Koinonia. Koinonia is the Greek word used in the New Testament to mean 'communion', 'joint participation', the 'share' or 'portion' which one has in anything—in essence, it means community. It is our hope that this community will provide space for students and hosts to learn from each another as you build relationships that will last for years to come by sharing a meal in the host's home or celebrating a U.S. holiday together.

While students should not expect housing at any time unless invited by their hosts for long breaks or over the summer, here are a few activities that you might do together:

  • Share a meal together in the host's home or at a favorite ethnic restaurant
  • Participate in a special church service or seasonal activity together such as apple picking or attending a local parade for the 4th of July
  • Spend a US holiday celebrating together or learn about a holiday celebrated in another part of the world.
  • Provide practical assistance like making a run to the mall or a ride to the airport.
  • Students can also invite their hosts to campus events such as concerts, athletic matches or ISO events

To participate community members and students complete the appropriate profile below, and will be matched appropriately. All faculty and staff are invited to participate and non-employees of the college are welcome to participate with a reference provided from an employee of the college.