Cherrydale Baptist Church
Friday, March 24, 2017
To love God and people above all else

"So you, too, must show love to foreigners" Deuteronomy 10:19a
Ethnic Embrace Booklet (download here)
If you would like a print version of Ethnic Embrace, please contact Pastor Ed Grudier.

Here in the Metro DC area, the world is at our doorstep. We are blessed to have many people from all over the world living here, including professionals, diplomats, immigrants, refugees, and international students. As believers, we are urged to show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19a). Many of the internationals who come here have not been exposed to the gospel and often have never even met a Christian. By reaching out to internationals relationaly, we have the opportunity to share the Gospel of Christ with them. Many of the internationals who visit here, ultimately plan to return to their country of origin. Reaching internationals for Christ is one way we can answer Jesus’ call to be His witnesses in our "Samaria" and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8) for many may take the message of the gospel home with them.

Cherrydale offers the following specialized ministries to serve, reach out to, and build relationships with internationals. If you would like learn more about getting involved in ministry to internationals, but aren’t sure where to start, please contact our Senior Associate Pastor, Ed Grudier.

Refugee Ministry

Over 1,000 refugees come to Arlington every year and most come from countries found in the 10/40 window, the focus area of our missions program. Refugees often arrive with great excitement over arriving in America, but also need help with the many adjustments to life they are encountering facing. Life as a refugee being settled into in a new area country can also be a lonely experience. The following are ways that you can minister to refugees and make their transition smoother:
  • English-Language Conversation Partner
  • Tutoring children in their school assignments
  • Refugee Companion: Meet regularly to talk; help navigate issues like: the Metro system, opening a bank account, how to use coupons, extend hospitality
A two-hour training session is required prior to being connected with a refugee. For information on this training, or to receive further information on getting involved in Refugee Ministry, contact the refugee ministry leader, Christine Downer.
International Friendship Partners

Become a Friend to an International Student
Friendship Partners is a ministry which seeks to reach out to international college students by matching them with individuals, couples, or families from Cherrydale.  Being a friendship partner is a low-time commitment opportunity to help students gain an understanding of our culture, while showing the love of Christ.  Share a meal, share hobbies, and share experiences.  If interested, please contact Lois Petersen at

Students from dozens of countries come to George Washington University to study. Most students have a desire to explore and understand Americans and American culture but will never have the opportunity because no one will reach out to them. Many students have a perception about the United States as a “Christian” country, but many will have never meet a real Christian.

The friendship partner program seeks to reach out to international students by matching interested students up with individuals, couples or families from Cherrydale.  Being a friendship partner is a wonderful opportunity for students to gain an understanding of our culture while also seeing the love of Christ in action. 

Friendship partners can share a meal, share hobbies/interests, and share experiences during a one year commitment. Help these students gain an authentic understanding of our culture, while showing the love of Christ.  Friendship partners are asked to get together with their students once a month and reach out to them by email or phone a few times a month. In addition, the Friendship Partner Coordinator may arrange special events, providing more opportunities to connect with your partners.

For information on how to become a Friendship Partner contact Lois Petersen.

Chinese Bible Study 
The Chinese Bible Study meets every Friday at 7 pm for dinner in Room 119 (the Community Room) at Cherrydale Baptist Church followed by music worship and small groups for Bible study in Chinese and English. Chinese students, scholars and young professionals are invited to join us on Friday evenings. Transportation is provided. Pickup is usually provided at three locations:
  • GWU Campus, located at 2121 H Street (opposite to GWU Gelman Library) and two block from Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro.
  • Crystal Towers, located at 1600 S Eads St, Arlington, VA 22202, near Crystal City Metro.
  • River House, located at 1400 S Joyce St, Arlington, VA 22202, near Pentagon City Metro. 
Ye Tao via email at
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