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Community of Hospitality

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This group was started in 2018 and our purpose is to serve international communities in Central Wisconsin by being a welcoming and hospitable body of Christ-followers to those from different language and cultural backgrounds.

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Although we do not have the ethnic diversity of a major city, we have a number of important international communities in our area that have motivated us to be better welcomers and community partners. For example, there are 200 Hmong families in the Stevens Point Area and approximately 100 international students at UWSP. Some of our larger businesses bring international professional workers for months or years and there are seasonal migrant workers as well. In a world of increased migration, the trend is towards more diversity in our area. The latest example is, of course, the arrival of refugees to Central Wisconsin from Afghanistan and from several other countries including Syria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Woodlands has an official resettlement team helping a large Congolese family. And the Congolese community is growing with most of them interested in attending Woodlands Church!

At this time, our Community of Hospitality focuses on finding and sharing needs through a newsletter. We have engaged with such things as the Annual Hmong Week or helping Hmong children with their homework, being a friendship family for an international student or supporting InterVarsity’s biweekly Tea & Talk, volunteering at the Annual Portage County Cultural Festival or tutoring English learners at the Portage County Literacy Council.

One fun way to reach out to our local international communities is to find a favorite ethnic restaurant and make friends with the staff there. Check the resources section on this page for a list of local ethnic restaurants to explore and make new international friends.

    Global Welcome Overview Video

    Service Opportunities

    Helping Resettle Refugees

    Woodlands Church has a Refugee Resettlement Team which is supporting a newly arrived refugee family for their first nine months in Central Wisconsin. We met our family at the airport on June 3 rd when they arrived from their refugee camp, took them to their furnished home, helped them learn about life in their new country, transported them to appointments, helped them find jobs, enrolled them in schools, helped them learn English, and more. Most of these things are ongoing. We have welcomed them, loved them, and been their neighbor in Jesus’ name.


    Foreign Language Bibles

    We have foreign language Bibles available for our international guests to use use during worship services. Go to the Information Center for Bibles in Spanish, White Hmong, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and SwahiliFor access to other Scriptures & Scripture resources in over 2,000 languages, go HERE.

    Cultural Papers

    Congolese Backgrounder – an overview of refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and their integration into US culture.

    All about Afghans – 2 pages of the essentials 

    Ethnic Restaurants in Portage County

    Make friends and enjoy world cuisines at these international restaurants in our neighborhood! Yummy!

    See list

    Bamboo House – Asian bistro, Sushi & Grill

    3012 Village Park Dr., Plover

    Chef Chu’s – Chinese

    5720 Windy Dr. ste a, Stevens Point

    China Wok – Chinese

    135 Division St. N #6, Stevens Point

    BroKogi – Korean

    108 Division St. Stevens Point

    El Mezcal – Mexican

    5741 Suite E, Windy Dr., Stevens Point

    El Molcajete Mexican Grill – Mexican

    1160 Meridian Dr., Plover

    Green Tea – Chinese & Thai

    1035 Main St., Stevens Point

    Mama Mai’s Noodles – Southeast Asian

    2824 Stanley St. Stevens Point

    Matsu Ya Sushi Bar & Grill – Japanese

    5725 Windy Dr a, Stevens Point

    Mi Pueblo Restaurant & Bar – Mexican

    5110 Main St. Stevens Point

    New Hibachi Buffet – Chinese

    5509 US-10, Stevens Point

    Polonia Café – Polish American

    7419 County Road Z, Custer

    Ranchitos Perez – Mexican

    3462 Church St., Stevens Point

    Rock-N-Roll Café – Mexican

    2801 Stanley St., Stevens Point

    Samoeun’s Happy Wok – Cambodian

    1540 Plover Rd., Plover

    Tokyo Steak House – Japanese

    1617 Academy Ave., Stevens Point

    Tulum Restaurant & Grill – Mexican

    3066 Village Park Dr. Plover

    Vietnamese Restaurant (& Point Market)

    3511 Church St., Stevens Point

      Annotated Bibliography

      Start your journey into the world of immigration, refugees, international students, and other cultures and languages by reading one or more of the books linked below.  Whether you’re new to this migrating world or an old-hand at working cross-culturally, these books will equip you in this ministry of hospitality.