Paul & Liz Godwin
How to reach the Godwins:
We have been connected to Alderwood for many years though our longtime friends Dana and Vivian Huff. When they came back from Spain, Liz recruited Dana to join ISI as a Ministry Representative. While we were in Japan, our International Christian Fellowship (ICF) host moved and Dana stepped in to keep it going by moving our ICF to Alderwood.
Here is a little about us. We have been married for 39 years and live in Mill Creek. We have a married son and a married daughter. Liz formerly worked as a Registered Nurse. Paul worked in the marketplace until the summer of 2013 when we moved to Japan on a returnee follow-up project for ISI. We have been doing international student ministry at our church for 30 years. We hosted our first Japanese student in 1986. That changed our direction of ministry. Liz became a homestay teacher/coordinator/escort for groups of Japanese students coming to Seattle from 1987-2000. In 2001, we founded Talk Time at Northshore...Liz was the director until 2013. We co-founded the Reaching Japanese for Christ Network in 2001. In 2002, Liz joined International Students Inc. In 2009 Liz became the Seattle City Director for ISI. We've served with the Visiting Scholar Ministry since 2002. Both of us have been on many short-term trips to Japan. From 2006 to 2013, Liz organized city trainings for Seattle area church teams. In 2008, Paul went back to school at Northwest University and earned a ministry leadership degree, summa cum laude. In 2010, we started an ICF in Lynnwood. In 2013 we moved to Japan for two years to research how to stop the 80% loss of Japanese Christian returnees who walk away from the faith back in Japan. Liz also added to her returnee friendly church list.
We currently lead Lynnwood ICF and International Women’s Connection. We continue on the Reaching Japanese for Christ Conference committee and work on returnee follow up strategies. There are over 1,100,000 international students in the U.S. representing nearly every country in the world, many of them closed to Christian missionaries. It’s one of the most strategic global and local outreaches a church could have. These students return home to be tomorrow's leaders. Let’s send them back as church planters.
Here are some of the things we’ve been doing these past six months:
Twelve Chinese and a Japanese student enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner with American families. It’s a challenge for Liz to make the arrangements with so many different variables. One student said “Thank you so much! Honestly it was the most wonderful memory in this three months to spend time with you guys [and] have a Thanksgiving dinner. Ya, if we have time we attend some event together and stay connected!“ Pray that the students will see Jesus and His love for them through these families. Pray that longer term relationships will continue.
In December we went to Mt. Baker for the ISI Ski Retreat. Along with Paul & Liz, Alderwood’s own Dana & Vivian Huff met with over 80 attendees. The students came from Japan, China, India, Saudi, Holland, Korea, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia. Most of the students attend one or more of the Seattle area International Christian Fellowships as well as the Edmonds Talk Time. This strategic outreach allows four full days to share the gospel. Please pray that these foreign students will respond in faith as they process the experience.
Every Monday Paul is on campus at Everett Community College serving students in the school’s English language learning classes as discussion facilitator. In March, one topic is Saint Patrick: why he took the Gospel to the Irish.
Twice a month on Thursdays, a Japanese mom’s group meets in our home to practice English language skills, discuss culture, holidays and worldviews. We’ll also talk about Saint Patrick in March. Two Saturdays a month International Christian Fellowship (ICF) meets in our home (or a friends’ home). Picture it as a house church for international students, some of whom are Christians, some are seekers and some simply show up. In February, Liz helped plan the International Reaching Japanese for Christ (RJC) Conference in LA. We are currently planning a short-term trip in September to Japan, focused on students who’ve returned home after finishing school here. We connect them to churches and ministry workers, including a church planter who we’ll help initiate a Talk Time.