Every year Good Shepherd families welcome international scholars from UW-Madison (and their families) into our homes. These are usually graduate students or guest professors who have a relationship with the International Friendship Center at Calvary Lutheran Chapel in Madison. Most are from the People’s Republic of China, and simply want to sample American life outside of Madison. Good Shepherd’s bus transports these families to and from Watertown. On the way they often tour a modern dairy farm or cheese factory or some other site of interest. Host families pick up their guests at Good Shepherd, provide a nice meal and comfortable accommodations, perhaps show them around Watertown and bring them to church the next morning. Following worship services the International scholars and their host families join the rest of the congregation for the annual Soup Competition, a fiercely heated and competitive culinary contest. The school band provides a brief concert, and too soon the bus whisks our guests back to Madison, but not before stopping at the Johnson Creek Outlet Mall for an hour or two. Often these relationships result in repeat visits and on-going relationships. For those with the gift of hospitality, this is a terrific opportunity to become acquainted with another culture without even leaving Watertown. At the same time, these scholars will hear a very clear account of God’s love for them in Jesus Christ at the church service and, hopefully, they will also recognize it also in the warm hospitality of our members. For more information contact Bob Martins.