Our Past

Welcoming the Stranger


Do not forget to show hospitality to the stranger, for by doing so some people have entertained angels without knowing it!

MIH celebrates its Diamond Jubilee during 2016 – 17. Hilda Porter’s question to the General Committee of the Methodist Missionary Society in the early days before the establishment of any MIH bears as much relevance to today’s situation as it did then:

What is the use of sending missionaries overseas to offer the love of Christ if the same love is not shown here?

Throughout the 60 years of its existence it has followed, and is still true to, the vision of Hilda Porter, who saw the need to help and value the many international students who came to the UK to benefit from our higher education system. In the early years, most of the international students came from the Commonwealth countries, mainly in Africa and the Caribbean.