For more than 35 years, Helping International Students (HIS) has been welcoming the nations to Manhattan, Kansas. Thousands of internationals have enjoyed warm hospitality and friendships with American Christians. The organization was founded in 1979 through Dr. Bob and Mary Taussig. HIS started at one local church with only a few friendship partners, but has grown to include into an association of more than 25 local churches and K-State campus ministries.

For International Students

If you are an international student, visiting scholar, or family member, we would like to extend a warm welcome! We look forward to meeting you, learning from you, and living life with you. Please let us know how we can help you during your time in Manhattan. If you are interested in being matched with an American friend, please click here. If you want information on our events and programs, click here. We are glad you are in Manhattan!

For American Friends

If you are an American friend, we invite you to join us in welcoming international students to our community. There are a number of ways you can contribute. You can volunteer to be a HIS Friend, help with numerous events, make a financial contribution , or volunteer in our office. Please e-mail if you are interested in joining our team!

3,000+ years ago

Although HIS was founded in 1979 through Dr. Bob and Mary Taussig, the organization’s history began more than 3,000 years ago. The God of the Bible tells us that He has a plan to bless people from every nation, culture and, language through Jesus, His son. We welcome the nations who are living among us because we have been welcomed into a warm, loving relationship with God.


God worked in Dr. Bob and Mary Taussig's hearts through a trip to Nigeria in the early 1970s. While overseas, they came to realize just how many internationals were untouched by American hospitality. One day, Mary met a man who had just returned from getting his PhD in the United States. When asked, “How did you like America?”, the Nigerian man replied with great vehemence, “I HATE AMERICA!”

Mary was startled. When the young man sat down beside her, Mary questioned him about his experiences in America. When asked if he had ever been in an American home, he replied: “Never”. Did he ever attend church? He said he had seen churches but had never been invited to attend one. When asked if he had any friends he would stay in touch with in America, he responded: “Absolutely none!”

After hearing about his unpleasant time with Americans, Mary remarked, “You received your degree in America, but you really didn’t experience America!”

Mary was both shocked and disturbed by this conversation. Until now, she had the impression that international students had a wonderful experience in the United States! Mary later visited with many returnees and professors who had gotten their degrees in the U.S. She asked each one, “Tell me about your time in America. What was difficult for you in America?” Each person shared memories of loneliness and feeling ignored and never being accepted.

Not one person Mary interviewed had made any friends among American students; not one had been befriended by an American; not one had ever been in an American home.

While this was a shock to Mary, she felt worse when she realized that they considered that all Americans were Christians and that their behavior reflected Christianity. The memory of these conversations led Bob and Mary to reach out to lonely Africans when they got back to Kansas.

1979 - Today

The organization now known as Helping International Students (HIS) began with about 100 friendship partners at one local church. Over the past 35+ years, HIS has grown to include more than 25 local churches and campus groups that, together, have befriended and blessed thousands of internationals.

The HIS Association pairs Americans with international students to enjoy life together, doing all the things friends do! HIS also hosts events throughout the year, including Welcome Dinners at the beginning of each semester, a Spring Friendship Banquet, an annual Partners Dinner, movie nights, and holiday meals. HIS Partner Organizations hold English classes, Bible studies, shopping shuttles, bicycle repair, sightseeing trips, and more. Our desire is that every international student in our community would experience a warm, loving friendship with an American.


Our dream is that God would raise up additional groups across Kansas and the U.S. that will welcome and befriend international students. We’d love to help you start a Helping International Students Association in your area! Contact us to learn how.

More than 25 local churches and campus ministries partner with HIS to welcome the nations to Manhattan, Kansas. HIS Partners host Bible studies and English classes, repair bicycles, hold holiday meals, provide free transportation to the grocery store, and offer much of their time and resources to bless others.

Check out the events page to learn about activities sponsored by HIS Partner Organizations.

Learn more about HIS Partner Organizations by browsing the links below:

Interested in joining HIS as a local partner organization in the Manhattan, Kansas region? E-mail us to receive a copy of our statement of faith and learn about the application process for new partner organizations.

Live in another campus, city, or state? We’d love to help you start a Helping International Students Association in your area! Contact us to learn how.

HIS Staff

HIS Staff support the Manhattan community in serving internationals.
Matching HIS Friends, providing Bibles, coordinating events, and facilitating resources and referral are just a few way our staff supports international students and HIS partner organizations.

Terry Cole

“I love what I do – and what I do is make friends and assist wherever possible.”

Terry Cole has been actively welcoming international students for many years. He and his wife, Robbin, have had numerous close friendships with internationals. They have hosted a Bible study at their home for close to a decade, served as a host family for six high school foreign exchange students, and traveled to Brazil to assist and serve alongside the church there.

Terry has a huge servant's heart and an innate ability to connect personally with others. As Director of the HIS Association, Terry is committed to making connections with pastors, facilitators, community organizations and as many of the 2,500 K-State international students as he can. He enjoys casting vision among Americans who share his true heart for welcoming internationals.

In his free time, Terry enjoys spending time with Robbin, his wife of 25 years, and his three sons, daughter, and two grandkids. A jack-of-all-trades, Terry can be found doing everything from cleaning swimming pools to fixing his son’s car to taking food to a widow from church.

Contact HIS Director Terry Cole.
Click here to support Terry's work with international students.


Katie is a Kansas native and a K-State graduate. She and her husband, Sagar, love to travel around the world and have a heart for loving the nations right here in Manhattan, Kansas! Katie has been connected with HIS since her time as a student at KSU, and joined the HIS Staff as Coordinator in January 2017.

Katie is responsible for the HIS Friend program, planning and coordinating HIS events throughout the year, and encouraging partner ministries and facilitators as they love the nations among us! If you every have any questions about HIS and how you can get involved - contact Katie, she’d love to help!

When she’s not in the HIS office, Katie loves to cook Indian food with her husband, connect with new friends, and whoop her friends family in friendly board game competitions. She’s always up for a cup of coffee or quick game of Bananagrams!

Contact HIS Coordinator Katie
Click here to support Katie's work with international students.