Lani Shade

Serving International Students in Philadelphia

Lani Shade

Lani and her family partner with Philadelphia churches to welcome international students. The Shades invite students into the highs and lows of Christian family life by hosting 4-7 students in their home. They connect the students to local Bible studies, churches, and ESL classes. Over the last 14 years they have hosted 201 students from 52 countries.

The café next door to the Charis House, the Shade’s home, is changing management. Pray for a new manager who is a believer and is open to using the café for ministry purposes.

One of the most powerful and effective ways Lani and Stephen minister to international students, and what they are most passionate about, is the incarnational ministry of The Charis House.  They invite international graduate students and researchers to experience Christian hospitality, a caring family environment, and the love of Jesus Christ through discipleship-oriented relationships, shared meals, activities, Bible studies, and spiritual conversations. Recognizing the university as a respected place where learning and discussion of new ideas thrives, Lani and Stephen partner with local American and ethnic churches in offering Bible studies, English language tutoring, conferences, and other such activities to challenge students and researchers as they think about the claims of Christ and offer opportunities to follow Jesus.

Originally, Lani was inspired to minister internationally through the reading of God's Word, missionary biographies, and a very specific call from God. Later, God miraculously opened the doors for her to go overseas,confirming the call. Ten years into missionary work, God re-directed her home. Lani's overseas experience inspired the idea of an international residential ministry. 

Lani and Stephen minister to students as a family. Pray that God would spiritually protect their family and that their marriage and parenting relationships would remain strong. Pray they would be effective witnesses to those living with them. Pray their Bible study would yield great discussion and students would engage with the Gospel and give their lives to Christ.