The Josephs were appointed by Missions Door in 1983, and started their ministry as Campus Ambassadors in 1984. At Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, the Josephs have the opportunity to minister among the more than 15,000 students who have come to the United States from over 140 different nations. Eighty percent of these students are from the 10/40 window, the least evangelized parts of the world.
Ben says, “America is fortunate to have the world come to her – a foreign mission field at her doorstep. There may be no better opportunity for world evangelization than that of reaching international students for Jesus Christ. Not only do they represent a potent missionary force as they return to their homelands, but the opportunity for open interaction is often much greater on a university campus than in their native countries.”
Ministry is orchestrated through a variety of activities and events: airport pickup, hospitality ministry, monthly activities where students can meet other students and American families, host-family programs, which provide a home away from home, conversational English classes, furniture giveaways, one-to-one and group Bible studies.
Ben Joseph was born and raised in a Christian home in Kerala, India, but didn’t come to know Christ in a personal way until he came to the United States. In 1972, while attending Southwestern College in Phoenix, Ben gave his life to the Lord and shortly thereafter felt himself called to Christian ministry.
While attending Denver Seminary in 1975, Ben married Aleyamma, another native of Kerala, India, who had accepted the Lord when she was 9 years old.
The Josephs were married in 1975 and have two children: Jason and Asha.