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Four Tips for Raising Student Leaders

Do you see leadership potential in someone near you? Perhaps that “seeing” is God saying, “Come work with Me to help this person grow into the leader I’ve made him/her to be!” If your heart is with God’s work among international students, we hope that you will use these tips—and that’s what they are, not […]

Turning Cultural Blunders into Bridges

In IFI, particularly at events to welcome new students, we start to get to know people who don’t look like us and don’t see the world the way we do, to experience life with them while they live among us.  Our desire is to be an effective and authentic living picture of Christ to those […]

Praying Muslims Into God’s Family

“Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the whole earth as your possession.” (God the Father to His Son, Psalm 2:8) “If you don’t pray, nothing happens.” Daryl A., volunteer, Cleveland OH The fervent prayer of the righteous in Christ can effect much good (James 5:16,) even in the face […]

Preparing to Host a Student Long-Term

We offer this article for four reasons: 1) To give God glory for how He expresses His generous, nothing-to-hide hospitality through long-term hosting, 2) to share the thoughts and experiences of three long-term host families with very different life situations, 3) to inspire you to consider long-term hosting—which is sought continually by international students—and/or 4) […]

Pump New Vitality into your Church with IFI!

Sarah, a new IFI volunteer, felt more alive since becoming an English Conversation Partner to female students from China and Japan. Her world was expanding! God was using her! But Sarah’s church, which had blessed her for years, seemed to be shrinking. She longed to put her new aliveness into her church! Could partnering with […]

5 Ways to Help Your International Friend with English

People of other nations are required to pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or an equivalent exam in order to become students in US universities. Passing does not always mean that they are proficient or confident in every aspect of the English language.  Many international students and scholars you meet will […]

5 Questions That Can Lead To Salvation

Many years ago, Mabel Bahler, one of IFI’s founding staff, asked a student from Sweden to describe his spiritual life.  His first reaction was to take offense.  That was a private matter!  But as he considered her question, he realized he didn’t have a spiritual life!  He talked to Mabel about it.  She invited him […]

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3 Ways God Changes Hearts Through Raising Support

If you’ve been a Christian for a while, you’ve probably been approached like this by someone hoping to join a Christian ministry or short-term missions team: ”Hi! This is Joe/Jody Jones! I’m planning to work with (Fill in the blank) Ministry! Could we get together so I can tell you about it?” How did you […]

7 Ways To Love People from Honor-Shame Cultures

People from the honor-shame (H-S) cultures of the Middle East, Asia, and North Africa have the same needs that westerners do: love, honor, acceptance, significance, being valued, and a sense of community and belonging.  “They need to know that it is God who brings lasting honor and erases shame,” says Heather Murray, IFI staff member […]

6 Hallmarks of Biblical Giving

“After I read Francis Chan’s Crazy Love, I asked myself, ‘Do I really love my neighbor as myself?’ My giving didn’t indicate that. After some thought and prayer, I decided to give half of my income to others.” When I heard a long-time IFI volunteer say that, I gulped. That’s really crazy love! I thought. […]

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