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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. […]

A Reflection on the OSU Attack

On Monday, November 28, 2016, a Muslim student from Somalia rammed his car into a crowd of people on The Ohio State University campus, then began slashing at them with a knife.  Police called to the scene shot and killed the student.  Accounts of the incident made headlines worldwide. Regarding this event, JP, on staff […]

4 Prayers for International Students

Keys to Life and Growth in Christ “And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.” (1 John 5:14-15) 1. Ask God to open […]

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