Ruth Tian

Associate Ministry Leader

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Campus in BostonHi! I am Ruth from China. In 2008, I went to The Ohio State University (OSU) as an international student. God was very good to me. By His grace, I had opportunities to meet Christian friends through International Friendships and went to the Bible studies. Several months after I arrived in Columbus, I received Jesus Christ as my Savior.

After I got my master degree from OSU, I did a one year internship at IFI. In that year, I attended the Urbana Student Mission Conference 2009 and decided to commit to serving the Lord with all my heart wherever He sent me.

After I returned to China, I started a job as an accountant in a Christian manufacturing company in Beijing. Before long I met my future husband while volunteering in a ministry that served the marginalized populations in southwest China. Two years later we got married and moved to southwest China. It was our privilege to host dinners at home and visit friends in nearby villages as a family.

Four years ago, we started a fellowship group in our home for the “returnees” – those who had studied or worked abroad and then returned to China. Our Lord has done amazing work in the hearts of different people. And I also learned that cooking is also an important skill in ministry!

Last year we returned to the US as a family so my husband could began further studies in social service for disadvantaged populations. Now we live in Cambridge, MA with our two energetic boys, ages 5 and 2.

Every year thousands of international students come to Harvard and other universities to pursue an advanced degree to prepare for a better future. How many of them will be wondering about the real meaning of life, as once I was?

My heart is burdened to share the Gospel and make disciples among the internationals on campus. This is why I joined IFI. As an Associate Ministry Leader, my role is to build the foundation of international student ministry in Boston. We are inviting our friends to partner with us through praying, serving, and giving. Would you join us?

O Lord, let all the nations praise Your name! (Psalm 67)

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