1) Host Events, Activities & Programs driven by students’ Discipleship Journey
IFI views discipleship as a journey towards Jesus, and with Jesus. But every journey starts with a first step. By connecting internationals with Christian friends, these international students have the opportunity to see how Jesus lives through the lives of His followers, and to learn more about Him. As international students learn through this experience, and meaningful discussion, they can take clearer of who Jesus is and decide how they will respond to His invitation to follow Him.
We are seeking out and praying for more opportunities to connect students directly with staff and volunteers over the course of the school year. These opportunities could include more events and or hosting activities to establish and develop the connections that facilitate this journey.
IFI also wants to provide support for internationals who have started to follow Jesus as they mature in Christ, with programs like ISEED (International Students as Equipped & Empowered Disciples). By providing resources, training, and mentorship, ISEED helps international believers become more like Jesus, and discover how He wants to work through their lives.
Lastly, IFI Columbus endeavors to provide training, resources, and support for the Christian friends (i.e. IFI volunteers) who will be engaging in this journey with students.
2) Develop an Ethnically Focused & Diverse Ministry via our Ethnic Friendship Teams
In order to partner with Jesus in helping internationals to address and overcome cultural barriers, IFI Columbus endeavors to develop a diverse, and ethnically focused ministry through our Ethnic Friendship Teams. These teams actively build friendships with students from a specific ethnic background, provide cultural events that reach out to students from that background, and establish discipleship opportunities (i.e. Bible Discussion Groups) that contextualize the Bible for the students they serve.
For example, the Loving Indians Friendship team hosts a weekly Yeshu Satsang, a contextualized Bible Discussion Group for Hindus. This group sets an Indian cultural environment with Indian worship music, clothes, instruments and food to show Hindu background friends they can learn and worship Jesus without giving up their culture. This helps to break the stereotype that Christianity is a western religion.
The Columbus ministry also facilitates teams for our Chinese, African, and Muslim friends, with the hope of developing more teams to serve more cultural communities in the future.
3) Build a Community of Supporters to fully fund the Columbus Ministry
We believe that God will provide the resources we need to seize the opportunities, share the stories, and support the transformed lives that He’s leading us to engage with. And we believe that He will do it through the financial gifts of faithful IFI Columbus partners, like you.
Your gift to can make a tremendous impact by helping IFI Columbus:
- Engage with new and returning students attending Columbus campuses through our annual events and activities.
- Supply Bibles and other discipleship resources to international students in Columbus with spiritual interest.
- Equip international student believers to share God’s love globally.
- Mobilize and train more churches and volunteers to join the effort.
Whether you’re hearing about IFI Columbus for the first time, or you’ve been a faithful partner to IFI Columbus for years, don’t let this opportunity to participate in making a world of difference in the lives of international students.
Consider how you will give to help us reach all of our ministry goals for this academic year.
Some gifts to consider include:
- A one-time gift of $365 (or $1 a day)
- A monthly gift starting at $50, $75, or $100
- An annual pledge of $1000+