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Good to the Bone

Growing up in the fast paced, diverse city of Karachi, Pakistan was very different from living in Ohio for *Eria, an Orthopedic Research Fellow at Ohio State University’ Wexner Medical Center. “It was always sunny and warm,” she chuckles. Despite the appealing climate, Eria’s childhood was faced with several challenges. The high crime rates made […]


The Developer

Life involves inevitable change. Often, this change is quick and can catch one off guard. For *Izzy, this reality unfolded before his eyes at a young age. “I grew up in Kumasi, the second-largest economic city in Ghana. When I was growing up, Kumasi was actually covered with a lot of vegetation. During the British […]


At the Table

  Sometimes difficult conversations happen when people are discussing a religious or cultural topic, but they don’t share the same beliefs. Those moments can feel uncomfortable and tense, and may quickly devolve into debate. But what happens when the conversation is taken from the debate desk, to the dinner table? *Eria, an MD research assistant […]


Because I am Helped

“I’m called to love on students, but I don’t always expect them to love us back.” For Xia, an Ohio State campus minister for IFI, it can be very draining when the love and service she extends to students is not reciprocated. Though her head knows that the reason that she and her fellow ministers […]

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Newsletter – Oct. 2021: A Diverse Focus

“Even with so many fish, the nets did not break.”  (John 21:11) After a busy August, the Columbus Campus staff used September to get down to business running weekly Bible discussion groups and meeting with students one-on-one.  We have 20 Bible discussion groups that have started, with over 120 students attending and 40 volunteers helping.  […]


OSU Update: “Reverse Hospitality”

IFI OSU Campus Ministry Director, Wen Cao, provides an update on what she sees God doing on campus! I have had the privilege of developing a good friendship with a visiting scholar recently. When Jesus directed my attention to this woman, my first thought was to plan how I would minister to her. But Jesus […]

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Join an IFI Friendship Team!

You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.  You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, […]


Troubling the Water

“Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.” (John 5:3-5) The wait is always the hardest part. “I’ve been praying for over a year to find someone who was eager to make time and learn the scriptures […]

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Staff Highlight: Danny Walker

We are blessed with an amazing staff team at IFI in Columbus! Each month we shine the spotlight on one of the Columbus team members, so you can meet them up close and personally. There are so many staff who work tirelessly behind the scenes to help IFI remain prepared to serve. Danny has served […]


The Explorer

*Rob, the first son of ten siblings, grew up in an Iranian farming village that always seemed too small. “I would spend most of my time in the new library that opened, reading as many fantasy and folklore books as I could. Each book was a new world to explore.” Rob’s desire to explore also […]