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The staff and volunteer perspective on what it means to serve international students!


This Gospel

 Volunteer loves sharing Jesus with internationals  “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes…” (Romans 1:16) There’s a dream that we’ve all had before: the fence surrounding the yard, the kids playing with the dog, and the sense that […]


Jump In

Campus Minister and Key Volunteer make room for displaced student It seems like every day, both in ministry and life, opportunities come unexpectedly. Some of them benefit us immediately; most take time to reveal the rewards. Nonetheless, the opportunity will never show its worth, unless we decide to seize it, and stick with it. Take […]


Glory in Family

A prayer warrior finds family with internationals and IFI. “I feel like IFI is family,” says Connie Pridemoore, a recently retired nurse, smiling warmly. Connie serves IFI in multiple capacities as a volunteer, including as an English Conversation Partner and a member of the IFI Prayer team. But this feeling of family that she has […]


Connecting the Disciplers

IFI associate staff are inspired to disciple the nations. “The Great Commission is for all believers,” asserts Bob Mack, a retired IT Director and Project Manager who has been involved with IFI for over 10 years. His wife, Karen, a part time Pharmacist, has worked with him every step of the way. “I love that […]


Achieving Rest

Volunteer takes part in the Great Commission after finding all her needs in the Jesus. “Mom colored me to be an achiever.” Sue Kroeger, the Associate Communications Specialist for the IFI National team, often reflects on her life before Christ. “I grew up without much knowledge about God. My mom did not speak of God […]


At the Table

Volunteers answer the call, the questions of a Muslim student. 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, […]


Because I am Helped

Student serves with IFI in appreciation for being served. “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 […]


Troubling the Water

Minister sees a prayer answered by the heart of a friend. “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 […]

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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 […]