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

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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Our Heart Language

“It was good!” Fabiola Jara – The IFI Columbus team’s master-mover –  nods emphatically and clasps her hands thoughtfully as she looks back to that beautiful day. “It was very good!” she says, referring to her first coordinated event as the coordinator for IFI’s developing Hispanic Friendship Team. Faby had been tasked with developing an […]

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Staff Highlight: Karlos Smith

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. Karlos Smith is […]

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You Have No Idea

David Albright – affectionately known as “the man who keeps going” – was worried. A new fall semester was approaching, which meant it was almost time for one of his favorite opportunities as an Ohio State campus minister with International Friendships Inc.: hosting a Bible discussion group. But would there be anyone to discuss with? […]

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Staff Highlight: Phil Foell

We are blessed with an amazing staff team at IFI in Columbus! Each month we shine the spotlight on one of the IFI team members, so you can meet them up close and personal. There are so many staff who work tirelessly to reach out to internationals and support the efforts of staff and volunteers.  […]

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Staff Highlight: Julie Wu

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