Sunday, July 23, 2017

The world is coming to Columbus!

International Friendships, Inc (IFI) is a community organization that works in partnership with universities and Christian volunteers to promote friendship and hospitality for international students, scholars, and their families. IFI also partners with internationals through on-campus student organizations.

Volunteering with IFI to connect with international students and scholars is:

  • Strategic – You can make a significant impact for the kingdom of God around the world with out traveling and learning another language.
  • Effective – The students who are touched for Christ return to their home countries in positions of leadership and influence.
  • Fun – It is a great JOY to expand one’s awareness of world cultures by inviting internationals into your life.


There are many ways to get involved with IFI. You can choose to engage in one time events or participate in an ongoing activity -- whatever fits your schedule, abilities and resources. Some activities require training; some do not, but all are important.


Training sessions are available on multiple occasions:

  • Tuesday, July 18 from 6:30-8:30 pm at New Life Church Gahanna – 3690 N. Stygler Rd, Gahanna
  • Wednesday, July 19 from 7:00-9:00 pm at Veritas Church – Short North, 345 E. 2nd Ave.
  • Additional dates to be announced
  • Online training available, contact Jerry Cable

No training required

  • Pray for internationals and IFI Ministries
  • Volunteer at the IFI Welcome Picnic
    Sunday, August 13 at Mill Run
    Opportunities: Bring food, set up or clean up host games
  • Volunteer at the IFI Friday night Bible studies
    During the school year at Lytham Road Opportunities: Bring food, set up or clean up
  • Bags for the Nations – Help prepare Welcome Gift Bags to be handed out to 1,200 new students
    Donate travel tissues packs, yellow highlighters, granola bars, hand sanitizer (1 oz size), or Tic Tac® breath mints.
    Pack bags Sunday, July 23, at Mill Run
    Contact: Star Bradley at

Training required - one, two-hour session

  • Airport pick-up
  • Temporary housing of a student/scholar for two or three nights
  • Conversation partner – Meet an international one hour each week to practice English/Be A Friend
  • English Conversation Club – Meet on Saturday mornings with a group of students/scholars to practice English together.
  • Invite internationals to your home and UALC for Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter.

Get Started!

Application and training registration:

Questions? Contact Jerry Cable at