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International Friends Meet

Where culture, love, and life are shared

A Joyful Opportunity!

Currently there are over a million international students studying at colleges and universities in the United States and millions more worldwide. We have a wonderful opportunity to welcome these students and expand our view of the world through the gift of friendship!

"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers." Hebrews 13:2

Student Perspectives

"I like your way of approaching international students. Thank you!"

"I want to improve my English language & speak in professional manner. I want to know US culture & develop intellectually."

"You are awesome. I like your service."

"A wide welcome to the idea of American friends. I'd definitely like to experience diverse culture and be a part..."

"My American friend should be of jolly nature and helpful and can adjust with a pure vegetarian like me."

"I want to have a good time in friendly environment with loads of fun & chance to learn American culture. Hellooo America!"

"I want to make friends because that lasts forever!"

 

Wise & Healthy Interaction

Ethics & Respect

Respectful interaction is a cornerstone of our friendship and outreach to students. It is also one way we honor God's will for us. I Peter 3:15 instructs, "Worship Christ as Lord of your life, and if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way." (NLT)

Guiding Principles

  • Unconditional Friendship

  • Mutual Respect

  • Helpful Services

  • Truthful Invitations

  • Thoughtful Social Etiquette

Campus & Community Partnership Contract

To increase understanding between people of different cultures, truthful dialogue is often more effective than respectful silence but trust is key.

 

This contract may help to clarify expectations. 

 

IFM Resources

Friendship Matters

Inviting the Church to Engage the World through International Sudent Ministry

Through short stories and testimonies, this book casts the vision for ministry to international students and explains how anyone can get started.

Always Be Ready

Equipping the Church for Ministry to International Students

This interactive training workbook is designed to assist leaders in equipping believers to serve international students.

It includes seven key topics, discussion questions, and a facilitator's guide.

Parties With Purpose

Facilitating Strategic

Cross-Cultural Events

Increase your ministry's fruitfulness through intentional events. This practical guide is packed with tested ideas, party themes, menu tips, games, planning aids, and more!

 
 

Paula Parker Bio

Paula is a writer, speaker, trainer, and consultant assisting those who are starting or growing a ministry to international students. For more than two decades Paula has equipped the church for cross-cultural outreach, previously serving as director of international student ministry at EvFree Church in Fullerton, California (1997-2013) and as president of the International Friendship Council of North Orange County (1999-2014).

 

Paula is a native Californian. She and her husband David have been married for 30 years and live in Orange County. They have twin daughters and one son, all grown and married.

"He has told you, O people, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk her humbly with your God." Micah 6:8

 

May we live each day demonstrating our love for God and for one another in our words and in our actions.