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Stop neglecting to show hospitality to strangers, for by showing hospitality some have had angels as their guests without being aware of it. – Hebrews 13:2
IFI volunteers show hospitality to strangers by picking new students up at the airport.
Airport Pickup provides a vital first point of contact with students. Oftentimes, it is the students who were first greeted by IFI volunteers that later participate in other IFI activities. The sooner an international student is served by Christians the better since the window of time that internationals are most open is usually during their first year in the U.S.
Although there are opportunities throughout the year, most volunteers are needed during July and August. The peak time of arrival is through the second week of August.
By God’s grace, your participation and support of this part of our ministry has helped IFI meet the growing demand of new students the last few years. Many of these students make their way to other IFI student activities, trips and events, including our Friday night Bible and life discussion groups. Airport pickup and temporary housing provide students an invaluable introduction to our ministry. A large number of those coming to faith in Christ were greeted at the airport and welcomed into a Christian home when they first arrived in the US. Thank you for welcoming and loving international students with us!