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New ministry to international students
Over 8,000 international students are registered at Birmingham’s City Centre universities. The students come to the city from the majority of countries of the world. ‘Friends International’ (FI) exists to welcome these students, to help them thrive while in the UK, to give them the opportunity to learn about Jesus and to support them as they return to their home countries with the Gospel.
Before the Covid-19 pandemic, FI worked in and around University of Birmingham, but has now also been invited by a city centre university to promote FI events to its international students. Consequently, FI will be launching a weekly Globe Café at the start of the academic year, alongside a ‘buddy’ scheme, other social events and Bible studies.
A core team is already in place, but FI is seeking other city centre churches and individuals who feel called to this ministry. The more partners there are in place, the more students can be reached. Experience shows that new team members are amazed at how easy and stimulating it is to have deep conversations with students from across the world. Volunteers invariably grow in their own faith as they see God at work in the lives of the students.
For more information about the work of Friends International in the UK, visit THIS WEBSITE. Read more about the ministry of FI in Birmingham HERE. To explore becoming a Friends International volunteer in Birmingham, contact Mike Hill, Birmingham Centre Leader and West Midlands Cluster Leader, at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07843 876480.