The International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) is a global community of indigenous student movements, called to engage universities with the good news of Jesus Christ. Currently there are more than 500,000 students involved in over 150 national movements worldwide.
Students are at the heart of IFES ministry. IFES vision is to see students built into communities of disciples, transformed by the gospel impacting the university, the church and society for the glory of Christ.
'As students, we need to be united with the global body of Christ, responding to contemporary challenges from a Christian perspective.' - Student from ABUB the IFES movement in Brazil.
Today's students are tomorrow's world leaders. Yet universities, although they are centres of thought, leadership and innovation, on the whole fail to engage with foundational Christian truths. As a result, students are being sent into the world unprepared to be the leaders of integrity that the world so desperately needs.
IFES aims to encourage students in their Christian life. Here are two examples of students who have known the power of God in their lives:
A final year student in Administration in the Dominican Republic found God’s transforming presence in her life. Although she attended Church she wasn’t growing in Christ and wasn’t part of the Church family. “One day I saw an evangelistic drama about living a double life. I was shocked: that was me! That’s when I decided I did not want to lead such a life anymore but to follow Jesus.
From that day on, I saw things in a different light. I loved reading and studying the Word of God and I wanted to go to church, not out of obligation but to meet with God and others. My desires in life had changed.”
A recent graduate in Political Science has spent time working with IFES regional team in East Asia. “Before I gave my life to Christ, I didn’t build close relationships. But God changed the way I saw people and it was through the student movement in Korea (IVP) that I saw what it meant to love others in a personal way, not just by doing good for them but sometimes rebuking them with love. Then as an IVP student leader I was blessed to help others in their walk with Christ to see the life God has called us to live. I could see my failures as I strove to love others but I knew God is merciful.”
Discipline of personal Bible study and prayer often starts as a student. Pray:
- for a desire to understand Scripture, to love it, and to let it shape behaviour;
- for strong links with a local church in term-time and at home;
- for fellowship with other Christians where there is no church;
- for a desire to read, and for Christian publishing for students and graduates.
(Source IFES published material)