A Word from Jamil Chabouh
Dear brothers and sisters
A thousand brothers and sisters from more than 170 countries meeting together in one place, singing God’s praises, opening his Word, learning from one another, weeping together for our broken world. In many ways that picture of our global fellowship at the IFES World Assembly 2019 stands in stark contrast to the present reality of isolation, disruption and grief caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
And yet it is not all different. As an IFES family we remain united in Christ as we cry out to God for his mercy and his grace. We have the same calling to shine the light of the gospel in the university. Students around the world are standing together, bringing their creativity and initiative as they serve their communities with determination and love.
We press on. Our vision for the university is unchanged, but we are living in a changed world.
“This virus is very contagious. So is panic, fear, anxiety, discouragement. But also calm, peace, trust, grace, love, and kindness. We must choose wisely what we want to spread around us.”
Jamil Chabouh · IFES Acting General Secretary
In the face of the restrictions imposed on us by COVID-19, we have seen a generation of students retain their passion for the gospel. Their willingness to keep in touch with one another has been supported by a fantastic creativity to maintain Bible studies, prayer meetings, training, and mutual support. They have been able to create new ways of delivering our ministry.
It is this student energy that we want to capture in our strategic planning for the coming ten years. The process began at World Assembly with the input of our national movements and senior staff. We have continued to work to understand the context of our global ministry and the priorities we need to focus on as we look ahead. By God’s grace, we will appoint a new IFES General Secretary this year, who will lead the IFES Fellowship into this time.
So, dear friends, I invite you to read the stories in this annual report, to rejoice in God’s grace and blessings to IFES and to pray for his continued help as we bring a message of hope and deliverance to the current student generation. Pray for our students and staff that we will grow in our communion with one another and with the Lord. May we all fix our eyes on the one who never changes.
Your brother in Christ,
IFES Acting General Secretary
Vision and mission
Our vision is to see students built into communities of disciples, transformed by the gospel and impacting the university, the church and society for the glory of Christ.
IFES shapes lives and develops student leaders all around the world. We support locally led student movements in over 170 different countries. We are committed to seeing a student witness established in every university in the world.
IFES seeks to equip students in effective witness: to encourage them to initiate spiritual conversations, to hold evangelistic Bible studies and events, and to live lives of grace that point others to Jesus. We provide training, funding and materials to strengthen evangelism and to enable movements to share ideas and resources.
IFES has student fellowships in over 170 countries. But there are still thousands of university campuses around the globe without any Christian witness. We believe that every student should have the opportunity to hear about Jesus. IFES continues to pioneer new student ministries in unreached campuses, cities and countries.
Through student groups, national movements and regional events, IFES invests in student leaders all over the world. We want to see students grow into lifelong disciples of Christ, and to become leaders of integrity and vision. IFES supports its graduates as they move into the workplace, church leadership and society.
Strengthening and Supporting National Movements
We believe the most effective way to see gospel impact is through indigenously led national movements. IFES regional teams provide training and resources to enable national movements to flourish. Global ministry programs work alongside regional teams to help movements engage with Scripture, develop wise governance and develop local partnerships.
Engaging the University
The university is where people engage with the big questions. IFES seeks to empower and equip students, faculty and researchers to join and re-orient conversations across the academic world. Through regional consultations, resources, grants, e-learning, mentoring, and research, national movements are equipped to help students think biblically and live distinctively, missionally and incarnationally.
IFES Regional Leadership
IFES regional secretaries provide mentoring, supervision, and training for staff and students. They connect national movements and share ideas, expertise, challenges, and encouragement across their regions. They represent their region to IFES, helping us respond to the diverse and ever-changing cultures and contexts of the world’s universities.
The IFES Board is composed of a chair, a treasurer, and thirteen other voting members from around the world, two of whom are student representatives. It is responsible for ensuring IFES doctrinal integrity and for policy making. The Board is appointed by the General Committee.
IFES invests in regional teams and global ministry programs to support national movements as they carry out our shared vision of vibrant student ministry across the globe. These resources provide training and resources for national movements to equip strong leaders, grow local financial support, expand to new cities and campuses, develop critical organizational infrastructure, and reach students with the hope of the gospel.
Our administrative services continue to provide quality support for our global and regional programs and help ministries increase in overall efficiency and effectiveness. Additionally, the 2019 World Assembly was an important investment in the community of our global fellowship, helping grow relationships among our 170 affiliated national movements. A significant portion of IFES program income comes in at the end our fiscal year to be used for the following year’s projects. The financial report reflects our combined operations based on the audited financial statements for IFES-UK and IFES/USA as well as the independently examined financial statements for IFES-Switzerland. The Ministry Expenditure analysis presented is categorized with our international audience in mind. The financial statements used for this report from the three IFES entities based in the UK, USA, and Switzerland are available upon request.
IFES/USA is an accredited member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, and a Valued Partner with GuideStar Exchange. In the UK, IFES is registered with the Fundraising Regulator.
IFES is grateful for the donations of partners like you that have allowed us to continue to support student ministry in all parts of the world, under God’s blessing. As an expression of our Christian faith, we are committed to maintaining a high level of financial accountability and responsible stewardship of your generous gifts.
Partner with us
When you partner with us, you join a global effort to bring the gospel to students. Together we can do more to see student ministry thrive around the world.
Our efforts are meaningless unless prayer is at the center. Join us as we ask God to move in the hearts of students around the world. Sign up at ifesworld.org/pray to read stories that will inspire your prayers for IFES. Invite your friends or church members to share our vision by hosting a monthly IFES prayer meeting.
We want more people to be part of IFES’ mission and we need partners like you to help. Keep up with the latest from IFES by signing up for Conexión at ifesworld.org/blog and share our stories and updates with your network. You can also connect with us on social media and share our posts with your friends and family.
We are thankful for financial partners like you who allow us to continue our work through generous giving. Your regular gifts directly impact our efforts and allow us to plan for the future. Make a one-time donation or set up monthly giving at ifesworld.org/give. Consider adding IFES to your estate or legacy planning.
We are driven by the power of the gospel to unite students around the world. We look forward to the day when every nation will be gathered together. Until then, we thank you for praying, connecting, and giving with us as we continue the mission.