Our mission continues

Student ministry in a COVID-19 world

The global COVID-19 pandemic is having a big impact on our fellowship, how we do our ministry and the context we’re working in.

Many universities are moving their teaching online, but for countries with fewer resources and less reliable internet, this isn’t possible. Some international students have suddenly found themselves stuck and isolated far from home.

Student initiative has reached a level of creativity previously unimaginable. Many are meeting online to do evangelistic events, study the Bible and pray together. From huge online prayer gatherings in Asia to record numbers of students coming to Christ in New York, God is truly, surely at work.

On this page find out how IFES is responding to the pandemic as well as resources and stories to inspire you as we continue in mission together.

  • Mission

    Stories, ideas and inspiration from around the world to continue in mission.

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    Students still need to hear about Jesus. Be a part of our mission by giving to support IFES ministry today.

“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

Our mission Continues

Grieving together
Jamil Chabouh 

IFES Acting General Secretary, Jamil Chabouh acknowledges the grief felt around the world by students affected by COVID-19. He encourages the IFES community to press on in solidarity and reminds us of our unity in Jesus.

Peace despite suffering
Mahima Khaling Rai 

With unstable internet, stranded citizens, and closed businesses, the pandemic has brought about much suffering in Nepal. However, volunteer staff member, Mahima Khaling Rai sends a word of encouragement to the IFES community to find joy in the knowledge that Jesus has taken away our ultimate suffering.  

Shake this continent
Sarah Breuel 

Why is the pandemic a good opportunity to pray? Sarah Breuel of IFES Europe shares about how a prayer movement of students is asking God to “shake this continent.” Find out how these students are encouraging each other through online prayer meetings and get ideas on how to plan your own.

God at work in the quarantine
InterVarsity USA

In New York, more students came to Christ in one week than in the previous year. Hear from Intervarsity USA staff on what has been happening among students living in lockdown.

Viewing Technology As An Opportunity Ricardo Borges

Though it presents challenges, adapting to online ministry is producing unique opportunities for IFES movements around the world. Ricardo Borges, Associate Secretary for Scripture Engagement, reminds us of several ways we can be thankful for technology during this time.

Find out what’s happening

We talked with Annette Arulrajah about the impact of Covid-19 in East Asia and some incredible stories of students responding to it in prayer and hospitality.

Tor Erling Fagermoen, Regional Secretary for IFES Europe joined us to share about the impact the COVID-19 coronavirus is having on national movements in Europe and what responses there may be to it. With input from IFES Associate General Secretaries: Martin Haizmann and Tim Adams.

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