pioneering

Dec 15

Mission Snow

Posted by Penny Vinden

Christmas time! Around the world the hearts and minds of many people focus on buying presents and eating special food. Some people sing of snow, Santa Claus, stars in the east and a baby in a manger – many without believing any of it. But there is a group of students from KFS Denmark who are focusing on something quite different this year. They’re getting ready to go to Greenland in January.

Oct 13

Timor Leste: One Year On

Posted by Chris Herbert

19 September 2015. We will remember this day as the day we set foot on the ‘Ground of Hope’, Timor Leste.

Quite a challenging year! An exciting wait to see what God had in store for student ministry in Timor Leste. Learning the language. Understanding the culture. Hearing stories from individuals. Seeing the way things actually happen in a new country. These were some challenges that brought tears to my eyes in this first year.

Oct 06

What you’re thirsty for - does it last?

Posted by Gabi Nobre

Daniela* wasn’t interested in exploring the Bible. She had come to church once or twice at the invitation of a friend. But she was very blunt with him – she didn’t want to talk more.

Yet when we met her on a bus one day, we chatted for a few minutes and then she said ‘Can I ask something?’

‘Sure’ I said. 

‘How do you study the Bible? Because I have one at home and I am curious!’

Jun 16

I have a dream… in Timor Leste

Posted by Penny Vinden

‘Timor Leste is one of the East Asia region’s newest nations. After decades of struggle, it officially gained its independence from Indonesia in 2002,’ writes Annette Arulrajah, Associate Regional Secretary for East Asia. ‘Being poor and still largely underdeveloped, Timorese people have often looked to foreigners to raise their standard of living or to give them hope for a better tomorrow.

Mar 17

What is it really like to be an IFES pioneer?

Posted by Philippa White

‘Every student has the dream to find a job and join a profession – yet they are vulnerable to worldly and materialistic attraction.

‘However, I am encouraged by the certainty of the gospel that can transform lives, the potential of the students to grasp and understand the word of God, their boldness to be a witness in their respective colleges – and our responsibility to nurture and equip them to face the challenges.’

May 07

For the glory of God: a heart for mission

Albert, Patrice, Dieudonné and Venance on the river boat traveling to University of Kindu, an inaugural meeting of the GBU in Kindu, and our four ‘missionaries’ hold the banner of their campus group (Kisangani) with the students of the brand new campus group in Kindu.

Nov 13

The IFES group with no religion

Posted by Penny Vinden

Violence, gambling, stealing and general disrespect are just some of the problems exhibited by students at Westerhall Secondary School in Grenada. It has a reputation as a “troubled” school, and when staff worker Deborah Dowlath gathered a group of young Christians there, only four girls attended.

Nov 06

Enthusiasm? No thanks!

Posted by Penny Vinden

Enthusiasm? No thanks!

‘The government generally isn’t too worried about people being Christians; just about students who are enthusiastic about it.’

Imagine starting student ministry in this country! Yet that is just what Tom and Anna (not their real names) have set out to do.