Many international students come from countries where the opportunity to learn of Jesus is very limited. Almost all international students are looking for friends in the location of their studies.

God has brought 1.8 million of them to the cities of Europe so that his people might have opportunity to offer them friendship and the gospel of Jesus.

No wonder that Jesus tells us to

…open [our] eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” (John 4:35)

For me HOST (IFES ISM group) is a living symbol of hospitality in a foreign culture, of friendship in times of loneliness, of relief in times of despair, of acceptance instead of performance, of love instead of success, of serving others instead of self-centeredness... and all this along a fun and entertaining journey!
— an Indian PhD student in The Netherlands