Welcome Events Recap

In the last weeks of August 2019, IFI Cincy interacted with over 350 international students, scholars, and their families.

We served individuals from Armenia, China, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Germany, India, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Turkey, Uganda, and Vietnam.

Check our highlights from 2019 Welcome the World:

Furniture Sale

IFI Cincy's annual Furniture Sale strives to provide incoming internationals with much needed household items at a significant discount.  This year we worked to improve our organization and communication leading up to the event.

29 volunteers organized, served and delivered about 300 pieces of furniture and countless household items to 162 internationals in 1 day.

Welcome Dinner

The volunteer involvement this year surpassed all expectations.  We doubled our volunteer participation from last year with 53 volunteers in attendance and many more who donated desserts.

More than half of the students who attended have continued to be involved through events, groups and friendships.

From all of us at IFI Cincy, we say Thank You!

➤ To Faith Bible Church and Lifespring Christian Church for hosting donation drop off days.
➤ To St. Monica - St. George Church for use of their facilities for the Furniture Sale.
➤ To Kenwood Baptist Church for their partnership in the planning and execution of the Welcome Dinner.
➤ To all of the volunteers who gave their time and energy to make these happen.

Diverse Serving Opportunities

Whether your church is heavily involved with international ministry or they are just getting started,
there are opportunities for everyone to:


Explore International Student Ministry by volunteering at a Welcome Event.

After you've gotten a taste, consider becoming a registered IFI Cincy volunteer.


Are you already a registered IFI Cincy volunteer?

Learn how you can engage students by joining a Volunteer Crew mailing list.


Do you want to take on a leadership role? We need you!

Learn how you can lead others by contacting


Would you like to assist in planning and preparing for the 2020 Welcome Events? We have a role for you!

Send us your ideas for next Autumn's welcome season.

International Friendships, Inc. seeks to "extend life-changing hospitality and friendship to international students out of reverence for Jesus."  Our vision is to see "God's love extended globally in partnership with spiritually vibrant international students".  As we work toward achieving our objective, we desire to partner with local churches and individuals with similar missions.

IFI plans events throughout the year to build relationships with students and scholars from all over the world.
Let IFI Cincy assist you in mobilizing your church to befriend the nations in Cincinnati, Ohio.