InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
International Student Ministry (ISM)
Eva Liu Glick
Would it shock you to learn that a majority of the one million+ international students and scholars in the U.S. have minimal or no access to the Gospel outside of the U.S.? Eva, a First Pres member with 20 years on staff at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, is charged with mobilizing and equipping the 36,000 staff and students of InterVarsity to seek out, serve, and learn from internationals on America’s campuses. Eva instills vision, creates resources, consults, and conducts training for staff and students at venues like Urbana, InterVarsity’s triennial Missions Conference, challenging participants with their responsibility toward internationals on U.S. campuses as a facet of their responsibility and privilege toward global missions.
We asked Eva to answer these questions to help describe her ministry.
What is your organization’s vision for ministry?
InterVarsity is a 75-year old campus ministry that seeks to establish and advance witnessing communities of students and facultyon college/university campuses “who follow Jesus as Savior and Lord:growing in love for God, God’s Word, God’s people of every ethnicity and culture, and God’s purposes in the world.” (intervarsity.org)
The International Student Ministry (ISM) department’s (my department) vision is to develop global disciples
and leaders from every nation to every nation. We’re continuing to improve cultural contextualization in our ministry throughout a student’s journey with Christ. We long to see international and American students graduate with a global perspective to the God’s Kingdom and the world.
Describe the focus of your ministry – the past year’s activities and goals for the coming year.
About 50% of the International students in InterVarsity are in ISM-specific chapters while the remaining 50% are in “general” chapters. As the Associate Director of Campus Integration, my focus is on the second group. My dream is to see all 36,000+ Americans in InterVarsity have an international friend, and to see all 900+ InterVarsity chapter with international involvement. Each year, I work towards that goal by mobilizing and equipping American staff to better align with God’s heart for the world—to share the Good News with cultural wisdom, to follow Jesus and lead in a way that reflects God’s global kingdom.
A highlight this year is the creation of more resources and trainings.
How can FPCSD better serve and equip you and your ministries as your partner?
First and utmost, prayer is crucial! Secondly, your financial support enables me to resource staff nationally and provide scholarships for various conferences. Thirdly, volunteer. Opportunities include: 1) Providing a meal for 30-40 students at UCSD’s fellowship 2) Inviting international students home - for a holiday meal (i.e. Thanksgiving) or to live with you if you have a spare room 3) Praying via Eva's monthly updates or joining a monthly prayer meeting via phone/video conference. Contact Eva at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For wisdom and provision for the various necessary resources.
For God to tug at the hearts of increasing numbers of American staff/students to love the foreigner amongst us on college campuses (Lev. 19:34).