On September 1, 2023, First Presbyterian Church of Columbia hosted IFM’s Annual Welcome Banquet for new students. Dozens of First Pres members joined IFM volunteers to serve as table hosts, giving some 200 internationals a new Christian friend in America. Students and teachers from 27 countries attended.
A week before Thanksgiving, Columbia’s First Baptist Church hosted IFM’s Annual Thanksgiving Celebration. Again, church members and IFM volunteers were at every table to befriend and to answer questions about this holiday. Pastor Jamie Rogers (Columbia Metro Baptist Association) gave a great talk about the four F’s of Thanksgiving: Family, Football, Food, and Faith.
Unfortunately, both churches experienced “sticker shock” after the event, as food costs were almost double what they were last year! Pray for these generous churches (and your own church) as we all have to figure out ways to stretch every dollar without pulling back on outreach. And please consider an extra offering this Christmas to your church’s missions fund and also to IFM.