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Week of Prayer 2017

Join us in praying for international students who come to the UK from outside the EU.


Seven prayer points for seven days are below - alternatively you can download the Week of Prayer Card by clicking here.


CHINA – Sends 91,215 students
The number of Chinese students coming to the UK far exceeds any other nationality. Pray that churches would befriend and witness to them, and connect them to Christians when they return home.
“I met a student from China and was able to give her a Chinese Bible. I was excited to hear her describing it as ‘the most precious gift she's ever received!’”

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Meeting International Students at Heathrow

  • 350 booklets distributed
  • Programme in its 17th year
  • 10 new volunteers
During September arriving international students were aided by the Meet and Greet programme at Heathrow, in association with the Heathrow Chaplaincy.
Although the situation now is very different from when we began the Meet & Greet programme in 2001, it is clear that we still have a much needed ministry at Heathrow.
This year, having obtained information about the dates for Fresher weeks in advance, we were able to organise our programme to ensure that we covered the period when international students were arriving.

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Reach Reunion Planned

Reach, the Friends International short-term volunteer programme, is having a reunion!

Started in 1993, the Reach Programme is turning 25 years old! To celebrate there will be a reuinion on January 13th 2018.
Over the years hundreds of volunteers from all over the world have taken part in Reach - being discipled in cross-cultural ministry and serving international students. This reunion promises to be an exciting get together of old friends and a chance to learn about what Reach is like now-a-days.
All former Reach Volunteers and Supervisors are invited.
To find out more and to book your place go to:



TEN: 300th Member!

The Teaching English Network (TEN), a network for Christians teaching English, has it's 300th member!

This unique network for TESOL/TEFL teachers, started by Friends International, has been steadily growing for five years.
TEN reached this latest milestone after Christian English teachers to speakers of other langues have joined it's popular Facebook Group. Members can also sign-up to receive a termly newsletter.
For more information about TEN and how you can join go to


Report: Summer Teams 2017

2017 saw 11 summer teams in 7 cities across the UK & Ireland. Hundreds of volunteers came together to befriend, serve and study the Bible with international students.

"It is always a little nerve-wracking when you open the doors for the first event. So, you can understand my excitement as around 50 people joined us for our first evening, which included a traditional cream tea and a quiz about the Royal family. Numbers fluctuated through the rest of the week, but we seemed to have just the right number each evening, and a number of guests came back every night. Each evening a small group of students joined some of our team for a Bible discussion."

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