InterFACE Ministries, Inc./ IFACE
InterFACE Ministries ("InterFACE") is a nonprofit organization, that networks international students and scholars with culturally sensitive Americans who enjoy cross-cultural friendships and the open exchange of ideas. "Just as computers need to interface in order to communicate, we from around the world should be encouraged to connect with one another to learn more about our world and our Creator," says InterFACE. As a Christian organization, InterFACE advocates purity of motives, clarity in purpose, and honesty in intention. InterFACE's philosophy is to encourage mutual dialogue, as summed up in the words from the Bible, "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." All InterFACE activities are open to international students, scholars, and their families regardless of race, nationality, or religious preference. Since 1983, InterFACE has been taking international students all over America on its sleeper buses. InterFACE also host conferences when school is out for the holidays. InterFACE stands for International Friendship Activities and Cultural Exchange.
PO Box 450816
Atlanta, GA 31145-0816
Phone: (770) 934-7797
CEO/President: Dr. Robert Culver
Chairman: Dr. Robert Culver
Board size: 6
Founder: Dr. Robert Culver
Year founded: 1991
Tax deductible: Yes
Fiscal year end: 10/31
Member of ECFA: Yes
Member of ECFA since: 1993
InterFACE Ministries ("InterFACE") is a nonprofit organization, that networks international students and scholars with culturally sensitive Americans who enjoy cross-cultural friendships and the open exchange of ideas. "Just as computers need to interface in order to communicate, we from around the world should be encouraged to connect with one another to learn more about our world and our Creator," says InterFACE. As a Christian organization, InterFACE advocates purity of motives, clarity in purpose, and honesty in intention. InterFACE's philosophy is to encourage mutual dialogue, as summed up in the words from the Bible, "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." All InterFACE activities are open to international students, scholars, and their families regardless of race, nationality, or religious preference.
InterFACE has several program locations throughout the country to assist international students and scholars. The ministry's staff and volunteers are Christians committed to serving the international student community. Since 1983, InterFACE has been taking international students all over America on its sleeper buses. InterFACE also host conferences when school is out for the holidays. These conferences usually include a host family stay, local sightseeing, and programs on a variety of issues from a fresh cross-cultural perspective. InterFACE stands for International Friendship Activities and Cultural Exchange.
InterFACE is a nonprofit organization and contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
As a tool for church extension, InterFACE Ministries is committed to serve "the foreigner in our midst" through local churches so that each might fulfill their calling in God's "House of Prayer for Every Nation". "Never let the foreigner say, 'God has excluded me from His people'... For My house is a House Of Prayer for Every nation (Is 56:3,7 & Mk 11:17)."
InterFACE Ministries communicates its core values as follows:
Any ministry operates consciously or unconsciously under a set of core values. These core values identify who we are and what we do. Ministry values are extremely important because a successful partnership depends on understanding the intentions of our colleagues, churches, and volunteers we seek to work with.
1. Student & Scholar Focused Ministry
We believe that returning international students and scholars will someday be in positions of influence to shape the course of tomorrow's world. The majority of InterFACE's ministry programs are designed to respond to the real and felt physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of international students, scholars, and their families. If it is God's desire for us to reach out to the stranger in our midst, we must do so in unconditional friendship, loving them as Christ loved us. Our ministry focus may also include internationals temporarily residing in the US for political, business or diplomatic purposes as well.
2. Local Outreach--Global Outcome
InterFACE is committed to our international friends in the totality of their spiritual journey. We desire to minister to internationals so that they may move from a false or inadequate knowledge of God to salvation in Christ, teaching them to obey all that Christ has commanded and encouraging them to teach others. We should contextualize our ministry to meet each international at his or her point of spiritual need, and to provide adequate preparation for living the Christian life when they return home. This kind of culture-specific outreach requires an innovative and empathetic spirit, ministering in humility and self-sacrifice.
3. Church Dependent
InterFACE as a mission of the Church is unequivocally committed to accomplishing our ministry objectives through mobilizing the people of God. Scripture teaches the central role of the Church in God's plan for reaching the lost. Parachurch organizations may complement the ministry of the Church from time to time, but should not become a substitute for it. Our ministry will reflect the necessity for building up the local church's ministry to internationals as a tangible expression of Jesus' mandate to "make disciples of all nations."
4. Ministry Ethics
InterFACE staff will apply biblical principles, standards, and practices as the basis for all relationships. Staff will be expected to maintain the highest level of integrity in all aspects of ministry, and maintain a local level of accountability through the establishment of a Local Advisory Committee.
5. National Networking
InterFACE seeks to connect with other international student ministries across the country through periodic cooperative ministry projects, and encourage staff from various organizations to jointly develop innovative ministry programs and materials for the benefit of all.
6. Spiritual Resources
InterFACE recognizes that Christian ministry must flow out of a humbled heart that is yielded to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. By God's grace, InterFACE staff and volunteers seek to grow in faith and rely on the continuing guidance of the Holy Spirit in all aspects of life and ministry.
7. Citywide Networking
InterFACE is committed to linking local churches with international students, cooperating with other international student ministries in the area, maintaining open lines of communication with the foreign student advisor's office on campus, and providing a citywide perspective to the ministry.
8. Strategic Planning
InterFACE's activities and allocation of resources flow from a ministry strategy that is specific to each ministry location. Local flexibility and innovation are highly encouraged.
9. Student Leadership Development
InterFACE seeks to identify Christian international students for leadership training opportunities that will equip them for a life of effective service for God, both here and at home.
10. Volunteer Training & Involvement
In order that we may reach a larger portion of the international population in our communities, InterFACE staff continue to trust the Lord for the development of a genuine "people movement" in ministry to internationals. Our priorities for training and equipping volunteers for such a task include the following:
Volunteers today want to do ministry rather than support it at a distance. We encourage the development of fully functioning ministry teams working in partnership with InterFACE staff. In a local church context, this means giving churches "ownership" of the ministry vision so international ministry will be an integral part of their overall outreach strategy.
Being entrusted with the work of ministry, each volunteer should be encouraged to recognize the contribution they are making to the Kingdom of God, and the high calling they fulfill in reaching the nations for Christ.
Volunteers need to tie into God's vision for reaching "every tribe, language, people, and nation", and tie into each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. We should encourage the development of caring relationships among volunteers, and encourage unity within the Body of Christ as each participating congregation ministers to internationals in their community.
11. Returnee Services
InterFACE is committed to providing support services for international students returning to their home countries. International believers need ongoing fellowship and encouragement, and networks of other Christians to whom they can be accountable. Those students who have not yet trusted Christ can benefit from our continued friendship and, when possible, provided with Christian contacts from their own country. InterFACE also networks with other international student ministries in sharing contacts and resources for returning internationals.
Statement of faith
InterFACE Ministries communicates its Statement of Faith as follows:
I believe in the divine inspiration and authority of the Scriptures. By this is meant a miraculous guidance of the Holy Spirit in their original writing, extending to all parts of the Scriptures equally, applying even to the choice of the words, so that the result is the very Word of God; the only infallible rule of faith and practice. Moreover, it is my conviction that God has exercised such singular care and providence through the ages in preserving the written Word, that the scriptures as we now have them are in every essential particular as originally given, and contain all things necessary to salvation.
I believe in one God revealed as existing in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. I believe in the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe in the Holy Spirit as a Divine Person, a personality as distinct as the Father and the Son.
I believe that as through one man sin entered the world and death through sin, so death passed to all mankind; for all have sinned.
I believe in the death of Jesus Christ as a true substitute and that His death was sufficient expiation for the guilt of all mankind. I believe in His bodily resurrection from the dead.
I believe that those who receive Christ by faith have a new life from God given to them. I believe that we are justified by faith alone and are counted as righteous before God only by the merit of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ imputed to us.
I believe in the everlasting conscious blessedness of the saved in heaven, and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost in hell.
I believe in the personal, bodily return of my Lord Jesus Christ.
I believe it is the supreme responsibility of the followers of Jesus Christ to make His Gospel known to all men.
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|Overall efficiency rating||148 of 660||12 of 39|
|Fund acquisition rating||90 of 662||7 of 39|
|Resource allocation rating||347 of 662||18 of 39|
|Asset utilization rating||256 of 660||19 of 39|
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|Receivables, inventories, prepaids||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
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|Total current assets||$914,214||$918,976||$883,468||$754,388||$736,282|
|Other long-term assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total long-term assets||$4,337||$4,572||$8,320||$30,341||$55,814|
|Payables and accrued expenses||$26,429||$31,140||$9,169||$14,270||$0|
|Other current liabilities||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total current liabilities||$26,429||$31,140||$9,169||$14,270||$0|
|Due to (from) affiliates||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Other long-term liabilities||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total long-term liabilities||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Revenues and expenses|
|Program service revenue||$0||$0||$17,599||$29,214||$131,027|
|Total other revenue||$11,411||$6,480||$63,441||$42,914||$140,074|
|Management and general||$187,064||$172,342||$156,633||$139,909||$128,558|
|Change in net assets||2019||2018||2017||2016||2015|
|Other changes in net assets||$39,759||($25,994)||$0||$0||$0|
|Total change in net assets||($333)||$9,789||$112,160||($21,637)||$39,437|
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Beginning in 1983 with cross-country bus trips, InterFACE continues to develop a variety of activities to compliment the local church's ministry efforts to internationals. "We are not about building our own ministry to the detriment of the local church," states Dr. Bob Culver, President of InterFACE Ministries, "Rather, we encourage congregations to take personal responsibility for reaching the world at their doorstep. We want them to become 'a house of prayer for all nations.'" InterFACE currently has 35 staff ministering in 12 major cities in the USA and abroad.
Cito Cruz in Herndon, VA continuted his status as Part-time, since he planted an international church this past year and receives some income from it. He continued as Chaplain to International students at American University. He had contact with 150, and discipled 8 over the year. With another staff member, he made efforts to align/coordinate other ministries' efforts with his in order to better utilize time, effort and resources and reduce duplication and competition.
Bob and Ann Sullivan's ministry in Knoxville, TN continues to have the best conversion rate among contacted students, right at 10%. They contacted 130 international students and saw 13 come to faith. They have 12 being discipled, utilize 65 volunteers and 15 churches. Their primary outreaches are through ESL classes at churches and group Bible studies.
Alfredo and Jennifer Cerrato in Honduras secured new property and developed a plan for construction fo the orphanage property. The first building, the John Eaves medical clinic, is ready for groud-breaking and dedication soon.
Grete Shelling in Austria had contacts with 40 new international students this year and maintained a busy and rigorous conseling and discipleship ministry with both Austrian and international students. She traveled to several conferences around Europe, serving as speaker or resident counselor. She continues to create opportunites for her church to reach out to internationals through events within their comfort level. She also continued working on her novel and her cross-cultural marriage manual.