International Ministry

Welcome to Ames from around the world!

International Friendship Partners

Interested in befriending an international student or visiting scholar and their family? We want to partner you with someone, so you can open your home, get to know them, and share God’s love through hospitality and friendship.

International Friendship Partners will begin in the Fall. For more information about the program, contact Debbie Johnson.

English Classes

Mondays & Thursdays at 10:00-11:15 AM, beginning August 28

Classes meet at Christ Community Church. These free English classes will help you develop your conversational English and connect with other internationals. 

Contact Nancy Foote

Coffee, Tea, and English

Fridays, 4:30-6:00 PM, beginning August 25

In Gerdin Lobby Café on the Iowa State campus. A fun, relaxed atmosphere where you can converse with people informally and continue to develop your English skills. American Iowa State students and community members join you to help make your transition to Ames easier.

Coffee, Tea and English is not currently meeting, due to winter break. It will resume on January 12.

Contact Marilyn Reedy

Friday International Student Hospitality (FISH)

One Friday a month at 6:00 PM

At the *Memorial Lutheran Church. Attend and meet international students from all over the world! Another opportunity to meet friends, practice the language and enjoy a variety of foods! The first Friday of every month a different country hosts and prepares a meal from their home land.  Cost is $3 per person or $7 per family.

See the Friday schedule here

*Memorial Lutheran Church is located across from the Memorial Union on the corner of Lincoln Way and Lynn Ave.

Our Witness book by CCC member Wei Zhu

Finally, finally, the book of OUR WITNESS is now ready for free download. We thank you all for your support, encouragement, prayer and help. We thank God for leading this ministry. As we said in the book, publishing this book is not to commemorate what we did in the past, not even to celebrate the tenth anniversary. The purpose of this book is to witness the marvelous work God has done on us. He opened our eyes, renewed our lives. He lets us become a fellowship family connected with the City of Ames so that we grow together in Him. Although our understanding in our knowledge of Christ Jesus is very limited, each of us is walking at different places, although the book still contains many mistakes, it does not change our common desire, which is to witness the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We pray that God will use our testimonies to let more people know Him and be saved. This bilingual book is completely English/Chinese.

Here's How to Download

For iOS devices, such as iPhone, iPad, MacBook or iMac, simply go to iBooks/Books/Store, search OUR WITNESS (or 心灵家园十周年见证集 in Chinese), looking for the book cover shown, download it and read it in iBooks app.

To find on Amazon and read on your Kindle or Android device follow this link here.


Our vision and approach to ministering to internationals, right here in Ames, Iowa.

International Partners

Four couples at Christ Community Church partner with us to connect with people from around the world. They are able to help you find the groups and activities that interest you, allow you to meet new people, connect with other internationals, and practice your English.

G.P. and Nancy Foote  Contact

Ryan and Laura Jensen  Contact


Al and Elaine Cox  Contact

Gary and Marilyn Reedy  Contact 


Available opportunities include:

Family groups which explore Christianity [Tuesday and Thursday nights]
Bible study in Mandarin Chinese [Friday nights]
African fellowship
English Classes [Monday & Thursday mornings]
Coffee, Tea, and English conversational practice [Friday afternoons]
Meals, movie nights, trips, personal Bible studies, and more!

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