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International Students, Inc.


Classification: Nonprofit
Type of Organization: Missions-Sending
Legal Name: International Students, Inc.
Established: 1953
Alias/Other Name(s): ISI

Organizational Principles

Purpose & Mission Statement:

International Students, Inc., exists to share Christ's love with international college students. Since 1953, ISI has been training Americans to meet international students' needs. These Americans befriend international students and help them adjust to American culture.

Denomination(s): Interdenominational
Open to New Locations: Yes
Service Locations: National (United States)
Active Cities: N/A
Active Regions: N/A
Active States: Colorado
Active Countries: N/A

Doctrinal Statement:

"We 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 Scripture 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 our 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. We believe in the one God revealed as existing in three equal Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We believe in the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe in the Holy Spirit as a Divine Person, a personality as distinct as the Father and the Son. We believe that as through one man sin entered the world and death through sin, so death passed unto all people, for that all have sinned. We believe in the death of Jesus Christ, as a true substitute, and that His death was a sufficient expiation for the guilt of all people. We believe in His bodily resurrection from the dead. -We believe that those who receive Christ by faith have a new life from God given to them. -We believe that people are justified by faith alone and are counted as righteous before God only by the merit of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ imputed to them." -We believe in the everlasting conscious blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost. -We believe in the personal return of our Lord. -We believe it to be the supreme responsibility of the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ to make His Gospel known to all people."

Core Values:

In everything we do, we will conduct ourselves in keeping with biblical principles through:

-A Christ-centered approach to serving others, applying biblical principles, standards, and practices as an organization and as individuals.

-A student-centered ministry, designing our ministry programs in response to the needs of international students and their families, treating every student with dignity, compassion, and sensitivity.

-Full-cycle evangelism, ministering to students so they come to a knowledge of salvation in Christ and are equipped to reproduce the life of Christ in others.

-A dependence on churches, remaining committed to accomplishing our objectives through the mobilization of the people of God.

-A national identity, creating a ministry culture with local flexibility with which all ISI constituents can identify on a national basis through the use of common distinctives and operating procedures.

Additional Information:

ISI is a great way to be a missionary here in the US and a wonderful opportunity for retired missionaries to continue serving.


Ministries Offered Education
Language Lessons
Missionary Durations: More than 2 Years
Individuals: No
Divorced: Yes
Married Couples: Yes
Families: Yes
Groups: No
Educational Requirements: Yes
Preferred Education Level: Bachelor's Degree
Does the organization provide funding? No
Does the organization provide benefits? Yes

Organization Provided Benefits:

Medical, dental, vacation over 24 hours

Trip Costs Details:

We don't send missionaries. They raise money and live near a university in the US.

Does the organization require training? Yes
Does the organization provide training? Yes

Training Required for Service:

New staff members will be expected to attend a New Staff Orientation (NSO) in Colorado Springs, CO. See:

Training Provided by Organization:

ISI has one of the best support development schools there is, as part of our New Staff Orientation (NSO). You will leave this one week program with a specific support raising plan and a coach to see you through the support discovery process. But perhaps more important, at this stage, is getting comfortable with the concept. ISI has two suggested tools for staff candidates to get closer to this quite common and Biblical method of ministry compensation: 1) an excellent book, entitled Friend Raising, by Betty Barnett and 2) another book entitled Funding Your Ministry, by Scott Morton. Both books are available on

Long-Term Missionary Accountability Practices:

The quickest way is to look at our Field Team Ministry Positions home page. Each field staff position comes with a complete Job Description and Job Profile. The Profiles are written with this very question in mind. In each one you will see a list of questions that get at the heart of each staff position we have in terms of what tendencies and gifts are most utilized in each position. For further questions, contact:

Application Process:


Characteristics of the Ideal Missionary:

We don't send missionaries. They raise money and live near a university in the US.