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A LOCAL MINISTRY WITH GLOBAL IMPACT

Reach the Nations at Your Doorstep!

Mission

We seek to love international students unconditionally, partner with local churches in leading international students to discover Jesus through the Word of God, and prepare them to serve God wherever He leads them.

Vision

To empower international students to impact the world through Jesus Christ.

International Student Ministries Canada—ISMC—is a ministry in Canada to focus solely on ministering to international students, to empower them to become fully devoted followers of Jesus, reaching out and ministering to those God has placed in their lives, whether in Canada or their home country.

Over 30 years of service

God is on the move in Canada and through our local ministries as we send students across the world as leaders and Christian disciples. Many students go home to places where they will be the only “Jesus” the nationals will see, the only “Bible” they will read. International Student Ministries Canada staff, volunteers and supporters continue work to serve and send these students home knowing their Creator. ISMC’s vision is to empower international students to impact the world through Jesus Christ. This is accomplished through friendship partner programs or Bible discussions. Our ultimate goal is to see international students become fully devoted followers of Jesus, ministering to those God places in their lives, whether in Canada or their home country.

1983 to 1990
International Students Incorporated (ISI) has been reaching international students in the States since 1953. In 1983, when an Alberta couple, Eric and Sharon Mills, were accepted by ISI, they stayed in Canada. Also accepted was Margaret Bowman; she worked in her home area of Guelph/Waterloo. Ken and Agnes White, ISI headquarters staff, moved to Calgary in 1984 to set up the Canadian office and establish the ministry. Within a year, the mission received its Canada Revenue Agency and in September 1985, Rob and Betty Marvin came from Indiana as ISMC’s first field director.

As ISMC developed, the board of trustees grew and more staff were accepted. By 1988, seventeen ISMC field staff worked in six cities. Early in 1989, the board welcomed former Prairie Bible Institute President Paul Maxwell as the first Canadian president. He invited Nick Gawryletz to join the mission as field director when the Marvins returned to the States. Paul brought great leadership experience and character to ISMC, recruiting and directing the home office and field ministry teams to evangelize and disciple internationals.

1998 to 2010
The national office was moved to Three Hills, Alberta, in 1998. When Paul Maxwell retired in 2003, Paul Workentine took on the work. As of April 2009, approximately 83 career and associate personnel served with ISMC in eighteen locations across Canada from Victoria, B.C. to Ottawa, Ontario.

2013 to now…
In May 2013 Dr. Yaw Perbi began his duties as the President of ISMC. Dr. Perbi, his wife Naa Anyele, and their three children live in Montreal where they will continue to reside, as the ministry of ISMC has expanded into Quebec and the Maritimes. Yaw’s focus and passion is to see ISMC involved in raising the next generation of effective leaders, in keeping with ISMC’s vision and mission. It is his goal, along with the goal of ISMC since 2013, to double the number of staff workers to accommodate the national government’s hopes to double their intake of international students and scholars in the future. Since May 2013, 45 new staff have joined ISMC. With new workers in Montreal and the Maritimes, the work of ISMC now stretches from sea to sea.

    600+
    Staff and volunteers

    20
    Cities across Canada

    52
    Campuses in Canada


    Big Dream 2023

    That by 2023, every international student in Canada will have had an opportunity to be loved and led (to the way of Christ in salvation, discipleship & leadership) by our ISMC catalyzed network of ISMs.

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    Big Dream 2023

    That by 2023, every international student in Canada will have had an opportunity to be loved and led (to the way of Christ in salvation, discipleship & leadership) by our ISMC catalyzed network of ISMs.

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    National Team

    ISMC's national leadership team ministers to students by bringing awareness of and mobilizing God's people to reach out to international students.

    Staff

    Staff are Christ followers from many cultures and backgrounds, yet they share a common desire to share the gospel with international students.

    Board of Directors

    ISMC is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of individuals with solid ministry and corporate world experience.