Once IFC volunteers begin as teachers and helpers, it is kind of a revelation for them! They learn firsthand that you don’t have to go overseas any more to do missions. God’s mission is in our own front yard. POBLO volunteers build bridges of friendship in a very short time. They immediately start loving and enjoying what they do. One activity that is probably most loved is that of being a conversation partner—you listen to their personal stories as they practice English. Later this can lead to a volunteer visiting a student’s home. For so many volunteers, serving at an IFC becomes a most moving experience.
Volunteers who partner with POBLO are the backbone of International Friendship Center ministry. Volunteering at an IFC is a great way of becoming part of the local outreach effort. Many churches are now partnering with POBLO to start an IFC Center. POBLO provides a formal training at the host church, which is attended by anyone in the area who is interested in being part of the outreach. We have heard from many volunteers that it is such a rewarding experience for them. Meeting and interacting with refugees and immigrants from so many different countries and backgrounds at one time is certainly a unique experience! Volunteers love the opportunity to share the love of Christ as well as the American spirit of serving others and sharing resource.
I would like to personally thank each one of POBLO’s volunteers all over the US!