CU Friends

Formerly "Friends of Internationals - Clemson BCM," now: "Friends of Internationals, LLC"


We believe International Students

are the most strategic agents

to fulfill the Great Commission. 



What's Next?   


- It's time to begin thinking about helping New Arrivals. 


  • We have a gift bag for each New International Student. Thank you!

            - You may find a list of "What's in the Bag?" here: Arrival_Gift_List.pdf


- Pray: that God goes before us preparing students to know Him.

- Then Go!


  - Here's why:

  • Read about why we host students here: International Students: KEY
  • Jesus loves international students (and you) even more than I do. He desires that they have a way to know Him. You could be their link. He may be inviting you into the experience of sharing His love.
  • Friends of Internationals, LLC has developed the relationships that can help you connect well with the student God has uniquely prepared you for.

We have found assistance for new arrivals to be both the number 1 need of International Students and the best way to establish the long-term, trusting relationships required for the Gospel to flourish. 


  - Here's how:


Pick up International Students at the airport and help them get settled this Winter.  


            - Registration Form: http://bit.ly/ATLgsp2CU


Airport pick up is the easy part - for the rest, you will need the support of your local church and others through Friends of Internationals, LLC.


Here is some of what has been done:

  • Simply drop off where they have made arrangements to stay.
  • Provide a place to stay for a few days while they make arrangements for their own place.
  • Help navigate the local rental housing market.
  • Help find the university offices they need to visit to complete their registration and check-in.
  • Help figure out where they can find the food they want...
  • Help locate furnishings for their apartment.
  • Help purchase a car and maybe even learn to drive...
  • Etc.

When we serve with the Love of Jesus, hearts are opened to the message of the Gospel.


Now that God is calling you, when you are ready, it all starts here:





- Funding Friends of Internationals


As a Mission Service Corp (MSC) Missionary, I am responsible for raising my family’s financial support. This may come as a surprise to many of you, but we are not funded through the Cooperative Program. It is primarily families, like yours, that support us through monthly contributions. If the LORD leads, your support would be greatly appreciated. 


You can learn more about funding here: funding-cu-friends


To begin supporting us is not hard. Simply pray, discuss with your family and visit: http://bit.ly/J-AVarner. From there you will enter an amount and click Give. Then you will be able to choose to make it recurring, the type (credit card, check or PayPal), & fill in your information.


We have been operating well under our budget and really need your support. Here are some numbers to help you see clearly our need: 

  • Our Monthly Salary Goal: $5,400.00
  • Average Monthly Income (2017):  $3,821.13 (71% of goal)
  • Average Monthly Income (2016):  $3,677.75 (68% of goal)
  • Average Monthly Income (2015):  $3,764.50 (70% of goal)

Help Us Finish 2018 Strong. 

Become a Financial Partner Here: http://bit.ly/J-AVarner


We also ask churches to promote & collect an annual "Independence Day Offering for International Student Ministry."

Thank you for all you do to make ministry to international students at Clemson possible.



- Other Great ways YOU can get involved:  


           - Join a Friends of Internationals event and get to know some International Students  

           - Become a Host Family for International Students (Info at CAIF Website

           - Help with a Discovery Bible Study group. (Introduction to the DBS vision / Anatomy of a DBS.)


Check our Facebook Group (Friends of Internationals-Clemson) or Event Pages for the latest and more detailed info.


Helpful Links:


If you would like to volunteer with Friends of Internationals, please complete and return the covenant linked below.


FOI Volunteer Covenant