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What is the heart of ISMC’s 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 as leaders to serve
God and mankind where He leads
them, impacting the world through
How do you view ISMC’s role within
the Canadian Church?
As we speak there are over 330,000
international students in Canada,
70 per cent of them from the countries hardest to reach with the
gospel. What an unprecedented
missiological opportunity for the
Our mission agency has grown
by 60 per cent over the last two
years, but no matter how much we
scale up, we cannot do it alone. We
need other agencies and the
20,000+ churches in Canada to
catch the vision and collaborate to
reach the world that has come right
to our doorsteps and backyards.
How do you care for yourself as a
I have a noncompromising stance
when it comes to that daily time of
prayer and Scripture reading. I still
largely live by a slogan I picked up
in my early high school days with
the Scripture Union of Ghana –
“No Bible, no breakfast.”
I keep my mind fresh by main-
taining a healthy reading appetite,
a good daily dose of inspirational
music and a monthly accountabil-
ity session with my best friend. I
also have a couple of mentors who
speak into my life. These days, with
my amazing wife Anyele’s help, I’m
much more conscientious about
what and when I eat (and how
much) as well as physical exercise.
What is your top leadership advice?
Guard your intimacy with God.
Unless we spend regular time with
Him, we won’t have His vision for
our lives and the people we lead.
And what is leadership without
Who are your heroes?
At the risk of sounding corny or
trite, I’ll say the Lord Jesus Christ,
first and foremost. My life’s purpose
statement is to love, live and lead
like Him – a leader of leaders, a
discipler of nations, just like Jesus.
Then it would be my father, whose
marketplace integrity and competence as he raised my three siblings
and me in the fear of the Lord is
simply stupendous. I’ve followed
John Maxwell for a dozen or so
years now as well, and will attribute
a lot of my leadership journey successes to date to his mentorship. I
own all my faults. /FT
Yaw Perbi is president of International Student Ministries
Canada, a ministry that focuses on international students and
scholars at Canadian universities and colleges.
Caring for international students
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