Who Are Michigan Friends?
Michigan Friends are a collaboration of many groups from Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and surrounding towns in Michigan.
We help University of Michigan (UM) and Eastern Michigan University (EMU) international students (and scholars and their spouses) adjust to American culture, so they can succeed in their academic pursuits.
Why do we offer help for free? We know we will enjoy learning about you, your country and culture. Also, in the ancient holy scriptures (Deuteronomy 10:18-19) it says that God "defends the cause of the fatherless and widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing. And you are to love those who are aliens". This wisdom encourages us to help foreigners ... including international students! God unconditionally loves us. His love transforms us, so now we want to love others!
Most of our volunteers come from the churches and groups listed below.
(Note to Churches/Ministries/Volunteers: If you would like to join Michigan Friends, please submit a request to the volunteer coordinator.)
List of Churches and Groups involved over the years:
(click on the name to go to the group website or click on the contact person name to request a ride to their activities)
Antioch Community Church: contact person: Jasper Zhang
Huron Hills Baptist Church : contact person: Larry Champoux, 734-474-2320; activities: Sunday worship service, class for internationals, personal Bible tutor
Christian Reformed Church : contact person: Norm Fichtenberg (734-665-0105); activities: English classes, Sunday worship service, class for internationals, Bible study groups or tutors.
Coffee Break: contact person: Katrina, (this is a program for women only - students, researchers or spouses)
U of M CRU: Bryce Veldkamp 810-516-5193
St Paul Lutheran : contact person: Matthew Gutchess,
St Luke Lutheran : contact person: Alan Menge
Knox Presbyterian Church : contact person:
University Christian Outreach (UCO) : contact person: Joseph Mathias, 734-330-7742
Ann Arbor Hope Church : contact person: Pastor Joseph Hun-Suk Bae (734) 678-6462
Calvary Chapel: contact person: Dave Gremban (734) 730-6000
Calvary Presbyterian Church :
IVCF undergrads: contact persons: Carole Metzger
Harvest Mission Community Church: contact person: Joseph Yun
Hope Community Church : contact person:
International Japanese Church : Steve & Linda Smith,
Olive Tree church
Bethesda Bible Church : contact person:
China Friends : Lynn & Mary Degener (734) 834-0922
International Students, Inc.(UM) Doug Sawyer, 517-902-2771
The Indonesian Christian Church: Daniel Suwargo (734)330-8986
South Lyon Fellowship Evangelical Presbyterian Church: Carlos Salgato,
Japanese church: Rev Toshiki Miyzaki
Christian Challenge: Kevin Richardson
Chinese Christian Fellowship Church:
Redeemer Ann Arbor church: contact person:
Ann Arbor Chinese Christian Church: contact person: Paul Chao (FAHOLO is the campus club)
Ann Arbor Taiwanese Presbyterian church: Rev Frederich Lee and Francis Liao (734-994-8507, wk 734-647-1099) and Chun-heng Chou
Ann Arbor Vineyard