International Students (FOCUS)
FOCUS (Fellowship of Overseas Christian University Students, formerly known as IBM - International Bible Ministries) is the international sub-section of Uni Bible Group at the University of Wollongong. We’re affiliated with AFES, the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students as well as the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES), and function as a club on UOW’s main Wollongong campus. We aim to know Christ better and make him known through the Bible.
We do this by explaining the Bible in simple English for non-native speakers so that they may trust Jesus as their King. Those who trust in Jesus as their King and Saviour are saved from God's after-death punishment which all people rightly deserve, and instead live godly lives to God's glory.
FOCUS’s main public meeting is held every Thursday night during semester in 19.G026 from 6:30pm for dinner and from 7:15pm for our Bible talk.
Each week, our speakers take us through different parts of the Bible in easy English, helping us to understand it and see why it is still important today. At FOCUS, we love the Bible, and try to let it speak for itself, rather than bringing our own ideas to it, so the Bible talk is the main part of our meeting each week. We also sing and pray together, and after the talk have a question and answer time, where students can ask questions about the talk.
You don’t have to be a member of FOCUS or a Christian to come along – we welcome people from all countries and all backgrounds! You can just turn up, or if you would like someone to be there to welcome you, please contact us.
All our meetings are free. The yummy dinner we share together normally takes a $1/$2 donation from each student. We hope to see you there!
Bible study groups
As well as our larger main meeting, FOCUS also runs smaller Bible study groups in a range of languages throughout the week. These groups look at the Bible to help us know, love and serve Jesus better.
Easy English Bible Study: Held Mondays during semester in 19.G015 from 7.20pm
Chinese Mandarin Bible Study: Held Tuesdays during semester in 19.G024 from 7.30pm.
Indonesian Bible Study: Held Sundays fortnightly during semester from 1:30pm. We meet offsite, so please contact us for more information.
South Asian Bible Study: Held Tuesdays during semester from 6pm (includes dinner). We meet offsite, so please contact us for more information.
Introduction to Christianity: this course explains what Christians believe and who Jesus is. It is held on Tuesdays & Wednesdays during semester. Please contact us if you are interested.
FOCUS also runs fun activities throughout the year, often with some of our Australian friends from Uni Bible Group. These include weekly sport at UOW, occasional day-trips and camping in the bush together. Times change from semester to semester, so please come along to our main meeting on Thursday nights or to one of our Bible study groups to find out more.