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Bob & Lynn Culver

Ben Allin

Grete Shelling

Bob & Lynn Culver

Bob & Lynn Culver have been serving in Atlanta since 1981. As grandparents, they know some current students’ parents or grandparents! Bob is the president-emeritus and co-founder of iFace (InterFACE Ministries), serves on the Board of Hope Springs Learning Center, and is Chair of ACMI, a national & global network of Christians serving international student/scholars.

Ben Allin

Ben helps churches develop programs and sponsor events in which members of their churches can build relationships with international students and others in the community by serving alongside people from other: churches, religions, countries, nations, ethnic groups, and language backgrounds. Ben is most known for developing and coordinating the ESL4PEACE program. Ben specializes in promoting opportunities in the community for interreligious learning and the development of lifelong international friendships while helping churches grow in intercultural learning towards becoming houses of prayer for all nations. Ben has a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies, a Masters of Education for Teaching ESL to Adults, a Master of Arts in Intercultural Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, and is a trained mediator. Ben is now more than halfway into his Master of Divinity studies at Metro Atlanta Seminary.

Ben responds to texts at (770) 545-9859

Grete Shelling

Grete Shelling is on our national Human Resource Team. She has been involved as a friend, helper, tutor, and host to international students and their families since 1968, along with her husband Ted, until his passing in March 2020. As a National Certified Counselor, Grete counsels students and scholars with personal and inter-relational conflicts, cultural adjustment issues, stress management, conflict resolution, and communication skills. She also offers basic and advanced discussions in English and help in understanding the Bible, either one-on-one or in small groups.

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The Scarlet Cord of Easter

The Scarlet Cord of Easter

What does the scarlet cord of Good Friday and Passover have to do with a tree that almost fell on my house today? While writing this a message I lost it due to taking too much time researching how many generations there are from Rahab the harlot to Jesus. After all,...

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What’s at the end of the road of life?

What’s at the end of the road of life?

Modern roads & freeways are built to get you to your destination fast. Engineers have mastered how to take control over the wildest mountain passes, rivers, gorges and maximize the bank in turns to keep vehicles safely on the road at greater speeds. On our 50th...

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50th Wedding Anniversary Confession

50th Wedding Anniversary Confession

So what do I make of the most unusual gesture I’ve witnessed as our airplane waited to take off? A flight attendant came down the aisle with only two bottles of water & two white packages. When she got to our row, she bent down beside us and presented us with the...

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Rain, rain go away!

Have you ever unconsciously (or consciously) told God, “prayer doesn’t matter.“ I wonder how many times I’ve done that? This morning, for example, I prayed that God would protect our low lying house from a possible flood from the creek that frequently overflows it’s...

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Santa Claus to the rescue

Santa Claus to the rescue

I remember the first time I wore a Santa outfit & driving our white van in busy traffic in Houston Texas. Suddenly, someone sped by me in a fast Ferrari. A police car just happen to be there, pulled him over & began writing him a ticket. As I slowly drove by...

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Future Salseros of Atlanta

Future Salseros of Atlanta

Social media has contributed to both positive and negative experiences in my work as iface staff. One of the best things about social media is it makes it easier to follow the developing lives of the many many former members of our IFACE programs and English Language...

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Behind the Scenes in North Decatur

Behind the Scenes in North Decatur

As IFACE staff, I spend most of my time exploring ways to bring international student volunteers and Americans from diverse cultural backgrounds to build friendships with one another. I love being busy imagining these diverse groups working together as one group to...

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Source of the Nile

Source of the Nile

My Humphrey Fellow friends in Atlanta might remember Dr. Pierre Kwizera from Burundi who invited me to travel with his team of community organizers into rural areas of his country. What a grand adventure equal to any GO West trip! We met local business, government and...

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What do you do on your hands & knees?

What do you do on your hands & knees?

Lynn Culver is known for getting on her hands and knees for various acts of service. The word “ministry” is often translated “service.” "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing...

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