The International Student Fellowship of First Baptist Church is a ministry of hospitality to international students and community members in the El Paso area. UTEP currently has over 2,000 international students from 65 different countries and there are many more at El Paso Community College, Texas Tech Medical Center not to mention internationals working in our community. The world has truly come to El Paso.

The International Student Fellowship (ISF) has been offering friendship and practical help to international students, scholars, and their families in the greater El Paso area since 2010. We are sponsored by First Baptist Church of El Paso.

Students from all religious and ethnic backgrounds are invited to participate in all ISF activities.

Meet the team

Contact an ISF Member to join the team or to donate.

Sam Patton

(979) 218-5193

Rossana Patton

(979) 224-0801

Edgardo and Xiomara Martinez

(915) 247-9296

Julia Ortiz

Church Office (915) 533-1465


Every year, hundreds of international students arrive in El Paso from around the globe to study at UTEP, EPCC and in other programs. They frequently arrive with just one suitcase and find themselves in an empty apartment. Every semester, the International Student Fellowship of FBC organizes a Furniture and Home Goods Giveaway as students are arriving to welcome them to El Paso and to share the love and the life of Jesus with them as we provide for basic needs in their lives.


  1. Donate gently used items that you would be happy to see your own child use if they were away from home. See the list of needed items below. We accept donations year-round and pick them up from your home if necessary, although it’s very helpful for you to bring the items to FBC.
  2. Help with the pickup of items from donors and the delivery of items to students (especially if you have a truck!) Please bring donations to the church  so that we can help students get settled before classes start. For more information contact Martha at 915-526-5606 / 
  3. Create a “Welcome Basket” with essential household items for a new student. Create the basket as an individual or along with members of your Sunday School class. Suggested items are listed below and should cost about $25. We provide the basket!
  4. Become an International Student Fellowship (ISF) Team Member. Help organize events and develop relationships with students from around the world!

(In good condition, appropriate for small apartments, and able to maneuver on stairs)
  • Bed frames and mattresses: twin, full, queen
  • Desks and Office Chairs
  • Dining Tables and chairs
  • Small Couches

  • Sheets
  • Blankets
  • Towels

  • Microwaves
  • Rice Cookers
  • Fans
  • Heaters
  • Blenders
  • Mixers
  • Irons

  • Pots and pans: skillets, saucepans, bakeware
  • Dishes: mugs, glasses, bowls, pitchers, cups & saucers, serving dishes, water bottles
  • Utensils: measuring cups & spoons, cutting boards, storage containers
  • Silverware
  • Dish Towels, oven mitts

ISF provides baskets with essentials to international students as they start life in El Paso - some household cleaning products and paper products. A $20 donation will purchase the ingredients for one Welcome Basket. You may make your donation to the church office or contact Martha Poe at (915) 526-5606 or or Linda Nodjimbadem at (915) 256-5443 or for more information.