TFN was formed in the mid 1980s by two couples who had a common dream to see Washburn international students in relationship with American families who lived in Topeka. In the early years, TFN paired around 10 students per semester.  Since then, TFN has  been growing each year in the number of students paired with friendship families. In 2014, there were just under 100 new students paired. 


Our vision is that every international student from Washburn University is matched and in relationship with a Jesus-following friendship family.

As a TFN planning committee, we are focused on recruiting, training, matching, and maintaining/encouraging friendship families to reach this vision.