Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (AFES) works in a God-given window of opportunity to reach university students for Christ, as universities in Australia are full of students who are poised to make life-changing decisions about what they believe and where they are heading.
AFES aims to build evangelical student groups that evangelize students by proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord, encourage growth toward maturity in Christ, train students in their skills and character to serve Jesus and his people and send graduates throughout Australia and the world to serve Christ.
In 1930, English university evangelist Dr Howard Guinness encouraged Australian university students to get actively involved in evangelism and as a result, Christian groups began to form on university campuses in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart and Brisbane.
In 1936, the network of groups joined together to form the Australian Inter Varsity Fellowship (IVF). In 1947, they participated founding the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) and later the Australia IVF changed its name to Australian Fellowship of Evangalical Students (AFES) in 1973.
Over the last few decades AFES has developed into a strategically vital movement. AFES now reaches tertiary students in over 50 student groups on campuses around Australia. Students are equipped to minister to their peers, to evangelize on their campuses, and to lead godly lives in their relationship with Christ.