Lost on Campus?

by Anna Beaver

2 Corinthians 5:14-15 – For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

As the student leaders envisioned the ministry for this year, one particular thing they wanted to focus on is sacrificial love for the spiritually lost on campus. The efforts by the students during the first few weeks of semester were a beautiful demonstration of this focus. Students took hold of this opportunity to make new connections with first years and people who were new to campus and aimed to share the gospel with them.

Mimi and Wang Wang from ArtsPlus volunteered at a welcoming space in the morning during Week One, helping students find their way to class. Wang Wang asked a girl if she’d heard of the EU and Mimi joined the conversation by asking if she knew much about Christianity, which she didn’t. They were able to share the gospel with her and she was interested in finding out more about who Jesus is and working out her response to him.

Rory, an engineering student who is a keen evangelist was able to play tennis with another student. Rory mentioned he was a Christian and asked him if he’d like to read the Bible together. Since then, they have been meeting up regularly, and he has joined an Economics and Business faculty bible study.

During O-Week, students were handing out free donuts and milkshakes and sharing information about the EU. During this time, Angel met a girl who came from China. Angel asked her where she was at with her faith, after finding out that her parents were Christians. They shared stories of each others lives and invited her to a FOCUS dinner so she could be loved in a community.

Later this year, there will be a season of heightened evangelism over 5 weeks across the year with a festival feel, allowing investigating students to participate in student-run activities allowing them to find out more about Jesus for themselves. Please pray the connections made so far this semester will be interested in coming to festival events and for students as they continue to love the lost on campus this year.



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