EU in the Sydney gospel eco-system

by EU GradsFund

Praise God for new growth

At our October Supporters’ Month ‘Back To Campus Brunch’ I shared the story of Philip, a student from China. Philip started at Sydney Uni in July this year. He came to USyd to learn Business and Finance. We made contact with Philip in his first week on campus through EU’s Welcome activities. He connected straight in to our Thursday night gatherings for international students and has had that gospel seed planted and watered week by week. Just 3 months later, in mid-October, as once again the seed of the gospel was watered – this time from the book of Jonah – God brought that seed to life and Philip turned to Jesus as his Saviour and Lord! Behold, a new brother in our Lord Jesus! Praise God for the way he brings new life.

The opportunity to train Christians for a life-time serving Jesus, and to give depth to their knowledge and love of God, amidst a fellowship of like-minded peers, are key ways that the EU complements existing evangelical ministry in Sydney churches.

EU in the Sydney gospel eco-system

I ran into Phil, an EU graduate who serves in full-time ministry in Sydney, at a café near campus. I shared how we were thinking hard about how the EU ministry ought be a complement to the rich, bible-based ministry on offer in many Sydney churches, from which the EU students come. Phil enthusiastically agreed. ‘There are two things the EU does that we find hard to replicate in church,’ he shared, ‘namely, ministry training and Annual Conference.’ The opportunity to train Christians for a life-time serving Jesus, and to give depth to their knowledge and love of God, amidst a fellowship of like-minded peers, are key ways that the EU complements existing evangelical ministry in Sydney churches.

In light of these considerations, the EU has made some decisions to reshape the content of its teaching program to increase bible-based, training content. This will play out in Small Groups, Public Meetings and some fresh training initiatives in 2023. Pray that the Lord brings fruit for his global kingdom for decades to come through these initiatives.

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