Autumn Stories: Lizzie

September saw the launch of the Fusion regional teams which have provided lots of opportunities to visit university cities all over the UK! As a whole team, we have met with churches all over the UK and have gathered fantastic stories of students and student workers stepping out in faith at uni! With this term and 2018 drawing to a close, we’d love to share some of these stories with you!

First up… Lizzie! 

Lizzie is a medical student based in Sheffield, and this year took a literal plunge when she decided to get baptised in front of all her friends at uni! Despite having a very busy schedule, she still makes time for building strong relationships with her course mates and sharing Jesus with them.

She asks herself the simple question, ‘what do my friends need right now?’, and then she does her best to meet those NEEDS, through hER small group. 

Although raised in a Christian family, she chose to wait until uni to get baptised. When asked why this was, she said, ‘I wanted to decide on my own faith, and I knew that finding a church at uni was key. My faith is not just something I believe in, but something I love to believe in!’ 

She is often the life of the party and is now the social secretary for her hockey team! It is her faith in Jesus that not only makes a difference in the way she lives her life, but also in the way her friends experience uni! When asked about the difference having faith makes at uni, she said, ‘it means being encouraging to my teammates and being willing to go the extra mile in serving. Practically, it looks like picking up the cones after a match when everyone is tired, freely cooking meals for people and not worrying about the cost.’ 

Inviting friends to church can be daunting for many reasons and Lizzie’s experience has been no different. As many do, she had worried that an invitation to church will change friends’ perceptions of her, but despite this, brings friends to church every week and plays a part in their faith journey. Her challenge is simple. ‘If it was football, I’d tell them play by play what happened. Why is church any different? Why would I not show someone what I’m passionate about?’

Lizzie now hosts a weekly missional small group where friends are invited to explore faith together! With an extremely busy course, serving in church and organising nights out for her football team, it has been difficult to find a rhythm that is sustainable. Despite this, she asks herself the simple question, ‘what do my friends need right now?’, and then she does her best to meet them through small group. 

Sometimes small group can look like watching The Prince of Egypt and ice cream after a busy week of assessments. 

Sometimes small group can look like hosting pre-drinks, games with a DMC deck and praying with friends before a night out. 

Sometimes small group can look like supporting a friend’s gig in a local pub, followed by deep late night conversations about the Bible. 

‘I still go on nights out, but being a Christian makes me want to be a better version of me. There are some things I just don’t want to do anymore because I know that God’s not a figurehead, He’s a protector.’ 

A traditional small group context didn’t fit into her friends’ rhythms, so a simple question asking about their needs helped her to think creatively around how she can introduce them to church, outside of a Sunday service. It is through these moments of encounter with Lizzie that they choose to explore more of Jesus. 

‘I don’t know all the answers, so I focus less on what I don’t know and tell people what I do know.’ 

Lizzie doesn't let a lack of free time, a lack of money or a lack of having all the answers stop her from sharing Jesus with her friends. 

Simply put, ‘I love being a Christian! Why wouldn’t I want others to experience the same?’ 

Victoria Seithel

Communications Developer

Viki loves raising up new leaders and is committed to sharing the hope-filled story of student mission with the churches she serves.

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