Autumn Stories: Emma

September saw the launch of the Fusion regional teams which have provided lots of opportunities to visit university cities all over the UK! We have met with a large number of churches 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!

We’ve read Lizzie’s and Louis’ stories, next up, Emma! 

Emma is a 3rd-year student as well as on the student team at her church in Leicester! Like many students, Emma has found herself leading her friends and peers. This can often be a tricky dynamic to navigate for many, but Emma believes that vulnerability is the key to healthy leadership amongst peers. 

“It's really tricky especially when you’re leading your friends, but the best thing I've found is, to be honest about my weaknesses as a leader. I always try to be authentic and not portray a distant or perfect person because that's not the truth, and they need to feel comfortable to talk to me.”

In a society with often little authenticity, Emma believes that authenticity is key. Living see through lives help students to know that there is grace to cover imperfection and that being relatable is crucial. To read more on living see through lives, click here!

One of Emma’s highlights from this term includes leading 24/7 prayer for her students during Freshers. She invited students to intercede for each other during the transition of starting university. Though she was physically tired, she, alongside others, started the year spiritually full. 

“It made every conversation Spirit-led and the Holy spirit did amazing things in that time. I'll never forget that crazy experience!”

Serving on the student team has challenged Emma’s personal faith in a number of ways. This term, Emma has learnt more than ever that being a leader is purely for the benefit of others, which has lead her to want to take bolder risks and listen to the Holy Spirit more. Emma knows that she not only gets be a role model to her peers but is encouraging them to pursue Jesus even more than she is! 

Being a student leader has challenged her personal integrity and commitment. More than ever, she has chosen to commit to serving students, whether she feels like it or not. 

“God really challenged my integrity this year and of sticking to my word. If I promise to do something, I need to do it. No one likes a flakey friend but a flakey leader is even worse!”

As many do, Emma felt under qualified to say yes to being on the student team. With a challenging 2nd year behind her, she didn’t feel completely ready to call herself a leader, and yet, with a lot of prayer, conviction and openness to grow, she said yes. She recognised that although she may not have recognised her ability, others did, and she was willing to take the leap and embrace it. When asked what she would say to anyone else in her situation, she said, “I felt so under qualified, but saying yes was an amazing opportunity. Being a leader means your faith grows, as does your relationship with God. It does mean sacrifice in lots of ways, but that might be the thing you need to kick start a new adventure with God.”

Are you in a similar position to Emma? As Fusion, we’re here to help. We want to help you to feel as equipped to share Jesus and help others to do the same, regardless of where you’re at. For more information on how Fusion can help you, stay connected on social media, invite us to your church or check out our resources. We can’t wait to meet you!

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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