Autumn Stories: Lydia

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, Louis’ and Emma’s stories, next up, Lydia’s! 

Lydia is a third-year student based in Sheffield who has stepped up to the challenge of pioneering and co-leading street evangelism this term! After feeling inactive in her church in her first year, she was determined to grow more in her faith as well as put her faith into action. 

During the summer between her second and third year, Lydia attended a summer conference. After leading a small group, she asked God, “is there anything else I could do for you?”. After asking this simple question, the Holy Spirit revealed to her His heart for His people and it was an experience that required her to take action. 

“I encountered God in a really strong way and saw some of God’s sorrow for people who didn’t know Him or have a relationship with Him. Now I know that I’ve been given God’s heart for people.” 

Lydia knew that she had to take to the streets to share Jesus, but felt unconfident in doing so and didn’t want to do it alone. She said to God, “I know I said I wanted to do something for you but starting something new seems a bit extreme. I don’t want to do it on my own.” It was then that God highlighted a friend, also called Lydia (this could get confusing…) who would pioneer and lead alongside her. 

“I felt God speak to me. He said ‘I’ve called you to this, I’ll provide everything. You don’t have to do it on your own.”

After the two spoke, it was clear that God had spoken to both of them separately about pioneering a new way of sharing Jesus on the streets in the city. They had each other, it was time to take action. 

"Instead of being stationary and waiting for God to tell you to move, move, and trust that God will steer you."

In the past term, Lydia, Lydia and others from their church, have been gathering almost every Saturday to share Jesus with people in Sheffield. They start by gathering with another local church to pray, worship and encourage each other. Then, they go out in pairs to the city centre. Using the ‘Jesus at the Door’ method, they help people to think through the gospel, have conversations and often connect people to local church. 

“Going out and speaking to people about God is not what I’m naturally comfortable with, but all I was called to do was be obedient. I just had to open my mouth and let God’s words speak, it’s not up to me how they respond, but all I had to do was be obedient. That takes the pressure off.” 

‘A lot of students focus purely on studying & social life at uni. Why did you decide not to do that?’

“I learned that faith without works is dead. Not that works bring salvation, but if you really believe something that much, you act on it. You don’t always have to do big actions. Sometimes it could be just doing the washing up for your housemates, for example. But we are called to be set-apart. We’re called to look different.”

Lydia said yes to God, despite not feeling ready. I asked her what her advice would be to someone who felt the same.

“Don’t question if you’re called to share Jesus or not. If you’re wondering if God has called you to share Him, the answer is yes, because we’re all called to that. Pray, and just say yes. Instead of being stationary and waiting for God to tell you to move, move, and trust that God will steer you. Don’t wait until you have all the answers before you start moving.”

Seeing students step out and say yes to Him has been a common thread this term and as Fusion, we can’t wait to cheer you on into 2019. Stay in touch on social media @ hellofusionmovement and check out our resources here!

Viki Taylor

Student Mission Developer

Viki is a part of the student mission team and is based in Sheffield. Her favourite things are huskies, the ocean and buying too many notebooks.

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