The church is waking up, and people are noticing. Throughout lockdown we’ve heard countless stories of students exploring faith for the first time and giving their lives to Jesus. A church asleep was unattractive, but when the pause button was pressed on life as we knew it, the church began to awake. As doors were locked, the church jumped online. Leaders learnt how to use zoom, some students took to social media to share their faith and others said yes to the invitation to try church in their living rooms.
We asked Lois, a student worker in Leicester, to reflect on how it has felt to be a student worker in lockdown.
“It feels like since our world has shifted, a lot of the barriers to us sharing faith have been lowered, we are bolder on social media with sharing faith, and inviting friends to reach out to Jesus. We are braver and hungrier to see God’s kingdom come through prayer.”
With club mission canceled and church events unable to run, students have explored the power and simplicity of prayer. They are noticing, even more, the connection between prayer and openness to faith, as explained by Lois.
“One of our students had been praying for her friend, who at one time was open to faith but then rejected it. It appeared as though this friend would never come to faith, but after a few months the friend started dropping God into their conversations. The student then asked her about it, and her friend shared that when she would meditate visions of the bible kept coming to mind, and God would give her pictures.”
"As student mission is now mostly online it meant we have been able to still connect with her even though she is at home.”
But the story does not end there. Students are more open to faith than ever and God is speaking back to them.
“She then opened up the bible, read Genesis and decided she believed it and gave her life to God!”
This is just one example of many students who have said yes to Jesus during lockdown. This student is now a part of online student small groups, prayer meetings and church life. Lois reflects on how lockdown may have helped her students stay connected in a time of uncertainty.
“Now they have amazing times of prayer together. We have also been able to include her in the student small groups, prayer meetings and hangouts we have online. As student mission is now mostly online it meant we have been able to still connect with her even though she is at home.”