Students Sharing Faith: 7 Student Mission Snapshots

IN THE MIDST OF UNCERTAINTY, WE OFTEN FIND HOPE. THIS HAS BEEN THE CASE FOR MANY STUDENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO PREVIOUSLY, MAY HAVE CLOSED THE DOOR TO JESUS, INSTEAD BEING OPEN TO THE HOPE THAT HE OFFERS IN UNCERTAIN TIMES. 

What could be more encouraging that stories of our answered prayers, that students would find hope in Jesus and home in the local church? Below are snapshots of different student stories from across the UK who have been bold in sharing their faith during lockdown. 

  • “Over the last few weeks we’ve seen about eight students join in with new or existing Communities (our small groups structure).  As soon as the lockdown happened, we were encouraging all church members to join in with a community if they weren’t already in one.  I specifically invited some students who I knew weren’t in them to join.  Some students have joined existing groups and we have also begun a new group for those who would find joining an existing one harder.” (Nottingham)

  • “We only started getting people being vulnerable at small group post lockdown. We started encouraging other people to take the lead, and I asked someone to lead the Bible study. She set a challenge to read one chapter of acts throughout April and that was the turning point where people started engaging. The whole atmosphere of the group was people taking on responsibility and being alive in God. That’s the change I’ve seen.” (London)

  • “I’ve been really encouraged to see students boldly share more of their faith on social media – some have shared the details of online church, one student put a question on her Insta story asking how she could pray for people and another has placed Try Praying booklets on the wall outside their house inviting neighbours to take one as they walk past.” (Nottingham)

  • As international students flew back to their homes in Singapore and Malaysia, they got in touch with their UK based church and asked them if they would be able to join in with a small group from afar. They recognised that even though they were in different time zones, that they could begin a small group of their own. Their student worker, based in London, was flexible in how and when they ran small groups and now their International group is not so small anymore, with 28 regular students, they are looking to multiply and begin their own Alpha course! (London)

  • Student mission has been moved online with the Student Takeover. Each week, an intern at Cardiff Vineyard posts on social media, and then students share the post to their own accounts. “This enables students to have an easy way to put something on their social media and reach into their communities.” By week 3, the posts were having hundreds of interactions as more students, even some who had never posted online before, demonstrated boldness in sharing their faith! (Cardiff)

  • One PhD student had organised a prayer and worship night at Imperial College, London. As lockdown happened, he decided, instead of cancelling, he would move it online via Zoom. Around 20 students attended, including those from different churches, members of the Students Union and the Catholic society. As a result of this evening, he has now been working alongside the chaplaincy to connect with and support students who are still on campus. (London)

  • One student used to automatically pray for any friends she bumped into on campus. During lockdown, she realised that there was now a gap in her prayer life, so she decided to be creative. Now, each time she goes on social media, she scrolls through her followers’ names and commits to praying for them. She often shares words, pictures or encouragement she has for her non-Christian friends who have responded really well. (Loughborough)

Have you seen any students come to faith? We'd love to hear from you! Email viki.taylor@fusionmovement.org to share your story! 

 

Viki Taylor

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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