The one with the lockdown friendships

Something significant is happening on campus this year.

Something unusual. Something new and beautiful.

New friendships are shaping, forming and birthing during this pandemic. 

Students are re-evaluating what and who they value and why.

They are asking the big questions and looking for answers.

I don’t know about you but when I walk on campus, I notice students are less distracted, and more focused; less of chitchat but more of real and deep conversations between them; less rejection and more openness to faith and Jesus. And that alone gives me pure joy and hope to see that during this time, true friendships and conversations are shaping amongst students. This pandemic and lockdown is bringing them closer to one another, their social life is looking different, and therefore the culture is shifting. This all gives me hope for a better future for the student culture; A hope to see less loneliness and lowliness on campus and more students living in community and loving and caring for one another.

The other day as I was walking around the campus and praying, I bumped into a group of students who’d become very good friends during lockdown and they were all from the literal next door neighbour flats/blocks. I talked to them, prayed for them, and without closing my eyes or using any Christian Jargons, or being too weird I prophesied over them. After I prayed for them, one of them said "that's so nice, I feel so great now, thanks for praying." The other one said, "I didn't know praying could be done like that, it's easy and fun." Yet another said, "Can you also pray for my neighbour back home?"

Do you remember the passage in Matthew 18:20  where Jesus said, “Where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them”?* By walking to students, praying for them, we get to bring the hope in Jesus to them, we therefore invite Jesus’ presence on campus and amongst students. We introduce this generation of students to faith and hope in Jesus, to the Scripture, and to the local church - for most of the students it's more likely to be the first time.

So this was my observation just from the past two months. How about you? 

What are you noticing God doing in students’ lives?

What are you going to do about it?

Tell us about it here.

 

*https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2018%3A20&version=NIV

Maral Assadzadeh

Student Mission Developer

Maral is passionate about students because she first experienced God’s love at uni. She is part of the West & Wales Regional Team serving churches to reach the 99% of students who don't know Jesus.

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