‘It’s so important for the church to be open to everyone.’

During 2020 we have sadly seen an increase in mental health issues on campus’ and students feeling hopeless. We love to hear stories of how the local church is helping students to find their hope in Jesus during this time. 

Josh is a student at the University of Portsmouth. His church recognised the need to support students who may be struggling so they ran a course exploring secular issues from a biblical perspective. During the course, Josh got to know two of the other students; one had never been to church and the other called themself a Christian since they had grown up around church, but their life had not been radically transformed by the love and hope of Jesus. 

After the course had finished, both of Josh’s friends decided to sign up for Alpha where they began to find out more about the Christian faith and what it means to know Jesus. During the session on the Holy Spirit they both had an incredible encounter with God and experienced the Holy Spirit while in their university rooms. As a result of this, they both gave their lives to Jesus and recently got baptised! 

Josh was so encouraged by this testimony and it has reminded him of the importance of the church being open to everyone. 

If the church had not been ready to respond in a time of need, they may have never met these students. 

If the church was not committed to offering the hope of Jesus to the hopeless, they may have never met these students. 

If the church had not been willing to pioneer a new way of introducing students to Jesus, they may have never met these students. 

This church took action in supporting students and in doing so, they have seen salvation!

Would you like to find out more about faith for yourself or get involved with a local church? To find churches in your area, head to Student Linkup.

Suzanna Ling


Suzanna is passionate about seeing students come to know Jesus and find a home within church during their time at university. She connects with churches and helps equip them to support students in the best way they can.

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