"I don’t really know how to describe this, but I think I’m a Christian..."

At Fusion, we believe that each story shared has the power to ignite hope and inspire students that their role in the student mission narrative is significant. The story we are a part of is always bigger than we think it is, which is why it’s crucial that we celebrate stories of how God is working through local churches across the UK and beyond. Emily, a Student Worker in Oxford, shares her experience…

"As a Fresher, I never would have seen myself going to church - let alone becoming a Pastor, I didn’t even know where churches were! But during my first year, I met a Christian student who just didn’t fit the mould of what I thought Christians were like… she was lots of fun! I remember quizzing her on a night out about what kind of Christian she was and was so intrigued when she said, “I just love Jesus”. We didn’t have many conversations, but that really struck me. 

Throughout my first year, things were going well. I was doing a good course and had great friends, but between my first and second year, I probably seemed like I had it all together on the outside but really on the inside it felt like no-one really knew me, that I was alone. I was living a typically uni life trying to find satisfaction but it was becoming more and more empty.  

During the summer between my first and second year, my cousin, who is a Christian, invited me to Kenya with him to see the work he was doing with a Christian charity. When I arrived there, I realised I had got it all wrong, because the children we were meeting had such a visible light coming from them and their joy was contagious. Seeing children who had been through so much embody joy in this way led me to want to encounter Jesus. I knew that I wanted to try church when I got back to university, but I was immediately met with the thoughts of ‘someone like you doesn’t belong in church, what about your reputation, you’d become so boring’. 

"I don’t really know how to describe this, but I think I’m a Christian..."

I really believed that to be a Christian meant I had to change everything about myself before I was allowed to be in church - how wrong I was! Once I got back to Oxford, I tried to find this light and life in so many other places but throughout this, despite me running in the opposite direction, Jesus came running to me. Only a few months into my second year, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I needed to go to church! I was invited by 3 different people, even though I'd said nothing to them about wanting to go and kept bumping into the Christian student I had met in first year. She invited me to church with her and finally, I went. 

It was a baptism service that day. I remember driving to St Aldates church feeling like I was being drawn there - I just knew I needed to be in church! I parked up and walked into church, I felt like I’d come home. As the worship started, seeing so many other students worshiping, I was met by this overwhelming sense of God’s love for me and cried as I layed down every fear I held onto! I prayed simply, Jesus I’m sorry can I come back to you, and in that moment, I felt his light flood my entire being as I received his love and forgiveness. The friend who invited me began to pray over me, and after this night, met with me each week to read the Bible together and talk through my questions. 

After I returned home, my housemates asked what church was like. I replied with, ‘I don’t really know how to describe this, but I think I’m a Christian and that God has a plan for my life!’. I knew in that moment that it didn’t really matter what came next but that I wanted to live my life for him and to tell people about Jesus. It’s been a journey of many ups and downs since but despite my failures, I’m still getting to discover more of God’s incredible love each day and it’s certainly not been boring!"

We love to hear your stories of students stepping out in faith. If you have a story to share, email Viki.Seithel@fusionmovement.org to submit yours!

Victoria Seithel

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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