Back to uni four years later...

Jonah was sent to Ninevah, Daniel wrestled with the cultural challenges of Babylon, Ruth arrived in Bethlehem an alien. 

Time and again God calls his people into strange lands, and for me, June marks such a journey.  I’m off to spend 90 hours on campus.

No more will I lie upon a comfy (ish) sprung mattress – no, I shall be on a student’s floor.  No longer will I have the safe rhythms of a 9-5 office role (well, it’s true on my ‘office days’).  Rather, I will be living in student time – late nights, early morning lectures perhaps, hour-long coffee rhythms and spontaneity.  I will forsake the geographical neatness of ‘workplace’, ‘home’, and ‘public space’ for the open-plan living of campus – where it all merges into one. 

I am going to spend 90 hours on campus, hanging out with students, praying, cooking, chatting about Jesus, and seeing where he leads me.  These are 90 hours to take that journey into campus living that thousands do every September.  These are 90 hours for God to take me out of my comfort zone and have me experience university life, and bless those around me however I can.  

This is also a bid to raise a whopping £1000 for Student Linkup.

73% of Christian students don’t engage with church at uni.  It costs £200 a day over the 90 days of the Student Linkup season to connect young people to churches when they leave home.  This is 90 hours to experience the reality of that first statistic and to raise money to help smash it.*

I’m not sure what will happen in my 90 hours but I am convinced that they will contain surprises, profundity, prayers and encounters with people and God.

  1. Would you sponsor me as I make this journey?   Would you give to see 2,500 school leavers connected to churches this summer?
  2. Would you pray for me as I go?
  3. Would you think of something cool for me to do in my 90 hours and tweet it through?

*My 90 hours on campus is part of the 90 Challenge.

Pippa Elmes

Ministry Training Leader

Pippa supports those in church based student ministry to do their job really well. She loves challenging churches to work with students and equipping them to pioneer new mission opportunities to reach students.                     

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