Death of the VW? Not for us...

Breaking news! Brace yourself... the production of Volkswagen camper vans are coming to an end, just as Fusion take this iconic artefact on the road all for the sake of student mission. Timing. 

The national press are mourning the announcement that, due to the fact these vans are oozing will cool-points but severely lacking in modern comforts, safety features and efficiency, they are to be no more.

Because of course, what we want is a sleek new van, with a silent engine that hits 80mph without even thinking about it and a DVD screen in the back. That sounds like a memorable road trip that will draw a crowd in a car park... oh no wait.

The Road Trip #fusionroadtrip is rattling and rolling it’s way into the university locations of the UK in a 1974 bay window Australian imported VW camper van. It smells like petrol and outback dust, it sounds like a train, it steers like a ferry and it’s got cushions in the back that could have been designed by Austin Powers. And it is absolutely brilliant.

VW campers might be coming to an end as the manufacturing world ploughs on into modernity and away from the drive of your life being a quirky, unpredictable adventure, but we aren’t stopping now. There’s too much in the student mission landscape to see and experience to whizz on through towards targets without taking the time to park up and meet people. As cars zoom by, our VW camper will chug along in the slow lane, full of students, prayers, laughter and the sound of the CD player skipping. We shall be grateful we got to road trip in a van that is now a cultural artefact, we shall boil a kettle on our mini hob, we shall open the windows when the heating comes on for no reason, and we shall smile as we go around the UK on a special mission, in a special piece of history.

Long live the VW, long live student mission.

Miriam Swanson

Global Student Mission Leader

Miriam helps equip the church for student mission internationally. She's based in the USA and hungry to see young adults follow Jesus with all of who they are. 

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