Hello Zara Thompson from the Stranmillis CU Committee has put a very detailed report together to update you all on how our missions week went.
Stranmillis Mission Week // Red Lines Week
Being a part of the committee organising mission week at Stranmillis this year, it was amazing to see how God was moving in our campus in BIG ways during that week. We had a jammed-packed schedule of events happening every day.
Monday lunch time saw our panel being asked lots of big questions such as ‘How do we know the Bible is real?’, ‘How is Christianity more than just a religion?’, ‘Is Christianity homophobic?’, ‘I used to be a Christian, but don’t live that way now, will I still be in heaven?’. We found this session so encouraging and also challenging. It was also great to see a particular group of people there to hear open, honest answers! Please pray for this group of guys who really are asking BIG questions about Chrsitianity and for their flat mates who must be a constant light to them.
Next we had our first night of Panto evange. I’m sure many of you know pantomime at Stran is a huge deal, with a very large cast member. It was safe to say they appreciated homemade treats and a friendly face. Late Monday night we panned an outreach trip to cathedral quarter, armed with some Mark’s Gospels and a MASSIVE bag of popcorn. On a cold, wet night we were amazed to see how many people were keen to give this type of evangelism a go, some having never done anything like this before. To me this is the most challenging and ‘out-of-comfort-zone’ thing to do, yet everyone there seemed to really enjoy and some great conversations occurred with many people on the streets and coming out of nightclubs. Pray for those Christians who were struggling in their faith and caught up in university party scene. Myself and a friend also got an opportunity to talk with a Jew from Israel which proved to be a very exciting chat.
Tuesday saw our night of CU in which we had a MAP night, where lots of mission agencies came and shared their visions. Logos Hope members encouraged us to be missional Christians by being expectant for God to do big things. After CU we had cover the campus, where a group of people helped to put lots of posters and visuals around campus for people to read on their journey to class the next day. This proved to be amazing! The responses and stories we heard about this was incredible, including some international students actually discussing that “At Stranmillis, you actually do get to see God’s love”. At CU that night we had a ‘chocolate bar challenge’. This was essentially a chocolate bar with Romans 5:8 stuck on the back of this and the challenge was for everyone to find someone to give it to J
Thursday night saw our big event of the week which was our lads and ladies night. Over 10 teams turned up for our 5-aside football tournament, hosted by Rodney Weir from C4C (Coaching for Christ),who shared his testimony with these guys who mainly had no connections with CU and perhaps even Chrsitianity. Pray for these guys, that may continue coming to similar events and that God will work in their lives. Our girls night was a pamper night where a student shared her testimony with so many girls. It was challenging and a beautiful night where girls realised that their identity is in Christ.
Overall, we have been blessed, inspired and encouraged beyond measure after such a moving week at Stran. God wants to use us to be his light on this campus and I pray that we will continue to do this.
Thankyou for your support and continue to remember this is your prayers xx
Today the IFES Ireland staff team are meeting in Greystones for planning, training and fellowship. Please be praying for your CU staff workers as they plan/discuss Ireland-wide ministry issues.
Derek French has just dropped into the Belfast office for coffee and ministry catchup with David Monty Montgomery. Please be praying for Derek and Jane's work with GBU Spain.
Pray for students in QUB who are meeting with 3/4 of their friends to start studying the Bible with them.
Ciara and Abigail are going on University of Limerick radio in an hour to speak about the CU and the good news we have been given. Pray for them and for other opportunities on media outlets!
News in from Slovakia where one of our Relay workers is now helping pioneer CUs (Hannah). A CU of around 15 just organised an events week, where one event drew well over 620 people (the capacity of the lecture hall) to hear something of the good news of Jesus from John Lennox! Now, many of them are exploring more.
Don't let being small in number put you off! Humble, teachable hearts, alongside good publicity, a central venue and a great title that answers a q everyone is asking (or a well-known academic speaker, or our fav...food!) can be all that's needed.
Dream big dreams!
DIT Christian Union are hosting a Carol Service with the Harmonics Society on December 4th in DIT Aungier Street - anyone who happens to be in Dublin then is more than welcome and prayers are also greatly appreciated :)
"...The most frustrating aspect of doing evangelism in universities is the fact that students generally have no idea of sin. They know how to sin well enough, but they have no idea of what constitutes sin." - Don Carson
Does this sound familiar? Let's keep praying for our universities, for a sense of sin against a holy God and the freedom of forgiveness through a beautiful Saviour.