- Thank God that many students were able to come to Launch Day and be encouraged to live out Christian lives at university this year.
- Pray that all students make the most of every opportunity, to have the word dwell richly in them, to share their lives with others, to invite and bring friends along to different events, and to proclaim Jesus.
- Pray for first years, that they make Christian and non-Christian friends, that they get settled quickly, and that they are able to come to small group Bible studies and public meetings.
- Pray for seniors, that they welcome the first years, that they continue to be involved and invested, and that they are excellent examples this year.
- Pray for me, that I continue to have good conversations that deepen my relationship with students, that I care for many and increase my capacity to care for others, and that I continue to depend on God's strength and provision.
Today we had hundreds of students turn up for the EU's Launch Day, a day of welcoming in many first years to the EU, and of kicking off the year with a great encouragement to live as Christians at uni.
For the students, it was a day of connecting with new first years, being encouraged to "seize this moment", and finding out about the large-scale mission happening on university campuses across Sydney this year. Rowan spoke from the book of Colossians to encourage us to live under Jesus' Lordship in every aspect of our lives, since the time is short. The campus mission team shared with everyone about the great opportunity of the "Your God" mission coming up in the first three weeks of semester 2. The first years heard some sage advice about how to stand up and live well as Christians while at uni.
For me, it was a day of meeting many new students. Most of the conversations were fairly surface-level, just getting to know basic things like what people are studying, where they are from, how they found out about the EU, what school they studied at, and so on. Unfortunately, meeting loads of new students very quickly means I forget names very quickly! Hopefully as I get to know some of them better I'll be able to have more meaningful and memorable conversations.
It was a good day, but the large number of people just meant that the noise level tended to be very high, and consequently many conversations were almost at shouting level, which is very tiring.
This Tuesday is the EU's Launch Day, and it marks the beginning of a new season: Connecting Season. Connecting season continues over the next few days during the University O-Week (Wednesday to Friday), where all the clubs and societies invite first-years and other students to join, and then continues through weeks 1 and 2, when we are still quite likely to have newcomers joining the EU as they find out about our small group Bible studies, Public Meetings, or barbecues that we're running each week.
Last night we had a wonderful staff commissioning service, where friends and supporters were invited to come and hear about the vision and the mission of the EU Graduates Fund, to meet some of the new staff, to pray for them, to lay hands on them, and to send them out to do God's work at Sydney University.
I had a great time, glad to be able to greet and welcome many old friends. I was one of three staff who were interviewed, and I wasn't feeling too sure about the answers I was giving, but a number of people came up to me afterward and said they were impressed, so I guess it must have been okay! I was greatly encouraged by the conversations I had with the friends that came.
Give thanks to God for a very well-prepared service that was full of prayer, thanksgiving, and encouragement. Keep praying along with the other supporters of the EU Grads Fund that the staff would consider themselves slaves of everyone, examples in love, faith, and purity, faithfully exhorting and teaching, serving with genuine concern and care, wanting to please God and not men and women, and giving glory to God through Jesus, with the strength that God himself supplies.
I thought it'd be a good idea to have a place for my supporters and friends to keep up more regularly with prayer points, so this is it! I will post here as I have time and/or prayer points. These posts should be brief, but might give you a better idea of what's going on week by week in my work as a ministry apprentice :)