Our mid-year camp, Summit, this year focused on God’s plan for the world and our involvement in it. We looked at the book of Jonah and there we saw how God used a disobedient, self focused prophet in his plan of salvation for the wicked Ninevites. This is encouraging, though we may be painfully away of our shortcomings and sin, God can and will use us. It is also sobering that God may send us to share the gospel to wicked people, and remarkably beautiful that his grace extends to us and those we would deem not worthy of being saved.The week also included mirror groups where we applied God’s word to our own lives, seminars regarding chatting with Muslim friends about what we and they believe and electives on mission. The elective I ran was on the cost of ministry based on 2 Corinthians, some students participating are pictured below. There was a lot of fun to be had too, we had free time each afternoon, which included a trip to Mt Buller for me and a social night in the middle of the week. Praise God that students were challenged to mission and spent time to reflect on how God’s plan for them intersects with his plan for the world. You can also thank God for the friendships formed and strengthened over the week. Below are some of our Swinburne students.
June/July also brings an opportunity to rest. I really enjoyed time away in the grampians. My spirit feels renewed and I’m looking forward to the work ahead of me. I plan to take a few more days after our mid year camp, Summit.
One important aspect of Uni ministry is friendship building. We want students to become friends with each other so throughout their degrees and as they leave university together they will continue to point each other to Jesus, to encourage in hard seasons of life and to remind in easier seasons. Some students come from churches with out many other people their age, others move from the country. Additionally, many will go far and wide over the course of their lives. Having a network of friends are in love with God beyond your church is a great asset for running the race and enduring till the end.
To give students more opportunity to become friends we have a few hang out times over the course of semester break. We also have our mid-year camp summit coming up which is a great opportunity for student to get to know each other better over meals and by the fire. Please be praying that our students would make these friendship that will encourage and remind them throughout their lives that our God is worth following and the greatest joy.
I’m really thankful for the training I received over the course of my ministry apprenticeship. A large part of this has been through eQuip, which seeks to equip the next generation of Victoria’s Bible teachers, leaders, pastors, evangelists and church planters. It’s been a real privilege to learn from people with much ministry experience and become friends with others at my stage who are just starting out in ministry. You can praise God for those who run, teach and make up the eQuip class as they have grown and blessed me over the last two years.As I continue working at Swinburne I’ve enrolled in one unit at Ridley (theological) College, pray that I have the time each week to study well.
A hallmark of uni ministry are public Bible talks, I love the concept that the word of God is being spoken in universities all over Australia so that any student or staff can hear it if they chose. I think it’s also great for students to hear a Bible passage expounded and applied in their uni context. The public Bible talks at Swinburne are known as Thirst and happen every Thursday of semester at 4.30pm right in the middle of campus. In the semester just gone we’ve heard talks from Matthew and Joshua and next semester we’ll be looking at 1 Peter. Afterwards we go out for dinner, which is an opportunity to build relationships and chat about what we’ve heard. You can pray that Christian students would continue to grow in maturity through hearing God’s word at Thirst and non-Christian students would be curios and hear the gospel proclaimed.
Our mid year camp, Summit is on in July, we are studying Jonah. Please pray with me that God would be prompting students who need to be there to sign up, and also working in non-Christian students as they way up other priorities with coming on this camp. Also please pray for me as I prepare to run an elective on camp.