I don’t know if you’ve been to the Square this week, but if you have, you may have wondered if there is a promotion on draining racks and toasters. Just stand at the travelator for 5 minutes and count how many walk out past you, usually accompanied by an 18 year old and a worried looking parent.
It’s o-week at scu, and 1800 first year students have descended on Lismore – most have moved here, having left behind their family, their comfort zone, and the influences of their parents, school friends, and any churches they may have been a part of or Christians they may have known.
tbt’s aim has been to let every student know that there is a Christian group on campus – so that Christian students can be encouraged to keep Jesus as their first priority in life, and so that non-Christian students can be encouraged to think about Jesus – who he is, and what he means for their life.
To achieve this aim, we’ve handed out leaflets, we’ve walked up to students to chat to them and build relationships, and we’ve conducted surveys. If you’re interested in what uni students think about God, check out our blog (www.thebibletalks.com) for our survey results. Highlights include the guy who thinks melchizedek is an extra-terrestrial being (check out Genesis 14 and Hebrews 7 for the Bible’s version of events), and the numerous students who ask God for free nachos and beer. However, many other students asked the big questions – who is God? Why is there suffering in the world? What’s with injustice? Is truth oppressive? Can we be like Jesus by trying hard?
Please keep praying for the new students – that we can establish relationships with the christian students who have made contact with tbt, and that they can grow as Christians. Please pray that many will be challenged to think about Jesus seriously for the first time. Thank God that no student is beyond his influence.