Nelson Mandela once said ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’
As students start university, they often have a profound trust that their degree will provide them with the security, wealth and purpose that they long for. Their parents, wider relatives and often the whole village will have been saving for years to provide them with at least some of the money needed for them to go to university. The expectation is that once they get a degree, it will prove to be a good investment for the family and village in every way: they get a well-paid job, support their siblings through their education, etc.
However we know that the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world is not education but the gospel of grace: free, transforming salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. So, this term at Hope Church Auckland Park, there is a strong focus on the student work on the three nearby campuses. We want to hold out the true hope of the gospel to the 70,000 students studying here, especially to the many students who are churched but unconverted as well as those who know the gospel but have never been exposed to faithful bible teaching. We want to provide opportunities for people to engage with the truth – both at church on Sundays and through bible studies, talks and discussions on campus.
Most South Africans seem to be churched (and often outwardly moral) but have never engaged with the life-transforming and salvation-bringing truth. We want to see lots of students (and others!) settle at Hope Church or at other faithful local churches through the work of FOCUS. Each week there are up to about 25 bible studies which take place in the halls of residence and on campus plus a Friday evening meeting on two of the campuses, with a talk, food, discussion and social time. Please join with us in praying that we would reach and train students with the gospel.
Written by James and Lucy Buchanan
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