Much is still unknown about this new academic year. Whilst it now seems that there will at least be students on campus, many of the assumptions we might have made about university life event a month or two ago are now questionable. As UCCF have planned how to resource CUs, we are hoping for the best but planning for the worst eventualities.
It has been a great encouragement to see how the Christian Unions have continued to give their coursemates and uni friends the opportunity to hear and respond to the good news of Christ. At a time when social isolation is being felt more keenly by many, the loving and welcoming community of CUs is providing a striking witness. Of course, there are challenges to overcome but we pray the Lord uses this time to draw many more students to Himself.
We realise that for many of you reading this, you too will be finding this economic downturn greatly alarming and constraining. We do not in any way take your continued prayerful and financial support for granted. The opportunities ahead of us in UCCF will be difficult but vital and the CU communities of Christians on campus will become more even more significant after the suffering and dislocation caused by this pandemic. Thank you so much for standing with us.
As Universities reopen and students return, the CUs have been working hard to continue their vibrant campus witness in these new and unusual circumstances. Thanks to technology, social media, and creative thinking, they are still boldly and creatively finding ways to make disciples of Christ in the student world.
At the end of August, field staff returned from furlough to take part in our virtual Forum and to restart supporting students and Christian Unions at the beginning of the new term. Students and staff are meeting together physically where government guidelines and any local restrictions allow.
Our Oxford office has now re-opened and you can contact us in any of the usual ways. We will get back to you as soon as we can, although our response time may be a little slower than usual – thank you in advance for your patience.
We are so grateful for all those who partner with the UCCF family and enable this ministry to continue through prayer and financial support, particularly in these challenging times.
Your financial support will enable us to continue our work of supporting, resourcing and equipping CUs to proclaim the good news of Jesus to their fellow students.
If you are already financially supporting this work – please accept our sincere thanks.
If you would like to begin giving financially – either through regular giving or a one-off gift – you can easily do so on our website. We are also still able to receive cheques in the post, if you would prefer to give in this way.
This season of social distance, fear and anxiety is causing many students to ask significant questions about life and faith. Our prayer is that many would come to know the Lord in the weeks ahead as CUs hold out the hope of the gospel.
We would love you to join us in that prayer. You can view daily prayer points on the UCCF website.
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