It’s hard to know what life will be like after the pandemic.
The CUs are now making plans for when they return to uni in-person in September. Some students are feeling excited about the rare gospel opportunities this might provide, others are anxious about potential challenges.
It’s a vital time to be praying for them.
…as leaders plan on-campus outreach, having never experienced it before.
This September, many of the CU students who were familiar with mission weeks, first-contact and other traditional on-campus mission will have graduated. Many of those left to lead their CU will be students who began as freshers this year. They will likely be feeling uncertain, having never been to or seen an in-person CU event. They may not have met their fellow leaders face-to-face, or in some cases even set foot on the campus itself.
Pray that CU leaders are able to think creatively as they step into the unknown. Pray they use this as an opportunity to consider their approach to mission on their campus with fresh eyes. Pray that they receive wisdom, guidance and support from Staff Workers and local churches, and ultimately lean on the Lord fully for their work.
…as CUs meet in-person for the first time.
To maintain strong community within the CU during the pandemic, most split off into smaller groups called Impact Groups that met regularly online or in groups of six. These became the lifeblood of CUs. A return to campus life, means returning to CU-wide meetings – the whole CU drawing together physically again. Students will be forming relationship and serving alongside those they only met once or twice online.
Pray that there is unity as groups come together and not discord. Pray that students quickly deepen relationships with one another that were begun last year, and this helps them remain centered on the vision of making Jesus known. Pray that students on the edge of the CU, who perhaps only came to one or two online events, would quickly feel a part of the community.
…as they meet many who have begun to deeply consider faith, life and God during the pandemic.
During the pandemic, a great number of young people began to consider faith for the first time*. This September, not only will students be coming to university craving community after an isolating year, but also seeking answers to tough questions of life, faith and God. They will be perhaps more open to the gospel than ever before.
Pray that the CUs are motivated to make the most of this opportunity, and excited by the potential to share Jesus with their friends. Pray that holding out the gospel is a priority for them, that the events they run and topics they tackle are sensitive and meet the needs they see around them.
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