Events Weeks 2019 - Canterbury
Excitement rose among the students as they gathered on the top floor of Pret A Manger at 7.30 am on Monday morning for Prayer. This was the official start of their City Wide Missions week called “Something More?”.
After the prayer meeting each morning they went on to the campuses of the different Canterbury universities to give out leaflets and engage with students. They were accompanied by the UCCF South East team of Staff and Relay Workers – who had come to Canterbury to help with the week.
Every day events were put on to get students thinking about a particular topic, like Identity, Suffering, Success, Freedom, and Hope. During the day each university organised a free lunch and a talk on these topics, with a Q&A afterwards. I was coordinating the International Meals with a message that happened early evening from Monday to Friday.
Dick Dowsett gave culturally sensitive and contextualised evangelistic talks for the international students. After these, we invited them all to head to the evening events at the Cathedral Lodge, with musical performances, interviews & testimonies told by students and talks by Dave McNee and other UCCF workers.
As far as we know at least two students made faith commitments, and many others wanted to learn more. Then all those interested met at the follow-up breakfast and talk on Saturday. I was particularly encouraged that our speaker prayed with a number of international students, one of who is from Iran now wants to follow Jesus and get baptised.
Pray for all those who attended events and heard the talks, that the Holy Spirit would continue to work in their hearts and draw them closer to Him.
— Baiba Strause-Kalmere, Staff Worker Canterbury