So, some of you may be aware that this last week Swansea University Christian Union had its missions week. It was brilliant, and very helpful indeed.
I am sure that both myself and Jon will have more to say on the week but here is a little bit of a taster. Two highlights that I will briefly comment upon here will be on the encouragement to talk to non Christians and also the comedy genius of Europeans. […]
The first point seems pretty obvious, however it is very important. From the past three years I have noticed that CU members do not like being put in uncomfortable situations and that friendship groups are hard to crack. It is a shame, and I am as guilty as others. When we put on events we need to be warm and welcoming, so why do we so often leave a new face sitting on their own when we could so easily make the effort. I learnt this lesson this week through he simple encouragements of some very big eastern Europeans, who you cannot say no to! They are massive. I found it a relief to be able to simply talk to new faces, but also to divert the conversations towards Christ. That is the reason we put on these events, and thanks to some gentle encouragement I engaged in some very rewarding chit chat about life and what it means. Is there a God and can I know him. Maybe we need more training on this kind of thing in CU, but I have my suspicions that students are not the only ones who struggle with this.
My second point is a big thank you to six guys; two from the Netherlands, one from Hungary, two from Bosnia and of course the dragon from Croatia. These guys were fantastic, and who would have thought that in just five days you could become some friendly with people, and miss them so much once they had left. This is the case for me, and I loved having them around, offering advice to us all, having some awesome conversations and laughing a lot at the funny stories they had to tell.
Anyhow, I will let you ponder my two observations. Enjoy this day.