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StudentLife Den Haag activities

StudentLife Den Haag activities

Are you a student and would like to grow in the are of witnessing for Jesus and communicating good news? then the following events are for you.

We focus on three areas the coming few weeks: Prayer – Action Group – Training

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Join StudentLife The Hague

Are you a student and you would like to grow in the area of witnessing for Jesus at your campus? Then this is for you!

Ben je student of ken je studenten in Den Haag? StudentLife start een groep en gaat komende vrijdag in gesprek met studenten op de uni. Ben je erbij? Deel dit bericht in je netwerk!

We start coming Friday November the 4th at 10:00-11:30 with prayer led by Rachel at Justice House of Prayer, Korte Veerstraat 230, Den Haag. Then we go to the The Hague University campus 12:30-13:30. Students are welcome to either the one or the other or to both.

Connect at solomon@studentlife.nl

Help students find answers to the big questinos of life with this survey

Wat studeer je (studierichting/-jaar)? En waarom heb je deze studierichting gekozen?

What courses are you studying (course/year)? Why did you choose these courses?

Wat zijn je interesses buiten je studie?
What has your interests beyond your studies?

Wat vind je het belangrijkst in je leven? Waarom? What gives your life value and meaning? Why?

Wat zou je aan het einde van je leven bereikt willen hebben? Hoe doenk je dat te gaan doen? What do you want to accomplish by the end of your life?

Wat denk je dat er met je zal gebeuren na dit leven? What do you believe happens to people after they die?

Hoe denk je over God?
What do you think about God?

Wie is Jezus volgens jou? En wat wilde hij op aarde bereiken?
Who in your opinion was Jesus? And how would you describe his mission?

Wat maakt iemand volgens jou tot een christen? What do you understand makes someone a Christian?

Als het mogelijk zou zijn, zou je God dan willen ontmoeten? Waarom (niet)?
If it were possible, would you want to know God in a personal way? Why (not)?

Networking training With Charles Ruffolo

Training on Networking with TheNetworking Charles Ruffolo

Agape Nederland, the organization I am working with, has organized three training days with Charles Ruffolo on Networking.

The training was inspiring and we learned a lot on what it is and how to do it. Furhtermore, Charles invited us to his network club so we can see networking in action. We were encouraged to practice what we learned during this evening.

I was amazed to see so many people connect with each other and help each other fulfil part of their dreams.

We are better prepared to increase our impact for God’s kingdom work in The Netherlands.

At the Network club with Charles

Training for speakers in the university setting: some reflections

Passionweeks is a movement in The Netherlands that allows students to hear a message from a Christian point of view. I participated in one of the training days in October. Benno van den Toren gave a workshop on how to prepare a talk in a university setting. Here are some highlights of this workshop. 

  • Christians sometimes feel they have to keep their faith in the private sphere. But the Christian faith is a worldview that attempts to explain all of reality. Therefore Christians should bring their faith to the public square and not just keep it private. 
  • Christians could make an effort to built bridges with people outside the Christian faith. A good approach is to invite non-Christians into our world so they can see that the Christian faith is meaningful and reasonable. 
  • First, introduce people to Christ. Show them that Christ is attractive, trustworthy, and meaningful to you as a speaker. After you have done this you can remove some of the barriers, things that keep non-Christians away from considering the Christian faith as a life option. Benno said that “a witness from someone trustworthy makes a huge difference.” 
  • Furthermore, show why Christ is both the answer to issues like guilt, shame, overcoming evil, and also that he is a solid foundation for our lives. 
  • Finally, as a speaker find your voice. Don’t be afraid to stand and speak with your vulnerabilities and questions. Even then we have a reason to trust our message. 

It was a good and helpful workshop for people who give talks in the university setting. 

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StudentLife News April 2019

Christian background students with basic questions

It happens a few times every semester that I meet a Christian student that has basic questions about the Christian faith. This happens in different settings, during our weekly campus conversations, on a retreat, or at a church. This month together with Pia we met a student from India who comes from a Christian background. She is not involved with a church while in The Netherlands. Still believes some of the basics of the Christian faith. But she was not confident about her relationship with God. She also had many questions related to interpreting the Bible and how to practice her beliefs in daily life.

Big questions of life

Here are some of the questions we asked her and how she responded.

What gives your live value and meaning?

Her answer was “family, contributing to society, and impacting people’s lives. Otherwise, life would be boring.” This generation is concerned about social and global issues, especially how to contribute to the improvement of peoples’ lives. That’s great to see! Her values come from her Christian upbringing, family, friends and society.

What do you want to accomplish by the end of your life?

“Religiously, I want to live a good life without having regrets. Professionally, I want to have a positive impact on people’s lives. This supplements my personal life, also. I hope that after I am gone people will miss me because I meant something to them.” I asked her what she meant about leading a “good life.” Moral values, values I get from the Bible” was her answer.

Am I good enough?

What happens to people after they die?

“Death is like a sleep. When God comes back there will be a resurrection. Both good and not good people will be resurrected. The good people will live forever with God.” I asked her, “Will you be part of the group that will live with God? Or does this thought of separation from God scare you? What does this mean to you in your daily life?” She thought about this one a little longer. She then said, “If I fix everything, then yes, I will be with God forever.” I double checked about what the “if I fix everything” meant to her. Here comes the surprise. She mentioned mainly external things, such as smoking, drinking, live a godly life.

What do you think about God?

“God is loving, he sacrifices himself for others. God is unselfish. He is also powerful.” I pointed out, “If God is loving then he is also a person, and therefore relational. Do you have a relationship with God? How would you describe this?” Her reply was that it is a relationship that is “on and off.” She used the phrase “I feel disconnected with God at the moment.” I asked, “why do you feel disconnected from God?” This time she mentioned that she was not keeping the “Sabbath, a day of rest,” and also “I am also drinking alcohol sometimes, I should not be doing this as a Christian.” She thought that this is what the Bible says, the way her parents and church background taught her.

Who in your opinion was Jesus?

“Jesus is the saviour for our sins. He is also our example for the way to live our lives.” I asked, “What is sin?” She said, “Sin is anything we do that is against God or his laws.” She also said that someone is a Christian if he reflects God and his character. My last question was this, “If it were possible, would you want to know God in a personal way? Why?” She said, “Yes, I would like to know God because there are some things that are not clear in my mind. God could give me answers to these questions.”

Conversations at TU Delft February 2019

“Well, would you like to meet again and talk further about some of these questions with us.” She said, “Now I am busy but at some point, I would like to talk further. We gave her our contact details and pray that we will have another opportunity to talk further.

 

Key volunteer students

Our two key volunteer students, Simon and Sebastiaan, did a great work leading the weekly outreach group in Delft. Simon will take a national role this month. Sebastiaan will probably not be in Delft after the summer vacations. Together with them, we are inviting students to become key volunteers and continue leading this group. We are also doing the same thing in Rotterdam and The Hague, seeking to find more key volunteers. Contacts of Christian students you might know in these cities and prayer is welcomed.

Key volunteer students make all the difference in campus outreach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes

– Proofreading Dan Truitt

– Ask God one question. Read here questions students would ask God.

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