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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

At this link you can find more information StudentLife activities

 

 

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StudentLife Den Haag – upcoming action group

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)?

Lift-Off retreat: Praying into the Promised Land

Lift-Off 2022

Are you a student and do you have the desire that your friends and fellow students get to know Jesus? If so, you should sign up for the Lift-Off!

Lift-Off is a weekend where you can deepen your own relation with God, where you can learn how to share your faith, and where you will meet other students who have the same desire for spreading the gospel. All of this will help you to grow in faith, hope and love!

This year, our theme will be ‘Praying into the Promised Land’. Prayer was of paramount importance for the people of Israel as they were travelling to the Promised Land. The same holds true for us! When we start sharing our faith, we should be moved by the needs of the people around us, we should be looking for Gods presence constantly and we should step out in faith, following His directions. We will delve deep into these subjects, taking the prayers of Moses in Exodus 32 en 33 as our guideline.

Sign up for the Lift-Off by filling out the form you find at the bottom of this page. If paying the indicated sum of money is challenging for you at the moment, please contact us at hello@studentlife.nl

You can sign up here for Lift-Off 2022

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Student Leaders and Their Potential Impact on Campus

StudentLife, the organization I am working with, believes that students can be positive influencers on their campuses. They can make a difference and impact others with the good news. What follows is some points related to the importance of student leaders for campus work and why students should consider becoming one. 

First, a student leader gives hands and feet to the Great Commission. 

You may have heard that Christians should go and make disciples of all nations, Mark 16:15 comes to mind. A student leader can partly help students give hands and feet to this commission. 

Christians sometimes know what they are supposed to do but don’t know exactly how to do it. Someone who came to StudentLife in Delft a few weeks ago said exactly this, “I know I have to share the good news with others but I don’t know how to do this.” 

Student leaders facilitate the moments to go and have conversations. They also arrange training on how to lead conversations and have follow-up meetings. 

Second, a student leader learns about spiritual leadership hands-on. 

There are different reasons why someone would not become a student leader: limited time, fear of the unknown (“what am I getting into now?”) failures, weaknesses, feelings of inadequacy (“I am not good enough, or not ready”) some doubts about faith, lack of courage, and the list can go on. What would you add to this list? Here some thoughts about the above reasons. 

Time is always a challenge. But how much time does it take to be a student leader? In StudentLife not more than 2 hours per week! Yes, you have to learn about time management and also stick with these two hours. We always can do more. But we have to learn to set limits and boundaries in our lives. 

It also has to do with priorities and values. What are the things that you are doing at the moment that you could either postpone or avoid doing for the next three months, or stop doing because they don’t help you become a better person? 

Furthermore, we all can feel a sense of inadequacy: we’re not ready, we’re not good enough, or we’re not able enough. The apostle Paul felt like this many times, such as in 2 Corinthians 3:5-6. Read and reflect on these verses. And Paul was not the only one to feel like this! Jeremiah as a young man felt overwhelmed with the idea of becoming a prophet for God, read and reflect on Jeremiah 1:4-10. Write your thoughts down and pray about your feelings of inadequacy. 

Third, you will learn what it means to depend on God and trust him to do his work

God is asking us to share the good news. He also expects us to be good leaders in our lives and our service for Him. But He also gives us the strength, wisdom, love, mercy, and power to do it. 

To join a StudentLife team and go for conversations with the purpose to help others think about the big questions of life is pleasing to God. To go a step further and become a student leader and lead a movement in your campus is also pleasing to God, good for others, and good for you. You will learn what it means to press on and not give up easily because God will sustain you. He will teach you the value of prayer in your life. A student leader once said, “Going for conversations is a training school/ground to share the good news and make disciples.” A training ground! And you can facilitate, you can make it happen with God’s enablement. 

Finally, some points about what a student leader does

  • A student leader organizes once a week, or biweekly, to go out for conversations on the campus. 
  • He arranges some training for the students. StudentLife staff or student leaders are available to give the training. 
  • He gives the signal in the WhatsApp group when they go for conversations and leads the time they meet for this purpose. 
  • He always has StudentLife staff in reach to help out. He is never alone! 

Would you prayerfully consider becoming a student leader? Feel free to contact me or one of my Studentlife colleagues. 

KV brochure A4 March 2019

 

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Conversations with students September 2019

A conversation about life after death

It was a nice sunny September day and I went to have a few conversations with students at the campus in Delft. “What do you believe happens to people after they die?” was one of the questions in the questionnaire I was using.

The student said, “we don’t live forever, it is the end.” He explained, “it is like a book that has a beginning and an end.” Then he added, “it is the scientific method.” I asked him then why he thinks this is the scientific method. Does science prove that life ends after death? “No, no,” he said, “we cannot prove it.”

This was a good moment in the conversation I thought. It was just a question I had to ask to help the student admit that science cannot prove if life continues or not after death. And this is the lesson I want to leave with you, my reader. Sometimes we don’t need to explain things. A simple question may be enough to help people clarify their thinking.

Another student that was in this conversation said, “maybe there is something there, life after death.” But he added, “it is possible but uncertain.”

Well, is there life after death and how can we know? Is it possible to find an answer to this question? I think there is a way to find a satisfying answer to this important question. It may not be conclusive, but it will be sufficient. At least this is what I think. If you want to know more then leave a message and I will try to respond within a week.