Dear friends, do you believe your prayers have the power to change lives?
In our last update, we asked you to pray for our national student conference – Ubuntu 2013. Well, you prayed and God answered!
About 120 students and Campus Crusade staff members coming from Cape Town, Durban, Gauteng, Eastern Cape and from our neighbouring countries Botswana, Namibia and Ethiopia were all gathered at Sunbury Christian camp in Stanger for four days (25-28 June 2013) to network, motivate each other, hear stories and understand that they are part of the bigger picture in reaching South Africa for Christ.
As one of the co-ordinators for this conference, I can say it was a walk of faith carried by your prayers and our staff across the country that brought these students together for a conference which most of them claimed to be a week that changed their lives. In the picture below you’ll see that we even took some of them to visit the sea because quite a few of our Gauteng students had never seen the ocean in their lives!
Ubuntu is our national Student-Led Movement South Africa (SLMSA) student conference hosted every two years by Campus Crusade for Christ South Africa. The word Ubuntu is a Zulu phrase meaning “I am because we are.” The theme for this conference was: “Like a Mustard Seed” taken from Mark 4:30-32 – that students may be those seeds and sow those seeds that grow into trees for His glory – having a kingdom unity, sowing the Gospel broadly and having a passionate urgency to reach others. Our speakers included Pastor Greg Smerdon from God’s Family Life Center Community Church, Tariku Fufa (team leader for the CCC’s Student-led Movement in Southern-eastern Africa), Jon Eastwood (Global Missions) and Elspeth Liebenberg (CCCSA’s National Team Leader).
Students were exposed to various methods of sharing the Gospel, including using the internet and short films to tell their friends about Jesus. The picture below shows a screening of a short film of CCC called My Last Day. It’s a 9 minute anime short film on the crucifixion of Jesus and is having a huge impact worldwide. We encouraged students to download the movie on their tablets and smartphones and show it to others on their campus, in their churches and in their communities. You can download the movie from http://www.globalshortfilmnetwork.com/my-last-day-p-344.html
Here’s a short video on the experience of one of the attendees.
Many of these students are back on their campuses now, continuing to share their faith and disciple others for God’s kingdom. Please keep on praying for them, God is at work!!!
Love and blessings,