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How are we responding to COVID–19?

19/03/20

People world–wide are waking up to a new normal. What is CUI doing?

How are we responding to COVID–19?

We live, day by day, in complete dependence on our Father. We don’t know what tomorrow holds. But then, that has always been true. It’s just then when life is straightforward, we think we know what tomorrow holds. And so we don’t actively trust the Lord. But now, day by day, we more consciously rest on his grace for each day’s needs, and ask for his wisdom as to how to spend them.

CUI is a fellowship of students, staff and supporters who have a common vision: to give every student in Ireland an opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel. 

This will affect each of us differently, but at heart, the big things haven’t changed. We still have the same mission and mission field. We still know the same good God who is still in control.

And he is opening doors and hearts that we never expected! Most of us have been rocked out of our cocoons, and students are no different. Many are looking for hope and purpose and answers. Who knows, but that God may have placed us across the island for just such a time as this?

Students

For many of you as students, there is a sense of grief as you’ve had to leave courses and friends early. Campuses have closed physically, although courses continue online.

CUs too, continue. Perhaps more than any other generation, students today are great at building real community online. So CUs continue. Why? Because non–Christians need the gospel. And CUs continue because as the world is shaken, so we pray the Holy Spirit will shake and waken our your friends’ hearts. And as they look for a rock to stand on, we have the joy of pointing them to Christ.

So CUs are already meeting in shared video calls, small groups are praying by typing into private Facebook groups, and individuals are doing Uncover Bible studies, reading a gospel 1–2–1 with a friend over video calls. Click here to read some stories of God at work.

Staff

For staff, we are perhaps better set up than most organisations because we mostly work from a home–base anyway. We’re used to the rhythm of a student year where sometimes they’re around everywhere and everything’s intense, and at other points they’ve evaporated.

So we continue our core ministry of enabling student leaders to lead. We want to see them joyfully standing firm in the gospel and holding Jesus out to others without fear. We strive to work in a warm, dynamic partnership with the local churches. We still want to be prayerfully dependent on our Father in everything, and take the opportunities he puts before us.

Supporters:

As supporters, please join us in praying:

– That God would use these days to awaken a new generation to seek him
– That CU students would not stop praying for their friends
– For students who are anxious, fearful or lonely, to find their identity and joy in walking with Jesus into every new day
– For international students trapped away from home 
– For creativity and a willingness to try things, even if they fail
– For joyful mission

I can’t imagine what many of you as supporters are facing. Please be assured we are praying for you, and please contact us and let us know how we can be praying specifically. We hold on to and are praying:

  The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him,
   and he delivers them.
  Taste and see that the LORD is good;
   Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.
                      ––Psalm 34.7–8

And finally…

Each of us as students, staff and supporters play a vital part in holding out the gospel to this generation. And we look forward to sharing with you here some of the stories that are already coming out of God at work. May all we do and the way we do it be only for his glory.