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Stranmillis CU launch mission week


Stranmillis CU in Belfast kicked off November with a bang launching a full week of events looking at the relevance of God and the Bible in what it means to be human.

Stranmillis CU launch mission week

The week included six big questions: three online lunch–bar events and three evening in person events all of which were live–streamed. The student committee said they were blessed to have Lara Buchanan and Gareth Black speak at their evening events and lunch bars.

For Katie Richie, the week encouraged students to step out of their comfort zone. She says, “I have been challenged by Luke 1:37 prior to and during this years events week: “For nothing will be impossible with God.”

“In the midst of a pandemic when things seem impossible, God is still moving, and he still wants to use us. People are searching, seeking answers to how we can hold onto hope in a world of suffering. We’re so thankful that we were able to point to the hope that we have in Jesus and encourage people to ask further questions, exploring what this means for them.

“At each of our events we had the opportunity to ask questions anonymously via Slido following the talk. This was hugely encouraging to see the many deep, personal questions people are struggling with and we were so encouraged by both Gareth and Lara’s warmth and wisdom in responding to them.

“The world around us is changing so quickly and the events week we had planned was not what happened, but we draw comfort from the truth in Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever”. God is good and gave us opportunities to have gifted speakers teach us and remind us of his goodness, opening doors to locations so we could have three events in person. We’re so thankful for everyone who came, participated and were so excited to see so many faces we didn’t recognise!”

“The week has reminded us that it is God who chooses to use us, and include us in his plan even though we don’t deserve it. We’re thankful for the lessons we’ve learnt, in trusting God and his plan by fixing our eyes on him so we can continue to run with endurance the race God has set before us.”