When members from our fellowships leave for further study it is so important to encourage them in the
faith and to challenge them to stay loyal to Jesus, as temptation lies at every corner. You could
send an email, phone them, write a letter and ask them how they are doing.
Ask prompting questions: “What type of church do you attend now?” “What is the fellowship like?”
“How is your walk with God?” “What have you been studying in the Bible recently?” “Have you met any other Christians?”
“What is the Christian union like?” “Do you have any prayer requests?” etc.
You don’t need to write or ask all these question at once, but over a period of time they will be
beneficial and will definitely prick the conscience of an erring student. It is also very important
to inform the student what is going on within their home church.
The Art of Communication
If the church produces a newsletter then it is a good idea to send copies to him or her and also to
send a birthday card on the appropriate date. John Wesley said, “Do all the good you can, by all
the means you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can,
as often as you can.”
Keep in Touch
It means a lot to a student or in fact to anybody to realise that people do care about them and
that individuals and groups take a genuine concern for them. The church or cell groups should
regularly pray for their members who are away for whatever reason.
Christian leaders must realise that many Christian students who attend university fall away. For that
reason, it seems foolish to have helped them spiritually all of their lives, but yet abandon them at
their time of greatest spiritual need, because they are ‘out of sight, out of mind.’
Keeping in touch with Christian students IS PART OF THE CHURCHES MINISTRY!
‘Bear each other's burdens and so fulfil the law of Christ’ Galatians 6:2.
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