Be fruitful and multiply – that’s what one group of CBU wants to do this year! Christian Echarte, a student in Montevideo, writes: ‘We’re trying to grow from one to four groups so we can have a group in each of the departments - law, social sciences, humanities and psychology.
‘We encouraged members to gather by department instead of together, but the truth is that it only worked because God brought new people from every department, so where there was one or two now there are four or five. Pray for us as we encourage everyone to make a commitment to invite their classmates, be in charge of the bible studies and share responsibilities within the group, and also for us as we give some supervision until the new groups are ready to completely run things on their own.’
On 20 April the PSFC group of the Fiji School of Nursing Campus in Tamavua hosted a mini concert to raise funds for families who have been affected by the recent flooding. It was also a time to share God’s love and his work with all students on campus. Other PSFC groups joined them and they received support from the Dean of the College. Pray for PSFC as they continue to reach out with God’s comfort and love to the flood victims.
From 19-22 April PFES is holding its annual medical and engineering student conference. Around 40 students and graduates are expected to attend. Philip Chandi, General Secretary of the movement, told us: ‘It will help students keep contact for the whole year. We need people to encourage us in our spiritual growth, to keep a heart for evangelism, and to be good witnesses on campus and in the workplace.
‘What we want to achieve is more unity and good fellowship. Students come from different parts of the country and for many of them they will be the only Christian in their class or even on campus. So it can be a challenge to survive spiritually and know how to answer classmates who try to encourage them to change their religion.
‘We started two years ago – students have come to this conference and gone back to start new fellowship groups. Now there are groups for medical and engineering students in five cities! Please pray that students would be more motivated to reach out to other students.’
GBU Guinea Bissau
There’s a lot to pray for in Africa. Gideon Para-Mallam, Regional Secretary for English- and Portuguese-Speaking Africa, writes, ‘After what happened in North and South Sudan recently we had not anticipated another blow in the evening of the same day – a coup in Guinea Bissau. I was finally able to get in touch with the chair of the GBU board on 16 April. She can’t even send any emails as she has no such facilities at home. The situation is very precarious and totally unpredictable. The country is virtually at a standstill with nothing working. Our GBU there has been struggling and they were working hard to improve things but the political environment has not helped them at all. Please do pray for them.’