“Meet the real Jesus” was the invitation extended to students at Adelaide University and UniSA’s East and West campuses by members of Evangelical Students (ES) at this year’s Jesus Week.
Jesus Week is a week over which ES runs a number of events specifically designed to give university students an opportunity to find out more about Jesus. These events challenge students’ thinking on faith, religion and Jesus while at university.
ES Staffworker, Laura Maddock explained the simple idea behind the theme, “We wanted to challenge people to read a Gospel as an adult, and we invited them to do that with us to (in effect) ‘meet the real Jesus’.”
While some took up the invitation presented by ES, Laura points out that there is still plenty of work to be done, “Two people became Christians, which in itself is pretty exciting and pretty encouraging but there’s a bunch of people to follow up who are interested but still have questions.”
One of the key times for ‘ESers’ during Jesus Week is the daily Prayer Breakfasts. They are an opportunity to encourage each other at the start of every day, pray together, find out what's going on and how you can help out.
President of ES, Chloe Bartel found them to be a great time of rejuvination, “The breakfast is awesome because it’s a mix of setting up the day, you’re ready and you’re all praying together about what could be, but you also hear stories about what’s happened on other days.”
“We wanted to challenge people to read a Gospel as an adult, and we invited them to do that with us to (in effect) ‘meet the real Jesus’.”
“You can’t see every (student) over the week, but you get to hear stories of people who have seen (one of us) and talked with one of us, and maybe that doesn’t happen to you, but it gives you encouragement that as part of a group you’re working together to bring people to Jesus. It’s good to be part of a big thing with everyone playing their part.”