University students minister to the world’s urban poor

By August 4, 2005

USA (MNN) — 1,000 university students from the United States are living and working out of their comfort zone. It’s part of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s Global Urban Trek. These students are making an incredible difference.

President of InterVarsity, Alec Hill just returned form visiting two areas where their students are working, Turkey and Egypt, to encourage these students in their work. “We have about 35,000 students involved in chapters in the US on about 560 campuses. So, from that, every summer, about 1,000 students want to go off on what typically is a four to six week global project. This generation of students really wants to impact the world. They are world changers and I just love being with them.”

Hill believes because even non-Christians want to make a difference in the world, service projects are becoming incredible evangelistic tools. He says Christians in fraternities are using them that way. “They take along a bunch of their non-Christian friends and as a result of serving together and then doing Bible studies a number of these non-Christian guys have become believers. Service and justice are real entry doors for evangelism. I would say that it’s one of the best doors.”

Students in Egypt are having an impact on Sudanese Muslims. “There’s a real questioning (saying) ‘the Egyptian Muslims aren’t really welcoming to us. They wish we weren’t here and here we have Christians doing things for us.’ So, we heard numerous stories of Sudanese Muslims who were re-evaluating their worldview and their faith.”

Continue to pray for the work of these students abroad and for InterVarsity as they gear up for ministry on campuses in the fall. Funding is needed to help sponsor staff on each campus.

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