Second Semester

The second semester has kicked off! In many ways it’s a second start after a long vacation. It also offers us an opportunity to throw our energy into a focused period of outreach as we seek to restart dozens of groups and draw new people in. This activity is centred around our small group Bible studies and Engage campus talks. Please pray that we hit the ground running and pick up momentum as we go. Pray that our core students would enthusiastically use the opportunities before them to speak of Christ and invite their friends to read the Bible with them.

What's happening at Wits?

Looking back over the past semester, we have much to give thanks for – new small groups starting, Christian students trusting the Lord through some difficult times, one student putting his trust in the Lord Jesus after coming to a study! As we come to the start of the second semester, we are excited to be launching Engage – lunchtime talks on Main Campus. Our series this term is titled #IrrelevantJesus?. The talks are all from Mark’s gospel and the aim is to show students that Jesus is relevant in all spheres of life including politics, religion, academia, and most importantly, that He is the King and Lord of each one of us. Please join us in giving thanks for an encouraging start with 40 students attending the first talk and in praying for these talks to gain momentum as the term progresses, drawing more students into our small group Bible studies, which will remain at the heart of what we do at Wits.

We are also looking forward to having Blaque Nubon and Lilly Million join us for a lunchtime on the lawns at Wits. Again, the aim is to draw more people into our small group Bible studies. Please pray for fruit from the event and for our follow-up.

This semester, we also turn our attention to thinking about next year. We would love to see some of our first year students who have shown signs of a love of God’s Word and a desire to live it out trained up and begin to lead some studies next year. Please pray for us as we try to identify these key students and train them up in understanding and teaching the Bible.

Encounter

Our annual Encounter weekend away is almost upon us (10-12 August). This year, we’ll be delving into 1 Corinthians 12-14, tackling the myths and truths around spiritual gifts. How do Christians show the Spirit? We expect a diverse group of students and young adults from a broad spectrum of backgrounds to attend, which will no doubt make for some lively discussion. Please pray as we finalise logistics, but especially that those who come would have an openness to learn from God’s word. Pray too that our workshops really do equip all who attend to be better readers of the Bible.

Pray

Please give thanks for the ways we’ve been able to see the Lord at work over the first semester!

Please pray as we restart all our regular groups and meetings. Pray that our core students would enthusiastically use the opportunities before them to speak of Christ and invite their friends to read the Bible with them.

Please pray as we start up Engage at Wits, for God’s word to be taught clearly and faithfully. Please pray for the meetings to gain momentum and for students to be drawn into small group Bible studies.

Please pray for Ultra Heights at Wits and at UJ (with Blaque Nubon and Lilly Million), that there would be an increased awareness of FOCUS through it and that people would join small group Bible studies as a result.

Please pray for our many small groups as we study Jonah, that we would be in awe of God’s grace and live in the light of it.

Please pray for us to identify potential leaders for next year and to train them up.

Please pray as we finalise logistics for Encounter, but especially that those who come would have an openness to learn from God’s word. Pray too that our workshops really do equip all who attend to be better readers of the Bible.