Reflection on the 2017 Annual Leadership Summit
He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
When we began planning the 2017-Annual Leadership Summit, it seemed we were very ambitions and unrealistic; because our plan was to triple the number of students attending the summit [from 150 to 450 students], and nearly double the number of days [from 3 days to 5 or 6 days]. However, God was so generous to us with His provision and with arranging everything perfect. I am so grateful to the Lord for what God had done through the event. We strongly believe that the enhanced involvement of student leaders would ultimately enhance the influence of EvaSUE’s office in the campus fellowships.
‘Living and Witnessing Jesus in Campus’ was our theme; this was mainly due to the fact that God put this idea in our heart so as to change the current reality of EvaSUE. While observing the students’ ministry, recently campus fellowships are becoming highly focused on large events. This in turn has created a system where few are main actors in the Kingdom of God while the majority of students are getting disengaged from service. Moreover, many of the campus fellowships activities focus on not students coming to Christ but only on achieving some activities that are copied from somewhere. So as to reverse the above tragic reality, we found out that it is very important to highlight the centrality of Living and Witnessing Jesus in our main field that is Campus. Moreover, we would like to highlight that witnessing Jesus isn’t merely humanly act, but it’s a task that should be inspired, led and empowered by the Holy Spirit. That’s why we devoted a day of prayer and fast to our event so as to encourage our students to seek the guidance and power of Holy Spirit through prayer. When I reflect back, God has really shown us His great mercy by pouring His Spirit on all of us and equipping us with all necessary tools that are important for our service in the coming academic year. I think all the participants have been highly encouraged and inspired to engage every student in the Campus to live and witness Jesus. Personally I am highly encouraged and I am enthusiastic to see the students’ work expanding in the next academic year. I could see that God is still investing on this generation. With this, I would like to extend my appreciation to all our staff workers, students, speakers and partners who labored on this.
I would like to put little reminder for all our students and staff workers who were part of this delightful event. God doesn’t invest in vain; He has a plan for this generation. So as to reach the nation, reaching the Campus is highly crucial. Hence, let us all be reminded how huge our responsibility is to engage our nation for Christ.
Robel Chemeda, General Secretary