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Engaging the 'Hard to Reach'

"It's amazing who's coming to our church..."

"Earlier this year, our small Baptist church in south Wales held a baptismal service. Three students were baptised, so it attracted a crowd from the university.
Among the visitors were two Iraqis and one from Sudan, all Muslims. As I spoke to them they told me that they had never been to church before, and all they knew of a baptism is from what they had seen on YouTube.
They were a little apprehensive, but after a warm welcome they thoroughly enjoyed the service as well as the vegan food served afterwards.
Amazingly it wasn’t a one-off; one of them now comes to church regularly and I have been able to give him a Bible in Arabic and explain the gospel to him in some depth."
— Student Worker, Cardiff

 

Support our ‘Hard to Reach’ ministry Initiative
Why don’t you join us in this simple, yet world-changing ministry?
We are seeking partners who want to pray and support our ‘Hard to Reach’ ministry strategy. Alongside the challenge of ministering to the students from the ‘least reached’ countries, Friends International is now seeking to identify which students, when they come here, are the hard to reach once on the ground in the UK.
Although we meet and befriend many students, some groups remain unengaged. In order to be intentional in reaching out to the many who are not attracted to what we offer, we need to ask what we can do or what might we change to draw near to them and them to us.
Perhaps they do not self-identify as international students. Perhaps they are watched by government and fellow nationals. Perhaps they simply don’t like our kinds of activities or do not want anything to do with Christianity. A new work is underway to identify ‘hard to reach’ student groups in each location and to give thought to new creative and strategic pathways of outreach.
We need to ask the Lord to lead us forward, and we need your partnership.
Please consider praying for this ministry and giving a gift using the giving pages on this website.
Thank you.
— Rachel Chard, Head of Hard to Reach

 

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