01 November 2013
One VW campervan, every university
Fusion's student mission developer, Miriam Swaffield, is undertaking a two year journey with a purpose: to fuel and strengthen student mission.
Students are thought to be one of the most clearly defined, largest and least reached people groups in the UK. The Road Trip aims to equip students who love God to love their universities more effectively.
In her VW camper Miriam will visit every UK university, meet with local church leaders and Christian students and inspiring them to live lives of mission. She will participate in expressions of student mission all around the nation and will be well placed to share and tell the wider student mission story across the UK.
The camper van will be a vehicle for student mission throughout university campuses, attracting attention and sparking conversation.
On the Road Trip resources for both Christian and non-Christian students will be available, including Living Mission, a book written by Miriam Swaffield and Rich Wilson that shares real life stories.
She will encourage and work with church-based student groups to share the message of Jesus with non-Christian students on campus.
The Road Trip aims to follow in the footsteps of Wesley through three goals: encouraging the Church, bringing a message of Jesus andcreating community.
Miriam Swaffield said: "It's a bit of a crazy attempt to road trip to every uni location in an unreliable classic VW, but such an adventure. Every student I've met has wanted to join the me or find out more about the local church and student mission. I hope students see, through the commitment of The Road Trip, just how committed Jesus is to seeing this generation come home."
Rich Wilson, Fusion team leader said: "Mission is an exciting adventure with God at the steering wheel, and it seems that God doesn't just stick to the safe routes and go at 30mph. This is about revving the engine, calling students to make their time at uni count and believing that there is much more to discover when students live all out for Jesus in the university culture."
Students can invite the VW to visit their university and Miriam is encouraging passengers to contribute toward petrol, join her on a leg of her journey, pray, encourage and serve the cities on her epic tour.
Miriam added: "It's about time that the local churches we meet, all bursting with students who love Jesus too much not share him with their mates, realise they are part of a bigger movement."