Gemma's Story

Gemma shares her story of telling others about Jesus at university.

Gemma shares her story of telling others about Jesus at university.

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It was my first week at university.
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On the first night, I'd already told them
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that I was a Christian.
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They were really, really accepting of it
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and actually were quite honest with me and were saying
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that they really respected me for the choices I was making
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even though they went against what a lot of people
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at university would be doing and were doing.
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For me, it was really encouraging to be able to share
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and find that that was accepted by people
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because they found it interesting and it led
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to lots of conversations throughout my entire degree
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of friends coming and chatting with me about faith,
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asking questions.
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But there was one who just didn't want to know
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and could be quite rude
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about faith
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and the fact that she didn't believe
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and thought it was a load of rubbish
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and stuff like that,
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which is hard, even when you're
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sort of a bit more secure
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in your faith,
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but it also had the sort of secondary thing
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of the rest of my housemates really rallied around
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and showed that that's not everybody's view
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and while some people may knock you down
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and some people may not want to know,
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that actually there are other people
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who will always be there with an interest
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in wanting to hear what you've got to say.
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I started telling one of my groups of friends
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about a youth camp that I go to every summer
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and through that, one of them started asking me
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more and more questions and I ended up inviting her
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and she came for two years running
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and recently got back in touch with me
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to tell me she'd starting going to church more often
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and got baptised recently.
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If you don't step out and try,
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you're never gonna get anywhere with it.
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We can sit in church all we want
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and we can meet as small groups.
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While those things are valuable and we need them,
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but that's not the point, that's not why we're here.
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Like the Great Commission says, it's to go
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and if we don't go, we're not gonna get anyone
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to hear the message, we're not going to be able
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to tell anyone else.
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So it's taking that step of faith,
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even when it seems absolutely terrifying.
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That's the best thing we can do really,
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and where we will have some people who will dismiss it
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and some people who won't be bothered,
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there will be another group of people who are just waiting
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for one person to approach them and just one person
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to spark their interest in it.
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If we don't go out and reach them, then no one will.