Students, graduates and local church and mission leaders gathered for stories, supper and prayer on 29 October. Celebrate Waikato was an opportunity to reflect on how the work has progressed since the last event in 2016.
I introduced Waikato staff Nick Goodwin and Nadine Liddle, and a student panel fielded questions about campus ministry, discipleship and their personal growth. We heard from Nigel Pollock before he headed to Canada, and incoming National Director Ben Carswell about the ongoing mission to reach students for Christ and change students for life.
– Dave Hodgkinson, Waikato and Bay of Plenty Team Leader
We have been focused on reaching out to students on campus, particularly those who are seeking. We held an event titled “Does God Exist?” with physicist Dr. Bridget Ingham, offering a perspective on science and faith. More than 30 students attended, many were new and came with great questions.
In the last week of the term we set up a free “Waffles and Chats” station in the uni hub. We had conversations with more than 100 students.
We are also excited about the engagement of previous president Lachlan Whisker and previous committee member Victoria Webber, who plan to marry in February 2019.
– Tamara Stratton