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University students hear how God’s power is available to help them bring people to Christ.

– by Greg Potter

A highly anticipated event on the Koinonia calendar is the Kairos Weekend – 13-15 February. More than a hundred students from across Europe and the Middle East gathered in Belgium for a time of prayer and fellowship. Koinonia is our student outreach in London, and Kairos is the network of student outreaches in Europe and the Middle East.

Jean Barbara
Jean Barbara

“Power for Mission” was the theme of the weekend – being warriors for Christ and being prepared to stand up and answer his call in a time which is so opposed to any kind of faith. Jean Barbara, who led the sessions, has had years of experience bringing men and women to Christ and helping them group together in Christian communities. He told amazing stories about people being raised form the dead and people’s limbs growing as a result of prayer.

The three talks stressed that God is alive and wants to work through his people today, and we saw this ourselves as we prayed for an outpouring of the gifts of Holy Spirit in these areas, especially the gifts of prophecy and healing.

The crescendo of the weekend was the prayer meeting on the Saturday evening. Healings took place and prophecies were given during several hours of prayer and worship. From my position at the front of the event, I was inspired as I looked out at a room full of people engrossed in worship. Despite growing up in a Christian environment, I have rarely felt the Holy Spirit so tangibly and powerfully.

Discussion groups helped us apply the message to our home situations.
Discussion groups helped us apply the message to our home situations.

On the Sunday we split into our outreach groups – based on where we are serving in our cities and universities. We discussed areas in which we could improve our work of telling others about Christ and prayed that God would really use our own local student outreaches. I personally took a great deal of encouragement from the weekend and I look forward to putting it into practice back in London.
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Greg Potter attends the London Oratory. He has been a member of Koinonia for over a year.

Koinonia Newsletter, used with permission.

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Spiritual Warriors

“Power for Mission!” the sign at the front of the stage read. I sat in the audience on the first day of the Kairos Weekend in Leuven, Belgium, watching as the three emcees repeated this phrase, which was this year’s theme. This didn’t mean much to me at that point. Going to the weekend, I wasn’t mentally prepared, and I certainly didn’t feel powerful for any spiritual mission.

Lunch KW 15 II

 

But as the weekend progressed, I started to understand what these three simple words meant. I was pushed out of my comfort zone, doing things I never thought I’d do, or have the chance to do. Prophesying, speaking in tongues, praying over not only my peers, but spiritual “warriors” who were much older  than me – these were things that brought my relationship with God to a whole different level. I understood how God speaks in small, simple ways, and how his words not only impact me, but those around me as well. I saw the true meaning of community, and how real God’s presence could be, just like in Matthew 18:20: “For when two or more are gathered in (God’s) name, there (God is) among them.”

Paul Jordan, Director of Kairos for Europe and the Middle East, addresses the participants.
Paul Jordan, Director of Kairos for Europe and the Middle East, addresses the participants.

As I was exposed to the different gifts of the Holy Spirit, searching within myself and asking God to give me strength, I realized what was making me feel spiritually powerless. It was my fear, my hesitations, my reluctance to simply ask God to grant me the strength and courage that I needed. Over the course of the weekend, I gradually learnt to overcome those fears and hesitations, and felt empowered to carry out the mission God has entrusted to me, with an overwhelming sense of inner peace and joy. For me, this whole weekend and experience was indeed challenging, but at the same time, fun, enriching, and spiritually rejuvenating.

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Joelle Mok studies Speech Therapy at University College London and has been a key member of Koinonia, the student outreach in London (England), for the last few years.

Koinonia Newsletter, used with permission.

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