Jeyachandran Family

680 students from Sydney Uni

22 Jul 2016
It was fantastic to be part of ANCON2016 - the Sydney Uni Evangelical Union’s Annual Conference. I had the opportunity to spend time with students from Economics, Business, Law and Vet. I shared with these students what God is doing in our University in Peru and encouraged these students to think about serving in places that are less resourced and less reached. 
 
The organisation and scale of the student movement was an inspiration. There were about 680 students at the week long event with many students in leadership. Let’s pray that we will one day have hundreds of university students in Arequipa praising God.
 
Singing  "O Praise the Name of the Lord our God”. I love that song.
 
I took the opportunity to chat with students and staff on how the students ministry work and what I could take back to Peru. How do just 27 staff look after the 700+ students who are part of the Christian group on campus? How are students discipled and trained for ministry and leadership? What systems are necessary to make all this possible?
 
Having fun learning about  Cross-Cultural communication
 
Our small group
 
Christine chatting with students

Visiting churches down under

18 Jul 2016
We are really enjoying visiting churches down under. We have found people so welcoming and excited to hear about our ministry. 
 
Some churches are more down under than others. We recently visited the Corowa Baptist Church all the way down on the border of Victoria and NSW, near Albury. 
 
David, Christine with David and Bec
 
Praise God for our safe journey and a great reception from David and Bec Biddle and all their family and spiritual family in the church.
 
 
Thank-you for your prayers and well wishes for us. 
 
 
 

Back in Australia

11 Jun 2016

Great to be back in Australia! We’re looking forward to catching up with family and friends.

 

Our family after the long flight

 

The twins in front of the Qantas jet that brought us home on a beautiful and sunny winter’s day

 

Big Launch for our Web Project - Uconecta

22 May 2016
We were really excited to launch Uconecta, our web project, at an event with 120 students and lecturers. Uconecta is an online platform for University students in Latin America to share notes, resources, files etc. We now have a pilot group with a hundred students from the main university where I work - Universidad Nacional de San Agustin (UNSA).
 
Our aim is to build a platform that will be really useful for students and also will provide a way for them to connect with our Christian group if they choose to. Read more here.
 
 
Morgan Powell, our SIM Director, opening the event in prayer. Great that we have the freedom to prayer even in official events.
 
The Rector of our University (Vice Chancellor in Australia) spoke about Innovation.
 
Christine did an amazing job organising the catering for the 120 people.
 
 

Arequipa English starts with a bang

23 Mar 2016
We started Arequipa English with a bang! Literally! An electrical transformer on the street burst into flames and our street lost electricity. Our evening  suddenly became a candlelight affair (plus phones with torches/ flashlights). Tonight was our “Welcome to Peru” night for two new missionaries, Anna and Laura, who will work here in Arequipa - Anna for a year and Laura for two. We enjoyed dancing, local customs and food and traditional music, all by students of Arequipa English. Some of these were a challenge in the dark, especially our cleanup, but we had a team that worked together, despite adversity. What a special night it was! I really wanted to make it special because I remember how special a welcome we had when we came to Peru.
 
Our English classes have now commenced with an hour of conversation and an hour of Bible study. We had planned to continue studying the book of Acts, but we’ve had an influx of new students. We realised that students can’t understand Acts without an understanding of the Gospel. We had one new student say “I have never read the Bible before” and it was clear he was not alone.  Praise God for the opportunity to share the gospel with these students.
 
Please thank God for Anna who will take over running Arequipa English when we leave with the help of Laura and Jason. Please pray that people will make decisions for Christ and especially for our “regulars" who often know the right answers, but many who haven’t yet committed their life to Jesus. Our aim is that students improve in their English and also that, through reading the Bible, they will clearly understand the Good news of Jesus.
 

158 countries, 1200 University students and staff

08 Aug 2015
 
Together in Christ

"Together in Christ" - people from all around the world at the IFES World Assembly. #WA2015

Posted by David Jeyachandran on Saturday, 1 August 2015

What happens when you get together students and Christian staff workers from universities all around the world, from places like Australia, Ghana, Palestine and Peru? I’m really grateful to have to have been part of this amazing event called the IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students) World Assembly.

One student from El Salvador shared how students live with the fear of bandits who take advantage of the instability in the country. She’s once had to dive to the ground when gunfire opened in the streets. Other students shared how they operate in countries where it is illegal to share their faith. It was also sad to hear that in countries in Europe that we’d consider peaceful and open to the gospel, the University administration treats evangelical groups with suspicion while being open to other religions. One administrator told a Christian group that he believed they were only growing because they used manipulation and coercion. For me this was encouragement to fully take advantage of the openness to the gospel we currently have in Peru.

Working in Peru has it’s own challenges so it was helpful to talk to others in a similar situation. I’m the only full-time staff worker in a University with over 20,000 students. There are two other universities within walking distance with over 10,000 students each. Clearly to reach such an enormous number of students we need processes to disciple and empower Christian students to reach their friends. It was great to connect with Peter Sholl, an Aussie missionary, who has a programme for providing theological education for University student while they continue in their studies. Daniela from Mexico (video in Spanish) spoke about how syncretism where Catholicism mixed with other beliefs results in a world view that is distant from what the Bible teaches. She shared some ideas of how their group engages with students in this context.

The conference was also a good opportunity to speak with the leaders of the University ministry from several different Latin American countries about our Uconecta project. The students from Mexico were particularly interested. I learnt a lot from a student from Chile who showed me a system that his University used to share information.

Here’s an article in Christianity Today that features a photo of someone you know. When the photo was taken I was just asking a question about the financial statement - not making one of the five world changing ideas. :) I did however get the opportunity to share about the Uconecta project at the Latin American gathering.

 

Immersed in English - searching for Truth!

22 Jul 2015

About 24 Peruvian students spent a weekend immersed in English. Apart from practicing speaking English, we also learnt about where we should look for truth. Jesus said “I am the way, the TRUTH and the life”. A team of 4 from Tyndale University in Canada helped by leading sessions about the Bible and running workshops. We played also played games, sang and got to know each other. David really enjoyed the camp because having more time to talk meant deeper conversations. One student shared how he had earlier made a commitment to Jesus but struggled to stay committed. Other students opened up about different challenges that they faced. Several Christian students were encouraged in their walk with the Lord.

The evaluation forms were overwhelmingly positive and everyone wanted another camp. Someone even wrote in the what could be improved section “Less free time” which makes us laugh as Pervians do love organised activities.

What was the best thing about camp? The bonfire, making friends, playing games, playing card games, talking with campers, the preaching, the talent show, the food, new friendships, sharing knowledge about God, conversation in English.

Marisol:- “the best thing was the preaching of the gospel and the talking about Jesus as the truth, because that's the most important thing in our lives”.

What did you learn about God or the Bible? About Jesus and the faith, The differences between Catholics and Evangelicals, proof that the bible is true, I learned that being with God we can have or I’ve live in the truth, the meanings of biblical words are more clear than in Spanish (now).

Elizabeth – I learnt that God is the truth, his words are the truth, I will obey God's word. I will walk by the voice of God.

We thank God for the help of the Canadian team. It was a blessing to many and helped build stronger friendships with our students. The team are safely home for which we also grateful to God as we had two day of protests and strikes during their visit. Once we narrowly escaped injury when soccer fans got unfriendly in the main square. One person from the team named Adam has stayed. He was on the team last year and will and will stay for 3 months working with the English ministry and more. Please pray for Adam that he will connect with students and inspire them in their spiritual walk. Please pray for the students in Arequipa English and especially the ones that we are following up.

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