Fusion – Students finding hope in Jesus and home in the local church

 

www.fusionmovement.org

Fusion is committed to championing a worldwide student movement through:

 

Equipping students: preparing and inspiring students for a life of mission and discipleship at university

‘…may God equip you with all you need for doing His will. May He produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to Him.’ Hebrews 13:21 (NLT)

 

Serving churches: connecting students to the heart of local church and encouraging churches to be at the heart of student mission

‘Glory to God in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.’ Ephesians 3:21 (NLT)

 

Developing student workers: training, resourcing and strengthening all those in church based student ministry

‘the harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask Him to send more workers into His fields.’ Luke 10:2 (NLT)

In Spain, the picture of church and students looks very different to what we see in the UK. There are very few churches reaching students, and young people struggle to find spaces where they can engage with church or faith. Jo and Olli are working to come alongside churches in Spain, and, using the experiences and resources of Fusion, equip and support them in working with students. They hope to share stories of student mission and see more and more churches invest in student ministry and mission across Spain.

 

For them, partnering is about sharing this journey and sowing into what God is doing amongst students in Spain and across Europe.

Jo and Olli have now been living in Spain for one year, working in collaboration with Fusion to see a student mission movement established there through the local church. They’ve been on the road travelling since mid September and so far, have been to 14 Cities!

 

Jo and Olli write:

 

It has been tough on our energy! It takes everything out of us to keep going into new Cities, new contexts, being open to making friends, and to what God might be saying – and both being hosted and camping are tiring!
But, we are learning sooo much. It feels like each meeting gives us new insight into the Spanish context from one angle or another, whether we’re speaking with Catholics or evangelicals, Spaniards or foreign missionaries. It is as if we are piece-by-piece learning how to build foundations for a movement here, and at what exact angle to set our course for travel as we begin something new. It feels so valuable actually being on the ground, seeing the uni campuses in each City, and sowing good seed with our prayers.

Observations:
Overall, we have found conversations with evangelicals a lot harder than with catholics, weirdly. The catholics we have met have been so open to us, we have met some amazing movements and expressions within the catholic church and have been met with openness and generosity. And yet, it seems lots of evangelical churches struggle to have faith, to look ahead with hope and to collaborate well with others. There may well be reason for this as they are an often marginalised and misunderstood people in Spain, but it is hard to see and leads us to pray more desperately “Holy Spirit, come!”

Highlights:
Santiago: Not just for Olli’s good memories from his year abroad, but we met a lot of excellent people in Santiago, and it is the most we have felt ‘in family’ with the catholic student group there. We were waiters for a night at their student alpha course with 50 guests which booked up before they could even go out onto campus and invite people because people know about it and seek it out now!
Santander: Again, lots of people of peace in this City. We got to spend time with our friends who lead 24-7 prayer in Spain, met their church leader who is excellent and stayed with a relatively new charismatic catholic community who have a community house, have a number of students who have come to faith through the community, and generally have something very special which we pray will multiply throughout Spain!

 

For your prayers…

– Please pray with us for friends and people of peace in each place, that God would continue to open doors in this sense.
– Please also pray with us for literal open doors to people’s homes – it is starting to get cold now, and so staying in the van gets tougher and tougher, and any hospitality is well appreciated!
– Pray with us for faith as we go, that we would be able to be present with God and open to what he has for us, even as we are stretched and tired.

Pray with us for the church and students in Spain! The best prayer we have is “Holy Spirit, come” – pray with us that he would pour himself out on the church and the campuses in Spain. Man is it needed!

 

Thank you so much for being on this journey with us, what a gift and a privilege to be able to join in with what God is wanting to stir up in Spain in this way. Thank you for making it possible and for all your prayers along the way – they are powerful and effective. 

Please pray for Jo and Olli as they continue with their work to establish Fusion in Spain.

 

Contact Jo at:  jo.davis@fusionmovement.org

 

Find out more about their work:

www.fusionmovement.org/jo

or

www.fusionmovement.org/spain

 

Follow them on instagram:@peregrinosenespaña

Back in March 2021 Sally and Alex  caught up with Jo & Olli to find out what they’ve been doing and their exciting plans for this coming year.