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)

As a church we support through our mission giving, Olli & Jo Davies who have spent this last 6 months travelling around Spain visiting all the university cities, meeting people, praying, and discerning their next steps towards setting up Fusion Spain.

 

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.

A message from Olli & Jo – April 2022

 

The journey just finished…

We finished the Road Trip with a prayer gathering for students in Madrid. Tricky to organise from the road, but a brilliant first Fusion gathering in Spain – such a joy to pray with a bunch of students from different churches in Madrid and hear more of what God’s doing on their campuses!

 

Thank you so much for being with us on this journey. After the road trip, we are more aware than ever of the need for a move of God both in his church and on the campuses in Spain. We long to tell the story of students finding hope in Jesus and home in local church here, but we know there is a long way to go. We could not go it alone, and so we hope you know how significant your prayers and partnership are to us in all of this.

 

The journey just beginning…

We’ve had some time out in Portugal to reflect and retreat and rest before getting going again with starting a new life. This was also a key time to listen to God and decide where to put down roots more long term in Spain – setting out from Portugal last Sunday we needed somewhere to head to!

 

And so, we are now writing to you from our new city for the foreseeable future – GRANADA!

 

Over a quarter of the population here are students, we felt very welcomed by the churches we met here, there’s an excellent charismatic catholic community and a hunger to do more for students.

 

So, it should be a fun place to start! It’s also a very cool city, with so much history and beauty, has some great coffee shops and is an hour from the beach and right by the mountains. So, there’s lots to love!

 

We have had a good start, as we found a great little flat right between the two main campuses (and with a garage for Victoria the van!) within a few days – an amazing encouragement that God is with us here! So last week was moving week (this is us moving all our stuff out of an Airbnb for hopefully the last time in a very long time!)

 

However, we are only just beginning. It is still a one-day-at-a-time journey for us. There’s lots ahead that is daunting, and we still feel we are only just starting to recover from the exhaustion and vulnerability and instability of this last season. We would love if you could be praying for us as we start over again and officially start to build Fusion Spain as an organisation, brick by brick.

 

We are praying for community here, for friends, for the right church, for grace for the journey and continued rest and recovery in the weeks and months ahead.

 

Love and blessings,
Olli and Jo x

 

 

Highlights from the final few cities!

 

Seville: Talking student mission with the youth and young adults’ team at a church in Seville, who also happened to be students themselves! They were so encouraged that someone actually cared about their campuses and course-mates and were excited to chat ideas about what they could do to reach out.
Huelva: Meeting an ex-pro-footballer turned church-planter in Huelva, who also happens to be on the GBU board (the equivalent of Christian Union in Spain) and passionate about student mission – a person of peace with influence who wants to help us see more student mission happen in the churches in his City.
Madrid: Meeting a group of young people (mostly all new Christians!) in a catholic parish in the outskirts of Madrid. They’re right next to a campus and want to start reaching out to the students there – so fun to hear their stories and chat student mission with them!

Road Trip Summary
🗓 6 months and 1 week
🚐 13,500k driven
🏙 38 Cities
📍17 Regions of Spain
👫 131 meetings with churches/ministries/communities/youth and young adult groups
⛺️ 37 different camping spots
🛏 40 different beds
🙏 41 campuses prayer walked
⛪️ 38 cathedrals prayed in
🏃 545k run

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

 

Contact Jo at:  [email protected]

 

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.