HUmboldt University | Berlin Update
So we've had our first encounter on the Humoldt. The missions week starts next week Monday so this was a test run. We managed to have quite a few discussions using a survey approach using questions about the spirituality and the GodTest. The students were all very open to speak to us and share openly their opinions, thoughts and beliefs. The foundation of the university is humanism, where man is his own god. The history behind the city and the influence the city has in the rest of Germany and the rest of Europe is huge! Here are some comments from the team:
Hope! Hope! Hope! That is the only word we heard in our hearts while prayer walking campus. Greek philosophers believed that when pandoras box was opened all the darkness, demons and hurt escaped and they closed it quickly. Upon opening it again the only thing that remained was hope, and that, they believed, is the greatest evil of the world because then you hold on to something that will not happen. We want to bring them the hope of the world, Jesus, who trumps all evil, loneliness and selfcenterd happiness. We already had conversations with several students and every single one of them was open to conversation!
Despair and loneliness is all around, and is quite tangable among most students! Discipleship and fellowship is what is needed in a hopeless and Godless society. Hunger is all around and doors of hope and life is here, just turn the key and locks will open! Students are the future of Germany, show them Jesus and they will show the world.
I find it remarkable that between everything the world has to offer that there still seems to be a searching for something greater or a deeper purpose in life. This gives us hope because we know that only Jesus can fill that void. Therefore we can share Him unashamedly.
What struck me the most about our first visit to campus was to see how far removed Christianity can be from society when there is no discipleship. Very few of the students we spoke to have any Christian friends, have a completely warped idea about the church and God and almost no idea about the life purpose of Jesus. Every student I spoke to said that the purpose of life is to be happy - which is the center of humanism.