Today is our last day on campus.
259 days, full of fun, adventure and friends. Time in the Great Court, cramming into the Chapel at the Chaplaincy centre, big events like CourTalk, and coffee and chats talking about life. On this final day, we wanted to share a few memories and a reflection on our time at UQ this year.
One of my favourite memories of my time at UQ has been watching our Masses throughout the year get bigger and bigger, to the point of overflowing. It has been so brilliant to see such a clear sense of the fruits of this year. The view from outside on that Mass was so amazing, seeing the Chapel filled with so many happy faces.
I finished my degree in 2014, more than overjoyed to leave my days of university and study behind me. Little did I know that just a few months later, God would bring me back again, but with a completely new goal. University was no longer a place of study, but a mission field. A place full of young people, who were searching; for purpose, direction, belonging and ultimately the love that only Christ can bring. Over the last two years I have been incredibly blessed to witness many students open-up their heart to the love and power of Christ. I have loved walking alongside students in our pursuit of holiness. What an honour!
The best part of my journey this year is the quality time I've had with students. Being able to listen to and journey with them has been a truly enriching experience. Human contact is simple and yet profound, and to walk through the struggles and confusion, joys and celebrations of every day has been fulfilling and wholesome. Being with them when they have an authentic experience of God, or have a tough question provides me with an opportunity to know God better. It is always when I spend time with students who have welcomed me in that I am refreshed and revitalised, and feel loved. I will miss them, and have been humbled by the significance of their openness to me. It has been a sincere experience of human love for me.
Witnessing a community of sisterhood being built so effortlessly is one of the highlights of the year that I will take with me and strive to imitate wherever God leads me next. I have loved the freedom of being who we were made to me and enjoying the uniqueness of each other.
My favourite part of this year was the opportunity I had to witness the personal transformation and spiritual growth of our students. Journeying towards God with, and being someone’s “Go-To” in times of frustration with life, assignments, and exam stress is seriously such an honour! At the end of my initial mission year, I completed it feeling restless because I knew that my work in Australia was far from over. Now, my heart is so full of love and I have peace knowing that God brought me back, specifically to UQ, to help bring students together from all over the world, coming from different cultural and religious backgrounds, to lead them closer to Jesus. An imperative part of my mission was to establish a sense of community here; I not only have community, I have a beautiful family.
As a team, we have loved being part of this incredible community, and have been really blessed by all of your love and support. It has been an absolute honour to walk and work with you this year, and as we leave, we know that you all have incredible things lined up for you. As we all reach the end of this road, the end of this blessed time, we look ahead to the marvelous journey we continue onto.
"The time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
2 Timothy 4:6-7
This reflection was written by the 2016 UQ FX Mission Team on their final day on Campus. From Nick, Alyssa, Brandon, Chermaine and Karen, we wish you all the very best for exams and the rest of your time at UQ. We all have different things planned for our futures, but we will all hold this chapter of our lives with us forever.