When Frans and Deb went to start the church plant in Kenya, I took over from Deb in her role with LIT in the Western Cape. She has set up an incredible framework for LIT to expand in the Western Cape, and she started a strong program at the UCT campus. LIT looks to inspire students in their careers and in transforming society, as well as to awaken leaders to apply Biblical thought in every area of life.
UCT Campus Ministries runs 4 events to get their students thinking, and to kick start the process of exploring what a Biblical model looks like for their vocation. After the initial introduction, the students then continue this exciting exploration through the mentorship program which runs alongside it.
In my role with LIT, I’ve continued to work with the existing program at UCT, and I’ve also launched LIT programs at the Stellenbosch, CPUT and Tygerberg campuses.
We have run some really great events in conjunction with the Campus Ministries. Recently, at the end of the academic year, we had two “Career Shift” events at UCT and Stellenbosch for those graduating in 2015, those who graduated recently, and those who are currently doing their honours or masters degrees to help prepare them for their transition from university into the workplace.
At both of these campuses, we had esteemed, Christian, working professionals there to share what they wish they had known going into the workplace, and give advice based on their experiences. At UCT, we broke up into 8 chat hubs to have more job specific discussions after the Q&A. These chat hubs were led by LIT mentors in the congregation. We had great feedback from both students and mentors attesting to the relevance of this event.
We had an opportunity to respond to current affairs with the event, “Responding to Xenophobia in the Real World” at UCT. This was an opportunity for students and interested people to participate in a discussion about the issues surrounding this and the ‘Rhodes Must Fall’ protest movement that was started on the UCT campus. This was a useful event that resulted in good personal discoveries for the people present, which were helpful in understanding and shaping the thinking around the issues that have arisen from these crises. We learned from the attendees the need for safe spaces for Christians to ask questions, and unpack issues around national transformation as it pertains to racism, tribalism and xenophobia, which are things we plan to work on as we move forward.
We have also had some good, in-depth teaching, which we got a chance to facilitate at Tygerberg Medical Campus for 4 weeks. During this time we taught on the theology of work and introduced the idea of worldviews through the LIT course ‘Ideas that Shape History’. We did all this from a Health Science angle by having Christian Health Science professionals who have studied the biblical approach to their vocation teach, give relevant applications and respond to questions from the students.
Lastly, we have inspired and grown our mentorship base at UCT and CPUT through our Mentors’ Days. The days have succeeded in attracting and gathering Christian professionals, and have highlighted the need for them to walk alongside students in their churches. The mentors days have helped mentors see how they can incorporate the mentorship of one or two students into their lifestyle.