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Old friends: Ed Ip

This term, we’re going to find out what some of the students who left SKG last year are up to. Do pray for them as we hear what’s going on, and we hope that their experiences will help us know what to expect when we move on from student life.

Ed, what have you been up to the last term?

I am currently working as an intern at Christian Heritage, Cambridge which is based at the Round church, 1 of only 4 round churches in Cambridge. It is an organisation that aims to commend Christianity to a sceptical culture, especially to the intellectual milieu in Cambridge. We have an exhibition explaining Christianity’s influence on the development of the University, and especially science in Cambridge. We also put up public lectures  given by academics and ministers on variety of issues such as feminism, capitalism and social media. My job is to help with administration, network with other Christians in the city, study apologetics and practice it daily.

What have been some of the challenges?

Finally for the first time in my life, I have to organise my time and have a schedule! If you don’t know me, think of a painter lifestyle, working whenever and whenever he has inspiration (sometimes I end up working at V&A, or walking about the street at 11pm!), and swap art with physics and philosophy and that’s me during my student years! That’s been one of the challenges, to balance work with rest, socialising with personal time. Also settling down at StAG (St. Andrew the Great) at a non-student context has been difficult.  You realise it is much more difficult to share life with people and also hang out with them at this stage of life!

How did your time at SKG equip you for what you're doing now?

SKG gave me an experience of being in a family that I shall never forget. Now I am aware that to continue my Christian life, I must be in a family who loves Jesus. SKG always taught me the gold and treasures that can be found in the Bible, and that we cannot live without it. Though just like all of you I struggle to get out of bed to read my bible, I know that I need God’s word to sustain my life.

Is there anything you want to say to the current students?

Treasure your time at SKG. Find 2-3 people who you can really get along (or get into a prayer triplet), and prioritise them! Give them time, share with them, and let them know the deepest struggle of your life. This is when you really learn that we are not made to face all the struggles in life on our own, but together, as body of Christ. Ask questions, ask questions, ask questions! Surrounded by a great number of wise brothers and sisters, that’s the best way you can make use of them!