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Old Friends: Pete Kirkpatrick

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.

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

In September I actually became a real student when I started a BA in Film Studies at Portsmouth Uni. I’ve been achieving mostly 2.1s, have settled into King’s Church and was elected on to the new CU committee as Media and Publicity Officer earlier this month. Praise God for he’s given me such a great first term as a student.

What have been some of the challenges?

It’s challenging living in Halls and standing out as one of Christ’s disciples, but God has been great and given me a number of opportunities to chat to people about my faith. The folks in Halls, like my course mates, respect my views wholeheartedly and don’t try to force me to do stuff I Biblically disagree with, which is a great blessing.

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

Seeing Godly examples of Evangelical students every week and talking to them about the challenges they faced has meant that didn’t feel as in over my head as I assumed I would when I came here. There have been challenges, yes, but I pray more about them than I would have done a year ago and the burden feels lighter when I do so. Also, learning about the passion the guys at SKG had for Evangelism was used by God to start something in my heart, even though I was unaware at the time, and within a few weeks of moving to Portsmouth I was getting involved in CU Evangelism opportunities on a weekly basis, and taking opportunities God gave me outside the CU, and praise God for recently I have seen seeds grow!

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

To those of you I know from last year I miss you tonnes, and will be back at some stage fairly soon, even if only for a weekend. I’ll be praying for you and can’t wait to see/hear what God’s done in your lives over the last few months. To those of you that are Freshers, SKG is a massive blessing from God, so listen intently to Simon, Shadow, Dave and the rest of the team and look to them as Godly examples and friends. Most of all though, I say to you all to keep persevering as Christians in a broken world, and remember Ephesians 6:10-20 tells us that we are equipped with the Armour of God. He will protect you and give you the strength to keep going!