Helen Bell

Proclaiming Jesus at LaTrobe Uni


FOCUS Team Member

I’m as Melbourne as they come: AFL, coffee, dressing in layers. I’m a wife, daughter, sister and friend. I’ve been serving at LaTrobe Uni for over fifteen years. I’m there because students ask questions about identity and purpose, relationships and values. So it’s an ideal time to talk with them about the God who knows and loves them. It’s an ideal time to teach and train them for a lifetime of loving Jesus and the people he places around them. I invite you to partner with me in this ministry.
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3) Cross cultures to build relationships

Intro1) Understand your Christian worldview2) Challenge alternative worldviewsChallenging worldviews is a long-term strategy. It takes time to get to know people, understand what they believe and work out whether they live it out. It takes time for them to do the same to us. To challenge worldviews we need to cross...

1) Understand your Christian worldview

IntroA good first step is to know the gospel. This is not as simple as it sounds. When I started uni I believed Jesus died for my sins but had anyone asked me to explain it further I would have struggled. Being able to download a gospel tract is a good start but that's all it is. Good teachers can describe the same...

Engaging worldviews and crossing cultures

University is a place of great diversity. From where I sit I can see Muslim students purchasing kebabs of halal meat, physio students dressed in track pants studying anatomy, and poster boards where Chinese students advertise for Chinese housemates and everyone is invited to 'Walk against Warming,' 'Demand Justice for...

2) Challenge alternative worldviews

Intro1) Understand your Christian worldviewBut it's likely to take more than a lucid explanation of the Christian worldview to convince someone to become Christian. After all it would take more than a lucid explanation about Hinduism to convince me to become a Hindu. I'd also have to be persuaded that Christianity had...

Spiritual amnesia

My grandmother had dementia. At first it was hard to tell that anything was wrong because she covered up her memory lapses. But when she started to forget my mother (her daughter) it became obvious. She forgot grandpa and, towards the end, even forgot basic life skills. It was very sad to watch. Loved ones and life-...