We hear story after story of alumni whose involvement in Just Love has profoundly impacted them as they enter the working world. Here are just a few of those. If you’ve got a story about how being involved with Just Love has impacted you, let us know at
“Without Just Love at uni I am pretty sure I would have spent the whole three years in a student bubble. But because of Just Love I spent evenings and holidays volunteering at a local charity working with adults facing multiple barriers to employment. The locals I now call friends have taught me invaluable lessons and getting to know them is the best thing I've done at uni. Just Love helped me to realise I was passionate about something I hadn't even fully realised I was passionate about: seeing prisoners and ex-offenders forgiven and set free.
Since graduating I have been working as a support worker with Handcrafted, a charity in the North East working with adults with diverse issues, including addiction, ex-offending, unemployment and family breakdown. My work involves some pastoral support and a lot of encouraging guys from difficult backgrounds to keep taking positive steps forward in their lives. I am hugely happy to be working in this sector – but it’s incredibly unlikely I would be doing this had it not been for Just Love.” Henry Silva (Durham, 2017)
‘As a cynical student with lots of opinions about all that was wrong in the world, becoming involved with Just Love in my first year at Oxford gave me an opportunity to turn my scepticism into something far more useful. It also gave a community of friends who were willing to challenge me, inspire me, and help me to think practically about pursuing God’s justice.
I’ve always loved politics, and since graduating I have worked on political campaigns at a local and national level, and I am now Parliamentary Assistant to a Labour MP. It means a lot to me that there’s now a whole group of Just Love graduates working in politics and government - in fact, there’s a whole group of us! I’m excited by the potential for a committed group of young Christians praying for and supporting each other, to bring a lot of hope and light into our political system.’ (David Lawrence, Oxford, 2015)
‘In 2013 I arrived in Oxford with all my bags, righteous anger at injustice but not knowing why I was there. I quickly found the separation and yet close proximity between the endless homeless people on the streets of Oxford and the elite painful and deeply concerning, and so immediately got plugged into the Just Love Homeless Outreach and anti-human trafficking events. Working with others to see Jesus in the lives of those ignored, I was developed into someone who had a better foundation to help people effectively and not just burn out. And most importantly, I gave up my ‘saviour’ idealism and bowed down to the Saviour who can truly bring beauty from ashes.
Since leaving University I have spent the past year learning and working alongside missionaries around the world who shine Jesus in the most unjust and vile situations. From working with those who lost their homes in the Nepali earthquake, to bringing joy into the darkest of government orphanages for the disabled in Thailand, to worshipping with the persecuted church in Myanmar, I have seen that Jesus is beautiful and he calls each of us to pick up our cross and follow him.’ Izzy Steinegger (Oxford, 2016)