Established in 1998, the Foyer Evangélique Universitaire (or Student Evangelistic Center) is a strategic Gospel-based ministry, located in the vicinity of the only public university in Niger.
The FEU operates with two main goals: the desire to show Christian love by offering students resources to help them in their studies; and the aim of demonstrating Christian faith by providing a Center which both resources and witnesses within the university setting.
Since the FEU’s opening, more than a thousand students have become members. A key outreach opportunity is the computer access provided: hundreds of students have used this resource to write Bachelor’s term papers and Master’s theses.
But the FEU is not simply an internet cafe or library. Rather, the Center aims to create a community of fellowship, support and encouragement, where students and other can come to learn together, study in a comfortable environment, and to socialise.
There’s a Nigerien proverb that says, “Accomplishment of purpose is better than making a profit.” FEU is not a business, and seeks only to be self-sufficient in order to carry out a vibrant ministry amongst a critical demographic. In that spirit, FEU’s volunteer team in particular play a crucial role. The vol- unteers seek not only to aid and come alongside members with their studies or work, but also to befriend them. By living
the gospel through relational and social means, the FEU team can share with their actions as well as their words.
Some of the social activities perhaps serve to illustrate this last point. FEU regularly shows movies on a Friday night, and often these will have a Christian or moral theme which can serve to kickstart subsequent discus- sions. Other times, the Center hosts informal seminars or talks on faith-based issues, which again allows the gospel to be shared in a safe and comfortable environment.
In 2012, the FEU moved from its rented premises to a new, purpose-built home. The growth of this ministry may testify to its effectiveness. The FEU is an extremely strategic ministry. By reaching out to the university community, the Center can not only assist needy students, but share the Gospel message by word and deed with the future leaders of Niger.