The doctrinal basis of UESI declares and emphasizes what we believe as the core, central truths of the Bible and is interdenominational. The aims define our mission. The core values that were lived out described who we are and how our lives are characterized. The distinctives were guiding principles in our effective functioning.
From the inception, the thrust was given for personal quiet time, the study of God’s word, personal prayer times, and obedience to God’s word in all areas of our life. Students were clear about their commitment to the Lord, led a life of discipleship, and had a burden and vision to reach out to campuses. Dependence on the Lord was characterized by praying together. They learned to seek His face, by humbling themselves, examining their hearts in prayer, reflecting, and correcting as needed. The Lord was faithful, supplying every need, even as they trusted Him in challenging times.
Students learnt lessons for life – knowing God, trusting Him, the joy of seeing God at work with greater dependence on Him, emulating a life of faith and prayer, and learning to face opposition and ridicule as they gave importance to God’s word. There was a great sense of belonging and eagerness to join for fellowship. They experienced the joy of shared leadership, and teamwork as Students, graduates, and staff all worked together.
Staff traveled extensively, 3 weeks a month, having vast regions to cover. Getting confirmed tickets was a hassle and travel comforts were minimal, mostly wooden berths, with bedding and 5-liter water cans and boxes of useful small books that would be introduced and sold among students. But despite all the hardship, the highlight was the joy of meeting students, staying in hostels, all-night sessions, and being received by student committee members at the station. There were no telephones, only postcards were the primary mode of communication – when the foundation stone was laid for the office in Chennai, post cards were sent to all ICEUs giving them a great sense of belonging. Discipling and follow-up were also done through postcards.