By Bill Bray, Special Campus Correspondent, ASSIST News Service
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia (ANS – January 18, 2017) — Local prayer partners from the campus community here are joining in solidarity with university students nationwide for 40 days of fasting and prayer. On Friday, Inauguration Day, community and church leaders are setting aside a special all-day “Prayer Watch” with prayer breakfasts and events in Washington, DC.
The group Friday Fast will continue throughout the 40-days although many students are participating in special daily prayers and fasts.
Last year, the same spontaneous prayer movement adopted 1,825 campus’ with hundreds of student-led clubs involved. On the Collegiate Day of Prayer website, they registered 2,099 campus ministries, churches and individuals in 1,046 campus communities, in all 50 states and 11 countries.
The fast ends on February 23, the national Collegiate Day of Prayer. The circle meets Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Overseas Students Mission headquarters in Koinonea Church on Ivy Road. For details contact Debra Yarde, 434-305-9641.
The Collegiate Day of Prayer began 101 years ago, during the Student Volunteer Missions movement and quickly spread to all the Ivy League campuses including UVA. Annual prayer reunions have been held ever since on most campuses.
Student-led campus prayer movements were revived during the Jesus People revivals in the last century and are now led by a broad coalition of campus ministries including IVCF, the Luke 18 Project, Overseas Students Mission, and many other groups like the International House of Prayer based in Kansas City.
During the presidential election year, leaders noted that many joined the student prayer movement for the first time. Millions of additional Christians are expected to join in the national prayer movement as Lent and the “Seek God for the City” begins on February 14.
Christians in the larger community can sponsor campus prayer movements and adopt a campus at www.OSMission.org, or www.collegiatedayofprayer.org/ and register to join in the 2017 fasting at email@example.com.
Photo captions: 1) Students taking part in a 40-day fast. 2) Logo. 3) Bill Bray.
About the Writer: Bill Bray, 69, is a Christian journalist who specializes in missions and student ministries. He is the author of the forthcoming book, Called to All: How I discovered the power of a yielded life. He welcomes interaction with our readers and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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