By Bill Bray, Special to ASSIST News Service
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA (ANS, October 21, 2015) — Christians of all traditions will join local intercessors for a day of training in “spiritual warrior” prayer starting Friday night, October 30, at 7 PM. The conference runs through Saturday afternoon at the Christian Aid Conference Center, Koinonea Church, 3045 Ivy Road here in the shadow of the University of Virginia.
The Halloween Weekend prayer conference, and other Bible training in the power of prayer, is an important part of the Overseas Students Mission and Operation Esther Prayer Circles movement. Operation Esther is organizing community prayer chapters in 3500 university communities in Canada and the USA.
Among the guest speakers will be Indian Missionary Yori Jai, Earl Burton, Cee Cee Cole, Carol Simpson, and Debra Yarde.
This is the first of two prayer training conferences now scheduled by Operation Esther. It leads up to International Students Sunday, November 15 and the International Students Day of Prayer on November 17.
Next year, in co-operation and under the direction of student leaders at University of Virginia, a second “Day in the Word” training conference will focus on prayer, Saturday, February 20, just before the 2016 Intercollegiate Day of Prayer on February 25.
Meanwhile, weekly prayer meetings continue as a bridge between the University and the local community. The OSM intercessory “Operation Esther” national prayer theme for the 2015 school year continues to focus on aid to migrant/refugee victims of persecution by the Islamic State (ISIS).
Starting in 2016, the USA is welcoming over 100,000 refugee migrants a year into the USA and Operation Esther is helping them adjust to lives in the free world. The effort unites churches and community groups with student volunteers planning relief missions to the victims during summer breaks.
The “Operation Esther” 2015 prayer theme is taken from the Biblical accounts of Queen Esther who called for prayer and fasting during her attempts to save people from genocide during the reign of King Xerxes I of Persia in 479 BC.
Prayers are being made daily and weekly by name for University leaders, student leaders, and political leaders of all the involved countries and homelands of the students. In addition, each week prayer is raised up for one of the 50 countries where local governments deny religious freedom and human rights to women and other minority groups.
About the writer: Bill Bray, 68, is an author, retired foreign correspondent and frequent contributor to ASSIST News Service. He specializes in covering international student ministries and foreign missions. He has traveled to over 65 countries as a missionary journalist to report on missions and development ministries, returning to some countries as many as 30 times over the years. He can be contacted by e-mail at: email@example.com .
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