By Bill Bray, ASSIST News Service Campus Correspondent
VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia (ANS, June 8, 2017) – The International Students Day of Prayer (ISDOP) has been set for Friday, November 17 this year. It will highlight a week of festivities focusing Christian attention on overseas students and visitors.
The week begins with International Student Sunday, November 12. The non-sectarian effort urges Christians to pray and reach out to international students. Volunteer host families will be urged to “set an extra plate” for international students on Thanksgiving, November 23.
Volunteer organizers exhibited the event and announced the 2017 Day of Prayer to delegates of the annual Association of Christians Ministering among Internationals (ACMI) conference at Regent University. Thousands of churches and campus ministries are being urged to participate.
Many ACMI members and ministries participate independently in these events which are organized by campus ministries locally. There are 1.13 million international student guests in the USA this semester according to the Department of Homeland Security.
The ISDOP event is being promoted by the Operation Esther Prayer Circle national prayer movement which is working to link local campus and community prayer ministries in a united witness. Eventually, the volunteers hope to observe international student “days of prayer” on every one of the 3500 university and Bible College campuses in the USA and Canada. More information can be obtained at www.OSMission.org
Operation Esther Circles began in 2014 by Overseas Students Mission as a university outreach in the wake of ISIS genocide of Christians and minority religious in Northern Iraq and Syria.
International Students Day has its historic roots in the global horror following the Nazi massacres of nine international students at the University of Prague in 1939 – which led to a virtual death sentence for 1200 students arrested and sent to concentration camps.
About the author: Bill Bray, 70, is an author, retired foreign correspond and journalist specializing in indigenous missions’ movements. He has traveled to over 65 countries on assignment including numerous trips to China, India and Southeast Asia. He lives with his wife Ivy and family in Charlottesville, Virginia. He can be contacted by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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