By Bill Bray, Campus News Correspondent for ASSIST News Service
WASHINGTON, DC (ANS — September 28, 2016) – Community prayer partners from Operation Esther Circle will gather locally to pray with students and friends on the International Students Day of Prayer — November 17.
The local prayer circles will join in solidarity with a national gathering in Washington at the Lincoln Memorial and with other groups at campuses all across the country.
“I call on everyone to join us, wherever they come at 7:30 am to campus or meet us throughout the day at prayer sites in the surrounding community,” says national spokesman Debra Yarde. Prayer volunteers can register at Operation Esther Prayer Circles on the OSM website, www.OSMission.org.
For details, contact Debra Yarde, 434-227-0811 or 434-305-9641. Rev. Yarde will be representing the community in Washington, DC at the national event. Meanwhile the doors will remain open all day for private prayer vigils in local various local churches and locations. The groups will come together to intercede at 9, 12 and 5 PM as announced.
“OSM has supported the National Day of Prayer for over 30 years now – and this new focus on international students is a logical extension of that,” says Debra Yarde, the national spokesperson for the Operation Esther Circle movement. “There are now 1.2 million international students in this country and they are the best hope for the future of the world. If they will seek the face of God, repent from their sins both personal and corporate, I believe we will see a real difference.
“All of us, and that includes Christians, Jews, Muslims and even those without a religious affiliation, must call upon the Lord and seek His face. How else can we learn to love one another, serve one another, and end the violence, injustice and sin?” Besides the National Day of Prayer and National Collegiate Day of Prayer, Yarde has been active in many other prayer movements.
(EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: Here is a condensed announcement version of story.) PLANS SET FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS DAY OF PRAYER. Community prayer partners from Operation Esther Circle and other groups will pray in solidarity with international students and friends on Thursday, November 17. The day begins on the grounds of the university at 7:30 AM and then regathers in prayer circles during the day throughout the community. The circles pray in solidarity with the annual event held in Washington, DC at the Lincoln Memorial and at schools throughout the USA. Register at www.OSMission.org, For details, contact Debra Yarde, 434-227-0811 or 434-305-9641.
Photo captions: 1) International students arriving on campus. 2) Debra Yarde. 3) Bill Bray.
About the writer: ANS Campus News Correspondent and author Bill Bray (William Thomas Bray) welcomes interaction with our readers and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. William Thomas Bray, 69, is a retired foreign correspondent and Christian journalist who specializes in global missions and student ministries. As Billy Bray, he is author of 11 books on missions including the forthcoming Called to All – Power of a Yielded Life.
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