By Bill Bray, ASSIST News Service Campus Ministry Correspondent
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia (ANS – May 24, 2017) — Graduation and finals are past and most students are going home for summer break. Campus clubs and groups are shut down for the summer, but not the Student Bible Study Fellowship which meets here during the school year on grounds at the University of Virginia.
Andrew Browning, student president of the group, said the students are combining their study with the “Operation Esther” weekly prayer group that has been meeting at the Student Christian Study Center since March.
The students are not stopping the weekly meeting but will continue to meet as a “community outreach” to pastors, local churches and Christians in the community. In the summer effort – to be called “Pray Charlottesville” – the group is meeting for prayer, fellowship and a study program on Thursday evenings.
The combined prayer and Bible study emphasis will continue when classes resume at the University in August.
The new emphasis kicks off tonight in cooperation with the Operation Esther Missions Prayer Circle. The group will continue their meetings at the Overseas Students Mission (OSM) headquarters, 257 Bob Finley Way, Charlottesville.
OSM is located on the original Christian Aid campus in the Koinonea Church annex next to Canaan Hispanic Church.
“We want to use this time each week to encourage and mobilize local church missions outreach,” says community leader Ivy Bray from Christian Aid Mission. “We have no agenda other than the promotion of evangelism and outreach through prayer…and we are being careful to promote local church-based outreaches in every meeting.”
So that the Charlottesville community and University employees staff can come straight from work to intercede with us, the meeting starts with livestream praise about 5:15. The actual intercession will begin at 5:30 till about 6 PM. Then we will break for light snacks and fellowship before beginning again at 7 PM.
Tonight’s meeting will share special reports from the Persecuted Christians Summit held in Washington, DC May 10-13.
The public is welcome to join the intercessory prayer group which meets in the Koinonea Church, 257 Bob Finley Way next to the Volvo dealership on the Christian Aid Ivy Road Campus. RSVP to Ivy Bray, 434-227-0811 or online at www.OSMission.org
Photo captions: 1) A student prayer meeting. 2) Bill Bray.
About the writer: Bill Bray, 70, is a Christian journalist who specializes in missions and student ministries. He is the author or co-author of 13 missions’ books including, Called to All: How I discovered the power of a yielded life from Thomas Nelson/WestBow Press. He welcomes interaction with our readers and can be contacted at email@example.com
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