Ohio State University

Hope and Healing at Ohio State University

Gordon Govier
December 9, 2016

The day after an angry man crashed his car into a building on the Ohio State University (OSU) campus and attacked students with a knife, InterVarsity students mobilized a compassionate response. They erected a “Wailing Wall” on campus that offered fellow students an opportunity to lament and express their fears and hopes. Students also prayed with those who wanted prayer.

The man, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, was shot and killed by a responding police officer. Eleven students and faculty members were injured in the attack. The campus was on lockdown for just over an hour and classes were called off for the rest of the day.

The Challenge and the Opportunity

Gordon Govier
December 5, 2016

For the first time ever, more than one million college students from abroad are studying on U.S. campuses. The Institute of International Education’s Open Doors 2016 Report says the international students come from 219 countries in all, but most are from China, India, or Saudi Arabia.

Marc Papai, InterVarsity’s director of International Student Ministry (ISM), observed that international students offer an opportunity to reach the whole world. “It’s hard to point to a demographic that’s more important or more strategic,” he said.

Prayer Leads to Peace

Teresa Buschur
June 27, 2003

In both Scripture and their lives, students at Ohio State University are finding that they can’t have peaceful relationships with others without prayer. As Kathy tried to mediate conflicts among members of InterVarsity’s leadership team, she often prayed that God would allow the students to understand each other’s opinions and let go of some of their own stubbornness and work together to find solutions.

Kathy often stopped the students in the middle of their discussions to have them pray as a group for God’s voice and guidance in solving the conflicts.

In both Scripture and their lives, students at Ohio State University are finding that they can’t have peaceful relationships with others without prayer. As Kathy tried to mediate conflicts among members of InterVarsity’s leadership team, she often prayed that God would allow the students to understand each other’s opinions and let go of some of their own stubbornness and work together to find solutions.

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