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 Persecuted Church

Alec Hill, president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
April 20, 2015

In a recent Washington Post article, a headline rhetorically asked: “Has the world ‘looked the other way’ while Christians are killed?” It certainly appears so.

Open Doors USA, a respected nonprofit organization, reports that every month 322 Christians are murdered for their faith, 772 suffer from acts of violence and 214 churches are damaged or destroyed.

Pope Francis aptly summarizes the situation: “Our brothers and our sisters…are persecuted, exiled, slain, beheaded, solely for being Christian…There are more martyrs in recent years than in the early centuries of the faith. I hope that the international community doesn’t stand mute and inert before such unacceptable crimes.”

A Day of Prayer for Campus Access

July 8, 2014


A Day of Prayer was declared on Monday, July 14, 2014, by InterVarsity President Alec Hill to focus on campus access challenges which limit the freedom of InterVarsity and other campus ministries to proclaim the gospel. In particular, we are concerned about the status of InterVarsity chapters on California State University campuses.

In 2012 the outgoing chancellor of the California State University system issued a new policy that requires recognized student groups to accept all students as potential leaders. While we applaud inclusivity, and welcome all students to our chapter activities, we believe that faith-based communities like ours can only be led by people who clearly affirm the historic doctrines of their faith.

Saying Yes: A Freshman’s Leap of Faith

Kathryn Brill
November 14, 2013

When freshman Alissa Fairchild arrived at the University of Southern California (USC) this fall, she knew exactly what she was looking for: a chance to share God’s love with others. “I wanted to embrace any opportunity God had for me,” she said. God honored her request and gave her an amazing way to show his love to the people right in front of her, impacting not only them but also Alissa herself.

Embracing God’s Call

It started when Alissa, a new member of USC’s InterVarsity chapter, attended an event where students ministered to each other in prayer. At this prayer meeting, Alissa saw firsthand God’s transformative power as students were healed from physical and emotional pain. She and her prayer partner had many opportunities to bless people through prayer. Alissa described it as an “amazing experience.”

Collegiate Day of Prayer

Tom Boyle, Director of Staff Training and Development
February 21, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012, InterVarsity joined in celebrating a new affirmation of an old tradition that disappeared in the middle of the 20th century – the national Collegiate Day of Prayer. Historically it was common for churches and Christian groups to pause and pray specifically for the campus – the students, the faculty, the institution, and even the culture.

Reviving the Day of Prayer

Two years ago a small group of people of prayer wanted to begin the long process to reclaim the day and revive the tradition. The fourth Thursday in February was an annual prayer day for more than 150 years in this country. It was a day focused on the campus, the place where leaders are trained and their hearts and spirits are forged for that leadership.

A Family Legacy

Craig Gartland
July 22, 2011

When I went off to college, I knew very little about InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.  All I really knew was that I was to try and find it and that my aunts Marian and Margaret had both served on campus staff with InterVarsity in the late 1950’s (see photo). 

A Legacy of Prayer

It was two years ago that Margaret passed away – her twin sister Marian only a few months before that (my mom, their younger sister, passed away three years ago last December).  All three of these Sharp sisters left an incredible legacy of prayer.  It is sobering to think that we no longer have each of them praying for our family and ministry daily. 

A New Identity

Abi Christian
May 10, 2011

“I want to give back to other people,” said Allison Guss, an InterVarsity senior at Rider University in New Jersey. While her post-college plans aren’t quite settled, she does know she wants to commit this next year to service, possibly working with a Christian organization that serves those living in poverty in the U.S.

“InterVarsity has taught me that giving to other people can be a joy. You can make a difference,” she said.

Compelled to Pray

Abi Christian
December 1, 2009

Campus staff member Tina Aceti had big dreams for the Greek InterVarsity chapter at Central Michigan University (CMU). She arrived on campus this fall energized to meet new students and prepared to support InterVarsity students in their relationships with non-Christian Greek brothers and sisters. But as the first weeks of school came and went, Tina felt disappointed with the chapter’s growth.

To Transform a City

Jason Gaboury, New York City Area Director
August 31, 2009

Last week 500,000 students made their way back to campuses in New York City. Students like Alyssa. Alyssa met a group of InterVarsity students her first week of school. They welcomed her to campus and got to know her.

Alyssa didn’t understand why these students were so into what she called, “the God thing,” but it didn’t seem to matter. Alyssa found good friends and a stimulating and challenging environment.

A few weeks later Alyssa came to appreciate this “God thing,” and after joining her new friends for a weekend retreat, Alyssa decided to follow Jesus.

Students Pray for Campus

Gordon Govier
July 13, 2009

It’s a cliche but it’s true, prayer changes things. Students involved in InterVarsity and other Christian groups on the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) campus spent 40 days praying in a 24/7 prayer room and have been awed by how they have seen God at work.

“The spiritual climate among Christians on campus is changing,” said Peter Horton, who serves as InterVarsity’s prayer coordinator for the Wisconsin/Upper Michigan division.

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