Covid | InterVarsity

Our Response to COVID-19

As followers of Jesus, we are moved with compassion during this time for the campus communities we love.

Our Staff Ministers are remaining digitally connected with students and faculty, providing pastoral care and continued discipleship through the disruption brought on by the global pandemic.

Students and faculty are open to honest spiritual conversations as they face, perhaps for the first time, deep questions of human frailty, mortality, and purpose. We have real hope that even in disruption God will usher in revival on campus. 

With your help, we will be able to develop new resources to minister to students and faculty, support our staff facing financial uncertainties, and respond to new challenges as they arise. 

Hope in the Chaos

When Berea College in Berea, Kentucky became one of the first schools in the country to shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students experienced a lot of anxiety. Knowing community would be vitally important to these newly home-bound students, Campus Staff Ministry Intern Alex Kelley worked quickly to set up two online Bible studies and invite students -- some he knew, most he didn’t.

“If it's in their bio that they go to Berea, they're fair game!” laughed Alex. He messaged dozens of students on social media and invited them to join. And many came. Amber attended the first online Bible study and, responding to a call to faith at the end of the study, accepted Jesus!  

Two weeks later, Alex called Amber to follow up with her. He asked how she felt her life had changed. Amber responded she had much more peace now, and Alex got to explain Jesus as the Prince of Peace, telling her, "Let me explain to your mind what happened to your heart.” 

Amber has been faithfully coming to Bible studies over the last few weeks. She takes notes at each meeting and shares everything she’s learning with her family. 

Praying in the Confident Hope of Jesus

As we meet the challenges of ministry brought about by the coronavirus, will you please join us in prayer?

Pray for international student who have had to leave their dorms but are unable to return to their home countries and families.

Pray for students' mental and physical health as they experience isolation away from their campus communities. Pray against anxiety, fear, and loneliness.

Pray for faculty as they transition to distance teaching and figuring out this format. Pray for clear communication with their students.

Pray for university labs that are performing COVID-19 research and leading the charge to understand, cure, and prevent the disease.

Please join InterVarsity in prayer.

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"Take time to look up. What if God is doing a new thing?"

— James Choung, InterVarsity Vice President of Strategy & Innovation

Are you seeking to do ministry online with your own communities? Want to be involved in the work InterVarsity is doing online? InterVarsity staff have worked diligently to create digital ministry resources you can use. Learn how to lead virtual prayer groups, Bible studies, and small groups and participate in our online national large group–InterVarsity Live!

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Support InterVarsity in This Unprecedented Time

InterVarsity staff ministers are curating and delivering fresh, innovative resources to help us reach students and faculty in this new context. Would you consider giving to the COVID-19 Ministry Response Fund? This will allow us to continue developing digital ministry tools, relieve staff ministers’ financial burdens, and respond quickly to new challenges as they arise.

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