Week of January 7

Thank God for InterVarsity’s 25th triennial Urbana Student Missions Conference last month in St. Louis. Urbana 18 expositor Rene Breuel challenged attendees with the theme Faithful Witness from the book of Revelation, urging them to acknowledge that only Jesus Christ deserves their allegiance. You can watch all of the videos on the Urbana 18 website. Pray for those who made commitments to follow Jesus and serve his mission in their career and in their lives.

As InterVarsity enters 2019, we are trusting God for the planting of more than 100 new chapters on campuses across the country. Ask the Lord to bring student leaders and volunteers to join us in these efforts. Pray that we would plant a vibrant witness to the hope and love of Jesus Christ on these campuses.

Students are returning to campus from winter break. Pray that they will begin their new semester or quarter resolving to study harder and connect with God. And, thank God that InterVarsity chapters are planning and implementing New Student Outreach activities to embrace new corners and new campuses.

Week of January 14

InterVarsity’s Every Campus campaign, in partnership with Cru, officially launched with  an exhibit at Urbana 18 where people were invited to choose a campus to pray for. At everycampus.com, we are inviting others to join us, to prayer walk, and then prayerfully observe how God will answer those prayers. Ask the Lord to bring faithful intercessors who will pray for every unreached campus in the US.

Later this week, graduate students from across Illinois and Indiana will attend  InterVarsity’s Graduate Student Retreat in Cedar Lake, Indiana. Similar InterVarsity-sponsored conferences for faculty are set for succeeding weekends in Boston and Washington DC. Pray that during the weekends away from campus, these scholars will meet new friends, enjoy time together, and learn how to be representatives of Christ in their academic fields.  

InterVarsity staff are being encouraged to embrace the discipline of Sabbath observance. Please pray that our staff would find rest and inspiration as they observe this God-ordained practice of maintaining balance in their busy lives.

Week of January 21

This week begins by marking the observance of the life of the late Martin Luther King Jr. Thank God for the influence and legacy of Dr. King. Pray that InterVarsity staff and students will continue to seek peace and justice on campus and in community.

Located in the middle of the Bible Belt, the state of Alabama has 51 campuses with 25 having no known witnessing community and 13 having only one active ministry. InterVarsity is currently ministering on two campuses in Alabama. Please join our Alabama area team as they pray and strategize on the best approach to reach every campus.

Pray for students like “Ed,” an atheist at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. After being part of an InterVarsity small group Bible study for a semester, Ed concluded, “If this is what Jesus is really like, and this is what he teaches, then it’s a good thing.” Pray that Ed and other nonbelievers who are invited to our Bible studies will continue to be curious and that curiosity will lead to life-changing faith in Jesus.

Week of January 28

Students are starting to make decisions about serving on InterVarsity summer 2019 Global Programs. Pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance for each student. Also, pray for Global Programs new director training taking place this week in Mexico City.

Continue to pray for religious freedom on campus. As of the beginning of this year, court cases involving derecognition of InterVarsity chapters at the University of Iowa and Wayne State University in Michigan remain unresolved.  

For the 2018-2019 academic year, the University of Wisconsin—Whitewater InterVarsity chapter resumed the tradition of daily prayer meetings on campus and set a goal of 10 conversions for the year. Praise God that one semester later 24 students have already made commitments to follow Jesus! Ask the Lord to continue to encourage students to pray and that prayer will grow as a daily practice among UW—Whitewater and all our students and chapters.