Since attending Urbana Students Missions Conference in 1993, God’s Spirit has placed upon my head, heart, and hands aÂ passion to pray for and engage with “the nations” in the context of higher education. As such I have appreciated in depth resources such asÂ Operation World, a copy of which I picked up — with a number of other books — at the huge Urbana bookstore 🙂 I wonder how many editions I haveÂ collected through the years . . .
So when InterVarsity Press shared with InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministry staffÂ their release ofÂ Pray for the WorldÂ in an Urbana year, I couldn’t help but invite you to join me in prayer for the nations as we journey toward the upcoming missions conference (December 27 – 31).
- Reminder:Â With the Urbana15 early registration deadline just over a month away (June 30), please review theÂ focused opportunities offered by InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries. If scholarship money would be of benefit, please connect with your InterVarsity campus staff member and/or your local congregation. If your campus does not have an InterVarsity campus staff member, then please contact meÂ to explore additional possibilities.
- Bonus: Stay tuned for details regarding a special opportunity for Emerging Scholars which I just confirmed today 🙂 Announcement with link coming next week.
What’s unique about Pray for the World?Â It’sÂ an abridged version of Operation World (7th edition) with prayer points focused upon the response ofÂ Christian leaders to the question:
How should the body of Christ throughout the world be praying for your country?
As recommended, IÂ keep it beside me not only for daily prayer, various prayer gatherings, and those whom I meet on campus (for across the globe), but also for responding to situations which come to my attention through news and various online platforms (including emails/email lists).
Today, please take a few minutes to join me in prayer for God’s work in Syria. The below material is drawn from a PowerPointÂ resource available on theÂ Urbana website. Periodic invitationsÂ to Pray for the World will be posted on ESN’s blog, Facebook Wall, and Twitter accountÂ in the coming days, weeks, months. . . .
- Protests of 2011 led to a bloody civil war. PrayÂ for an end to the violence and for solutions.
- Pray for Syrian Christian minorities. SomeÂ radical Muslim groups want to eraseÂ Christianity from Syria.
- God used the faith and devotion of the earlyÂ Church in Antioch (in Syria). Pray for a returnÂ of Syrian evangelicals to their homeland.
- Unreached peoples to pray for: The SunniÂ Arab majority (most have never heard theÂ gospel), the Alawite minority (who haveÂ influence in the army and politics), and theÂ millions of Syrian refugees abroad.
— Taken from Pray for the World edited by Molly Wall. Copyright Â© 2015 by Molly Wall and Operation World. Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, P.O. Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 60515, USA. www.ivpress.com.
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About the author:
Tom enjoys daily conversations regarding living out the Biblical Story with his wife Theresa and their four girls, around the block, at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church (where he teaches adult electives and co-leads a small group), among healthcare professionals as the Northeast Regional Director for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), and in higher ed as a volunteer with the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN). For a number of years, the Christian Medical Society / CMDA at Penn State College of Medicine was the hub of his ministry with CMDA. Note: Tom served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship / USA for 20+ years, including 6+ years as the Associate Director of ESN. He has written for the ESN blog from its launch in August 2008. He has studied Biology (B.S.), Higher Education (M.A.), Spiritual Direction (Certificate), Spiritual Formation (M.A.R.), Ministry to Emerging Generations (D.Min.). To God be the glory!