College Praying Moms Newsletter

Don’t forget to pray on the Collegiate Day of Prayer this Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020!
See the College Praying Moms page for information on adopting campuses to pray for, the MIP Conference Call, and Live Stream at Yale University information.

Studying Up On Professors

Of the approximately 1.5 million professors in the U.S., only 18.6% of them identify as “born-again Christians.” In America, religious skepticism is much more common among professors than in the general population. And almost half of professors describe the Bible as an “ancient book of fables, legends, history, and moral precepts.”[1]

According to Patti Culver of Cru’s Faculty Commons ministry to professors, most Christian professors “feel alone and afraid.”

Further, consider how Jesus said teachers shape their students: “… everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.” (Luke 6:40) I had never thought about this regarding professors and their teaching until reading it in A Grander Story.[2]

Is it any wonder then that our culture is what it is when the graduates and research coming out of the university are not taught and initiated from a biblical worldview?

Professors can easily impact 200 students per year—for good or bad. I read of one professor with a forty-year career who taught more than 45,000 students! He was a Christian, thank God. Professors’ impact cannot be minimized. In fact, Campus Crusade for Christ founder, Bill Bright, once said, “If I could start Campus Crusade for Christ over again, I would begin by working with professors.”

Even though we typically include prayers for professors in our “Campus Concerns,” for the next two months I want us to be very intentional in how we pray for them and especially our Christian professors.

If you are so inclined, you can even go to your child’s school website, look up the department (that we’re praying for that week) and pray by name for the department chair and even the faculty.

If you want to pray for known Christian professors registered through Cru’s Faculty Commons, check out www.meettheprof.com. You can find a professor by name, by state, by university, or by department. Encourage your student to see if there are Christian professors at their school or even in their department listed on this website.

“If a distinctly Christian voice is missing from the university, the loss is immeasurable not only for each student in these classrooms but also for each academic discussion that transpires across campus and for our country and world, which are shaped by the dictums and culture flowing out of these institutions.”[3]

On behalf of our Christian professors, let’s raise up our voices to the God who hears and who does immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine! (Eph. 3:20) 

March/April College Prayer Points

March 1-7: Government, Public Policy, International Relations Departments. 1) Pray for a holy alliance between Christian professors, staff, and students to reach the campus with the gospel of Christ. 2) For Christian students to study apologetics so they can more effectively evangelize.

March 8-14: Law and Paralegal Studies, Family Studies.  1) For Christian professors to not be “siloed” in their departments but to find each other on campus and set up ministry and accountability. 2) For international students to find investigative Bible study groups where they can learn about Jesus.

March 15-21: Foreign and Classical Languages, Linguistics Studies.  1) That Christian professors and campus ministry staff will connect and profs will speak at campus group meetings. 2) Pray for Muslim students to hear from God via dreams and visions.

March 22-28: Art/Animation/Digital Arts Departments. 1) For the establishment of faculty/grad/undergrad student prayer times on all campuses. 2) Pray for future graduate students to get connected to campus ministry for them on their campuses (37% of undergrads go on to grad school—they are future faculty or administrators).

March 29-April 4: Accounting, Aging and Geriatrics, Anthropology Departments. 1) For God to connect Christian professors with Christian students in their departments to mentor. 2) Collaboration of the growing network of partners Every Campus is assembling to work together to launch new campus ministries.

April 5-11: Physics, Occupational and Physical Therapies, Nutrition Departments. 1) For Christian professors to be bold and hold “What We Don’t Say in the Classroom” events on campus. 2) Circuit Riders, a ministry of YWAM: Pray for fruit from the “Carry the Love” tours across the country on campuses where they are trying to launch gospel movements in conjunction with Cru.

April 12-18: Animal and Veterinarian Sciences, Meteorology Departments. 1) For Christian professors to be a redeeming influence among the people, ideas, and structures of the university. 2) Pray for collegiate ministries in local colleges to finish the year strong in their work with students.

April 19-25: Criminal Justice, Counseling and Psychological Services Departments.  1) That Christian professors’ research, teaching, and service will be an act of worship. 2) Pray for campus ministries as they wrap up year end activities.

April 26-May 2: Library Science, Chemistry, Economics Departments. 1) That through the work of Christian scholars Jesus will not be sequestered from academic pursuits and others will see that Christianity is a rational explanation for the universe. 2) For students to be disciplined and finish their semesters strong.

Julie

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  1. So blessed to have MIP! Am limited to public library for downloading prayer sheets. It would help me if I could do that the last couple days of the next month, i.e. moving into prep for our first Feb. group w/ access to the new sheet @ the library.
    Today is Jan. 31 & no sign of the Feb. prayer sheet today on our MIP website. Since I will be tied up the next 3 days w/ Women’s Bible study, Fast & Pray get-together & hosting home group, I am a little over whelmed about having to leave prayer sheet work until Mon. for Tues. 1 pm MIP meet. Maybe I need to remember about giving thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for me in Christ Jesus?
    In His love, Grace Crary, West Linn OR

    1. Thanks, Julie, I think my confusion comes w/ now having same attribute for 2 months. I am sloow learner. In His love, Grace Crary

      1. Need name & phone of the new area leader for our West Linn, Lake Oswego, Oregon college/career groups. My sad story is of being computer illiterate combined w/ a week of losing my planner & being locked out of my email carrier! (1 Thess.5:18 is currently my favorite verse.) Even tried w/o success to use our MIP website to locate our main OR contact….all I could find was lst her name, then sent to a page which seemed to require signing up for g mail to reach her. Very confusing.
        Thanks for all you do to help make MIP an incredible blessing. In His love, Grace Crary

  2. Thank you, Julie, for your time serving all the college mamas who pray for their kids and journey forward with them into the “adulting” season. Bless your heart and and encouragement. I love reading your monthly posts and how they resonate with me, even though it’s been 5 years since my baby was preparing to do what yours is doing…. finish school, and right away start a new career and marriage. It’s a lot. <3 As a group leader of both college and career moms, I so appreciate you keeping me/us there in the real parts of mothering these young adults. Time "home" with them at holiday breaks is precious. Conversations to keep connected (and praying about when to speak and when to bite our tongues) is so important. And continuing to lift these kids up before the Lord as they do life in the "school of hard knocks" or finish college/trade school work and strive for the future and "figure out" what their next step will be, is HUGE. We can get our "knickers wrapped up in a knot" and feel so anxious with some of their choices. Keeping vigilant in prayer for their hearts and choices/temptations, job searches and date/mate choices, etc. is one thing that we CAN do, regardless of what THEY do. They will choose paths just as we did at the same age; some narrow and some wide. We thank God for His faithfulness to love and go after our kids as the Great Shepherd, no matter where they may wander or where the enemy works to lead them astray. And I thank God also, for the blessings of sister-mamas to meet and weekly join hearts and prayers for these lil' adulting lambs of ours. May God grant you a wonderful 2019 full of much joy and great love.

    1. Hi Gwen. I just discovered your message here, so I apologize for the delayed reply. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. It is my passion and pleasure to help us pray for our campuses and students. Thank you for your years of prayer. Yea team-MIP! Blessings on your new year as well.

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  4. I’m happy to founded, because my son is senior this year and I star to pray for the future college right now. I’m a youth pastor in Hispanic Church in Columbus Ohio (Cristo Rey Ministries). I try to involve our moms to pray too.
    Blessings!!!

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      1. Julie, I enjoyed your letter! (on my list) made me smile.
        Even though I have a member’s guide, I have another mom I am mentoring and thought I could pass on that quick route to purchasing the leader’s guide. However, when I clicked on the high lighted word it did not take me to the leader’s guide and after more digging I was still unable to find it.

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    2. Peggy, in addition to what Sue told you about, we also hope to add a resource page to our college pages in Oct. So check back then as well. If you like our College Praying Moms Facebook page, I hope to provide resources their too in between the monthly newsletter and the items on the college pages on the website.

    1. I do not have an official group for my college – Clemson – but I started praying and walking the campus in prayer last year. My hubby even went with me a few times. I do pray there is a way to connect more of us by Skype or group phone calls to pray for our colleges. Please pray God would bring me a few other moms to pray for my college.

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      2. Dear Sue!
        I was just ‘noodling’ around this am on the MIP site as I get ready to get on our Clemson Prayer call!!
        Please contact me so that you can join us! You are an answer to our prayers!

      3. Susan Alberti, did you see on the College Praying Moms Facebook page that Jennifer Superdock is starting a group for Clemson?:
        Good Morning College Praying Moms! Looking for Moms to join our new Clemson group that prays on Thursday ams, 8-9EST! If you can get on Facebook and like our College Praying Moms page, you could connect with Jennifer.

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