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60 days of prayer continues

Monday, October 1, 2007  
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By Guest Writer

Alana Duffle

This year Oklahoma Christian University students and faculty will be on their knees as part of the 60 Days of Prayer campaign.

Though it coincides with World Missions Workshop, it is not part of the workshop.

The steering committee for the World Missions Workshop developed the idea for 60 Days of Prayer last April.

“I would say our inspiration came from the fact that Lubbock Christian, the host of last year’s World Mission Workshop, told us they had at least one person fasting and praying every day for a year prior to the World Mission Workshop that they hosted in October of 2006,” the Director of this year’s World Mission Workshop Bob Carpenter said.

The 60 Days of Prayer campaign involves more people, especially students, in the preparation for the World Missions Workshop.

On Fridays during the world missions prayer, specific people are mentioned by name. Leaders pray for speakers, presenters, specific universities and groups of Oklahoma Christian students who will host students attending the workshop. Some prayers will also ask for safe travel for attendees, but they will primarily focus on realizing God’s desires in the workshop.

“The kinds of things that are mentioned are the need for missionaries to go to specific parts of the world or to specific people groups, or else for God to bless Christian brothers and sisters of ours in different parts of the world, particularly those who face ongoing persecution,” Carpenter said.

Though the specific subject of each prayer is different, they all revolve around the theme of outreach.

“The desire [of the prayers] is to keep bringing the petition to our heavenly Father that he will bless the efforts of the workshop and that more students will have a heart for reaching out to others with the good news of Jesus,” a Minister in Residence Richard Poe said.

Despite technical difficulties, the planning committee has put a lot of effort into making students on campus aware of the daily prayer needs.

“I submitted an initial list of specific prayer needs related to the WMW to Chance Vanover so that he could get them posted, one per day, on myOC. Technical difficulties caused a delay of about two weeks in getting that started, and then the link is only intermittently visible on myOC,” Carpenter said.

Several local congregations have joined in Oklahoma Christian’s 60 Days of Prayer effort., The campaign committee is trying to get as many people involved as possible.

“This workshop is a local event with a global intent,” Poe said.

The 60 Days of Prayer campaign started the day before classes began, Aug. 26, and will conclude the day the World Missions Workshop begins Oct. 25.

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