Prayers from Around the World (4-16-07)

We have been receiving word about people praying for us at Virginia Tech from every corner of the country and from across the world. We wanted to share some of these notes with you.

Prayer at UT

Hey Brother,

I am a brother in Christ involved at the Campus House of Prayer here at
UT-Austin. I just wanted to let you know that a group of us got together and
prayed for y’all this evening. I will continue to remember the VT community in
the next few days/weeks. I know the LORD will bring good from this. From Him
and to Him and through Him are all things.

Jeff McWhorter

Praying for Virgina Tech from ASU

My prayers and encouragment are sent to all of you at Virginia Tech. I pray that God’s words of life will speak loud and clear through the darkness and death that came to your campus today.
I pray that the pain at your university now opens up the opportunity to press into a deeper place of understanding God’s heart.
God’s perfect will and heart was not for this to happen to these students. But now that evil has tried to take advantage (though they are already defeated by the victory of Christ’s blood), we are now in the position to reverse the cries of hate, anger, pain and grief.
There is a missionary, Heidi Baker, in Mozambique who also is involved a great tragedy right now, where they must feed 50,000 a day because of hurricanes and repair grieving hearts because missles have killed hundreds. I just saw her last week in California and her message about what God is teaching her in this time really is encouraging at this time. She talked about Christ and how He drank the cup of suffering and of joy. The two were mixed together. One could not come without the other. Christ had to die, to rise again. He could have redeemed us another way, but He chose to humble himself and chose the world’s tragic form of suffering to bring forth life, so that death would no longer have the sting of tragedy. For those who are alive in Him, death is not a place of fear. This is now what we can share with those that are in a place of pain or confusion because of what sin has now done to Virginia Tech. We have the opportunity to once again carry out our assignment which is to being heaven to earth. In Heaven there is no death. In Heaven there is joy. The reason why Jesus had to leave Heaven was because he had to do what He could not do there—-die. Then the reason He left earth is because He had to send His comforter, the Holy Spirit. I pray that this week we will ask the the Comforter how we can use His words in prayer and in ministering to comfort and encourage those in need.
The Lord delights in those whose tenderhearted mercies cry out with His!

Be encouraged also with what Heidi Baker wrote about this time in her country—

“Truly we are filled with inexpressible joy
knowing we dwell in the shelter of the most High God. We rest in the
shadow of the Almighty. He is our refuge and our fortress. We put out
trust in Him. He covers us in His wings of love and we find safety in
Him. We have opened our hearts to Him and He is our dwelling place. He
loves us, He rescues us and commands His angels to surround us. We havecalled on Jesus. We have acknowledged Him. Trouble has come to our nation, and we have opened our eyes and seen the pain. We have opened our ears to hear the cry of the desperate, and so we drink His cup of suffering. We drink His cup of joy knowing we can be His hands extended in the midst of it all, and knowing He died that there would always be enough.”

I love you all and I will be praying with you, our family at Virginia Tech!

In prayer, Heidi Ruth Arizona State University

Encouragement

Hey brother,

I just wanted to let you know I’ll be praying for you and that even though it’s so easy to be alone even around thousands of people these days . . . you’re not alone.

God bless-your brother in Christ, esm

Touching & Transcending Tragedy

Dear Virginia Tech Family,

My deepest sympathy, sincere condolences, heartfelt prayers, and thoughts are with you.

If you or anyone you know who has been effected by this tragedy would like someone to talk to or pray with, I want to make myself available to you.

As someone who has lived among the suffering overseas in war-torn, tsunami-stricken, and impoverished regions of the earth – I understand the emotional complexities and turbulence with which you are dealing. Though I worked on Ground Zero the first week of 9/11 in NYC, I experienced my own personal ground zero two years later. It was from this experience that my book Breakthrough for a Broken Heart was written.

I’m concerned about the students at Virginia Tech and want to help anyway I can. Should you or anyone you know need someone to talk to or pray with, you may phone me any time day or night at 407-284-1705; 407-967-7553.

In the event you call and are unable to get through to speak to me, please leave a message and I will return your call as soon as possible. You may also write to express your thoughts and feelings – [email protected]

Should your student organization desire to be comforted in a solemn assembly, I am willing to visit your campus and speak to you upon request.

Sincerely,

Paul F Davis

prayer for your campus!

Hello. My name is Don Coons I am from Rainbow Forest Baptist Church in Troutville VA, I lead our Tuesday evening House of Prayer. We will met tonight at 7pm and pray for the Lord to be glorified in the tradgedy of yesterday. Please send me any specific or general prayer requests so that we can lift up to our Lord on behalf of Virginia Tech and families.
To GOD Be The Glory!
Don Coons

praying

Brother,

Its unreal to see what happened, and not have much connection, but when i
got your prayer request email, i felt like i should just let you know that
from my tiny little campus here in Ohio- there are many prayers rising to
His throne specifically for your campus. And many rising specifically for
the body of Christ on your campus. And i see that and realize, that is
happening all across the country and the world. You and your campus are
covered right now man. I will continue to be praying. Especially for your
personal prayer request. I just checked your weather for today- ill pray
that the wind will remind you and the body of Christ’s healing spirit
rushing through your campus, as He undoubtedly is.

Peace brother

Andrew Hahn

JESUS IS PRESENT

hey chris,

my name is matt spitz and i am a student at capital university in columbus, oh. i just got the message to pray and encourage you in this time of need and thought that i would send some encouraging words.

the whole nation is praying for you and your family as we speak, and i pray that he will comfort you with his grace and continue to guide you and show you which way to move from here.

i wish you nothing but the best chris, and pray that you will be able to progress with a forgiving heart.

Matt Spitz

Note to Jesus

Hi Lord! I praise you that you are constant! Your promises stand against all time. Lord, you know why this has occurred at Virginia Tech and we trust you Lord. Amidst the pain, hurt and suffering we KNOW you are good. Jesus, you among anyone else can sympathize with suffering. You also seem to magnify your power and your glory against tragic events. God, your heart breaks for your people but your glory is the ultimate goal. We will not let the devil have victory in this. Lord, you have allowed it so your healing touch can be sent. Many would never turn to you but now they may have no one else to turn to. God, I pray for the hearts directly affected by this. Lord, I pray they do not turn against you in anger. I pray that you shower your love and comfort down. Spirit dwell in this place. Bring together your people. Unite them to spread the promises of your Word, the power in the cross, and the blood of your Son. Take the ones who will listen to you and Spirit come and consume their lives. Let their words be your words of comfort, speaking the truth, holding up your name. Let their arms hold the hearts like you do. Jesus, Oh GOD you need to bring yourself to this place. You attend your ear to those in pain. Hear those first prayers seeking you. Change lives oh Lord into healing. Be our God. Lord, I praise you that in this time that you have brought your power. College students feel the pain, after the bus accident to this. God you are bringing us together across the nation to lift up your name and intercede for your beloved children. We will Lord. We will love you with our hearts. We will allow your touch to come to us. We will forgive in order that we may love. Reveal more and more of you. Jesus, take our tears. Lord, let us cry out to you alone. Let us kneel at the cross in fellowship holding each other but inviting your Spirit. Jesus, thank you for students that promote prayer across the nation. Thank you for being sovereign and knowing all. Jesus, I will pray here in OH because you will hear and may the Spirit reveal your pains so that I may share in the suffering, the sacrifice of joy, in order that you may reign. I love Jesus. Hold true to Him. Cling to Him. Step into His shadow my brother. Blessings. God’s heart is out to you, so there also is mine. Amen.

Prayers & Support from OSU

Dear Christopher & Joshua,

My name is Seth Evans and I am on staff with Oasis, a Christian group at the Ohio State University. I would like to express our deepest sorrow for what has occurred on your campus and want you to know that we are praying for you and all those affected by this tragedy. We would like to know if there is any way that we can help or offer support (beyond our prayers) to you and the other Christian groups at Virginia Tech. If there is anything, please feel free to let me know.

Yours in Christ,

Seth Evans

from Austin, TX

Chris,

Found your prayer requests for VT through Raul at Campus Renewal Ministries. I can’t imagine the hurt and horror that happened on campus.

Our prayers are with you and please know that ministries all over Austin and Dallas Texas are lifting you up as we have notified many many webs of prayer warriors.

Psalm 37 came to my mind, knowing that God is One who will judge and fight for us, when evil comes upon us. I will pray for the perseverance of the Saints at VT and that all this will only lift up the name of Jesus.

God bless,
daniel ting

Do not mourn as those that have no hope…

In our darkest hour, Christ is there to help us back into the light. It is in moments where we are strongest in our faith and our witness that Satan strikes hardest, because he knows he is fighting a losing battle. Don’t let him make you think otherwise for the victory is for those who believe in God’s awesome power.

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:12-13

These words were spoken by Paul. He was relentlessly persecuted as you are being persecuted now. But it brought God glory and many to God. Do not give up hope and do not give in.

Your sister in Christ,
Sara Marshall

Prayers from UCF

To Virginia Tech Campus Ministry Member:

The tragedy that occured at Virginia Tech has had a national impact. We are mourning with you all with the loss of your students. May God wrap your campus in His arms and reveal Himself to each individual. We fervently pray God brings a revival to your campus.

May the VT ministries be willing to use this time as an opportunity to bring hope to the students, faculty, administration, and surrounding community. Be strong and do not be afraid (Deuteronomy 31:6). Rely on our Lord to give you the words to say and ways to move. With the help of the Almighty Creator, we at UCF campus ministries believe the Virginia Tech ministries hold powerful potential to revitalize their campus.

Praying that God moves in huge ways at Virginia Tech,

Allison Palmer
University of Central Florida Undergrad Student
with Wesley Foundation Ministry

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” ~Romans 8:28 …move in love, VT….

From Jefferson City, TN

Hey Chris! I heard all about the christian organizations pulling together on the VT campus today over the news and thought of you. Here is the chance to make the christian clubs known throughout the campus! That really is so sad. I’m glad to see you are alive and well! God Bless!!
Julie

Praying for you

Hi Chris!
My name is Emmy Lou and I was one of the people who was praying for you and your entire campus on the conference call with Campus Renewal last night. I just wanted to tell you that I’m definitely praying for all of you… and wanted you to hear a story about how I believe God is going to use the terrible thing that happened at your school to affect my own.

God’s been burdening my heart for unity and revival on my campus. As I read part of your blog and the VTONE blog I know this is your heart as well. Long story short, we’re in the midst of what Campus Renewal would call a Rez week here at Nebraska. We’ve had a prayer tent going since Sunday evening 24-7 and many other outreaches. God has given us a vision that he wanted to see thousands of people on the greenspace (4,000 in fact) and that He wants them to come to Him.

Anyway, as soon as I heard about the situation at VT we’ve been praying. Your requests are in the prayer room and people have been praying. Last night when we prayed for you I felt God saying that he wanted us to have a prayer vigil for you guys here. Not a new thing… as I know many of schools are having one. But God convinced me that this is what He wants to use as part of his plan to get people to see Him on our greenspace.

This morning I found out they’re planning a candlelight vigil for 8:30 tomorrow night, but I’m determined that my friends will not only think of you all but pray for you too. So afterwards we’re going to pray. Hard. And of course they’re holding this on the greenspace. God is good to continue to move. Like you said, I know that Satan is trying his hardest to take the focus off of God and the amazing things He’s doing on our campuses. However, I think that our response will be like a slap in his face. If he thought this would turn us away from God, it will only make us stronger.

I really am praying that for both you in Virginia and us in Nebraska (as well as campuses everywhere). God is working… and He will continue to.

Just wanted to tell you that God is doing good things through this… even if on the outside it seems not good at all. And to just be a voice joining with others praying for you. Please let me know if there’s anything specific we could be praying for you… or if there are people God’s placing on your heart to talk to or who are really struggling.

Joining with you in unity and prayer… from Nebraska.
Emmy Lou

Encouragement from Christians at UC San Diego

Dear Christian leaders of Virginia Tech,

My name is Brett Yee, a senior at the University of California, San Diego and a leader at Asian American Christian Fellowship (AACF). On behalf of many Christians here at UCSD, we send you encouragement and prayers through our Lord Jesus Christ in this time of hardship. We can’t imagine what it must be like right now, but if there is one who does, its Jesus. He feels the pain, the confusion, the loss, and for these reasons he came to die and be resurrected. Our prayers are with you everyday and we know Christ will lift you all from this and make you stronger because of it. We are united as the body of Christ. Through His love, His grace, His sufficiency, and His justice, He will be lifted high! The need for hope through Christ is so dire, and we pray that people will come to know Him through this tragedy. On our campus, there has been an increased sense of urgency to see the gospel spread to other people. As your brother in Christ, my heart goes out to you right now. Satan is working hard to bring us down, but through God, we will overcome and prevail. Be strong in the Lord, He will never leave your side. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance” – James 1:2-3

In Him,
Brett Yee

a note of encouragement

Dear Chris,

Your list of prayer requests come to me through a friend. You and the families at Virginia Tech are much in my prayers. I would like to share something with you in hopes that you will share it with others where it may apply.

Understanding bad or difficult circumstances from God’s perspective is vital. If we look at God from the midst of the circumstances we can have a distorted view of Him or begin to question His love or wisdom or why He is doing what He is doing (His purposes). We must go to God and ask Him to show us His perspective of our circumstances, then the Spirit of God will take the word of God and help us understand our circumstances from His perspective. Ask God what He is purposing to do in this experience that we need to adjust our lives to. Ask Him to help us know how to relate to Him in the midst of these events. Do all He tells you and you will experience Him working in and through you to accomplish His purposes.

Another aspect of the sacredness of God’s will in circumstances for us is that they are ordained by God. He in His sovereignty brings us into circumstances we cannot understand at all but He does and so does His Spirit in you who both knows and aids you to pray in the will of God. God is bringing us into places and among people and into conditions in order that the intercession of the Holy Spirit in us may take a particular line. Our part in intercession is to utilize the circumstances God puts us into and the people He puts us among to bring them to God’s throne and give the Spirit of God in us the chance to intercede for them. It is to pray in the circumstances God has put us in and for the people He has brought us in contact with. There is an undetected sacredness of your circumstances.

Luke 18:31-34
God called Jesus His Son and Servant to what seems an unmitigated disaster (also Job). He lead all the disciples to see Him put to death or brought them to the place of total brokenness of heart. Jesus’ life was a total failure from every stand point but God’s. What seemed a failure from men’s perspective was a tremendous triumph from God’s. God’s purpose is never man’s purpose. Our test is to believe that God knows what He’s after. The things that happen don’t just happen by chance but by God’s decree and He is working out His purposes by them.

We will be sent into battle by God (Joshua 10:8) but we can know we are doing what God asked and that He will accomplish everything He desires through us. God will not allow anyone or anything to keep us from accomplishing His purposes but be careful to evaluate success in the way God does. Perhaps He is working to produce peace in our hearts as we face troubles. Or working to develop a forgiving heart in us when we are mistreated by others. He could be working to eliminate a particular sin in our lives. God will succeed in what He desires to accomplish through our circumstances but they may not be what we purposed in them at all.

God’s perspective is vital in difficult or bad circumstances.

  • We must go to God and ask Him to show us His perspective of our circumstances, then the Spirit of God will take the word of God and help us understand our circumstances from His perspective.
  • Ask God what He is purposing to do in this experience that we need to adjust our lives to.
  • Ask Him to help us know how to relate to Him (and to others) in the midst of these events.
  • Do all He tells you and you will experience Him working in and through you to accomplish His purposes.

Prayer for difficult circumstances:

Father, you know that ___ is struggling right now for this is a difficult and overwhelming situation for ___. ___ needs Your help to understand it and walk through it in Your strength and in a manner pleasing to You. Lord, it magnifies Your sufficiency when we are troubled and weak and we call upon You and You supply what we need. Thank You that at such times, O Lord, that we can come to the throne of grace to receive mercy and help in our time of need. In Jesus’ name I ask that You open ___ eyes and help ___ to see this situation from Your perspective. Help ___ to know Your will in this that ___ may stand fully assured, strengthen with grace to endure hardship and persevere with Your ability. Help ___ to trust You and not to question Your love for ___. Help ___ cast ___ cares upon You and Lord, in Your kindness, help ___ to know in personal and practical ways how much You care for her. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

In His love,

Ann

Yangseon from Baltimore

Dear Chris,

I just wanted to let you know that so many people are praying for VT here in Baltimore.

All the campus ministries (Johns Hopkins, Peabody, MICA, UMBC, UMCP….) and local churches are praying!

God is with us.

Love,
Yangseon

From Xavier University

Hey Chris,

My name is Joel Gunnarson I am a senior at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. I received your email through the facebook group Campus Ohio. First I want you to know that we are praying for you and VT at this difficult time. Specifically that God moves! It hurts so much to see you and the other students go through this, but at the same time I believe God has a plan and I am so excited to see God move at VT and at Xavier. You mentioned VT just had vtONE [a campus-wide united worship/prayer gathering], that is crazy because about a month ago Xavier had an event just like that called “Rock the Chapel.” Xavier is small only about 3,500 people but 300 students from all different backgrounds came and experienced God! April 28 and 29 we are following that event up with 48 hours of continual prayer by Xavier students.

I tell you all this because God is moving and he is there at VT and wants to continue to move in ways we can never imagine. Please don’t let Satan derail what is going on. Thank you for stepping out and trusting God, he will pull you guys through this. Be blessed Chris and I pray specifically that God will soften your hurting heart enough to forgive the guy you mention. Dude I am so excited for what God is doing at VT and here at Xavier and at campuses all over the U.S. God will use this tragedy for his good. Feel free to email me if you have any questions or prayer requests!

From a brother in Christ,

Joel Gunnarson

Praying for Virginia Tech

Students gathered in the middle of Ohio State’s campus Tuesday night to pray.

The Light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it. John 1:5

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From Gary Bauer:

As we search for some “meaning” or lesson from the Virginia Tech massacre, it is predictable that we will read endless analysis of the life and mind of the killer, Cho Seung-Hui. But what about those he killed?

Lauren McCain, 20 years old, form Hampton, Virginia was a freshman. On her MySpace page she told readers she had two heroes, Jesus Christ and her brother.

Austin Cloyd, 18, originally from Illinois, loved kids and spent his summers on mission trips to Appalachia to minister to the poor.

Liviu Librescu, 76, was a Holocaust survivor from Romania, who fought communism in his home country before moving to Israel. He was murdered on Holocaust Memorial Day, as he tried to keep the killer out of his classroom until his students could flee.

Matthew La Porte, 20, was in the corps of Air Force cadets at Virginia Tech and reportedly died trying to help others who had already been shot.

Rachael Hill, 18, graduated from Grove Avenue Christian School in Richmond, Virginia and was described as “gracious” and “loving.”

Ryan Clark, 22, was the resident advisor killed in the dorm when he responded to sounds of violence. He was pursuing a triple major in psychology, biology and English.

The list – of 32 people filled with promise and hope – goes on and on. They won’t get nearly the amount of “ink” as the man who murdered them, but they and their families deserve our prayers and our remembrance.

Prayer around the world for VT

Just one step of faith, that’s all it took. Just one step of faith.

Yesterday my cell phone rang in the middle of the day. It was my daughter Laura. Nothing unusual about that.

What was unusual about the call was that my normally upbeat, positive daughter (a senior, just a month away from graduating from college) was down, and in a “funk.”

All because of the Virginia Tech massacre on Monday morning.

She wanted to do something.

As we talked, I read Laura a portion of the words from President Bush’s address at the special service held at Virginia Tech on the day after the shootings. In his message the President quoted Romans 12:21:

“These sources of strength are also in the faith that sustains so many of us. Across the town of Blacksburg and in towns all across America, houses of worship from every faith have opened their doors and have lifted you up in prayer. People who have never met you are praying for you; they’re praying for your friends who have fallen and who are injured. There’s a power in these prayers, real power. In times like this, we can find comfort in the grace and guidance of a loving God. As the Scriptures tell us, ‘Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.'”

In our conversation I encouraged Laura to turn her grief heavenward and pray for those who have been impacted by evil.

Then I re-read Romans 12:21 to her: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Laura replied, “But I’m just a college student, what could I do? I live off campus. I’m not in a dorm or sorority house on campus. What can I do?”

Reflecting on Laura’s response, I think that most of us feel that way Ã… I’m just a dad Ã… or a mom Ã… what can I do? The enemy of our souls loves it when we think this way. Doubt gives way to unbelief and ultimately results in paralysis. I’m reminded of British statesman Edmund Burke’s warning, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

But a follower of Jesus Christ is more than “just” a college student, a dad, a mom. God made us to be children of the King who are empowered by Him to push back against the forces of evil that seek to destroy us and take away our hope.

The Scripture gives us resolute purpose: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

I then challenged Laura to take the lead with a few student leaders on campus to join with her and organize a campus-wide prayer meeting Thursday for the Virginia Tech students, faculty and families.

There was silence on the phone.

After a few moments, my adventuresome, “go for it” daughter, Laura, declared, “I got it! I’m on it! I’ll do it!”

I had a few more words of encouragement and we said goodbye. I concluded by asking her to keep me posted on what was going on.

Ten minutes later I was in a meeting and my cell phone rang. It was Laura. She had contacted her friend Ben, a fired-up Christ follower, as well as student leaders of various campus ministries. They all were “on it!” The campus-wide prayer meeting was scheduled at an outdoor amphitheater on campus for Thursday at 7 p.m. I told her how excited I was for her and the other students.

I jumped back in to my meeting and another ten minutes later the phone rang again. This time Laura told me that she had just sent the following e-mail to 12 student leaders on campuses across the country who are participating in an internship with her at The Falls Church in Falls Church, Va., beginning this fall:

All across the country students are feeling sad about the loss of life at Virginia Tech, and also thinking that it could have been me. I know I have thought that a couple of times while on campus today. I know that all of us have been and are praying for the students and families of Virginia Tech. I have called several of my friends and we are getting together on Thursday night at 7:00 to have a time of prayer for the students, families, faculty, and everyone that has been affected because of this tragedy. I just wanted to throw this out there to see if you all would get together with your friends and fellow students, on your campus and pray together on Thursday. Our God is powerful and He can and will turn this evil into good!

I responded with a “Wow” and told Laura, “You go, girl!”

In the midst of all this, I thought of my friend and comrade, Mark Gauthier, the national director of the Campus Ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. So I wrote him and shared with him what Laura and students were doing on her campus.

Mark was pumped! So pumped that last night he sent an e-mail out to four thousand full time staff and student leaders on more than a thousand campuses here in the U.S. and even more in over 100 countries of the world.

By 8 a.m. today, Mark’s inbox had over 200 responses from campus leaders all over the world, saying they will be calling for a campus-wide Call to Prayer for Virginia Tech. In fact, I was just told that the e-mails are streaming in so fast they can’t keep up. Spiritually and virally, this thing has taken off with responses from London, East Asia, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Italy, Sweden, and even North Africa (where three Virginia Tech grads lead the ministry). Many more will join.

Another group of college students who use Facebook online have responded by establishing a Facebook group to pray for Virginia Tech. Somehow mother’s groups and churches have received the e-mail and they are calling for prayer. And another e-mail was sent to the leaders of other national campus ministry groups (Navigators, Intervarsity, Impact, etc.) inviting them to lead and call their students to prayer tomorrow. Bill Pugh, national director of Athletes in Action, has written his leaders on several hundred campuses and many of those will be rallying students on their campus to pray.

I started forwarding e-mails to Laura this morning from all over the world and I just got off the phone with her. I told her how proud I was of her for taking one step of faith and saying “I’ll do it!” I told her that her step of faith helped create something much bigger than anything we would have imagined. All she could say was “Wow! God is indeed powerful.”

Wow, indeed.

Dennis Rainey
FamilyLife/Campus Crusade for Christ

A dose of encouragement

Chris,
My name is Michelle Kailey. I’m a freshman and member of Campus Crusade for Christ at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. Denison’s crusade team recieved a message you sent out through CampusOhio. So i thought, as a fellow sister in Christ, that i would send you a bit of encouragement as a tragic week draws to a close.
First of all, i want to let you know that you and the entire VTech community has been in my prayers. My heart really aches for you all and, since i heard your email God has consistently been bringing you to mind. I’ve especially been praying that even as you and other Christians on campus mourn and grieve, your lives will be an outpouring of God’s love for people. If there is anything specific that has developed within the past few days that you would like another person talking with God about, please don’t hesitate to let me know and i can round up a group of people here at Denison to pray. Remember – Prayer is Powerful!
I can honestly say that i have never been through anything close to the events on your campus this past week. I have friends with friends at VTech, but i’m not personally connected to your campus in any way. In that light, i figured my words of support would be somewhat hollow, so i might as well just remind you what God, your refuge in times of storm, has to say:

“I will bandage the injured and strengthen the weak.” Ez. 34:16

“Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say ‘You are my place of refuge. You are all i really want in life.'” Ps. 142:6

“I am losing all hope; I am paralyzed with fear…Come Quickly Lord and answer me…Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for i give myself to you…May your Gracious spirit lead me forward on a firm footing…Because of your faithfulness, bring me out of this distress.” Ps. 143:4-11

“I took my troubles to the Lord; I cried out to him and he answered my prayer.” Ps. 120:1

“The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.” Ps. 121:5

“Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will never fail or abandon you.” Deut. 31:8

“For the Lord is the one who shaped the mountains, stirs up the winds, and reveals his thoughts to mankind. He turns the light of dawn into darkness and treads on the heights of the earth. The Lord God of Heaven’s Armies his his name!” Amos 4:13

and here’s the cool thing…this God, who protects and loves and comforts – he is YOUR God. He is all powerful and he is with YOU always. How awesome is that?

Sorry if i made this into a crazy long email – i just get so excited about the power of scripture and its timelessness. How something that was written over 2000 years ago can still be applicable to life in 21st century America. God’s cool like that. 🙂

Again, let me know if there is anything else you need prayer for. I realize its slightly creepy to get a long email from a complete stranger (you can facebook me, then it might be less weird), but seriously, i would love to hear how God is moving on your campus and in your own life in midst of this trial.

Much love in Christ,
Michelle Kailey

resources

Hey All,

Sorry for another email to add to your boxes…

I just wanted to let you know of some resources that CCF is making available and
using ourselves. I know our own selves, friends and fellowship members have been
severely affected…We wanted to make these available to your campus ministries
(and yourselves as well)if you’ve not already gotten word of them. Please let
me know if we can help you and your ministries in any way. We love you guys…

Dwelling Place Christian Fellowship
540-381-5500
540-381-5505 (after hours)
540-250-7045 (ministry hotline)
If you do not get a reply, please leave a msg and some one will definitely
return your call asap.

Services for prayer, worship, and questions about anything/everything are 7pm
Wednes, Thurs and Fri nights at DP. (They are awesome…CCF has been to one
this past Monday)

Pastor Vince from Tried Stone is available at:
540-953-1552

I’m figuring most of you have the contact info for BCF and NLCF. (if not, they
are available on their websites, or just email me back and i will get that for
you).

Also, please know that CCF is having a prayer meeting at a graduate member’s
house 7pm THURSDAY– if anyone is interested let me know and I can give you
more information, but we are formally extending invitations to you, your
friends, and your fellowships.

CCF will also be having a service on Friday at Litton Reaves (in the room next
to the auditorium) at 7pm on FRIDAY. Again, you, your friends and your
fellowships are completely welcomed. Pastor Mitch Semones from Dwelling Place
will be with us to guide us and lead us in a time of prayer and message.

I know many have gone home, but I wanted to just let you all know…

Take care… you, your friends, and your fellowships are in our prayers.

His,
Sam

Tragedy

Dear Students, Faculty, Family and Friends,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

God bless you and help you get through this tragedy.

Love to all, Marvin & Lou Ann

We are praying for you!

vtONE,

Hey! I’m Zac Collins & am the Pastor of Student Ministries here at Immanuel in Richmond. This past semester I was able to attend your event & was greatly encouraged! It was a little like Heaven having all of the different groups represented. I praise the Lord for your ministry. I also want you to know that we are in prayer for you during this time of trial. May the Lord grant you boldness, wisdom, and love as you shine for Him. May He continue to bless & encourage you!

In Christ Alone,
Zac Collins

In our prayers

Hi Chris,
Just wanted to let you know that you are all in our prayers! What a devastating week this must have been for VT. vtONE is needed now more than ever.
Bev Henry
UrbanPromise Wilmington

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  1. Jason & Christie Marsh - April 18, 2007

    Heavenly Father, we just pray for all of the people at Virginia Tech, the Blacksburg area, and all others affected by this tragic event. Lord, we know that you have a plan and even though we do not always understand or see what that plan is, your will be done. We pray for healing on the campus and in the hearts of everyone who needs guidance and comfort. We pray for the injured people who are in recovery, Lord, we pray that you be with the nurses, doctors, friends, families, and people who are still getting better. We also would like to pray for Cho’s family as they are dealing with this tragedy as well. We do not understand why things like this happen, but trust in you. We love you, God and ask for your Holy Spirit to spread throughout the campus in this time of need. All these things we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

    Prayers and condolences to the families from the entire Marsh family in Lehi, Utah.

  2. Faith Webster - April 18, 2007

    Dear VA Tech,
    My name is Faith Webster and I am a student at Texas Tech and a member of Raider Sisters for Christ. We here at Tech have been in mourning for our fellow brothers and sisters at VA Tech. Our heart goes out to all the families, students, and faculty. I encourage everyone to trust in our Lord and Savior. Though Satan thought he could scare us, we have an even a mighter God. Praise God, He is getting all the glory! Every channel I turned on yesturday people were talking about God.
    Last night we here at Tech gathered together (christian organizations, and many others too) to pray for everyone at VA Tech and I was amazed at how many people from Texas Tech and from the city of Lubbock came out. We are all still praying for ya’ll.
    I pray that each and everyone of you will stay strong and know that your fellow brothers and sisters are behind you supporting you. I also pray for unity amoung believers at VA Tech. Romans 15:13 says, May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

    Your sister in Christ,
    Faith Webster

  3. Jeremy Story - April 18, 2007

    Chris,

    We prayed for you on our nationwide conference call on Monday. Many others are still praying today as well. We are praying along with you that this tragedy won’t change the focus from what God is doing at Virginia Tech to what Satan is doing.

    Blessings,

    Jeremy Story
    President
    Campus Renewal Ministries

  4. Tim Cone - May 7, 2007

    We are praying for VT here at the international house of prayer in kansas city (24/7 prayer night and day for 8 years).

  5. HaeShin Yoo - March 22, 2008

    The anniversary of the April 16 is coming.
    The more important thing is that Jesus is coming.
    Pray that we can be purified and prepare his coming kingdom.
    I am looking for friends who will join together for building a spiritual fortress for light and life,.
    against the power of darkness.
    I pray that we start 24 hours of prayer, from Virgina Tech.
    The rich spiritual servants can join together for praying life and light in schools and campuses.
    Joy and peace to you.

    Please call me or send e-mail to me, you who have heart for this nation and world.
    Chaplain Pastor Haeshin Yoo ([email protected], 540-641-1444)

  6. Chetan - April 27, 2008

    “These sources of strength are also in the faith that sustains so many of us. Across the town of Blacksburg and in towns all across America, houses of worship from every faith have opened their doors and have lifted you up in prayer. People who have never met you are praying for you; they’re praying for your friends who have fallen and who are injured. There’s a power in these prayers, real power. In times like this, we can find comfort in the grace and guidance of a loving God. As the Scriptures tell us, ‘Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good
    TheChetan.com

  7. MySpace Proxy - June 24, 2009

    Very well thought out and informative. I’m sure many others enjoy reading this too, but are just a little scared to post – anyway – thanks again!

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