Raising mission-minded students and equipping new staff
‘El Salvador is a country where the Church has grown impressively,’ shares Olbert Martinez, General Secretary of the movement there (MUC). ‘However, it’s a quantitative growth without impact on society, and has resulted in sharp rivalry between denominations.’ As a result few Christian students are committed to see the university as mission field. ‘We pray that God will work in this situation that contributes little to the gospel and raise up students with the desire to share the gospel in the universities.’
Pray also for the MUC staff team as they are currently taking part in a sub-regional meeting for new staff in Nicaragua (22-30 September). Ask God that this event would equip new staff with efficient tools for the ministry.
Reaching out to high school students in Burundi
Pray for UGBB Burundi as what they call a "week of the high school student" finishes this weekend (24-30 September). Their aim was to mobilise as many Friends (graduates) and student groups as possible to visit secondary schools.
This outreach began with a prayer vigil and ends with a gathering of all the participants, along with their parents. Pray that God would touch the hearts of many students, as well as their families.
Pray for the students and graduate participants to set a godly example and encourage others to be more active and involved in the movement.
Striving despite striking in Sri Lanka
Most universities in Sri Lanka have been closed for three months now. Pray for the movement there as they try and make the most of this situation. Praise God that those who are committed to the ministry are active, taking initiative and ownership of the movement. Staff workers, for instance, are able to spend more time with students, teaching them and equipping them. Also, the trade union action has caused the students to start grappling with national issues.
We spoke with Savithri Sumantiran, General Secretary of FOCUS Sri Lanka: ‘The movement has gone through this before so we know what to do to. We have learned from a previous strike and are putting things into practice. Please pray that students will see that their faith has relevance to their whole life, not just to church.’
Pray for the two marches in support of change in the strike to be held in Kandy and Galle Fort, which students and staff will take part in, and for good decisions to be made for the educational system in Sri Lanka.