Plan and Prepare for World Student Day 

Find everything you need to go deeper and make a World Student Day plan that works for your prayer group.  

Understanding World Student Day 

What’s behind this year’s theme?  

‘Renewal’ is an expression of our salvation, and the bedrock of God’s plans for heaven and earth. The better we understand this, the more we can have confidence to come before him in prayer.  

Use these reflections to prepare your own heart or to set the tone for your World Student Day meeting. 

Why did we choose this theme for this year?  

As well as its Biblical resonances, the theme renew expresses our desire for God’s fresh work among the world’s students after the pandemic and other recent global challenges. 

  • We’ll be praying for weary students and staff, many of whom have endured a huge amount of online study and ministry. 
  • We’ll be praying for universities, cities, and even countries where IFES-related ministry needs a new start after the obstacles of the past few years. 
  • We’ll be praying for efforts to launch work in countries where IFES work has never flourished or never been attempted. 
  • We’ll be praying for the revitalisation of the global fellowship, with student disciples from over 180 countries, in godliness, zeal, and joy, as the new IFES global strategy unites us in a renewed vision.   

Around the world there are many efforts in progress to restart ministry where needed. Some of these include: 

  1. IFES national movements striving to restart a ministry in a particular area. You may remember, from this year’s Global Generosity Day , the replanting efforts from PSFC, Fiji’s national movement. While their ministry in Vanua Levu, the Fijian north island, was stalled by the pandemic, work is underway to restart a campus ministry with a new staff worker. 
  1. IFES regional teams helping to reignite entire national movements. This, too, was a focus on Global Generosity Day this year, as the EPSA regional team works in Namibia. 
  1. IFES movements working to rebuild after a crisis. Before the war in Ukraine, CCX was a thriving ministry. In only a few months since the devastation wreaked by the Russian invasion began, they are already looking towards a vision of rebuilding. 

Promoting World Student Day 

Are you putting together your own event poster or setting up a social media event? Download our promo kit for images, designs, and text you can use to promote World Student Day. 

Join and share the Facebook event here

Joining in World Student Day 

On 7 October, we’ll have downloadable packs with prayer requests sent in from students around the world, and PDF maps of each IFES region, to help you structure your prayer meeting. 

Download prayer cards with the prayer requests sent in from students around the world, and pdf maps of each IFES region, to help you structure your prayer meeting.   

These videos can help introduce IFES and set the tone for your prayer meeting.

Don’t be alone 

Make sure you add yourself to the prayer map to let us know you’re taking part! 

Are you planning to join World Student Day as an individual? Perhaps you wish that your student or church group could have a closer connection to students in another part of the world? 

This year we are using IFES Connect to help link prayer groups across the world. Join the group, meet your brothers and sisters in other parts of the world, and find another group of students to pray with online.  

How to Pray on the Day 

  1. Gather together. 
  • Invite your Christian friends, your student group, or your local church to join you. 
  1. Get Creative 
  • Pray as you walk around your campus. 
  • Put on worship music and praise God. Listen to music from the countries you pray for. 
  • Use prayer cards or a map of the world to inspire your prayers. 
  1. Tell us about it.  
  • We don’t want social media to be a distraction, but we do want to hear about your prayer meetings. If it is safe to do so in your region, send us a photo or short video via Facebook or Instagram. Tag any posts with #ifeswsd. 

Stay in Touch 

Sign up to the WSD emails for updates that will help you plan for the day, including prayer cards, video, and design resources.