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Friday, February 15, 2008

Prayers For NIU, Awakening For The Campuses Of The Nation

Once again, a senseless event has rocked one of our nation's campuses, this time Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, IL. NIU is not too far from where Passion Chicago was held in October, and this message has come from an NIU senior who was at that event:

Louie, Please pray for NIU! There has been a shooting that has killed 6 (including the gunman) and 18 others injured! Pray for the families of the victims and all the students! This is so heartbreaking... it doesn't even feel real! I don't know why this awefull stuff happens, but I remember from Passion... in times like these, we need to cling to the cross! and that is what I am doing... feeling helpless, I found instant comfort as I fell to my knees and prayed to our Lord... I pray that I may be a light for those who do not know Jesus Christ as their savior and in all of this bring glory to God! I full heartedly believe in prayer and ask that you bring this prayer request to Dallas! Other college students praying for their peers... amazing! Thank you so much! God bless you and the amazing work you do! E.

Our hearts are breaking, too, and I assured her 6000 of us in Dallas will be praying along with a massive army of people around the world who are covering her campus in their thoughts and prayers. As with NIU, it seems like tragedy is hitting campuses all across the nation. Closer to home, this week the third of three Kappa Delta girls from Georgia Southern University has died as a result of a car accident last weekend. Funerals of precious students in the prime of life dot the landscape.

As we open the Dallas event tonight our hearts are heavy and filled with urgency and compassion. We need a spiritual awakening on the campuses of this nation. Life and death hang in the balance. To that end, we press on in hope. Now is the time to live for what matters most.

"For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living." Romans 14:7-9

Louie

18 Comments:

  • Praying with all my heart...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/15/2008 11:36 AM  

  • "We need a spiritual awakening on the campuses of this nation. Life and death hang in the balance. To that end, we press on in hope. Now is the time to live for what matters most."

    Amen.

    The campuses of the world need to hear of the Glory of God. we can't let another day go by without telling people! we HAVE to change! WE ARE the agents of change in the world, and we have to start immediately!

    we have to be agents of change on the campuses so that events like this don't happen! this is terrible and a tragedy...

    but Satan has not won. we are the ones who are victorious. we have Jesus Christ, the Light of the world!

    let us rise up with that holy sound and unify as one to bring Him glory.


    praying for NIU...God bless you all.

    By Blogger Joe, at 2/15/2008 1:24 PM  

  • AMEN!!!! Greater is HE who is in us than he who is of this world.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/15/2008 2:04 PM  

  • Praying for NIU....this type of stuff needs to stop...the only way is by showing others Christ

    By Blogger LifeDevoted, at 2/15/2008 2:24 PM  

  • We are absolutely praying for NIU today here in Florida. The only hope for our brokeness is Jesus.

    By Blogger Kyle, at 2/15/2008 4:34 PM  

  • Praying for NIU with a heavy heart. Please go to facebook and join the group "Pick a Huskie" where you can pick a NIU student, then write them an e-mail letting them know that you're praying for them and their campus. Thanks and God Bless.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/15/2008 6:52 PM  

  • Louie,

    Amen !!! I am glad that Dallas is joining the rest of us covering NIU students in prayer.

    The emenmy is assaulting the students of this generation BUT WILL NOT PREVAIL. In the end JESUS wins as well as those who have accepted HIm into their hearts.

    LET US RISE UP NOW and begin showing the LOVE of CHRIST AND befriending others who do not know him as GOd places you in the path to be an influence for Him.

    Accept them,love them and LISTEN to them & then SHARE YOUR FAITH in JESUS.

    STILL praying for you all in DALLAS, NIU students and other students to COME TO JESUS WHILE THEY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY !!

    Looking for to hearing from DALLAS SOON !!

    In Prayer & God Bless,
    Angela

    By Blogger Angela, at 2/15/2008 7:37 PM  

  • Here I am for the conference and I'm sick and in the hotel. So, I'm praying for all those affected in IL instead of joining you all there right now! Maybe that's what God wanted me down here for toinght. Hopefully feeling better in the morning to join ya'll!

    By Blogger Rachel, at 2/15/2008 8:24 PM  

  • Praying along with you...for all of those affected by these tragedies...to be drawn to and find comfort in Him

    come to Me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest
    Matt. 11:28

    By Blogger Kimmer, at 2/15/2008 9:59 PM  

  • just a note about dallas - tonight was amazing and I am eagerly awaiting what is in-store for tomorrow... : )

    By Anonymous anna, at 2/16/2008 2:09 AM  

  • Rachel,

    I feel you ... I am sick even and on antibiotics to make me feel better as DC regionals approaches.

    But LIKE YOU I Will be there in sickness or health !!!! Also praying for you all even now. Feel better soon.

    ANNA thanks for sharing !!!

    God Bless,
    Angela

    By Blogger Angela, at 2/16/2008 9:42 AM  

  • I am here for the dallas conference and when we were told about NIU my heart shattered. It was so heartbreaking. I am keeping NIU in my thoughts and prayers and i hope you do the same. And to all that can, please donate something.

    By Blogger Ashley S, at 2/16/2008 9:51 AM  

  • Praying to the High and Lofty One who sees when a sparrow falls;
    May His grace and peace sustain those at NIU... you are being lifted up!
    And may He revive/transform those in Dallas to abide in His love & bear much lasting fruit...
    for His name sake!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/16/2008 11:03 AM  

  • NIU we are praying for you. I'm sitting in my seat during the lunch break of Passion 08. God used one of your students to get the message to Passion. Well now you have got relief coming your way. God decided to send you some clothes from other college students. He is indescribable!

    By Anonymous Jordan, at 2/16/2008 2:49 PM  

  • Angela~ Thanks for praying. I was able to go this morning. There are a lot of people coughing in the building. I pray that you recover soon to worship well!

    By Blogger Rachel, at 2/16/2008 2:55 PM  

  • Praying!! Praying for the victims and their families, praying for the shooter. It's so hard to see this all happen! I don't know why stuff like this is happening but I know we have a living God who can change all of this!!!

    By Blogger Jacoline, at 2/17/2008 6:10 AM  

  • My heart is heavy as I lift everyone up in prayer who is affected by this....friends, family, fellow students, etc. How I see the urgency in spreading the light of Jesus in every way we can. I know the Lord is reaching out His loving arms of comfort to all who are grieving over this senseless tragedy.

    By Blogger Donna, at 2/18/2008 5:22 PM  

  • I know I am not crazy. There used to be an address on where to send clothes for the NIU students. Does anyone know where I can find that address again? Thanks for your help.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/27/2008 8:36 PM  

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