This is an invitation to pray, a call to pray, and a plea to pray…would you be willing to Pause & Pray every Thursday for Texas campuses, students, and BSM staff?
At Stephen F. Austin State University the Baptist Student Ministry and area churches came together several years ago and started an on-campus worship service called 24/7. Every Thursday night students gather in Kennedy Auditorium to hear a message about Jesus Christ and also worship Him through song.
This semester started as any other semester had, but the SFA BSM staff has seen God expand the 24/7 ministry.
“The last two weeks have been amazing [at 24/7]. The Kennedy auditorium fits roughly around 450 people and has been filled up the last two weeks. It has simply been amazing to see Lord bless the campus and for the students to come and worship together on campus.” – Oscar
“Several people made decisions for Christ at our first on campus worship service. I’ve honestly never seen that happen. I’m really excited because to me, that affirms that God is DEFINITELY already working in the hearts of students at SFA.” – Julianna
“24/7 lately has been packed with students who are hearing amazing messages. I know the Lord is moving on our campus.” – Veronica
“Usually at this point in the semester we see the numbers of our weekly meeting [24/7] go down a little bit, but the Lord is continuing to show us how he is faithful when we are not. This semester has been centered on who is Christ, and the students are really responding to who He is in their lives.” – Gary
Pausing & Praying with you,
Texas Baptist Student Ministry
Ways to Pray:
- Praise the Lord for students coming together to hear about and worship Jesus.
- Pray for the 24/7 ministry TONIGHT @ 8pm as they gather together. Ask the Lord to speak loud and clear. Ask for students to respond to God with obedience.
Stephen F. Austin State University
Gary Davis – Director
Veronica Rab – CMI
Julianna Pisano – CMI
Oscar Hernandez – CMI
Samantha Wilbanks – Administrative Assistant
Number of students on our campus: 13,000
We have international students on our campus representing nations. China, Saudi Arabia, India, Brazil, New Zealand, Italy, Mexico, Ethiopia
Our campus is unique because: SFA is one of the first universities in Texas to allow women to attend, our education program is extremely sought out, the nursing program is growing in both people and prestige, the forestry program is one of the top in the nation, consequently the urban areas have come to the Piney Woods trading concrete for trees, Internationals come here thinking the school is in the capital of Texas (Austin), when it was actually founded by Stephen F. (Austin), plus our lumberjack mascot could totally beat up your mascot. Basically we are the BEST!
One of the best ways we have found to connect with new students is: Our Welcome Week events, freshmen specific life groups, dorm trash takeout each week.
God is at work on our campus: There are a number of students like any other campus that are seeking answers. SFA BSM has been proactive in reaching out to these students and begun answering their questions as we walk alongside them while they investigate.
Our campus mascot is: The amazing, beefy, super strong, axe wielding LUMBERJACK!
Ways to Pray…
- For the staff: Endurance: The semester has started great , but the staff is getting weary as the semester begins to wind down.
- For BSM leadership: Boldness: They are starting to get excited about sharing their faith, but there is still a fear about being shut down.
- For our campus: First that the Holy Spirit would open up doors for us to talk with people. Second, students would be attentive to the Holy Spirit moving. And finally for lost students to see us as approachable.