Mercy Hill City Project Students - Prayer and Missions

Three Ways to Pray for Our City Project Students Abroad

MH College exists to see the gospel save, grow, gather, and send from the campus to the world.

Year after year, thousands of college students come to campuses across the Triad looking to make their college experience the best four years of their life. These students’ vision is much too small. (Really? Four years is all you want to think about?) We have a much bigger vision—one that not only focuses on their four years in school but the rest of their life; not even just that, but ETERNITY! When we meet college freshman, we’re not offering that student a fun four years with only their campus in mind. We’re offering them something that goes far beyond their four years and far beyond the several acres that make up their campus. We’re talking about eternity and the world!

Each year, students catch this vision and accept our invitation. One of the ways they do this is through a summer program called City Project. As you’re reading this, we have students half way across the world sharing the good news of the gospel with people who have never heard it before. We send them from their campus to the world with great confidence knowing that it is God who is preparing both them and those they will share with and knowing that people at home are praying for them. We’re asking God to move, and we want to invite you into this just as we invited them.

Here are three ways to pray for our students as they’re on mission abroad:

1. Pray our students would be in awe of their own salvation.

It’s easy to see that people talk about what they love. It’s why I tell everyone they need to watch “Madam Secretary” or “The West Wing.” If our students are going to tell others about Jesus, it is because they are deeply in love with Jesus. The more beautiful they find the gospel to be, the more they will tell others about it. Pray our students would be overwhelmed by the love shown to them through Jesus Christ. After all, they love him as a response to his love for them.

Verse to Pray: “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing Spirit.” (Psalm 51:12)

2. Pray for God to prepare hearts and save lost people.

We know that it will not be our students’ eloquence or persuasion that saves lost people. It will be the hand of our almighty God. Only he has the power to save. We know from Scripture that God is gathering a people for himself from EVERY tribe, tongue, people, and nation. There may be people that you and I spend eternity with because God saved them in these next ten days through our students. Pray for people to come from death to life in these next ten days… and when you’ve prayed for that, pray for more.

Verses to Pray: “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!” (Psalm 67:1-3)

3. Pray for unity on our teams.

Our students are taking light into darkness. Satan hates that. He wants our students to be distracted from the task of proclaiming the gospel to the world. Pray against spiritual attacks on our team that they might be united in Christ. Our students will not only face spiritual attack but have to fight their own flesh. Being in community can be hard enough in a comfortable place, let alone a foreign context. Pray our students would be reminded that Christian community is marked by love and service because Jesus has first done it for us.

Verse to Pray: “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.” (1 John 4:11-12)

-Greta Griswold (College Resident)