As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the United States, our Union University students, like all of us, are facing unexpected changes, anxiety and uncertainty as they navigate how this affects their lives and studies. Joe Ball, University Ministries’ director for discipleship and ministry, and Ken Litscher, dean of student life, both shared some ways that you can pray for Union students during this time:
1. Pray for a smooth transition to online learning
To help protect the health and wellbeing of those in our community, Union moved all classes to an online or alternative delivery format from March 16-April 10. Please pray for our students and faculty as they all adjust to a new method of learning over these next few weeks.
2. Pray for a restful and healthy spring break
Pray that students who have returned home this week will value the extra time they have with their families, and pray that students who are unable to return home will have others reach out to them and provide a sense of community.
3. Pray for opportunities to share hope
Ask God that our students would be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and look for opportunities to share the love and hope of Christ with a scared and hurting world.
4. Pray that they will invest in community online
For our traditional students, pray that they will use their status as “digital natives” to lead the way in investing in real community online while they are separated physically.
5. Pray that they will trust God
Pray that our students will trust God to see them through this time, and that they would have a renewed understanding of God’s care for each of them.
6. Pray for protection from fear
In the midst of so much uncertainty, pray that our students will not be anxious or fearful, but instead that they will cast their cares on the Father and cling to the hope we have in Jesus Christ.
We at Union are so thankful for your support and prayers during these unprecedented times as we face the coronavirus and its implications. Please keep lifting up the Union community as we continue to provide Christ-centered education so our students can be transformed as servants of Christ and society.
Visit uu.edu/covid-19 for the most recent updates on Union’s coronavirus response