Student-Led Prayer Movement Still Going Strong

Student-led worship 1What began a few years ago as something small has blossomed into a long-lasting, full-throated movement.

In fact, it's known as Prayer Movement.

"Prayer Movement began as a couple of students gathering together on Friday nights simply to intercede for our school and our nation," says Victor Mendoza (Ministry and Leadership, 2019), one of the movement coordinators, "and throughout the process of growing and inviting people, it grew from a bunch of hungry students together on Friday nights to what it is today."

What it is today is 7 ½ daily, continuous hours of student-led prayer and worship. Prayer Movement meets in the Prayer Tower auditorium every day (save Sunday) from 4:30 in the afternoon to midnight, with students signing up for 90-minute slots.

"Prayer Movement is a safe place for people to discover the heart of the Lord and to be active in that," says Kelly Silva (Christian Caregiving and Counseling, 2018), another movement coordinator. "I've gotten to enter into that set and ask the Lord, 'What's on Your heart for the nations, or even just the people in this room?' It's given me the opportunity to connect my own heart with the Lord's heartbeat to ask what He's wanting."

"I came to ORU to be part of this movement," says Mendoza, "and just like the Prayer Tower in the middle of the campus is the central part of ORU, I believe Prayer Movement is always going to be a central and key aspect of ORU's culture."

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