Annual event to expand this year to include middle schools and high schools
VANCOUVER — For the fifth consecutive year, Clark County Prayer Connect and the National Network of Youth Ministries are inviting area residents to join in an hour of prayer for students returning to public schools. This year, for the first time, the event will focus on students entering middle schools and high schools.
“Grades 6 through 8, or 9 depending on the school, are really some of the most critical ages of development in a person’s life,’’ said Dennis Fuqua, executive director of the Vancouver-based Clark County Prayer Connect. “That’s when they a moving away from being children to being adults. That’s when their bodies are changing and that’s when their minds are changing.
“As important as it is to pray for high school students, it’s even more important to pray for middle school students because of the stage of life that they’re in moving from children to adults,’’ Fuqua said. “We just want to be able to include as much prayer for middle school students as possible.’’
This year’s event will take place on Sun., Aug. 18 through Wed., Aug. 21.
The schedule for each event (at each school) will be to gather at the flagpole at 7 p.m. (except for Firm Foundation Christian School, which will begin at 1:30 p.m.) for introductions, to talk through the brochure and pray together. Small groups of two or three will then scatter to walk and pray at various locations around the school. All participants will then gather again at the flagpole to debrief and share stories of what led them to pray.
For a complete list of the schedule for all the schools where area residents will offer prayer events, go to:
Clark County Prayer Connect members encourage the following:
• Use some of these words as you pray for students. Pray they would experience: health, safety, prosperity, wholeness, contentment, welfare, completeness, friendship, happiness and restoration.
• Pray that their lives would flourish; that nothing would be missing or broken in their lives.
• Pray for students who are already believers in Jesus, that they would fully possess these traits and demonstrate them to their classmates.
• Pray for students who are not yet followers of Jesus, that they would see these traits in others and find their peace in Jesus.