By Brittany Crow |Staff Writer|
Campus organizations and students have recently started a collaboration to focus on spreading love across the campus.
Student Asia Pham, community leaders, church representatives and students have conspired and initiated a student prayer rally held on campus.
There were a few clubs here on campus that were called to help spread the word of the student prayer. These groups included: The Well, Campus Crusade, Beta Sigma Chi Christian Sorority and the Catholic Newman Club.
When asked what the focus of all this prayer was, Pham’s response was, “praying that Christian students would be overjoyed and not ashamed about sharing their religious beliefs and that there would be a genuine and sustained love revolution occurring on our campus.”
It all began at the recent Late Night with Rec Sports where a group of young adults gathered together to hand out fliers, and hold up signs that read “free prayer.”
She mentioned that over the course of the rally, the crowd of supporters became larger and the rally didn’t end until 1 a.m.
Those in attendance included students, faculty members and administration. In addition, she mentioned seven of those people made a profession to believe in Christ, most of them being students from greek life.
Many students and others who joined had a lot to say regarding this first prayer rally.
“I am convinced when people gather to pray despite ethnicity, culture, socio-economic status, religious denomination, it touches God’s heart,” said Pham.
“It was an anointed night and we shared hopes of campus enlightenment and civic change,” claimed Anna Acosta.
Lary Lee, a pastor from a local church, said, “I walked that campus weekly for a long time praying for a move of God more than thirty years ago. I would love to talk and see how we can be supportive of the Christian clubs on Campus.”
Pham exclaimed that prior to the event she was ecstatic and anticipated the evening to exceed her expectations.
After the event, Pham was overwhelmed with gratitude and joy and was thankful for the friendships that were made in the process.
More than 50 students were present on September 18 during the event which was followed by live music from students on campus.
Students, various clubs and community members will be hosting this event quarterly.
CSUSB prayer network is striving to have an evening and/morning of prayer at least once a week.
The students who have put together this prayer rally would like to also attend various school events, and offer prayer to anyone who requests it.
In addition, they will be taking prayer requests by the Student Union throughout the week.
Since the event, students have initiated meetings at the campus’ Starbucks patio every Monday at 8 a.m.
Anyone who is interested in joining this movement can meet there!
Pham hopes that this resonates a positive, yet intriguing movement that many students and community members are passionate about.