ACU students gather and pray for rain

For Immediate Release
Sept. 15, 2000


Tom Craig, Director of Media and Community Relations
(915) 674-2692

Jamie Milstead, Media Relations Specialist
(915) 673-2620

Over 500 Abilene Christian University students gathered in Beauchamp Amphitheater Monday night to participate in Pray for Rain, an event calling for the natural element and the reign of God in students' lives.

Pray for Rain will meet again tonight, Monday, Sept. 18, at 9:30 p.m. on the lawn outside the Campus Center on the ACU campus.

The idea to start Pray for Rain began when four ACU students got together and discussed their idea to start a campus-wide prayer ministry.

"We met and decided that God wanted something more than a devo or a new spiritual activity," said Chris Dowdy, sophomore Bible major from Roswell, Ga. "We felt like he wanted to call people to him through prayer."

Pray for Rain began at 9:30 p.m. and didn't concluded until 12:30 a.m. Students prayed, sang songs of praise and shared their hearts with each other.

The students took off their shoes as they entered the amphitheater because they were on holy ground. Tuesday, the same students who participated in Pray for Rain Monday night came to Chapel without their shoes on.

"We wanted what happened Monday night to extend into the rest of our life," said Jared Benge, junior psychology major from Longview.

Some may call it coincidence that it rained for the first time in 70 days the day after Pray for Rain took place, but those who participated would argue otherwise.

"To me, coincidence is when God decides to remain anonymous," said Mark McGuire, senior accounting major from Muleshoe. "We were earnestly trying to seek God's face, and when you do that, you should expect God to move."


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