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Martinez (left)

and Alicia

Heatherly in

prayer for the


Student James


meditates on

the Word prior

to the rally.


CIU Students Join Franklin Graham in Praying for America

By Melissa McCutchan, CIU Student Writer

CIU students appreciated a day to focus

on God, and consider their role in the

political process.

“[Our] prayer group got involved with

planning the prayer day after the news

of the prayer rally caused excitement in

the group!” said Lindman, the student

body president. “The chance to pray

corporately as a city was something that

we could not pass up. To hear the gospel

preached on public property and to

confess our sins as individuals, a city, and

a nation was incredible!”

Sophomore Rachel Joung was moved by

the events of the day.

“This prayer day showed me the beauty

of unity within the body of believers, and

I was reminded of the responsibility that

Christians have to shine as lights within

the community.”

Emily Nichols, Kelsie

Puttbach, Rachel Hust and

Katie Perry at the South

Carolina Statehouse

little louder now, so we can hear

it!” CIU student body president

and junior Drew Lindman called out

in a crowded church meeting room in

downtown Columbia. “God is good …”

“All the time!” responded his audience

of over 100 CIU students, faculty, and


That’s how an off-campus CIU Prayer Day

began on Feb. 9 designed to coincide

with the South Carolina stop of the

Decision America Tour with evangelist

Franklin Graham, a statewide rally that

called people to pray, vote, and engage

in the political process.

Prayer days are celebrated throughout

the school year as classes are cancelled

to concentrate on CIU’s core value of

Prayer & Faith. A CIU student-led prayer

group organized and facilitated the day

that began with a time of corporate

prayer at First Presbyterian Church

featuring Scripture reading, individual

and small group prayer, worship, and —

affirmation that God is good all the time.

After the morning prayer time, CIU

students braved 40 degree

temperatures and 30 mile per

hour winds as they broke into groups

to prayer walk from three different

directions to the statehouse. There

they met over 7,000 other people to

join Franklin Graham leading South

Carolinians in prayer for the United


“We’re here today because we see that

our nation is in trouble,” said Graham,

the son of evangelist Billy Graham.

“It’s in serious trouble. We’re in

trouble spiritually. We’re in trouble

racially, economically. We’re in

trouble politically. And no political

party is going to be able to turn this

system around.”

Graham called on his listeners

to confess the sins of the United

States, and to confess their

individual sins. He shared the

gospel, and allowed people a time

to ask Jesus Christ to come into their

hearts. And finally, he called his listeners

to engage in the political process.

“I believe God honors leaders in high

places who honor Him,” he said. “We

need today men and women who will

honor God in public office.”



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