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Hello CU Caritas Cornerstone Partners and friends of the ministry,

In our Psalms and Prayer night to kick off the spring quarter on Sunday, we feasted on the epic Psalm 18. We would commend the entire psalm to you! But for now, here are just the first few verses to whet your appetite:
I love you, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
and I am saved from my enemies (Psalm 18:1-3).

Praise God that in these tumultuous times, we know One who is not just a rock, a fortress, and a deliverer—but our rock, our fortress, and our deliverer!

Below are a few updates from the Christian Union Caritas. Please join us in calling upon the Lord regarding these updates, that He might save us from anything that would thwart His purposes and show Himself “worthy to be praised”!
  • In the midst of the unique struggles this year has held when it comes to “campus” ministry, there have been some astoundingly sweet moments shared with students. This past quarter, in weekly informal Friday hangouts hosted over Zoom, we've been fostering genuine friendships, eating lunch together from afar, and promoting a way to de-stress after each challenging academic week. This, in addition to Bible course and prayer times, has kept us feeling more connected as we're scattered across the world. Please pray for the continued success of these times in this new spring quarter, and for all our virtual initiatives to connect and foster real relationships from a distance.
  • Gratefully, I was able to host a few Stanford students at my home in Monterey as they were traveling through during their spring break. While together in person for the first time in a year, we were able to have conversations around my table, around a bonfire on the beach, and hanging out on couches in my living room! We shared stories, studied Scripture, enjoyed the outdoors of the Central Coast, and encouraged each other. Thank God for this time! May He grant more like it this upcoming quarter and after.
  • Quite a few of our juniors, seniors, and co-term students have just made their way back to campus for the spring quarter after over a year away. Others headed to yet another cooperative house in another city— Christian communities in houses across the U.S. that enable them to thrive rather than survive in a virtual college setting. Please pray for these communities of believers on and off-campus, and for those who remain home, that God will equip them with strength and make their way blameless! (Psalm 18:32)

Grateful to God for your partnership in prayer,

Abigail Carreon
Ministry Fellow
Christian Union Caritas

Please note: if you would like to receive regular updates on how to pray for Christian Union's work, please email prayer@christianunion.org.