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CU National Fast 2018 Prayer for Revival

by Christian union america

If at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, and if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it. And if at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it, and if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will relent of the good that I had intended to do to it. -Jeremiah 18:7-10

Our God is the King of the nations (Revelation 15:3).The prophet Jeremiah reveals that the Lord has plans for people groups, not just for individuals. When a nation turns from evil and listens to the Lord, He will direct His mercy and grace to that land and to its people.

Even under the Old Covenant, God had plans for nations other than Israel. The King of the nations has special purposes for each and every nation - including the United States - that exists throughout history.

The people of God must stand in the place of intercession for its nation (Ezekiel 22:29-30). We must act with faithfulness and ask God to bring repentance and faith to our nation at this critical time in history. 

Exploring an Impactful Revival

by Christian union america

The Azusa Street Revival is not commonly considered one of America’s great revivals like the First (1730-1755) and Second (1790-1840) Great Awakenings because it did not affect the nation on a broad scale. However, Azusa Street may have had the largest worldwide impact of any revival that began in the United States.

The catalyst to the Azusa Street Revival was a determined desire to receive “the baptism of the Holy Spirit,” as understood by some. The idea of “the baptism of the Holy Spirit” comes from Acts 1:5 (cf. Luke 3:16) when Jesus told the apostles, “John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Jesus’ words about being baptized with the Spirit were fulfilled in Acts 2:1-4 when “they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.” There are a variety of interpretations among Christians as to “the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

The Businessmen's Revival of 1857-58

by Christian union america

It was the “Great Century,” according to eminent church historian, Kenneth Scott Latourette, because of the unprecedented global growth of Christianity from 1800-1899. The gospel spread forcefully across the earth, and America was probably the greatest recipient and participant in God’s Kingdom advancement during that time. The “Great Century” began with the new country’s Second Great Awakening that lasted until approximately 1840. In the second half of the 1800s, the US was blessed with another nationwide move of God’s Spirit, the Businessmen's Revival of 1857-58.

Christian Union Devotional from CU National Fast, January 2024

by erin conner, writer and communications associate

"And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains."  - Mark 13:7-8

Christ Jesus warns us of many things, as recorded throughout the New Testament. Here, in the book of Mark, He warns us not to become alarmed or afraid when we hear of wars. Why is this? Wars are frightening. This command of Christ makes me recall C.S. Lewis's famous claim that Jesus is either a liar, a lunatic, or Lord. I imagine those who are outside of Christ may think it sounds a bit peculiar to tell someone not to be afraid of war in light of all the devastation and death it causes.

Ministry Leaders Testify How God is Moving at Four Top Colleges  

by erin conner, writer and communications associate

Christian Union ministry leaders who serve students at Brown, Cornell, Princeton, and Yale recently shared how they see God working on their respective campuses. Across America, many believe that these types of schools are too secular to see a move of God, while others believe that these schools sit at the heart of a future national spiritual revival.  From the following testimonies, it is clear that, despite the increasingly destructive ideologies pervasive at these schools, God is on the move to demonstrate truth, love, and a way out of a culture inarguably producing disorder and despair. 

Providence, Rhode Island

Sheri Casali, ministry fellow for Christian Union Libertas at Brown, shared, "As this academic year comes to a close, I am reflecting on the steadfast faithfulness of our God. He has exceeded our expectations and answered many prayers. I remember in September praying (and asking for prayer) for full, vibrant Bible courses. This year, we have had an abundant overflow of Brown students participating in weekly Bible courses. In addition to this, we prayed for the name of Jesus to saturate the entire campus of this university. Starting with the freshman campaign, where we held a string of events throughout September to welcome students, with worship events on campus, with tabling and handing out books and scripture tracts, and with our latest outreach campaign, "CU Rise," we have had an incredible amount of gospel exposures!" Casali continued, "This year, we have had more students dive into questions about Christianity than I have ever seen in years past. It is evidence that the Lord of the Harvest is on the move on our campus!" 

Ithaca, New York

Marcus Buckley, ministry director of Christian Union Vita at Cornell, said, "We celebrate the Lord’s continuing faithfulness to grow the ministry as we coach and train close to 100 future Christian leaders. The sense of Christian community at Cornell has continued to grow stronger as students have studied, worshiped, and shared the good news of Jesus throughout the spring." Buckley continued, "Our worship events have continued to grow and attract new students, and have provided a critical time of spiritual refreshing and time in the Word. Our ministry center is being filled to the point that we are in the process of securing an auditorium on campus large enough to better accommodate us all for worship nights in the future here at Cornell!" 

Cornell has seen God move in innumerable ways this year, but most recently through a large outreach event held at Sage Chapel, through student baptisms to conclude Christian Union's spring evangelical campaign, "Jesus Disrupts," and through the boldness of students' faith to love and pray with student protestors on campus. 

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Cornell student baptisms                                   CU Vita students praying with protestors

Princeton, New Jersey

Mike Vincent, ministry director of Christian Union Nova at Princeton, shared, "Our freshman men gathered together this week for a BBQ and firepit and reflected on their experiences this year at Princeton. Invariably, they answered that the best part about Princeton is the Christian community and the friends they’ve made in Christian Union!"  

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Princeton students at CU Nova event

In addition to community events, Princeton has also seen God move through Christian Union leadership lectures and workshops. Recently, CU Nova heard from Princeton alumnus and former NFL player, Caraun Reid, ‘14. Reid spoke at a CU Nova Leadership event and began by leading students in a powerful time of worship before sharing his message on the futility of self-reliance from Jeremiah 2, commenting on the “broken cisterns” people make for themselves rather than finding their life in Christ. Reid's message left many Princeton students inspired and hungry for more of God. 

In the concluding weeks of classes at Princeton this spring, Vincent shared, "Our students are busy studying for finals, but they are still seeking the Lord and reaching this campus with the love of Christ. As you may know, the protests that are occurring on college campuses across the nation have impacted Princeton as well. Heated exchanges and “cancel culture” have targeted several students in our ministry already. As a result, our student officers and I drafted a statement to our students, urging everyone to follow the example of Jesus in loving our enemies, allowing for matters of conscience, and pursuing unity in the body of Christ. We, then, invited our ministry members to pray at our noon prayer meetings for peace during this time of tension." 

In the midst of such tension, the CU outreach team at Princeton led a campus-wide initiative called, “Doubts for Donuts” through which students were able to write to Christian Union to share their doubts and questions about Christianity, and in response, would receive a visit from a Christian Union student with a donut and an answer to their question. As a result, CU Nova student leaders had many spiritually significant conversations with their peers, including lengthy conversations about faith with unbelievers. 

New Haven, Connecticut

Jeff Walsh, ministry director for Christian Union Lux at Yale, shared, "At Christian Union Lux's final Leadership Lecture Series to close out this semester, over 50 students were in attendance. CU Lux closes out each semester with their traditional ‘Stones of Remembrance Night,’ during which students share their testimonies. From these, we know that God is at work in these students' lives! Students shared of having wonderful breakthroughs and healing from physical ailments, fear, sexual addictions, anxiety, suicide ideation, and unbelief. The testimonies shared this night included how God is moving to empower students to hear Him speak, to be built up and strengthened in community, to be able to walk in peace, and to learn to trust Him in the midst of the demands of school and work. Students were greatly strengthened by the powerful outdoor prayer and worship event, "Rekindle," that we helped to host on campus this spring and are leaving the school year filled with the living presence of the Lord. To God be all the glory."  

In the last month, while Americans watched scenes of student protestors at some of America's top universities being arrested and wondered if there is any hope at these colleges, Christian Union ministry directors, fellows, and students are living proof that there is hope: His name is Jesus. 

 Christian Union seeks to develop student Christian leaders through ten university ministries to transform lives and culture for God's glory.  

Dartmouth Students Experience God's Power at Recent CU Classic

by erin conner, writer and communications associate

Each spring, Christian Union plans CU Classic events across all the schools where they minister; CU Classics are large, campus-wide events that serve as part of a comprehensive evangelistic effort to reach as many students as possible with the truth, love, and transformative power of God. Christian Union Vox at Dartmouth recently held their spring CU Classic event, hosting David Taylor at the Hanover Inn, a historic New England hotel on Dartmouth's campus.

hanover inn

David Taylor, a prophetic minister and frequent guest speaker for Christian Union, often teaches on the topic of hearing God's voice, discussing with students if God still speaks today. Because of potential abusive applications of the Biblical truth that God is, indeed, a God who speaks, many Christians shy away from exploring this topic. Consequently, Christian Union provides guidance to students on how to weigh prophetic messages with considerations of the integrity of the message in light of Scripture, the character, motives, and historical accuracy of the prophetic minister, as well as the importance of valuing their own conscience to determine the validity of hearing and receiving messages from God.

Taylor kicked off Christian Union Vox's spring outreach event this past Thursday night in a quaint conference room at the Hanover Inn at Dartmouth. Tim Pillsbury, CU Vox's ministry director, said, "Our students have been praying and fasting leading up to this event, plastered posters all over campus inviting students to attend, and filled a conference room at the Hanover Inn with about 35 attendees interested in learning more about God."

Following a didactic introduction to the Biblical topic of prophecy, Taylor ministered to the students in attendance. He spoke directly to ten to twelve students in the group. These students were extremely touched that the Lord of the Universe sees them, intimately knows them, has specific plans for them, and wants to speak encouragement to them.

Christian Leadership Ministry at Harvard Law

by Justin Yim, Ministry Director of Christian Union Gloria Law at Harvard Law 

When Harvard was first founded in 1636, one of its central bylaws was written as follows: "...let every student be earnestly pressed to consider well that the main end of his life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ, which is eternal life--and therefore to lay Christ in the bottom, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning..."

In 1993, when evangelist Billy Graham asked Harvard’s President, Derek Bok, about the greatest struggle his students faced at the college, Bok quickly responded, “Living with emptiness.” 

Much has changed at Harvard since its founding days, but much has remained the same. And the unique urgency of the body of Christ to be more present in the greater student community is at a crescendo, as we are challenged to show love amid hate, peace in a time of turmoil, and to speak truth in love. 

Christian Organizations Host Historic Campus Event with Francis Chan 

by erin conner, writer and communications associate

"There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all." -
Ephesians 4:4-6 (ESV)

Monday evening, May 6, 2024, was a chilly evening in Palo Alto, yet the glow of the lights and the warmth of the love lit up Meyer Green in the heart of Stanford's campus as approximately 200 Christians gathered to exalt the Lord in unity through worship and prayer. 

This historic event, entitled "ONE," was the result of prayer by Christian alumni, students, and leaders for the light of Jesus Christ to be publicly expressed as a beacon of hope in the midst of this highly secular campus. The event was a collaborative effort of six Christian ministries on Stanford's campus: the Catholic Undergraduate Student Association, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Action, Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, Parakaleo Christian Ministries, Moment Christian Fellowship, and Christian Union Caritas. 

Justin Woyak, a ministry fellow for Christian Union Caritas, was at the heart of leading and praying for God's desire for this event. Woyak kicked off the event, welcoming the crowd and inviting all attendees to walk in oneness and unity with each other and with the Lord. When asked about the significance of holding this kind of event, he shared his deep felt gratitude for all who made it possible, saying, "Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Action volunteered their normal weekly meeting time and invited so many students. The leaders of Parakaleo faithfully inspired our prayer meetings before the event. A team from Moment Christian Fellowship brought together an amazing audio, visual, and lighting setup. Chi Alpha’s student worship united our hearts to the Lord and one another powerfully through song. Local pastors exhorted us from their word and from their walks with Jesus. A Stanford administrator and leader among the Catholic community led us in heartfelt, carefully written prayers, in a call-and-response style."

Woyak continued, "And the highlight of the night—over a dozen students from six different campus ministries took turns leading all of us in prayer on topics God profoundly placed on their hearts. God gave us a beautiful experience of the 'one body' in Christ."

The event began with a time of worship music during which the crowd united their voices to sing praises to the Lord, collectively shifting their focus from "self" to fixing their eyes on the Author and Finisher of their faith. Students and facult around campus likely heard these students exalting the Lord's name above any other name: above circumstances, injustices, heartbreak, anxiety–above it all. 

Francis Chan was, then, welcomed to the stage by two student-athlete emcees. Chan is the best-selling author of Crazy Love, Forgotten God, Erasing Hell, You and Me Forever and the host of the BASIC.series, "Who Is God & We Are Church." Chan, who plants churches in the San Francisco area and recently launched a countrywide discipleship movement called "Multiply" with David Platt, spoke about how God changed him in his college years and how that time with the Lord was the start of it all for him. Chan cast a vision of a lifelong pursuit of loving the Lord, reflecting on and sharing God's amazing goodness. He passionately prayed, as he looked out at all the faces in the crowd, that God would move in these students' hearts the way He moved in his own.

Following Chan's message, students from each hosting ministry shared a prayer request. Two or three students from each Christian ministry went to the stage to present a topic that they felt led to pray over their campus. One student leader powerfully came forward with tears in her eyes and said that what God had placed on her heart was to pray for the salvation of everyone in the community. During the prayer time, students gathered in a small groups of three to five, often with people from different ministries. In so doing, believers from different backgrounds and denominations united as brothers- and sisters-in-Christ to lift up the needs of all the people in their community to the God who hears. 

This time of prayer also included a Spirit-led altar call, during which a student leader invited those in attendance to dedicate or re-dedicate their lives to the Lord. Author and speaker, Vince Vitale then shared a story to end the evening about the power of reconciliation to each other and to God in our lives.

Susan Brown, women's ministry fellow at Christian Union Caritas, said, "the murmuring of the crowd served as a concert of public prayer that was incredibly sweet to hear. It was precious and powerful to come together and pray and declare we are one body." A student walking by asked Brown, "What is going on here?" to which she said, "This is a gathering of Christian students who are praying for all of the students in the Stanford community– for their relationships and for their peace and praying against the anxiety and fear that many are battling." Though this student said she was not a believer, she expressed her gratitude for the prayers being offered and the kindness of those gathered. 

What is rather astounding is that this event took place in an environment that has been generally hostile to faith and to Christianity, and it took place during a time when college campuses across the country are experiencing chaos and conflicts from student protests. The observable juxtaposition of Christian worship on Meyer Green and on other campuses across the country against a backdrop of problematic student protests speaks volumes.

“'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,' declares the Lord. 'As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts'" (Isaiah 55:8-9).

It is clear that God powerfully and sweetly demonstrated the goodness of His ways on Stanford's campus this beautiful night through the faith and unity of His people. 

 Watch a two-minute video overview of "ONE" here.  

Faith and Conviction from Christian Union's National Fast in 2020

by dimas SalaBerrios (2020); updated by erin conner (2024)

The following devotional is a transcript of a video devotional that was originally recorded as part of Christian Union's National Fast in 2020 by Dimas Salaberrios. Salaberrios is the author of Street God: The Explosive True Story of a Former Drug Boss and his film “Chicago: America’s Hidden War” was recently nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. He is also the founder and former pastor of Infinity Bible Church in New York City, and the President Emeritus of Concerts of Prayer Greater New York. 

Salaberrios has been on the frontlines of the earthquakes in Haiti and of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. After the shootings in Saint Paul, Dallas, Charleston, and Paris, Salaberrios organized believers to infiltrate the protests and pray with hurting people. He has also organized prayer during the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis and in New York City. His directorial debut is titled, “Chicago: America’s Hidden War, and he co-produced the documentary film “Emanuel.” Salaberrios will be a featured speaker at the next Christian Union Fire Retreat being held October 4-5, 2024 entitled, "America Returning to God." 

Dear CU Libertas Cornerstone Partners and friends of the ministry,

"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."
-Lamentations 3:22-23

As this year comes to a close, I am reflecting on the steadfast faithfulness of our God. He has exceeded our expectations and answered many of your prayers. I remember in September, asking for prayer for full, vibrant Bible courses. This year, we have had an abundant overflow of students participating in weekly Bible courses. The students love the Bible course manuals which provide rich, in-depth studies of each lesson. In addition to full Bible courses, we prayed for gospel exposures and the name of Jesus to saturate the entire campus of Brown University. Starting with freshman campaign, where we had a string of events all throughout September to welcome students, as well as worship events on campus, tabling and handing out books and scripture tracts, and our latest campaign, CU Rise, we have had an incredible amount of gospel exposures! This year, we have had more students dive into questions about Christianity than I have ever seen in years past. It is evidence that the Lord of the harvest is on the move on our campus!

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