National Prayer Initiative
Marie Schultz, NPI chair, introduced Rick and Diane Berggren, leaders of one of dozens of thriving prayer teams from around the country. These teams and their leaders are committed to meet regularly and support Bethel with concentrated prayer.
Rick and Diane Berggren, who live in Shoreview, Minn., are both Bethel graduates. Their sons Dave and Mark are also alums. When asked to lead a prayer team, the couple eagerly accepted. Rick says “We can tell you from experience that joining with others who believe in the power of prayer is an incredible blessing.”
“God had already worked in our hearts a desire to keep growing in the discipline of prayer,” Diane recounted, “and He certainly has given us a love for Bethel.”
The Berggrens’ group of 10 people has been meeting together monthly for about eight years. Group members consist of Bethel alumni, parents, and supporters who gather to share a devotional relating to the topic of prayer. “Marie gives us a printed list of Bethel praises and prayer requests that we use as a starting point,” Diane explained. “We pray about everything.”
The Berggrens encourage others to become a part of Bethel University’s National Prayer Initiative. “If you love Bethel and its mission to produce women and men who are ‘salt and light’ in the world,” Rick challenged, “and if you have a heart for prayer, perhaps God is also calling you to this prayer ministry!”