National Prayer Initiative

Prayer Points

August 2014

Dear Praying Friends of Bethel,

                            "Call on me in prayer and I will answer you." Jeremiah 33:3

What a promise for all of us who pray for Bethel. Welcome to another school year of praying and celebrating together answered prayer.

Your prayers for a new chief financial officer have been answered with the appointment of Patrick Brooke. He comes to Bethel this month with 30 years of progressive financial management at Wheaton College. President Barnes is very pleased to have Mr. Brooke join his executive team and we thank you for your faithful prayers on behalf of this search.

This month please pray for:

  • New students in each school within the university, whatever their age or program. Pray that they will settle in well and be affirmed that Bethel is the right place for them to study. Pray for guidance for those who may still be making their decisions.
  • Parents of the younger, traditional-aged college students that they will have full confidence regarding their students' enrollment at Bethel and have a deep peace as they leave them on campus for the first time - or return them for another year.
  • Welcome Week, which is such a long-standing tradition for new undergrad students. Pray for the staff, consisting of returning students, who are committed to helping first-year students and transfer students make the best possible transition into Bethel.
  • All three faculty retreats - Bethel Seminary, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the College of Adult & Professional Studies and Graduate School - as faculty come together in unity to prepare their hearts and minds for their significant role in the classrooms.
  • President Barnes and his executive team and the strategic coalition, about which our prayer partners will learn more next month. May there be grace and wisdom sufficient for each day of their decision-making and leadership.

Please join us for the Prayer Walk on the St. Paul campus, August 18 at 6 p.m. Or you can "walk" with us on your own schedule and from a distance by accessing the virtual walk on Bethel's website: bethel.edu/prayer-initiative/prayer-walk. Intercession on behalf of Bethel, as you stand with us in prayer for the entire university in San Diego and St. Paul, is a great gift to Bethel as its God-ordained mission and purposes are being accomplished in the lives of its students.

Grace and peace,

Judy Moseman and Julie Tutt, Co-coordinators

May 2014

Dear Praying Friends of Bethel,

"The Christ-centered mission of Bethel University positions the institution in distinctive ways within the world of higher education. We are grateful that each of you shares a commitment to that mission." So wrote President Jay Barnes to the employees this past month as he announced plans to convene "a strategic coalition of members of the Board of Trustees and senior administrators to develop a vision and a set of strategic objectives to guide the university of the next 10 years." Those of you who pray so faithfully for Bethel share that same commitment to the mission of the university. Thanks!

As commencement events and activities loom on the horizon in all schools of the university, so does the end of the fiscal year. As Pat Mazorol, Senior Vice President for University Relations, and his team of development officers work toward a strong financial finish, they also seek to develop a solid funding base for Bethel's future. Please pray for them as they work together with current and potential investor's in Bethel's Christ-centered mission. Pat Mazorol offers these specific ways you can pray in the coming weeks:

Praise God for

  • The miracle of the building "Pine Tree" - God's provision for Bethel's future
  • Gifts received and the faithfulness of Bethel investors
  • Support evident from trustees, foundation governors, and praying friends of Bethel
  • Commitment of Bethel staff through challenging circumstances and vision for a blessed Bethel future

Pray for

  • Planning for a redesigned Fitness / Biokinetics Center to meet Bethel priority needs
  • Development officers as they plan for contacts with investors in the next fiscal year
  • Wisdom as we search for a Director of Alumni and Parent Relations (APR) and fill other positions in a newly organized APR Office
  • those who have lost their positions in the reorganization of APR
  • Meaningful connections to Bethel of new graduates now as alumni

We'll return with the Prayer Points mailings in August. We hope you will continue to keep Bethel in your hearts and prayers over the summer as there is much significant planning and activity that happens then. We pray that you will be refreshed and encouraged in your body and your soul as your summer plans unfold.

Grace and peace,

Judy Moseman and Julie Tutt, Co-coordinators