National Prayer Initiative

Prayer Points

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

April 2014

Dear Praying Friends of Bethel,

May this Holy Week bring hope and joy to your heart.

This month our prayer requests and praises come from a variety of areas within the university. We thank you for your willingness to lift up these items in prayer. In a recent conversation with one of our prayer partners, he asked to continue to receive the paper copy along with the email version. He tucks the copy into his Bible as a daily reminder to pray for Bethel. However or whenever it is that you are reminded to pray, we are grateful that you do!

  1. Praise for safety and learning that characterized the missions trips, musical group tours, sports teams travel, and more during the recent spring break.
  2. Praise for the recent Grandparents Day, during which nearly 300 grandparents spent the day going to classes and chapel with their grandson or granddaughter. This has become a very special and bonding experience for those who are able to participate.
  3. Praise for the 60 who attended the Royal Athletic Association Breakfast and were able to hear updates from Head Coaches Steve Johnson (football) and Doug Novak (men's basketball).
  4. Pray for enrollment projections for this fall to increase. Bethel is a tuition-driven institution and must budget according to projections. That is a reality. But Bethel is first and foremost a provider of robust Christian higher education: offering students in each school within the university a life-changing educational experience that is faith-based and fosters spiritual formation. We hope for many more students to attend and receive the gift of a Bethel education!
  5. Pray for the current searches for candidates for the following key positions: Chief Financial Officer, Vice President and Dean for the College of Arts & Sciences, and Chief Diversity Officer.
  6. Pray for the President's Cabinet meeting on April 21.
  7. Pray for the Board of Trustee meetings on May 8 and 9.
  8. Pray for the Royal Heritage Society Dinner before the Classics in the Great Hall concert on May 9. This dinner will honor those who have  included Bethel in their estate plans or have given consistently to Bethel over the last 20 years.
  9. Pray for a community gathering to be hosted by President Barnes on May 15 for faculty and staff to provide a time to come together as a community, share information, and pray for continued wisdom and God's guidance for Bethel.
  10. Pray for President and Mrs. Barnes as they meet with key contacts, attend a host of end-of-school year activities, communicate hope and excitement about Bethel's future, and travel on Bethel's behalf. Please pray for their health and safety.

There are always needs and there are always joys in a complex institution such as Bethel. Your prayers help to meet Bethel's needs and add to the joy - just knowing you are with us in prayer.

Easter blessings,

Judy Moseman and Julie Tutt, Co-coordinators