Kaitlin Thorp '13, a leader in Bethel's prayer ministry, shares how you can support and pray for your students during their time at Bethel.
As students we don't always communicate well with our parents-much less know how to ask for your prayers. So here's some insight into the student experience so you can know how to pray for us:
Every year we have to make decisions about who we want to become. College is a time of self-discovery, and we can't let someone make those decisions for us. We try new things, and make mistakes, but we need to make those mistakes in order to grow into the person that we will eventually be.
Pray for learning, growth, and wisdom in the decisions that we make. Pray that we have a good support network at Bethel to ask questions and consider our options.
The thing that will always pull us through is the knowledge that we have people who love us, are praying for us, and will never leave us no matter what happens.
So let your student know that you are praying for them, even if they don't want your prayer. Give your student space to talk to you if they desire. Ask open-ended questions that encourage answers.
Continue praying always, it's the best thing you can do.