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August 2022

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Sat 30 Jul AFES Apprenticeships || Pray that God will challenge AFES apprentices to take the gospel to the world and grow in knowing the part they play in God's kingdom as they make plans for the future.

Sun 31 Jul Pray that AFES will double our numbers offering themselves for Missionary Service by 2025.

Mon 1 Aug AFES Evangelism || "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. O LORD, I am your servant;" (Psalm 116:15-16) | Praise God that Jesus came as a lamb, willingly giving up his life for their sins. Pray for an opportunity for students to share this wonderful news with a friend at uni this week.

Pray for Charles Darwin University Christians, Darwin, NT and their 'Mid-Year Getaway' conference finishing on 1 August: for wisdom and understanding as they spend time in God's word and for good fellowship amongst all who attend.

Tue 2 Pray for Bathurst Christian Students at Charles Sturt University and their 'Cross Week' from 1-5 August; that they would have lots of friends come along to all the events and have gospel conversations.

Pray that Campus Bible Ministries at Western Sydney University, Campbelltown  will have a smooth start to the new semester and that they will use this time to be more intentional with evangelism on campus.

Wed 3 Praise God for the recent James Cook University, Townsville Christian Students 'Mid-Year Camp' and that many students attended and it was a real blessing. Pray that God will bless the students as they return to campus, that they won't forget what they learnt about God and His Word and that they will keep prioritising Him as Semester 2 progresses.

Pray that God will continue his saving work through the ministry of FOCUS at the University of Tasmania, Hobart including the 8 students who are meeting 1:1, and the 6 students who have recently expressed interest in reading the Bible with FOCUS. Pray that God will open their minds and hearts to receive His word and His salvation.

Thu 4 AFES FOCUS || Pray that FOCUS students who have returned home mid-year will not just survive but thrive.

Pray for Monash University, Clayton's Christian Union and FOCUS; that as their triplets work through Isaiah, they would prayerfully rely on God so they might see Jesus clearly.

Pray for the upcoming University of New England, Armidale Christians United committee retreat; that it will be a good time of farewell to outgoing members and of welcome to incoming members. Pray that together the committee can plan for next year to the glory of God.

Fri 5 Pray for Australian National University, Canberra FOCUS and their campus-wide mission running until 5 August; that their campus will hear the message: Justice, Freedom & Forgiveness - Found only in Jesus. Pray that FOCUS members would so love this gospel that it would motivate them to proclaim the good news to ANU students and staff during mission and beyond.

Pray for Canberra Christian Society at Australian Catholic University, Canberra as they move into Semester 2. Pray for people committing themselves to bible study and for people to come to the social events running.

Sat 6 Pray for University of Southern Queensland Christian Students; that the Lord will guide them in their evangelism on campus.

Pray for Christian Union, Macquarie University as they begin the semester with 'Mission weeks'; that they would be bold in sharing the gospel with those on campus.

Sun 7 Pray for the Graduate Christian Union at the University of Melbourne and their upcoming AGM as they decide on the future leadership and direction of their club. Pray that the right people will be nominated and that they continue to be Spirit-led going into next year and beyond.

Pray that in line with the AFES Mission statement we will nurture our student groups to evangelise, encourage, train and send students into the world to serve Christ for his glory.

Mon 8 AFES Evangelism || "The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29) | Ask God to help students keep persevering in prayer for their campus and friends, that they would be humbly dependent on him to bring new life in those that need to be born again.

Pray for the Evangelical Students 'Jesus Week' at Adelaide University and the University of South Australia, beginning on 15 August; that students would be bold in wearing their jumpers from 8 August onwards and in inviting their friends to events.

Pray for Port Macquarie Christian Students as they hold a 'Fireside Night' evangelical event on 8 August; that it will be an opportunity for students to invite non-Christian friends so they can hear the gospel. Pray for PCS as they foster a focus of personal evangelism.

Tue 9 Pray for Orange Christian Students at Charles Sturt University and their 'What People Believe' series; that many people who don't yet trust in Jesus would come. Pray for the final week of the series on Christianity; that many would attend and be keen to continue to come to OCS to find out more.

Pray for Griffith Christian Students at Griffith University, Brisbane and the new studies they will be undertaking; that The Holy Spirit may work in them and others to bring a better understanding and love for Christ. Pray for the health, organisation and provision for their staff and their families during this semester.

Wed 10 Pray for University of Western Australia Christian Union evangelistic Second Semester events: Public Meeting talks on 11 and 18 August and other casual events on 10, 16 and 23 August; that they would reach students on campus with the gospel.

AFES Apprenticeships || Pray for the many grads who will be weighing up over the next few months whether to apply to begin a Ministry Apprenticeship in 2023; that God will give them discernment and courageous faith as they consider this step in serving the Lord Jesus.

Thu 11 Pray for the Murdoch Christians United at Murdoch University, WA’s Pizza and Prayer night on 11 August; that many MCU-ers will attend to pray for MCU, Australia and the world and that this semester they will have a mindset that is focused on praying for their non-Christian friends and telling them about Jesus.

Pray that Christians at Sydney University Evangelical Union would be heartfelt and disciplined in prayer throughout Semester 2.

Fri 12 Pray for UWA Christian Union, Perth as students return to campus for the second semester; that students will return refreshed and that new students will join CU.

Pray for Christians at University at Australian Catholic University, Melbourne as they begin Semester 2; that bible study groups would start well, be encouraging and that students would grow in their relationship with each other and with God.

Sat 13 Thank God for the week long University of Canberra FOCUS 'Focal Point' conference where FOCUS were able to dive deeply into the Bible with their fellow Canberra campuses and deeply explore the Holy Spirit. Also praise God that one of the students, 'D', officially dedicated his life to Christ that week.

Pray that in line with AFES’ first value, by His grace, God will transform lives on our campuses into the likeness of Jesus.

Pray for the strengthening and flourishing of all 15 CARIFES (IFES Caribbean) affiliated student movements in the and those being pioneered; that more students would hear the gospel and commit their lives to Christ. Pray that God would raise workers to serve students in the Caribbean.

Sun 14 AFES FOCUS || Pray for FOCUS staff and groups to welcome and engage with the new intake of international students arriving mid-year.

Mon 15 AFES Evangelism || "Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” (John 3:3) | Pray that God would give students the confidence that the message of Jesus on a cross is the power of God to save (not their skill, eloquence or friendliness).

Pray for FOCUS Adelaide and the 'Jesus Week' evangelism event from 15-19 August organised by the Evangelical Students group on campus: for God's hand over the event and that God will use students in amazing ways to spread the gospel throughout campus.

Tue 16 Pray for the protection of USQ Christian Students against winds and waves of false doctrine.

Pray that AFES will double our reach in calling people to turn back to Jesus in repentance and faith by 2025.

Wed 17 Pray for the Melbourne University Christian Union outgoing and incoming student leaders as they have their AGM on 17 August and change over leadership teams for the coming year. Praise God for the work He's done over the last year and pray that CU would continue to be a real blessing to Melbourne Uni.

Pray for the CS JCU Townsville 'Challenge Week' where students will be encouraged to share their beliefs with their peers and to have more of a Christian presence on campus. Pray that the students will have plenty of ideas and opportunities to share their faith and that there will be lasting fruit as a result.

Thu 18 Pray for the Uni Bible Study at Charles Sturt University, Albury-Wodonga 'Food for Thought' night on 18 August; that UBS members will be courageous in inviting their friends along and that all who attend will be challenged to think critically about the question, “Is there a God?” and become increasingly convicted of their Lord’s existence and sovereignty.

Pray for those who have come along to recent 'easy invite' events at CU UNE, Armidale: a bonfire and 'Jesus and Cheeses', as well as a bushdance in partnership with the church on campus. Pray these people would seek to know more about God and that coming to church or upcoming CU events like a Q&A would assist them in this.

Fri 19 Pray for CU Melbourne Uni's leadership teams as they go away on 'Changeover Camp' from 19-21 August. Praise God for the students and staff who have been organising the event and for all the work of the outgoing leaders. Pray that the time away would form a really solid foundation for the incoming leaders.

Pray for Adelaide Uni and UniSA ES students as they go back to campus after MYC; that their hearts would be encouraged after the week spent learning about the cross and that it would increase their desire to share Jesus with their friends.

Sat 20 Pray for CDU Christians NT as Semester 2 begins; that God's light will shine through them and bless others and that they will keep their eyes fixed on Jesus.

Pray for the EU at Sydney Uni to reach out to people from different countries, cultures and languages as classes begin again, thinking particularly of international students.

Sun 21 Pray for UBS as they participate in CSU Albury’s Open Day on 21 August; that Christian students would be encouraged, knowing that God’s people are still able to meet on their campus and that every brief conversation they have will be gospel-flavoured, especially with non-Christians who do not yet know the hope of Jesus.

Pray for CU and FOCUS Monash Uni, Clayton; that those leading up front at their weekly Tuesday night (local) and Friday night (FOCUS) meetings would prepare well to help them worship God together. Thank God for their 'Gear Up' event at the beginning of the semester which helpfully equipped them with skills to serve in this way.

Mon 22 AFES Evangelism || "Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” (John 3:14-15) | Pray that 5 friends of each Christian student on campus might come to know God not as a judge, but as a saviour.

Tue 23 Pray the MCU, WA’s Dinner Q&A night on 23 August; that God will give MCU-ers the courage to invite and bring their non-Christian friends and that their friends will hear the gospel and respond to Jesus in faith.

Pray for the strengthening and flourishing TSCF (IFES Papua New Guinea); that they might be able to share the gospel with more students and that TSCF students will be salt and light in their families, universities, and throughout their lives.

Wed 24 Pray that more student leaders will be raised up in Campus Bible Ministries at WSU, Campbelltown as many of the current leaders are graduating at the end of the year.

Pray for the recently elected Orange Christian Students CSU committee as they settle into their new roles; that they would work well with other students to continue to reach the campus for Jesus.

Thu 25 Pray that God will bring more Christians student volunteers who are willing to commit to the ministry of FOCUS Hobart UTAS and continue proclaiming Jesus as most of their team and helpers are no longer students and are less available to be involved than uni students.

Pray for FOCUS Adelaide at the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia, their weekly gatherings and the discussions they will have about Christ throughout this semester; that God will prepare FOCUS students for evangelism opportunities this semester.

Fri 26 Pray for ACU CU Melbourne as they re-start the main bible talks on Wednesdays: for the students who attend and for those hearing God's word preached for the first time; that this will be an encouraging and helpful time for all the students who attend.

Pray that AFES will double our numbers offering themselves for Missionary Service by 2025.

Sat 27 Praise God for the opportunities for GCS Griffith Uni Brisbane on market days; that Christian students will come to have fellowship with the saints and be active in evangelism this semester and that unbelievers will come to GCS gatherings to hear the Gospel.

AFES Apprenticeships || Pray that AFES Ministry Apprentices will be strengthened to proclaim Jesus in partnership with students with love and clarity as Semester 2 begins. Pray that God will open many doors for the gospel.

Sun 28 Pray for Bathurst CS as they try to connect with international students; that they would be welcoming and have opportunities to talk about Jesus

Mon 29 AFES Evangelism || "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them." (John 3:36) | Pray that God would have mercy on each campus, that many might come to believe in the Son and have life. Ask God to give each campus group wisdom and creativity in how to reach out to those around them.

Thank God for the recent ANU FOCUS  mission during international O-week, with many international students coming and hearing the great news of Jesus at their FOCUS International meeting. Pray that they would continue to attend this semester and come to know Jesus as Lord!

Tue 30 Pray for UC FOCUS and their preparations for Semester 2 as they plan for their Market Day and Mission weeks on campus.

Wed 31 Pray for SEE (IFES Timor Leste) and thank God for a great student camp last month, focused on standing firm and moving forward in uncertain times. Pray that God would bless and establish the work of their hands and strengthen their faith.

Prayer Points this month from: 
Christian Students - University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, QLD || Timothy Amos
Graduate Christian Union - Melbourne University, Parkville, VIC || Calvin Hendoro
Christian Union - University of Western Australia, Perth, WA || Thomas Denhaan
FOCUS - University of Canberra, ACT || David Lew
Canberra Christian Society - Australian Catholic University, Canberra, ACT || Mitchell Evans
Christian Students - Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT || Grace Tuiono 
Campus Bible Ministries - Western Sydney University, Campbelltown, NSW || Sarah Chen
FOCUS - University of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS || Yumin Ichikawa
Christians at Uni - Australian Catholic University, Melbourne || Ellie Strong
Griffith Christian Students - Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD || Jordan Dietrich
Bathurst Christian Students - Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW || Jess Murray
Murdoch Christians United - Murdoch University, Perth, WA || Iyanuoluwa Adebayo
Evangelical Union - Sydney University, NSW || Samuel McIntyre
Christian Students - James Cook University, Townsville, QLD || Michael Guijt
Evangelical Students - University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA || Bianca Venner
Christian Union - Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW || Declan Smith
Orange Christian Students - Charles Sturt University, Orange, NSW || Greg Blanch 
Port Macquarie Christian Students - CSU, UNSW, UON: Port Macquarie, NSW || Keziah McIntosh
Uni Bible Study - Charles Sturt University, Albury-Wodonga, NSW || Marie Knight
FOCUS - Adelaide University & University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA || Nasya Desinghe 
FOCUS - Australian National University, Canberra, ACT || Emmeline Booth
Christian Union - Monash University, Clayton, Melbourne, VIC || Danielle Rowse 
Christians United - University of New England, Armidale, NSW || Larissa Schwenke
Christian Union - University of Melbourne, VIC || Abbey Malone

AFES Apprenticeships Strategy Team
AFES FOCUS Strategy Team
AFES Evangelism Strategy Team