By Gabrielle Williams & Alyse Maxwell
This past week Campion Academy experienced rejuvenation and renewed focus in a week of prayer hosted by the Rocky Mountain Conference. This week of evening meetings, hosted by Eric Nelson, Anthony Handal, Craig Carr, and Heidi Littell, marked the final days of our campus-wide 40-day prayer challenge.
Each night the speakers shared personal stories on how prayer has played an important part in their lives and what God has done for them. "After week of prayer and hearing all that God has done in people's lives, I have started to pray more than before," said sophomore David Marroquin, a village student. Junior Rayna Williams had a similar experience. “I learned that God always hears us, even if our prayers aren’t answered in the way we think they should be. I learned to pray boldly,” she said.
Week of prayer helps students and staff refocus on what really matters in life, God. Junior Diana Miranda said, "The week wasn't so stressful, so we could focus more on what the speakers were saying." We tend to get busy here at Campion and having time carved out every night just to worship for one week is a blessing.
For vespers Friday evening Pastor Goetz, Pastor Nick, and Pastor Nestor led us in communion to close the 40 days of prayer. Before foot washing, church members and students shared testimonies on how God has been working in their lives these past days. Many people shared touching stories—from physical and spiritual healing to new friendships and divine appointments. These experiences revealed the results of fervent prayer across our campus.
Starting Friday evening staff, students, and church members chose time slots where they collectively prayed 24 hours in a prayer room set up in the ad building. Then after closing Sabbath, the campus hosted a viewing of War Room, a movie on prayer. "War Room opened my eyes to how powerful prayer is and influenced me to commit to prayer more in my daily life," senior Wes Carle stated. Overall week of prayer was truly a blessing for the entire campus.
Photos courtesy Campion Yearbook staff