As the 2020-2021 school year begins, we know that the method to reach students is changing. We know that virtual learning is everywhere, classrooms look different, and interactions are done largely through a screen. While all this change is happening, we hear the disturbing stats and trends among teenagers that COVID has increased rates of depression, anxiety, self-harm, abuse, and loneliness.
We know that, until further notice, there won’t be in-person EDGE Clubs that meet on campus. We also know that one of our core values is to train student leaders to be missionaries, no matter where they are, and we find a lot of comfort in the fact that though our methodology has changed, we are still going after our mission, which is to connect students to Jesus Christ and the local church.
We are starting the 21 days leading up to the school year in prayer for our students. We are praying that as the Lord opens doors, there will yet be a large harvest of students’ souls across the DMV who’ve been able to hear the gospel from a friend and connect to a church, whether in an online community or in person. We are praying that online EDGE Clubs can take off and that youth leaders are given the tools and resources they need to continue discipling students, even as discipleship is online.
We can do a lot of good with the internet, but we also need to be utilizing the most powerful tool He gave us: prayer. Starting today, August 19th through September 8th, we’ll walk through 21 specific prayers that are found in the Bible and implore God to move. We’ll explore the people who prayed them and how they can be applied to evangelism today.
We know the Lord wants to move on campuses, and believe the public schools are (still) one of the largest un-reached mission fields we’ll ever encounter in the United States. Please join us as we take 10 weeks to pray for our schools, students, teachers and youth ministries in the DC area.