Recently, the Baptist Student Ministry at the University of North Texas participated in 72 hours of prayer.
From 7 p.m. on April 14 to 7 p.m. on April 17, the UNT campus was engaged in consistent prayer. Our student leaders, staff and volunteers signed up for one-hour slots to pray for the campus and any prayer requests submitted. We staffed tables at three locations during the day where at least one student was praying and where students could fill out prayer requests.
Prayer request lists were prayed through and for multiple times a day. Our student leaders were changed forever because of this event. However, I believe UNT was changed even more.
UNT began to notice our event before it even started. As tents were getting set up, word spread that it was time for 72 hours of prayer.
A student in the UNT Radio, Television and Film Department called to ask if she could do a video about our event. She was set up to interview me, and from the beginning, I realized she was not a Christian. However, she wanted to do all of her films on nonprofit organizations.
Every organization that she had been gravitating toward were nonprofits whose foundation and purpose proclaimed Jesus Christ. This told me she was seeking—whether she knew it or not. So I shared the gospel in as many ways as possible. Not only did I do this, but every student leader she interviewed did the same.
We realized that Jesus had given her to us for a limited time, and we needed to make the gospel our central message. She ended her time with us by talking with Stephanie, the BSM director, who made sure every word she was saying portrayed the gospel in some way.
I have no idea what the Lord chose to do with the seeds that were planted in our new and dear friend that day. However, what I do know is that she heard the gospel, and the Lord finds pleasure in that.
Lauren McKee, a graduate of the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, is serving through Go Now Missions as a campus ministry intern with the Baptist Student Ministry at the University of North Texas.