Relief Crews at Work in Maui, IMB’s Prayers for Matthew & Prayer in Public Schools?
Relief crews are at work across Maui as they assess damage and help those who are grieving. Matthew is a young man in Guinea. The International Mission Board is asking you to pray for him. And, Is prayer in public schools? While it may not be led by school officials, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission says students are free to pray voluntarily.
Relief crews are at work across Maui as they assess damage and help those who are grieving.
Dozens of people were killed when fires swept across the island with hurricane winds acting as high-powered fuel.
Send Relief has established a page at their website for people to help with relief efforts. To get more information visit SendRelief.org.
Matthew is a young man in Guinea. The International Mission Board is asking you to pray for him. They say he recently began talking with workers about questions such as whether Jesus is the Son of God or a just a prophet. The questions led him to study a copy of God’s Word and begin reading important books that answer those questions. They say his answers are leading him to answers that contradict what he has believed his entire life.
They ask you to pray for Matthew and the Roughly 90 percent of his people in that are following a religion their families have taught them. Would you pray that God's message will be made fully known to them, that their hearts will be convicted to seek truth, and that they will walk victoriously in the light?
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Is prayer in public schools? While it may not be led by school officials, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission says students are free to pray voluntarily.
A survey by Pew Research taken in 2019 found the vast majority of Christian teenagers (86%) attend public schools. Sixty-eight percent of teens in public school (68%) report seeing at least one type of religious expression or activities in their public schools often or sometimes, fewer than half (41%) say they commonly see more than one of the most common religious behaviors, such as praying at lunch or inviting a classmate to church.
According to the ERLC, while mandatory prayer orchestrated by schools is unconstitutional, students have the right to pray voluntarily. This means Christian students can pray before meals, before tests, or during any free moments. They can do so individually or in groups, as long as it’s not disruptive. Additionally, schools cannot interfere with or discourage these private prayers.
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