Going through a divorce. Overwhelmed by single parenthood. Looking for employment. Insomnia. Sickness. Family conflict. Job stress.

This past Sunday, I heard a number of prayer requests throughout the day. Many were during the Online Campus services, but people reached out to me before and after as well. It’s a trust I’ve built with people through my online, and/or offline, engagement with them, and it’s something I don’t take lightly.

It’s odd to consider the Sunday a good Sunday when you hear such requests, but it’s part of the reason why I lead and serve at the Online Campus. Providing hope, a lifeline, in this format helps people to keep going on. It connects them with the broader community who wants to pray for/with them. Sharing each other’s burdens and reminding people they aren’t alone. One gentleman shared from Germany. He is there on work, and away from his family. The Online Campus is a connection to home for him, which is something I’ve heard from others when they are on business trips.

In 2013, the Online Campus Team has responded to over 600 prayer requests alone. In November, we’ve responded to almost three requests a day.

Cancer. Porn addiction. Self-harm. Eating disorders. Abuse. Bullying. Purpose in life. Suicidal thoughts. Marital infidelity. Doubt. Reconciliation. Provision.

Listening to people’s requests online, and in person, has allowed me to hear more of their story and connect with them. I’m able to respond in kind, and sometimes share my story with them. There is heartbreak. There is joy. There is hope against all hope. And, there is an awareness they are not alone.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me…

Psalm 23:4a (ESV)

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