On a hot summer day in August 2016, Georgia Southern University students gathered on a small street with a questionable reputation. Instead of the usual loud music, parties and alcohol, these student members of the Greek community on the campus gathered on Greek Row for something a bit different — and some called it a “tiny glimpse of heaven.”
Greeks are again this year inviting other students — Greek and non-Greek — to join with them, along with alumni and members of the community for a prayer walk on August 24. The group will pray for each other and for the upcoming school year, in the hope that walls will begin to not only crumble between those within Greek Row, but throughout the campus.
Members of these sororities and fraternities are seeking to reclaim a heritage, believing that standing together makes all the difference as written in Ecclesiastes 4:12: "Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands it is not easily broken." The students are asking for everyone’s help by praying with and for them.
All Greek councils, part of the GSU Greek Life system, will attend along with non-Greek students and Christian organizations.
“The prayer walk is about coming together as one and shining a light on Jesus in the most unlikely of places. When two or more gather, the Lord shows up in the most miraculous of ways. We are so excited to watch as the Lord shows up to start a mighty movement on this special night,” event sorority leader Greer Kerns said.
Local Alpha Delta Pi alumnae Liz Evans Corbett said, “Our Lord is on the move. He is doing something big, bigger than anyone can imagine. A small town college that has been known for football and partying is evolving, one student at a time, through faith and by prayer. The Lord is igniting a spark within the hearts of college students that is the beginning of a blazing forest fire that will glorify him and prayerfully will begin to draw his people back to him, not only on the campus of Georgia Southern University but even more throughout Statesboro, Georgia and beyond.”
Students, alumni and community members are invited to meet at the cul-de-sac of Olympic, known as Greek Row, at 8:30 p.m. August 24. The evening will begin with music and prayers and everyone joining will be invited to walk down Greek Row praying over each house. Attendees will be able to move at their own pace or join staff to walk as groups. Greek Row will shut down for the duration of the prayer walk for the safety of those attending and re-open following the event. Regardless of weather, the prayer walk will take place.
For more information and updates, see the Facebook event page at http://bit.do/GSPrayerWalk.