Youth Apologetics Leader, Author and Evangelist Serving as 2019 NDP National Student Movement Director
GREENSBORO, N.C.—Over his multi-decade ministry, Dr. Alex McFarland has spoken to hundreds of thousands of young people. McFarland meets youth right where they are, encouraging them to get to know Jesus, strengthen their relationship with Him and talk to their friends about their faith.
As he builds relationships with middle schoolers, high schoolers, college students and millennials, McFarland also motivates them to action, talking with them personally about the importance of staying close to Christ, witnessing to their friends and praying.
This year, McFarland has been named the National Student Movement Director for the May 2 National Day of Prayer (NDP). With a vision to inspire student-led prayer in all 50 states, and in the goal of mobilizing 50,000 students and 1,000-plus individual student groups nationwide, McFarland will work with the National Day of Prayer in partnership with his organization, Truth for a New Generation. TNG conferences have been in existence for over two decades and aim to help students, parents, youth pastors and community members lift up this young generation, pray for them and empower them to stand strong in their faith.
“Our young people are facing a multitude of very serious issues, and they are being pulled in every direction from many agendas that are fighting for their devotion, their time and their souls,” McFarland said. “This is one of the most difficult times in history to grow up in America; the challenges are great for our young people, and they are walking away from God in droves. There is only one answer—Jesus—and there is one way to become closer to Him—prayer.”
Added Dr. Ronnie Floyd, president of the National Day of Prayer, “The National Day of Prayer must be a multi-generational movement of prayer. While steps were taken last year to reaching students across the nation, it is our prayer that this year we can continue to progress forward mobilizing students all over our nation to pray for America on Thursday, May 2.”
For the National Day of Prayer, Truth for a New Generation is connecting with several national groups:
- See You at the Pole, an annual student prayer gathering on the fourth Wednesday of September at school flagpoles
- First Priority of America, which connects churches and campuses, and plans to involve 25,000 students in NDP
- Claim Your Campus, which empowers students to transform the nation through prayer and will promote NDP to more than 1,000 schools in 40 states
- Trail Life USA, which creates environments for boys to thrive and will highlight NDP to 26,000 troop members nationwide and 750 churches
- Focus on the Family’s Bring Your Bible to School Day initiative, which occurs annually on the first Thursday in October nationwide
Through communications and social media, these organizations will encourage students to commit to pray at their schools or campuses and for their country as part of the National Day of Prayer.
The online hub for the National Day of Prayer student movement under McFarland’s leadership is found at www.NDPStudents.com, where partnering organizations will be listed as they join the initiative. Students can also share National Day of Prayer stories at the social media hashtags #love1another, which is the 2019 National Day of Prayer theme taken from John 13:34, or #ndpstudents at the Facebook and Instagram pages for the National Day of Prayer student movement.
According to the NDP website, “The National Day of Prayer belongs to all Americans. It is a day that transcends differences, bringing together citizens from all backgrounds. Mrs. Shirley Dobson, NDP chairman emeritus, reminded us: ‘We have lost many of our freedoms in America because we have been asleep. I feel if we do not become involved and support the annual National Day of Prayer, we could end up forfeiting this freedom, too.’”
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