Prayer at Work
In holding true to its mission, North Greenville University continues to seek new ways to provide a Christ-centered community for its students. NGU believes that communicating with God regularly helps Christians grow closer and be more intimately connected to Him.
The Todd Prayer Chapel, built in 2012 by Elton and Doris Todd, continues to be a source of consistency and a safe place for young believers to seek refuge among life’s twists, turns, and academic rigors.
Set in the foreground of the Blue Ridge Mountains and tucked between Averyt-Wood Learning Center and the Christian Worldview Center, the small chapel often goes unnoticed in everyday transit. However, the building itself is aesthetically pleasing, as the chapel can be entered through four separate doors where you are greeted with the sound of a gentle waterfall set in front of a suspended wooden cross and stained glass window pane. Stone-masonry comprises most of the indoor construction, with grandiose, arched, wooden beams supporting the roof.
Perhaps one of the most appealing aspects to students of the chapel is the ability they have to worship the Lord quietly, but in whichever way they deem appropriate. Typical chapel use includes: prayer, listening to Christian music, reading the Bible or daily devotions, and writing down prayer requests and concerns on slips of paper that are then placed throughout the chapel.
Vice President for Campus Ministries Dr. Steve Crouse says that at first, students were required to use their own paper to write down prayer needs, until the department opted to provide a uniform request slip for use in the chapel.
Students are able to leave their prayer requests in a variety of ways, including: in the walls’ stone crevices, on one of the several church pews, draped across the waterfall’s stone basin, or simply in the “prayer box” positioned in the center of the chapel.
Notes left in the chapel can be read and prayed over by anyone who visits. In this way, the prayer requests or needs of various individuals can be heard and lifted by other students and faculty.
Crouse says that although the Office of Campus Ministries would like to leave the prayer requests in the chapel indefinitely, the idea would simply not be feasible. Instead, the department collects requests from the chapel on a bi-weekly basis and disperses them between the campus chaplains, so that the prayer needs can still be “prayed over and lifted up.”
Since its inception in 2012, the Todd Prayer Chapel has afforded countless students and faculty with the opportunity to get away (if only briefly) from life’s many distractions to focus on our creator. The prayer chapel is yet another example of North Greenville’s commitment to allow Christ to make the difference on campus.
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