Of utmost importance in the midst of a program of study is the development of the spiritual life of the individual. Each school week begins with a Prayer Hour, at which time the students meet by classes. Students in the dormitories meet for morning and evening "family" devotions, and each organization in the school has its time of prayer for its particular interests and problems. Other informal prayer groups meet as occasion arises. Once each semester the school observes a Day of Prayer when, instead of recita­ tions, groups meet for definite prayer. The Assembly period each Thursday morning gives the entire student body an opportunity to hear outstanding speakers-ministers, missionaries, and Christian leaders from many parts of the world and from many denominations. During the Torrey Memorial Bible Conference, the Missionary Rally, and the Sunday School Convention, students attend the conference sessions in lieu of classes, gaining full benefit of the inspirational, devotional, and instructional force of the conference speakers who are aware of the spiritual needs of youth. STUDENT MISSIONARY UNION Undoubtedly the point of highest interest in the week for many a Bible Institute student is the regular Wednesday evening meeting of the Student Missionary Union, an organization which stimulates interest in the many fields of home and foreign mis­ sions. The primary purpose of the organization is that, through a knowledge of the world's need, the challenge of the Great Commission, and definite prayer, each student may respond with a willingness to serve the Lord as He directs, in some part of His harvest field which is the whole world. The meetings of the Union are open to the entire student body, and hearts are deeply stirred as returned missionaries and missionary candidates vividly portray conditions in many regions where millions have never yet heard the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the victories that follow the telling of the gospel story. Immediately following the message, the students meet in groups, according to their interest in different fields, to pray for the lost of the world and to uphold the mis­ sionaries who are laboring on the field. Frequent reports by letters and missionary publications enable the students to pray effectively. To many the prayer bands have been a source of blessing, as well as a means that God has used to reveal His will. In May, 1942, the Student Missionary Union became an active chapter of the Student Foreign Missions Fellowship, a national organization of students who are looking forward to foreign missionary service. The purpose of the F .M.F. is to stir the student world, and through it the Church, to meet the urgent need of making Chri st known in all the world in our generation. The S.M.U. sends deputation teams, upon request, to churches and young people's 29

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