By Bill Bray
Special Correspondent, ASSIST News Service
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (ANS) -- Students here at the University of Virginia and across the country are joining with local mentors, community groups and churches to form Operation Esther Circles today in memorial gardens, veterans cemeteries and war memorials.
Operation Esther was formed by Overseas Students Mission in the wake of the ISIS crisis genocide in the Islamic State (ISIL) of Syria and Northern Iraq. Calls for further genocide for Christians and other minorities are being made by radical Islam in similar "caliphates" being formed in parts of Nigeria, Lebanon and 50 other nation states.
Over one million international students have come to the United States to find academic freedom for their education. OSM Operation Esther Circles and prayer meetings are being formed daily to provide them with American friends and prayer partners to join with them to intercede to Almighty God on behalf of their leaders and persecuted minorities.
Many of the students are actively from the 50 countries which actively murder believers in Christ and traffic in the slavery of minority women and children.
Overseas Students Mission has a goal of networking prayer circles on 3,500 campuses this year and is working with leaders of all campus ministries, churches and missions. A wee kly Student Prayer Alert is being published and efforts are underway to create a website for the organization.
Meanwhile, those who want to contact the leadership can go to the "Contact Us" tab on the Overseas Students Mission website, www.OSMission.org