April 3, 2021 | From IFA Staff
God moved amazingly right in the middle of the Pray for America’s Leaders webcast on Thursday. Let me back up and tell you the story from the beginning. IFA hosted Marji and Autumn Stevens, to share the story of their grandson and son, Owen. Owen Stevens, as you may know, is the SUNY Geneseo student who was suspended for sharing his biblical view on marriage, and other topics, on his personal Instagram account. He was told that he needed to attend re-education classes if he wanted to continue his education program at the University. Owen stood firm for his values. Even while he receives death threats and is harassed by students and faculty, he maintains his faith and shows resolve. (Read more about that here.)
Watch this interview with Owen Steven’s mother and grandmother as they discuss the difficulties their son and grandson has faced for speaking out on his personal Instagram account about his conservative views on gay marriage and transgender identity. In the middle of the interview, their phone line was interrupted–you will see the circling signal on the screen. What we didn’t know at the time was that Owen was calling at that moment to ask for prayer and let them know that he was being ambushed at the university by hostile students. Because of the breakup of the signal from Marji and Autumn, we went directly to prayer for the Stevens family. Unbeknownst to us, that was just what Owen needed–a team of intercessors interceding for him at that very moment. We at IFA did not even know that this had happened until Owen’s grandmother, Marji called us after the webcast to let us know what had happened and what God was doing AT THAT MOMENT. He made it safely to his car. God covered him in a miraculous way. God used the IFA community to cover him in prayer.
Please continue praying for Owen and his family. Pray for their protection. For strength and courage. Owen has asked us to pray for the spirit of “wokeness” to be dissolved. And to pray that the vision God has given him for his future would come to fruition. God moved in a mighty way, our intercessors praying on the line were used by God, and Owen’s story is an inspiration to all of us to hold firm to our biblical beliefs no matter what the cost. Pray for more of us to speak up and stand firm for truth and godly values. Share your message and prayer for Owen in the comments below!
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