An Audience of One

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An athlete participates in Athletes in Action’s Ultimate Training Camp

This fall, Nate has been helping Athletes in Action (AIA) determine how they can be even better stewards of the money God has entrusted to them for evangelism and discipleship.

AIA, a ministry of Cru, strives to see Christ-followers on every team, in every nation, in every sport—from high school to professional.

This past fall, Jesus has been opening doors for ministry at the University of Connecticut.

So far, the AIA staff at UConn have been able to connect with the women’s cross country team, the men’s track and field team, the women’s crew team, the men’s club lacrosse team, and the men’s and women’s swim teams.

Currently there are three Bible studies for athletes on the UConn campus.

Please pray for Maggie, a junior member of the UConn crew team. Nearly 20 of Maggie’s teammates have expressed interest in an investigative Bible study!

Because so many UConn women’s basketball players play in the WNBA, the UConn AIA staff are frequently asked to lead WNBA chapels before games. These chapels are 10 minutes long and may not seem worth the effort.

However, a WNBA mother recently said, “When I go to my daughter’s apartment, I see the reading material and devotionals she brings back from chapel on her kitchen table next to her Bible.  Please tell the chaplains that what they do makes a difference.”

You are making a difference in the lives of athletes! Thank you!

 

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Transitions and Prayer Requests

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As back to school season is upon us we are so thankful for you! Thank you for partnering with us to reach students and other people around the world. We are so grateful that you pray for us every month!

We are slowly making the transition from our summer schedule back to the structure of the school year. Perhaps you are also experiencing your own transition.

Could we pray for you?

Please take a quick moment to reply with a prayer request or two. We would count it a joy to pray with you.

Happy transitions,

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God’s Introductions

 

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A Cru staff member speaks to a high school track team about Jesus and faith.

 

The air was full of anticipation. Kevin and other Cru staff members had come to Chicago to see who God would introduce them to as they were starting new ministries at new high schools.

The first evening they prayed as they walked the grounds of a campus. They talked with security, parents, and students. They even met the head track coach!

He told them that he had just been diagnosed with cancer and his team had rallied around him. Before they parted he invited them to speak to his team the next day.

When they arrived to speak to the track team, the boys track coach tried to prevent them. “Who’s given you permission?” he demanded.

The girls track coach, who God had introduced them to on the way in, jumped to their defense, “They don’t need any permission, the way I see it,” he explained. “If Coach said it’s ok, then it’s good.”

A few minutes later Kevin stood before the team of thirty students. The boys coach stood ready to jump in if necessary. The team had given other speakers a hard time. “But you held their attention!” The boys coach was now their biggest fan.

Kevin invited the team to return after practice for pizza and discussion about faith. Twenty-five high school athletes returned eager to eat pizza. Five indicated that they wanted to follow Jesus!

Thank you for your partnership with us. Nate helps to provide the behind the scenes financial reporting that allows Cru High School to expand on new campuses like this one in Chicago. You are a huge part of changing lives!

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