Partnering in Los Angeles

Just a few of the 26 pallets of food and supplies distributed.

Crisis can bring out  the best in people. It can cause people to partner together in new ways.

In early May, Unto, Cru Inner City and Destino, all Cru ministries, partnered with Los Angeles churches to provide supplies and food to those hit hard by Coronavirus lockdowns.

Unto, Cru’s humanitarian aid arm, received pallets of donated food, cleaning supplies and face masks. In normal times they would ship these supplies around the world. However, Unto’s shipping channels were shut down. God had other plans.

Meanwhile Cru staff in Los Angeles discovered a growing need for food, cleaning supplies and masks within the Los Angeles Hispanic community.

They asked Unto for help. Within weeks, Unto had delivered twenty-six pallets of much needed supplies to Los Angeles. Over forty churches picked up supplies for those most in need.

Hillside L.A. Church used the supplies for an outreach at a homeless encampment near their building. Previous ministry there resulted a homeless couple coming to Jesus and getting married in the church. The church even helped them find permanent housing!

Nueva Vida Church served 105 families. Each family received prayer and an opportunity to hear the gospel.

Three Cru ministries and forty churches worked together to impact their communities.

Thank you for partnering with us. Nate helps Unto with their finances, two of his teammates help the other two Cru ministries. Your partnership is making a difference in Los Angeles. We are grateful for you!

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Moving in the Middle East

Just a few of the many books written by Josh McDowell over 56 years of ministry with Cru.

Quarantined, unable to freely gather with friends, an increasing number of people in the Middle East have been seeking spiritual truth online. Josh McDowell Ministries, a ministry of Cru, partners with over 400 co-laborers across the Muslim world. In the midst of quarantines in every country these co-laborers are working 24/7 to keep up with an amazing demand for truth.

This year Ramadan ran from April 23 to May 23. Quarantines meant millions of Muslims were unable to attend mosques or participate in nightly feasts with family and friends after fasting during the day.

While their families slept, many Muslims secretly reached out online to connect with Arab Christians. They were able to download resources created over the years by Josh McDowell.

An Arab Christian leader in the Middle East recently said, “I have never seen this number of people praying to receive Christ online. It’s amazing!”

Instead of preventing the spread of the gospel, quarantines may very well be accelerating it!

One of Nate’s teammates helps Josh McDowell Ministries with their finances, using tools Nate has developed. You are changing lives in the Middle East because of your prayers and giving!

Thank you for your partnership with us in the gospel. We are so grateful for you!

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Planting in Peru

Fretfully, Faustina looked out the window of her small home in Lima, Peru. A widow, she supported herself and her disabled son by collecting and recycling landfill plastic. Then coronavirus began to strike Lima. She was scared to leave her home. She and her son were running out of food.

Thankfully Peruvian Cru staff members were in contact with Unto, the humanitarian aid arm of Cru. This relationship has developed over the years and has included shipments of containers filled with seeds, clothing and other supplies from the US.

A 2018 container contained hundreds of unused Warrior Dash t-shirts which the Cru staff distributed to the needy in Lima—including Faustina.

This spring, an Unto agricultural trip to Peru was cancelled because of coronavirus. But the agricultural training continued via Zoom video conference. US based Unto staff members were able to make garden planting recommendations based on freely available soil survey maps for Peru.

The Peruvian Cru staff immediately put what they learned into practice, planting backyard gardens around Lima and providing other much needed supplies and relational care. It was while planting gardens that the Cru staff learned of Faustina’s dilemma and provided help.

Nate helps Unto with their finances. Your partnership is making it possible for people like Faustina and her son to experience the tangible love of Jesus in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Thank you!

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