Equipped for tough questions

Discussion

Does God exist? Why is there so much suffering? Is the Bible reliable? What does the resurrection have to do with me? How can Jesus be both God and man? What about the poor?

These questions, and more, are what students on campus and people all around us are asking. Christians also ask these questions.

We want ourselves and our Cru staff members to be continually equipped to respond to such questions with knowledge and confident winsomeness, especially in the midst of hostility.

More and more frequently, the beliefs of those we meet are based on their own preconceived ideas of God, instead of on the reliability of the Bible.

Through the end of July, we are in Fort Collins, Colorado, so we and other Cru staff members can be developed theologically and in ministry. Both of us are taking seminary classes on these topics for our own training and development.

Nate is also serving behind the scenes, so over 500 other Cru staff members can take seminary classes and nearly 5000 Cru staff members can attend Cru’s biennial US Staff Conference.

Thank you so much for helping to make it possible for Cru staff members to gain the training necessary to reach the world.

 

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What happens when they leave?

 

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Lucy is an international student preparing to graduate from the University of Michigan. This is her story…

Originally from Vietnam, I was born and raised in a non-Christian family. When I came to the U.S. in 2011, a friend invited me to Bible study.

I learned about God and saw how important He was to my friend. This made me very curious. I left for grad school in Michigan, where I got involved with GradCru and a local church even though I was not a Christian.

It wasn’t until Easter 2016, that the Gospel became clear to me. I finally understood the God of the universe wanted a relationship with me.

Over the past year, my walk with Jesus has been amazing. He has blessed me with a loving spiritual family in GradCru to strengthen my faith in Him.

Studying God’s word and worshipping Him with others has strengthened my dependence on the Holy Spirit.

When I feel discouraged in my studies or in reaching out to students in my classes, His grace enables me not to give up. This can only be supernatural because I would not have the strength otherwise.

I attended an international student conference with Cru last December. There God planted a vision to minister to international students in the U.S.

When I go back to Vietnam, I want to be His ambassador to my family and to the Vietnamese people. I look forward to my family and friends joining me in Jesus’ eternal kingdom.

Many Christians cared for Lucy over many years before she became a Christian. Our work behind the scenes helps Cru staff members build these long-term relationships. Thank you for making this possible. You are part of changing lives around the world!

 

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Prepare the seniors in your life

2017.04 Freshmen Bible Study

Students gather for a freshmen Bible study.

Although 80% of Christian high school seniors intend to follow Jesus in college, by the end of their first year 70% are no longer walking with Jesus. They miss out on the opportunity to grow in relationship with Jesus and to introduce other future leaders to Jesus.

Many times incoming Christian freshmen simply aren’t aware of a few key realities when they step on their new college campus.

They don’t know that the friendships and choices they make in the first 72 hours (3 days!) on campus drive their decisions for the rest of college.

And they don’t know the Christian groups on their college campus.

Cru has partnered with Campus Ministry Link and other national Christian college ministries to help incoming Christian freshmen find friends on campus quickly.

CampusMinistryLink.org will go fully live later this spring. It will then allow incoming freshmen to find and connect with Christian groups on their campus before they even leave home for college.

Imagine what would happen if Christian high school students arrived at college having already connected with other Christians. These students would be in a position to bring the students on their dorm floor to Jesus rather than being influenced away from Him.

Help students walk with Jesus in college—share this with parents, pastors and youth leaders. And remind Christian high school seniors to look for Cru on campus, because Cru would love to provide them a home away from home.

 

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