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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Serving the Military

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Nate’s team helps Cru Military with their finances.

In 2017, Cru Military began reaching out to Air Force students at Fort Sam Houston participating in training to be medical technicians, nurses and operations technicians.

This is the first phase of training for the 1,000 students assigned to the Medical Wing after leaving basic training. They are in school from 2 to 9 months depending on their career.

The training is stressful. Physical training begins at 5 in the morning. Students then have eight hours of classroom lessons and a heavy load of homework at night.

In spite of the demands of medical training and military life, many medical students are attending Bible study on Thursday evenings.

For one hour they dive into the Bible. This fuels them with God’s promises, God’s love, and God’s peace, so they continue on the path God calls them to. They are learning what Jesus says in John, “…apart from me you can do nothing.”

“This study reminds me that God loves me and that He is always with me,” affirms Misael.

On Sunday mornings, about 50 students from the Air Force, Army and Navy gather for small groups.

Nathaniel has learned, “There is a way out from under my sin. I don’t have to be afraid to talk about Jesus.”

At the end of April two young military women surrendered their lives to Jesus!

Your partnership is changing lives as Nate’s team meets the financial needs of Cru Military. Thank you!

 

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Helping with Harvey

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Over 350,000 homes were affected when Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 50 inches of rain on Houston, Texas.

In March over 1,000 student volunteers from 35 nations attending 56 universities in 23 states descended on Houston to help with relief efforts. Even though they came with Cru, 20% of the volunteers didn’t consider themselves Christians.

Each week while they were working some of these students made decisions to follow Jesus for the first time!

During the 4 weeks of spring break, students demoed, cleared, laid foundations, framed, roofed, and paved the way to new beginnings. They even built 5 new homes!

Lauren, a 23-year-old Cru intern at Virginia Tech, was in “Little Cambodia,” in the hard hit town of Rosharon 30 miles south of Houston, for the first week of the work. She and 75 other Virginia Tech Hokies skipped the beach this spring break, instead choosing backbreaking, all day manual labor.

“I love to get down and dirty and work with my hands, and that’s why I came on this trip,” Lauren says. “But I am surprised that the real work isn’t picking up trash or building ramps or anything like that. The real work is that people need to know Christ.”

Another student used his love of cutting hair to offer free haircuts in Little Cambodia. With the help of Google Translate he shared the gospel with a couple and saw them receive Jesus on the spot!

Nate helps Cru’s Campus Ministry manage money well, so whether it is student volunteers or Cambodians in Rosharon, you are helping people know Jesus. Thank you!

 

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