The Gospel: Going Far and Near

2018 Student Contest

Albanian students sign up for the More Than a Carpenter reading challenge.

More Than a Carpenter, Evidence That Demands a Verdict, Answers to Tough Questions—these are just three of the 147 books written or co-written by Josh McDowell.

The Josh McDowell Ministry distributes Josh’s books around the world in print and electronic media. A bored north African Muslim traveling to southern Europe by ferry might download an electronic copy of More Than a Carpenter from a MyFi hotspot carried by a Christian passenger.

This past fall over 1,000 copies of More Than a Carpenter were given to Albanian students. They read the book and took a 50 question test to win an iPad.

Speakers trained by Josh McDowell bring the gospel near. They conduct seminars on the effects of pornography. Between Christmas and New Year’s about 2,000 Cru staff and students attended these seminars at Cru Winter Conferences in the US.

Over 90% of the students indicated that sex or pornography had created problems for them; over 75% felt controlled by their sexual desires.

A female student told a seminar speaker, “Thank you for coming. I prayed for someone to talk about overcoming pornography. I’ve been addicted to it for a long time and didn’t tell anyone. I am so ready to be free from this sin. I now know that I am not the only one struggling and my battle is not to be fought alone. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

This winter Nate has been helping the Josh McDowell Ministry to be more efficient with their financial resources. Thank you for helping take the gospel to the world!


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International School Project

Public school teachers receive training in morals from Cru staff.

“This is great! We’re going to use this curriculum in our school!” said a Guatemalan teacher after a group training session.

The training was done by International School Project (ISP), a ministry of Cru that provides training, curricula and materials to help teachers meet the social and spiritual needs in their classroom and community.

This branch of Cru partners with local and national ministries of education to train public school teachers on the historical and philosophical foundations of morals and ethics.

ISP’s curriculum teaches students to avoid alcohol and drug abuse and sexually transmitted diseases. Lessons include small group discussion, movement, music, and drama.

“My job is to fix kids who are broken,” said a school psychologist who attended the first ISP conference in Ecuador along with 215 other teachers.

According to some teachers attending the conference, sexual assault of minors is rampant in the schools.

The student curriculum was very well received. “I feel an urgency to share this curriculum. I can’t let more time go by and allow another generation to be lost.”

Nate’s work in finances allows Cru staff working with the International School Project to serve teachers around the world without distraction. Students are learning about Jesus as a result.

Thank you for helping to make this possible. You are changing the lives of students around the world!


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Do You Believe?

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Nadine listens intently to Bible stories in her heart language.

“I have never heard this story,” said translator Nadine* during a StoryRunners Elkanlen* language workshop in West Africa earlier this spring.

StoryRunners, a ministry of Cru, brings the Bible to life for those without a written Bible.

As a native Elkanlen speaker, fluent English speaker and a follower of her people’s majority religion, Nadine was a perfect person to give feedback on how the Bible stories would be understood by other Elkanlen speakers. She worked long hours beside the team, repeatedly listening to Bible stories.

During her time, Nadine grew more positive toward following Jesus instead of following her way. She joined some worship times with believing participants. One day she was heard singing a worship song to her seven-month old daughter to help her sleep.

Not long after that, Allen, a Cru Staff member, had a conversation with Nadine:

Allen: “Do you believe these stories?”

Nadine: “Oh, I believe ALL of the stories!”

Allen: “Do you think it was an accident that you came to work with us?”

Nadine: “Oh no, God has called me here! When I come here to work on the stories, I feel a joy that is from God.”

During the final week, the entire group listened very closely to the stories they had translated together. Nadine and two of her friends decided to follow His way!

Thank you for partnering with us so we can provide behind the scenes support for this ministry of Cru, StoryRunners!


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