Your generous giving enables world impact!

International students involved with Cru gather for a meal.

Our work behind the scenes frees up our field staff to share Jesus around the world. Through your partnership you are part of changing lives! We recently heard these reports from our field staff:

Manasa, a graduate student from India, said, “I was told by my Indian friends to look out for Christians. They will want to convert you. But I have gotten to know great people! I see that Christianity is a change from the inside-out. I didn’t know you before, but I see you now [referring to the Christian students]—how you treat others, and that is a proof for me. I love you guys!”

Jackson, an undergraduate from a US church background, said, “It is hard to prioritize God when everything is coming at me in college.” He read through Cru’s “Satisfied?” booklet and liked the “spiritual breathing” analogy of confessing sin (breathing out) and inviting the Spirit to empower him (breathing in).  

Tony, an undergraduate from China, said, “It’s amazing how something written so many hundreds of years ago can speak to me. When I face a problem or challenge, I go to God’s Word, and I find the answer. I love God so much. When we did introductions [at his Pfizer summer internship], I was asked my hobby and I shared Bridges [Cru’s ministry to international students] because it helps others know God and become leaders who serve.”

José, a new believer in western Michigan, talked with Cru staff about what it means to be “good soil” from Jesus’ parable of the four soils. He exclaimed, “How about we meet once per week to talk more about this stuff?” 

Hawra, a Muslim undergraduate from Saudi Arabia, said, “The way Jesus forgives even his enemies from the cross. That is a type of kindness that really stands out to me and inspires me.”

Your impact….

God has placed Cru staff on campuses around the US and the world. Our service at Cru’s International Headquarters frees them to serve without distraction wherever God places them. Many are coming to know Jesus as a result!

As we approach the end of 2022, we are so thankful that Jesus has consistently provided for us. One way He has provided for us is through your generous year-end giving. Over the past four years, an average of $13,208 in special gifts were given for our ministry in December. These gifts ranged from $4000 to $15 and provided for a portion of our needs throughout the year. We are trusting that Jesus will provide in a similar way this year.

We are confident that Jesus will continue to provide for our ongoing expenses this year. He may even do so through you this December.

Would you consider giving a special, end of the year gift of $1000, $500, $250, $125 or some other amount? Your gift will enable us to remain focused on ministry in 2023. Thank you for considering this. You have been so gracious in the past, and for that we always give thanks to the Lord.

Whatever you decide, our deep appreciation for you is unwavering. We are grateful to Jesus for you!

Western Michigan Cru hosted a football watch party in the middle of campus.
WMU lost, but it was a win for WMU Cru because they met many new students!
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Meeting Students Creatively

A small group bible study at the University of Alabama in Huntsville enjoys a fall day.

What do cookies and plants have in common? They are creative tools Cru staff members are meeting college students.

At the University of Alabama in Huntsville, students were invited to text an order for cookies and ask a spiritual question. Cru students and volunteers went out in pairs, delivered the cookies, and discussed student’s questions. Over 150 students received cookies!

Later, students were also invited to attend a panel of guest speakers who addressed the most common questions.

In Boston, a line formed quickly as over 100 students queued to choose a pot, fill it with soil, and plant a succulent. They were given a sheet with “Plant Care” on one side and “Soul Care” on the other side.

On the “Plant Care” side:

Your plant wants to grow! Give it some light and some water. Talk to it, sing to it. Pay attention.

There are no drainage holes, err on the side of underwatering.

On the “Soul Care” side:

Your soul wants to grow! Give it some friends and spiritual nourishment. Talk to it, sing to it. Pay attention.

In the Bible, God is described like a farmer. He is paying attention to us, talking to us, singing over us.

Students who received a plant have been thanking Cru staff members when they see them on campus. Some have come to the Boston Cru meetings. Cru staff members continue to meet these students to share the gospel.

Thank you for partnering with us as our behind-the-scenes service enables Cru campus staff members to creatively reach students.

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Unexpected Turnouts

Over 250 students fill out spiritual interest surveys at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee while waiting for free cheese curds provided by a ministry partner food truck. This is the largest Cru outreach ever on this campus!

Trey, Cru staff member at Virginia Tech, waited nervously inside the doors of the Squires Colonial, site of Cru’s on-campus meeting. This first meeting of the fall would be a good indication of what Jesus might do on campus this year.

Doors opened at 7:50 pm and students flooded in. About 575 students packed that first meeting—the largest in nearly a decade.

Meanwhile, at Texas Tech, twenty-five freshmen showed up for a Thursday morning Bible Study during freshmen orientation. They returned the next morning, bringing friends.

As the students discussed Mark 4 in the dining hall, Edwin walked by. Someone asked, “Are you looking for the Cru Bible Study?” “Not specifically,” he responded, “but can I join?” He was looking for a community that would encourage his relationship with Jesus.

At the University of Georgia, campus ministry staff members from a variety of Christian ministries gathered to pray and worship before the fall semester began. Many of those ministries are seeing tremendous growth from previous years.

One hundred-seventy-five freshmen came to the freshmen kickoff Bible Study—double the previous year! They ran out of pizza, bought more, then ran out again. On the same night at UGA, another ministry gathered hundreds of freshmen and a third ran out of tacos at their freshmen taco evening.

Jesus is gathering larger than expected groups of students on college campuses around the US.

Thank you for partnering with us as our behind-the-scenes service enables Cru campus staff members to reach students.

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