Redeeming a COVID Summer

God redeemed Sarah’s COVID summer.

Devastation. I know that sounds dramatic, but that is what I experienced when Wildwood Summer Mission Trip was cancelled.”

Sarah, a student at the University of Iowa, wanted to go to Wildwood, New Jersey with Cru to practice evangelism for ten weeks.

“Then COVID happened. I felt trapped in my home, limited to daily quiet times with no ability to ‘do’ anything. When I heard about Cru’s Summer of Theology I was sold.”

Summer of Theology is an interactive, online, ten-week theological deep dive. It replaced cancelled Cru Summer Mission Trips.

“I’ve only been living for Jesus for a year,” Sarah continued. “I can struggle to see the logic of commonly accepted doctrine. This summer my logical brain and my emotional heart connected in a sweet devotion to the Lord that has shown me it is good to have deep questions and seek truth.”

Anna-Marie, a student at St. John’s University, had a similar experience.

“My plans went out the window due to COVID. I asked God to redeem my summer. When I heard about Summer of Theology I signed up eagerly.

I’ve grown up in the church, but discovered many important theological truths I had to relearn and process.

My favorite module covered sanctification. I realized I had many misconceptions about what it was and how the Holy Spirit makes me into the image of Christ. The more I learn, the hungrier I am for the Word.”

Thank you for partnering with us. Your partnership is making a difference in the lives of students around the United States. We are grateful for you!

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Cru in High School

Cru High School is helping Samantha grow closer to Jesus during coronavirus.

Cru High School teaches students the basics of Christianity, evangelism and how to help new believers to grow in their relationship with Jesus.

A Cru staff member working with high schoolers recently shared the reflections of a senior graduating from her ministry.

Hi, my name is Samantha. I am graduating this year. I am very grateful for Cru. I have had the pleasure to be influenced by Susan [the Cru staff member] these past few weeks. I try to join in every day for the video calls.

I first got involved through a drug prevention group at my school. Susan also attended those meetings.

After we met she started pouring into my life. We had coffee together once before COVID and she told me a lot about Cru.

I love going to the video meetings. I have met new people and grown in my faith. Without these meetings and these women, I think I would be falling through the cracks in my faith. They keep me motivated and have even invited me to share Jesus with others.

Even in the midst of COVID lockdowns, students like Samantha are experiencing community. They are growing in their relationship with Jesus. And they are introducing others to Him.

Thank you for partnering with us. Your partnership is making a difference in the lives of high school students around the United States. We are grateful for you!

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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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