Abandoned to Found

Cleaning an abandoned park so children can play.

In Romania God used students who love Him to impact a poor neighborhood and college students who don’t yet know Him.

Cru staff members in Romania recently had a week long “Mission Camp” for students involved in Cru. On the first day they cleaned an abandoned park in a poor neighborhood. They used Facebook and Instagram ads to invite other students to join them. Twelve came! These twelve did not know Jesus yet.

Some students cleaned. Others invited neighborhood children to come to the evening. Still others planned kids’ games.

Nearly 100 children came to the cleaned-up park that evening. They played games and, when they were tired, watched an eight-minute version of the Jesus Film for Children. One of the Cru staff members shared the gospel. The kids left with school supplies and candy.

The Cru staff planned on mentoring the Cru students in evangelism and leading campus ministries the rest of the week. The students who didn’t yet know Jesus also wanted to be mentored and they wanted to invite their friends.

The next day the 12 non-Christians had grown to 15. They continued to participate throughout the week. They played games in the evening and sang Christmas carols (in September) because everyone knew the lyrics. By the end of the week, two had accepted Jesus!

Afterward one Cru student said, “This week gave me the courage to talk to other people and to share the Gospel with friends and strangers also.”

Thank you for being a part of changing the lives of students all around the world!

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Emergency Aid Opportunity

Hurricane Ida bears down on the Louisiana coast.

Crazy, challenging, fun—those were the three words Scott Peterson, Unto’s Program Manager, used to describe his scouting trip to Louisiana after the devastation of Hurricane Ida.

Unto, the humanitarian aid arm of Cru, has already delivered truckloads of water and food to people in two hard-hit communities. Additional teams will help with further aid distribution, tarping roofs and clean-up efforts in the coming weeks.

Crazy—because Unto was on the ground within days of Hurricane Ida’s passing.

Challenging—because helping people recover from the devastation of “one of the strongest storms to ever hit Louisiana” requires both resources and logistical knowledge.

Fun—because providing care to those who are hurting is part of what Jesus calls His followers to do. Living in that calling is fun, even in the midst of crazy and challenging.

Not only is Unto helping the people of Louisiana, but they are also preparing to welcome the wave of refugees from Afghanistan. Some of this is through “Survival Kits” which provide nutritious meals, water filters and tarps for emergency shelters. Unto may also play a role in helping Afghanis settle in the United States.

You can help relieve suffering. Give Survival Kits to help Afghani and other refugees. Give to help victims of Hurricane Ida in Louisiana and natural disasters in other locations.

If you are more of a hands on person, you may be able to volunteer with Hurricane Ida clean-up. Contact us and we will connect you to Unto’s Quick Response Team Coordinator.

Thank you for your partnership in the gospel. We are grateful for you!

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An Ozark Difference

A student shares his testimony during dinner on the Ozark Lakes Summer Mission Trip.

Over the summer Covid relaxed enough that students from Cru were able to go on summer mission trips again.

During Cru Summer Mission Trips, students study the Bible together. They share their faith. They are mentored.

Dylan became a Christian just last spring. He attended the Ozark Lakes Summer Mission Trip in Branson, Missouri. He got a job on the boardwalk there.

After a rough night’s sleep, Dylan awoke drained physically, mentally and emotionally. He considered not going to work that day.

However, he realized God didn’t want him to lie or try to get out of work. So he prayed, “Lord I’m tired. You know how I feel. I don’t want to be in control or live for myself anymore. I want you to be in control. Take control of my body and life, take over my legs, use my lips and my tongue.”

Loren worked at Silver Dollar City. She wanted to rest during her short lunch break, but she remembered God put her there to talk with her coworkers. Loren asked her Bible Study to pray for the courage and energy to use her break more purposefully.

The next day on Loren’s lunch break Sherrie, a coworker, confided that finding a church was harder than she expected. It was affecting her faith. Loren invited her to church. Both Sherrie and her husband attended that Sunday!

Back on campus Loren is motivated to initiate. She said, “I’m sure students on my campus want to eat with someone! That wasn’t on my radar before, but if God has called me to live life on mission, that’s something I can do anywhere.”

Cru Summer Mission Trips make a difference, and you are part of making this difference! Thank you!

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