Seven Simple Questions

An “in-person” socially distanced Cru Bible Study on a college campus.

Students are starving on college campuses around the US—not for food but for meaningful social interaction. After nearly a year of isolation and a semester of virtual classes they are returning to in person instruction hungry to connect with others.

Cru staff members around the US report that in spite of requirements while on campus to sit six feet (or more!) apart, wear masks and no physical touch (handshakes, fist bumps, hugs, etc…) students are willing to talk for hours.

There has been great desire for in person Bible Studies, even if “in person” means meeting in a classroom like the one pictured above.

There are probably many people around you who are also hungry for connection. Consider leading a Bible Study to build community in your neighborhood. Invite people. Pick a book of the Bible. Ask these seven questions when you meet:

1. What do you like about this passage? Why? (Reveals when our heart is in line with God’s word.)

2. What do you not like or find challenging about this passage? Why? (Reveals a growth area.)

3. What do you not understand? (Encourage the group to answer. Maybe assign someone to find the answer for the next time you meet.)

4. What do you learn about God (or people) and His character?

5. How will you apply what we have discussed this week?

6. What verse or phrase will you “take with you” to help you apply our discussion?

7. How can we pray for each other this week?

You are making a difference in the world! Thank you!

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Caring for Professors

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students say thank you.
“Teach from Home” care packages delivered to New York University professors.

After a year of teaching via Zoom, many professors need encouragement. Cru staff members with Faculty Commons are creatively facilitating expressions of thankfulness from students.

Students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo thanked over fifty of their professors via one minute videos. They told their professors things like, “I just wanted to encourage you and say that you’re doing an amazing job with these lectures. I know that you work really hard, posting them at 2am! Thank you so much!” and, “I’ve learned so much being in your class. All the work you’ve done is so appreciated; it really shows you care about your students.”

Professors responded enthusiastically, “Wow – I’ve been teaching at Cal Poly for 16 years and have never experienced such a meaningful thank you.” and, “I seriously got tears in my eyes watching your video — that was one of the most special things ever!

At New York University, Cru staff members invited Cru students to write digital thank you notes to their professors. The Cru staff members emailed each professor for their home address. Seventy-five professors received care packages with student thank you notes and goodies. They were also invited to virtual round tables: God and the Human Mind and Living & Dying in the Time of Covid.”

Faculty Commons is a ministry of Cru that helps grad students and professors walk with Jesus. While students leave campus to share Jesus with the world, professors remain on campus to reach the next generation of students.

Thank you for caring for both students and faculty on college campuses!

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Hungry for Community

Whether they are in a Zoom Room, a Blanket Bible Study, an outdoor weekly gathering, or a Masked Meeting, students continue to connect and reach their campuses for Jesus.

Makayla, a sophomore at San Francisco State University, had a dream last January. She dreamt all the African American students on her campus were worshipping together. She and a Cru staff member immediately planned to launch Impact, Cru’s contextualized ministry for African American students. Then Covid-19 arrived. What was God doing?

Returning to campus this fall Makayla started an Impact Instagram and reached out to her campus. Ten students came to the first meeting! The staff member says, “Looking back, I think starting Impact via Zoom has actually been easier and more effective than it would have been in person.”

Sam is a freshman at the University of Kentucky. The first time he heard the gospel this fall he exclaimed, “This is the best news ever!”

Jacob, a student at Illinois State University, told his mom about his plans to become a missionary overseas after graduation. His mom saw how excited he was and asked, “Can you tell me about Jesus, too?”

Anna, a Cru staff member with Impact, wasn’t planning on visiting Western Illinois University, but an African American church asked her to help lead a Bible study after they had over 1,000 freshman express interest!

These are just a few of the many stories we could share. Students are hungry for community. That need is being met in Jesus. Thank you for your part in changing the lives of students around the US!

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