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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Teachers Reach the World

Ninety teachers from Kazakhstan, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Russia
meet south of Moscow to learn about Christian school curricula and tools prior to Covid-19.

In the face of the global pandemic, many teachers have transitioned from classrooms to online platforms. This has led to new opportunities to share the gospel.

Cru’s International School Project (ISP) provides educational resources, connects teachers, and equips them to leave a lasting impact for Jesus on their students, their co-workers, and their society.

This past school year, Irina, a teacher in Russia, met with the parents of her students once a month. She used ISP’s Shaping Your Child’s Future curriculum to teach parents how to restore their authority in the home and develop practical parenting skills.

Irina continues to meet parents weekly. She sees these online gatherings as an opportunity to draw parents’ attention to God.

Teachers in Zaoksky, Russia recently formed a Teacher’s Community. They meet monthly to discuss spiritual and professional topics.

They also introduce other teachers in their district to ISP’s Dream Makers—Dream Breakers curriculum. This curriculum engages students in discussions about promiscuity and drug and alcohol abuse through the stories of three students and their grandmothers.

At a July outdoor teacher training in Albania, Lediana told an ISP staff member, “For quite some time, God has put on my heart to minister to teachers. Now that I’ve heard about your ministry, I want to volunteer. How can I participate?”

Cru’s International School Project is just one of the many ministries that my team serves at Cru Headquarters. Thank you for your part in changing the lives of teachers, parents and students around the world!

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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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