Serving the Military

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Nate’s team helps Cru Military with their finances.

In 2017, Cru Military began reaching out to Air Force students at Fort Sam Houston participating in training to be medical technicians, nurses and operations technicians.

This is the first phase of training for the 1,000 students assigned to the Medical Wing after leaving basic training. They are in school from 2 to 9 months depending on their career.

The training is stressful. Physical training begins at 5 in the morning. Students then have eight hours of classroom lessons and a heavy load of homework at night.

In spite of the demands of medical training and military life, many medical students are attending Bible study on Thursday evenings.

For one hour they dive into the Bible. This fuels them with God’s promises, God’s love, and God’s peace, so they continue on the path God calls them to. They are learning what Jesus says in John, “…apart from me you can do nothing.”

“This study reminds me that God loves me and that He is always with me,” affirms Misael.

On Sunday mornings, about 50 students from the Air Force, Army and Navy gather for small groups.

Nathaniel has learned, “There is a way out from under my sin. I don’t have to be afraid to talk about Jesus.”

At the end of April two young military women surrendered their lives to Jesus!

Your partnership is changing lives as Nate’s team meets the financial needs of Cru Military. Thank you!

 

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Helping with Harvey

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Over 350,000 homes were affected when Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 50 inches of rain on Houston, Texas.

In March over 1,000 student volunteers from 35 nations attending 56 universities in 23 states descended on Houston to help with relief efforts. Even though they came with Cru, 20% of the volunteers didn’t consider themselves Christians.

Each week while they were working some of these students made decisions to follow Jesus for the first time!

During the 4 weeks of spring break, students demoed, cleared, laid foundations, framed, roofed, and paved the way to new beginnings. They even built 5 new homes!

Lauren, a 23-year-old Cru intern at Virginia Tech, was in “Little Cambodia,” in the hard hit town of Rosharon 30 miles south of Houston, for the first week of the work. She and 75 other Virginia Tech Hokies skipped the beach this spring break, instead choosing backbreaking, all day manual labor.

“I love to get down and dirty and work with my hands, and that’s why I came on this trip,” Lauren says. “But I am surprised that the real work isn’t picking up trash or building ramps or anything like that. The real work is that people need to know Christ.”

Another student used his love of cutting hair to offer free haircuts in Little Cambodia. With the help of Google Translate he shared the gospel with a couple and saw them receive Jesus on the spot!

Nate helps Cru’s Campus Ministry manage money well, so whether it is student volunteers or Cambodians in Rosharon, you are helping people know Jesus. Thank you!

 

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One man wanted nothing

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Sarah*, a young middle-eastern woman, loved Facebook. She used it to connect with friends. Facebook also enabled her to escape one life and begin another.

Experience taught her that she was property. She was forced into marriage with a terrorist 40 years her elder. He divorced Sarah. Another older man married and divorced her.

Again her father forced her to marry a terrorist. This husband wanted to use Sarah to recruit other women as wives for his comrades. He told Sarah that as his property she had to do whatever he wanted.

But one night she met a new friend on Facebook. As they chatted, Milad* said, “Let me introduce you to a man who loves you and doesn’t want anything from you.” Sarah stared at her screen and gradually met Jesus.

Questions went back and forth. Sarah had never heard the Gospel message.

Before the conversation was over, she told Milad that she wanted to belong to Jesus. Her new friend led her through a prayer as she began a relationship with her Savior.

Sarah had to flee her country. Milad introduced her to a new community of believers.

One Christian leader estimates that 95 percent of Christians from Muslim backgrounds begin their journey to Jesus by meeting a Christian online.

Sarah’s story has been shared online through EveryStudent.com, a website maintained by Cru. Over 60,000 Arabic readers have seen her story and 300 have decided to follow Jesus.

You are helping to make this possible. Thank you!

*names changed for security reasons.

 

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