One man wanted nothing

Nothing

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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Joining a Spiritual Journey…

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How can you introduce others to Jesus? Cru creates tools and offers training that helps Christians come alongside others on their journeys.

We often teach three foundational principles:

  1. Everyone is on a spiritual journey.
  2. God is already at work.
  3. God wants to use you.

These three principles are the core of the book CoJourners: Joining Others in Spiritual Journey.

Over lunch during a recent training based on the book, one student told the speaker, “I was so excited when I heard you were our speaker that I squealed.”

“Why?” Keith, a Cru staff member and author of CoJourners, asked.

She told Keith that she had read CoJourners on a Cru mission trip. She is now using it in a Bible study at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Many in the Bible study were excited to attend the training with her.

A student from Otterbein University in Westerville, OH, also attended the training. He is now meeting with his fraternity brothers to learn about their spiritual journeys. He expects to discover where God is at work in their lives and the role he can play in helping them on their spiritual journeys.

Part of Nate’s role is helping with some of the behind the scenes details that allow Cru to create resources like CoJourners. Thank you for your partnership in this.

What a privilege that we can be a part of helping others on their spiritual journeys!

 

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The Gospel: Going Far and Near

2018 Student Contest

Albanian students sign up for the More Than a Carpenter reading challenge.

More Than a Carpenter, Evidence That Demands a Verdict, Answers to Tough Questions—these are just three of the 147 books written or co-written by Josh McDowell.

The Josh McDowell Ministry distributes Josh’s books around the world in print and electronic media. A bored north African Muslim traveling to southern Europe by ferry might download an electronic copy of More Than a Carpenter from a MyFi hotspot carried by a Christian passenger.

This past fall over 1,000 copies of More Than a Carpenter were given to Albanian students. They read the book and took a 50 question test to win an iPad.

Speakers trained by Josh McDowell bring the gospel near. They conduct seminars on the effects of pornography. Between Christmas and New Year’s about 2,000 Cru staff and students attended these seminars at Cru Winter Conferences in the US.

Over 90% of the students indicated that sex or pornography had created problems for them; over 75% felt controlled by their sexual desires.

A female student told a seminar speaker, “Thank you for coming. I prayed for someone to talk about overcoming pornography. I’ve been addicted to it for a long time and didn’t tell anyone. I am so ready to be free from this sin. I now know that I am not the only one struggling and my battle is not to be fought alone. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

This winter Nate has been helping the Josh McDowell Ministry to be more efficient with their financial resources. Thank you for helping take the gospel to the world!

 

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