Cru students pray in Indianapolis.
They came from all over the United States to gather in 10 locations. These 7,000 college students could have rung in the New Year anywhere, but they wanted to hear from Jesus and have an impact on their communities as 2019 turned into 2020.
In Denver a student said, “I came to the conference with people I barely knew and was not entirely sure about my own faith and relationship with Jesus. But God worked in my heart. Just minutes before an evening session, I prayed and gave my life to Christ. I found the community of friends and family that I’ve always prayed for. If I didn’t attend Winter Conference, I am not sure where I would be, but I am so thankful for the opportunity I had to attend.” Hundreds of other students also placed their faith in Jesus for the first time!
Students in Dallas/Fort Worth were challenged to follow Jesus as Afshin Ziafat, a Frisco, Texas pastor, spoke of his journey from Islam to following Jesus. “If the cause is worthy, the cost is irrelevant,” he said.
Heather Holleman, a Penn State English professor, invited students in Indianapolis to reflect on the reality that they are seated with Christ (Ephesians 2:6) and also sent to carry God’s message to those who don’t yet know him. She said, “I talk to people like they are already believers.” She shares what she’s learning from the Bible, offering to pray with and for people and normalizing spiritual conversations.
These students are now introducing friends on campus to Jesus. Thank you for being a part of the gospel going to the world as we serve behind the scenes to free other Cru staff for more direct ministry!
Cru students in Chattanooga invite others to give their perspective on God and the world.
There are infinite ways to view God, right? While many people believe this, there are really only 6 ways to view God’s nature:
- Polytheism—there are many gods.
- Agnosticism—it can’t be known or it doesn’t matter if God exists .
- Pantheism—God and the universe are one.
- Deism—God is unable or unwilling to interact
- Monotheism—God is able and willing to interact
- Atheism—no God
Recently, college students in Chattanooga were invited to express their perspectives on the nature of God, the meaning of life, the nature of people, the nature of Jesus and the source of spiritual truth.
Students involved with Cru quickly realized that even in the “buckle of the Bible Belt” most students had very inconsistent perspectives on these topics.
Sarah was so overcome by the answers she was hearing that she began to cry.
She sought out a Cru staff member, “I’m really heartbroken about the girls I just talked to because of what they shared, and I just want to pray.”
Just a simple deck of Perspective Cards began this conversation. Students have continued to use them to initiate conversations with their friends.
Thank you for praying for these students in Chattanooga. You are part of making a difference in the lives of students around the world!
Disney interns at the Cru Disney Fall Retreat.
Have you ever had another person completely miss what you are saying? In an effort to better serve Cru staff, Cru’s Financial Services Group is going through a series on communication called “I said this you heard that.”
After only two sessions of this series, Kim and I are thinking about our communication patterns differently. And we are becoming more conscious of how our “clear” statements can be easily misunderstood by others.
You can watch the videos for free by visiting https://www.isaidyouheard.study/.
Nate was recently blessed by a brief note from a friend.
“Thank-you for making the tools necessary to work with students’ credit card payments for Fall Retreats across the country.
I can’t imagine the hours you’ve saved field staff. It’s at least 150 hours just in September.”
Those are hours freed for evangelism and discipleship and for events like the Cru Disney Fall Retreat. Students from around the world intern at Disney where Cru staff help meet their spiritual, physical, relational and other needs.
Using a Hymn
One of the students from China at the Cru Disney Fall Retreat is interested in Jesus because she heard the hymn “Amazing Grace” in a Japanese Anime and thought it was beautiful. Now she is meeting with a Cru staff member at Disney to learn more about Jesus.
Thank you for making it possible for us to serve Cru staff members so they can build into students from around the world. We are so grateful for you!