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!