Ivory Coast Multiplication

Craig Drissa Meeting

Drissa* might seem an unlikely evangelist. He grew up Muslim.

In the spring of 2017 Cru staff members hosted a training for Ivory Coast student volunteers. One day training attendees were seeking students excited to introduce others on their campuses to Jesus.

They met Drissa and learned he had recently become a Christian, although he wasn’t yet active in his faith. They challenged him to find a Christian mentor—introducing him to Craig, a Cru staff member—and to reach his campus for Jesus.

The past two years Drissa has tracked his own spiritual impact on his Ivory Coast university. Recently, he recorded the following stats for a two week period:

  • Students challenged to more involvement —27
  • Yes to coaching—3
  • Yes to Bible Study—5
  • Went to Bible Study—3
  • Heard the gospel—3

Not content to simply look back, Drissa also wrote the following goals:

  1. Start 2 new Bible Studies.
  2. Challenge 20 students to evangelism training.
  3. Share gospel with 10 more students.

Drissa was just baptized this past Easter!

Your partnership enables us to serve Cru staff like Craig as they coach students like Drissa. You are making a difference in the lives of students all around the world! Thank you!

If you would like to learn more about Craig and his family’s ministry with Cru in Ivory Coast watch this 3 minute video.

* Named changed for security reasons.


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Building Bridges in Hershey, PA

GAiN Packing

International students pack boxes of food for refugees in the Middle East
at the GAiN Warehouse in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Hershey, PA, near Lancaster Amish Country, is home to the company known for chocolate kisses. It’s also just down the road from GAiN headquarters.

Global Aid Network (GAiN) is the humanitarian relief arm of Cru. GAiN seeks to relieve suffering, restore dignity, and reveal hope through food, agriculture, clean water, and critical aid. Meeting these basic needs opens the door for the gospel.

This spring break international students involved with Cru traveled from Philadelphia and New York City to the GAiN head-quarters. Some knew Jesus and some were merely curious about Him.

They toured Hershey’s Chocolate World, visited an Amish farm, and packed boxes of food, clothes, and school supplies for refugees at the GAiN headquarters.

Some students from Thailand, India and China were just beginning to connect with believers. One night they heard Christians share their experience of following Jesus.

This raised many questions: “How can you know God exists?” “Why did Jesus have to die?” “Do you discount my real struggles just because of some ‘future hope’?’”

A team leader noted, “In a natural, organic way, each of our students heard the gospel at least once per day during this trip!”

Nate is helping GAiN with finances so GAiN staff can better minister to the world. This time the world came to GAiN. Thank you for helping make this possible!


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A Box Brings Hope

Cru Inner City Warehouse

Cru Inner City warehouse (New York City): Packing Homeless Care Kits containing an emergency blanket, gloves, a hat, a scarf, warm socks, a hygiene kit, a snack and a book sharing God’s love.

Geneva* felt forgotten and embarrassed. She was grieving.

Her mom had become ill needing constant care.

Geneva stepped in to care for her mother. With little financial reserves she fell into economic hardship. Then, her mom died.

When she had been excelling financially, she had gone to church. Now Geneva felt she couldn’t contribute, so she stopped attending church. In fact, she hadn’t attended in years.

Not knowing this, local church members knocked on her door with a Box of Love.

Every Thanksgiving Cru Inner City partners with churches around the United States to give away Boxes of Love containing a complete Thanksgiving dinner for six and a booklet sharing the love of Jesus.

Geneva eagerly stepped out to speak with the church members. God’s timing was perfect, as she only had fifty cents left.

She was ashamed of her poverty, and she hadn’t told anyone that she was in great need.

As they shared with her about Jesus, Geneva expressed familiarity with Him but not a certainty of faith. The group reminded her that God is still there. Geneva began to cry.

Sharlyn, one of the church members, embraced her in a hug. Today, Sharlyn continues to check in with Geneva. She continues to build their friendship and hopes Geneva will visit her church soon, in spite of Geneva’s shame.

Thank you for partnering with us! As we serve behind the scenes, Cru staff and their church partners are able to meet women like Geneva. Your partnership is changing lives!

*Name changed to protect privacy.


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