Vision leads to Gospel

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John (right) shares the Jesus Film in the Kuria language after testing vision.

What can old glasses and partnership do? This past summer a team of students involved in Lifelines, Cru’s outdoor leadership development ministry, partnered with GAiN, the humanitarian aid arm of Cru, to provide vision clinics in Africa.

In just a few short weeks, 1,421 people received needed glasses; 2,615 people heard the gospel through Jesus Film showings, personal conversations and partnering African pastors preaching to the crowds; and 404 people indicated that they had decided to follow Jesus.

A grandmother who depends on her friends to move her from place to place because she has only one leg was carried to the vision testing site. After her vision test the team showed her a trailer for the Jesus Film.

She wanted to watch the entire two-hour film. Her friends carried her into a nearby school to watch the film without distraction. Local school children gathered around her as she watched on a small iPad.

After the vision clinics ended, the Lifelines students spent a week climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest point in Africa. This gave them numerous opportunities to share the gospel with their predominantly Muslim guides and other climbers from around the world.

This partnership was possible in part because of you. Nate helps GAiN with their finances and Lauren, a member of Nate’s team, helps Lifelines.

Thank you for the impact you are having on lives around the world!


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Award Winning Team

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(Back Row L-R) Steve Elliott, Angela Aldridge, Eric Rardin, Eric Ogle, Nate Miller, Russ Martin, Mike Silva
(Front Row L-R) Lauren Burke, Steve Douglass (President of Cru), Jason Lara

The excitement was palpable. The competition for Financial Services Group’s Team of the Year had been narrowed down to three teams. The envelope was opened and, for the second year in a row, the Ministry Finance Team won! Let me introduce my team:

Steve Elliott—has served thirty years with Cru. He focuses on the finances of Inner City, a ministry to the urban poor, and City, a ministry to the rest of the city.

Angela Aldridge—has served thirteen years with Cru. She focuses on the finances of Cru Military and the International Leadership Foundation, which develops leaders of integrity around the world.

Eric Rardin—has served five years with Cru. He is part of a Cru HQ leadership development program this year and helps Steve Elliott.

Eric Ogle—has served ten years with Cru. He is part of a Cru HQ leadership development program this year and helps Nate.

Lauren Burke—has served one year with Cru. She focuses on the finances of the Campus Ministry, Lifelines, an outdoor leadership development ministry, and Athletes in Action, a ministry to college and professional athletes.

Russ Martin—has served twenty-three years with Cru . He focuses on the finances of the International School Project, which helps teachers train students in morality and ethics.

Mike Silva—has served five years with Cru. He leads the team and focuses on the finances of FamilyLife, which strengthens marriages and families.

Jason Lara—has served five years with Cru. He focuses on the finances of the Josh McDowell Ministry, which provides apologetics and combats pornography.

Nate Miller (me)—has served twenty-three years with Cru. Half of my time I focus on the finances of GAiN, the humanitarian aid arm of Cru. GAiN partners with local churches to provide clean water, vision clinics, seed packets and critical aid to open doors for gospel conversations. The other half of my time is focused on improving financial processes for all of Cru.


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Life Change Through Families


Nate was recently at FamilyLife’s headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was there to help them improve their financial processes.

FamilyLife is a ministry of Cru that equips couples with practical, scripture-based approaches to real-world issues through conferences, broadcasts, and resources.

96% of couples attending a FamilyLife Weekend to Remember Conference say it greatly improved their marriage. The average attendee says their marriage went from a 4 to an 8 in just one weekend!

The April Weekend to Remember Conference in Kalamazoo, Michigan was attended by 579 people. Of those, 148 recommitted their lives to Jesus and 14 began following Jesus!

A couple married one year said, “We were hopeless when we came this weekend. We struggled to communicate and isolation was rampant. This weekend broke something in us! Divorce is no longer on the table!”

Another couple married 33 years commented, “Our marriage had been in decline for many years due to unresolved hurt which turned into bitterness. Trying to fix things alone had not ‘fixed’ things so we needed help! This was just what we needed right now.”

We are grateful for you. With 95 locations, there is probably a Weekend to Remember Conference close to you. Learn more at:


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