Fretfully, Faustina looked out the window of her small home in Lima, Peru. A widow, she supported herself and her disabled son by collecting and recycling landfill plastic. Then coronavirus began to strike Lima. She was scared to leave her home. She and her son were running out of food.
Thankfully Peruvian Cru staff members were in contact with Unto, the humanitarian aid arm of Cru. This relationship has developed over the years and has included shipments of containers filled with seeds, clothing and other supplies from the US.
A 2018 container contained hundreds of unused Warrior Dash t-shirts which the Cru staff distributed to the needy in Lima—including Faustina.
This spring, an Unto agricultural trip to Peru was cancelled because of coronavirus. But the agricultural training continued via Zoom video conference. US based Unto staff members were able to make garden planting recommendations based on freely available soil survey maps for Peru.
The Peruvian Cru staff immediately put what they learned into practice, planting backyard gardens around Lima and providing other much needed supplies and relational care. It was while planting gardens that the Cru staff learned of Faustina’s dilemma and provided help.
Nate helps Unto with their finances. Your partnership is making it possible for people like Faustina and her son to experience the tangible love of Jesus in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Thank you!
Oddly, ministry to students seems better in this time of social distancing!” a Cru staff member recently said. “[This generation] prefers digital communication over in-person, so the students I coach are happy to continue our evangelism training via video.”
In fact, one student on a training call invited two Chilean Christians to join them by video. She’d met them during a study abroad year in Chile.
One of the Chileans said she told a worried friend, “The most important thing is that we trust God.” She intended it in much the same way we would say, “Bless you!” after someone sneezes. She was surprised when her friend said, “You didn’t tell me why or how!” That started a deep gospel conversation.
In West Chester, PA, Cru staff members posted an article about anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic. After reading the article and a follow-up piece on knowing God personally, nine people indicated they had decided to follow Jesus.
In Orlando all three of our boys are now participating in school at home. Nate is working from home because Florida has issued a stay-at-home order. Kim is volunteer teaching 6th grade language arts virtually at Isaiah’s school. After three weeks, our house is beginning to feel smaller.
Thank you for enabling us to continue to serve Cru staff around the world even during this time.
We are praying for you that you would experience the peace and protection of Jesus. If you would like us to pray more specifically for you, please email us at email@example.com. We are so grateful for you!
Anu (left) and a friend demonstrate an Indian dance.
For many around the world the epitome of education is a US university. But only the brightest and most wealthy international student can study in the US.
Unfortunately, 70% of these future world leaders are never invited into an American home or church while they are in the US. Many feel like unwelcomed outcasts.
Bridges, a ministry of Cru, exists to welcome these students and invite them into relationship with Jesus.
Many Bridges staff find they can build relationships with international students by inviting them for a meal that is sensitive to their dietary customs.
Bridges staff at Kansas State University recently hosted a “Halal BBQ” for Middle Eastern men. Twenty men enjoyed the food and discussion on how the Five Love Languagescould help their marriages and other relationships.
Meanwhile at the University of Illinois, Anu, a biology PhD candidate from India, attended a Bridges Thanksgiving Dinner outreach. As a little boy he would go from temple to temple in India seeking the truth. But he never found an answer that made sense.
At the dinner Ashley, a senior from China and former Buddhist, shared her story. She mentioned faith and science. Anu was suddenly struck that a logical, educated person could believe both.
Anu recently said, “I’m no longer agnostic. I know God is real. The most compelling part of Christianity is the compassion. I’ve never felt such love.”
Thank you for partnering with us to provide the behind the scenes help necessary for Bridges staff to reach Anu!