What happens when they leave?

 

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Lucy is an international student preparing to graduate from the University of Michigan. This is her story…

Originally from Vietnam, I was born and raised in a non-Christian family. When I came to the U.S. in 2011, a friend invited me to Bible study.

I learned about God and saw how important He was to my friend. This made me very curious. I left for grad school in Michigan, where I got involved with GradCru and a local church even though I was not a Christian.

It wasn’t until Easter 2016, that the Gospel became clear to me. I finally understood the God of the universe wanted a relationship with me.

Over the past year, my walk with Jesus has been amazing. He has blessed me with a loving spiritual family in GradCru to strengthen my faith in Him.

Studying God’s word and worshipping Him with others has strengthened my dependence on the Holy Spirit.

When I feel discouraged in my studies or in reaching out to students in my classes, His grace enables me not to give up. This can only be supernatural because I would not have the strength otherwise.

I attended an international student conference with Cru last December. There God planted a vision to minister to international students in the U.S.

When I go back to Vietnam, I want to be His ambassador to my family and to the Vietnamese people. I look forward to my family and friends joining me in Jesus’ eternal kingdom.

Many Christians cared for Lucy over many years before she became a Christian. Our work behind the scenes helps Cru staff members build these long-term relationships. Thank you for making this possible. You are part of changing lives around the world!

 

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Prepare the seniors in your life

2017.04 Freshmen Bible Study

Students gather for a freshmen Bible study.

Although 80% of Christian high school seniors intend to follow Jesus in college, by the end of their first year 70% are no longer walking with Jesus. They miss out on the opportunity to grow in relationship with Jesus and to introduce other future leaders to Jesus.

Many times incoming Christian freshmen simply aren’t aware of a few key realities when they step on their new college campus.

They don’t know that the friendships and choices they make in the first 72 hours (3 days!) on campus drive their decisions for the rest of college.

And they don’t know the Christian groups on their college campus.

Cru has partnered with Campus Ministry Link and other national Christian college ministries to help incoming Christian freshmen find friends on campus quickly.

CampusMinistryLink.org will go fully live later this spring. It will then allow incoming freshmen to find and connect with Christian groups on their campus before they even leave home for college.

Imagine what would happen if Christian high school students arrived at college having already connected with other Christians. These students would be in a position to bring the students on their dorm floor to Jesus rather than being influenced away from Him.

Help students walk with Jesus in college—share this with parents, pastors and youth leaders. And remind Christian high school seniors to look for Cru on campus, because Cru would love to provide them a home away from home.

 

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Sometimes they come to us

2017.03 International Students

A Cru student meets an international student at the University of New Hampshire.

“You are loved, no matter where you’re from,” was the theme of the International Student Appreciation night Cru students hosted recently at the University of New Hampshire.

Jesus has invited us to take the gospel to the nations! One of many ways we can do that is by befriending and loving international students who come to the US to study.

About 180 international students joined those UNH students for games and conversation and food.

One woman said, “This is the first time an American has spoken to me all year!”

Relationships have continued as they have met on campus for coffee and dinner.

Please join us in praying that these friendships will continue and that students will learn that God loves them no matter where they are from!

Across the country in Champaign, Illinois, Cru staff are befriending international students, too.

Lauren chatted with Ann, a student from China. She invited Ann to come for dinner at her house that night even though she expected excuses. However Ann came! She met other international students and then joined them in their weekly Bible study.

They gather on Tuesday evenings to investigate Jesus together. There are 5 girls who come regularly and another 5 girls and a couple guys who sometimes come.

Please join us in praying that each would come to know Jesus personally!

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