Moving in the Middle East


Just a few of the many books written by Josh McDowell over 56 years of ministry with Cru.
 

Quarantined, unable to freely gather with friends, an increasing number of people in the Middle East have been seeking spiritual truth online. Josh McDowell Ministries, a ministry of Cru, partners with over 400 co-laborers across the Muslim world. In the midst of quarantines in every country these co-laborers are working 24/7 to keep up with an amazing demand for truth.

This year Ramadan ran from April 23 to May 23. Quarantines meant millions of Muslims were unable to attend mosques or participate in nightly feasts with family and friends after fasting during the day.

While their families slept, many Muslims secretly reached out online to connect with Arab Christians. They were able to download resources created over the years by Josh McDowell.

An Arab Christian leader in the Middle East recently said, “I have never seen this number of people praying to receive Christ online. It’s amazing!”

Instead of preventing the spread of the gospel, quarantines may very well be accelerating it!

One of Nate’s teammates helps Josh McDowell Ministries with their finances, using tools Nate has developed. You are changing lives in the Middle East because of your prayers and giving!

Thank you for your partnership with us in the gospel. We are so grateful for you!

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Planting in Peru

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!

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Eternity and Coronavirus

Video discipleship
Coaching students by video.

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 nate.miller@cru.org. We are so grateful for you!

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