Finding the Father

Edith and her daughter.

When Charlie started kindergarten, Jessica, a Cru staff member, didn’t know a soul at his school. She looked for ways to meet people and kept running into Edith. Edith was also looking for insight into her oldest child’s new world. She became Jessica’s first “mom friend” at the school.

Fast forward six years. Edith accepted an invitation to a weekly NBS2GO Bible study in Jessica’s living room. NBS2GO stands for “Neighborhood Bible Studies 2GO.”

NBS2GO exists to “equip and encourage you to reach the people around you, through unique 2GO Bible studies that are easy to facilitate with neighbors, co-workers, friends or family.”

Edith arrived 30 minutes early the first day because she wanted to ask what to expect. “I’ve never been invited to a Bible Study before,” she confided. Edith attended for a few months, but a work conflict got in the way.

Then Covid hit and Jessica moved the study online. Edith was able to rejoin the group. As they looked at scripture, Edith saw a more full picture of God. She had seen Him as a judge wanting to convict her and didn’t know of His fatherly love.

In the midst of Covid during that virtual study, Edith became a new person. Now she tells all her coworkers about this Father who loves her so much. She’s also been reading the Bible and praying with her daughters!

NBS2GO is just one of the many ministries that Nate and his team serve through managing Cru’s behind the scenes finances and processes. Thank you for your role in helping people know God as Father. You are making a difference in the world!

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Building Bridges

Felipe shares his story. The Jesus Storybook Bible is changing Sophia’s life.

After a week in a mental health unit, Sophia* was returning to Penn State University. When Cru staff member, Meagin, took this Southeast Asian student to the hospital she gave her a copy of The Jesus Storybook Bible.

This Bible was a refuge for Sophia as she struggled with depression and anxiety.

On the ride home Sophia told Meagin, “For so long I have felt like I can’t get out of the darkness; the only way to escape would be to die. One night in The Jesus Storybook Bible I read how no matter how great the darkness is the light can overcome it. I realized maybe I don’t need to get myself out of darkness but the light can reach me while I am in it.”

Meagin also kept Sophia’s parents connected while Sophia was in the hospital. She is praying that both Sophia and her parents would know Jesus.

Meanwhile, at the University of Illinois, Felipe shared his story with 40 other international students from 10 countries at Cru’s Lunar New Year Dumpling Party.

This past August he had said goodbye to Ecuador, thinking he was finally done with God and religion.

He continued, “My first day on campus I went to the union to get my ID, and I saw three people holding a big map. They said they were with Bridges, a campus Christian community. I thought, ‘Oh no, not this again.’ I gave them my number to please my mom, but I knew there was a deeper purpose in that.”

Felipe became a Christian this fall. “My feeling of emptiness was replaced with understanding. Now, I want to study God’s word. I understand the importance of having God first—and of loving each other. In the past, I thought I was happy, but I was lost.”

Thank you for your role in helping people move from lost to light!

* Name changed to protect privacy.

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Seven Simple Questions

An “in-person” socially distanced Cru Bible Study on a college campus.

Students are starving on college campuses around the US—not for food but for meaningful social interaction. After nearly a year of isolation and a semester of virtual classes they are returning to in person instruction hungry to connect with others.

Cru staff members around the US report that in spite of requirements while on campus to sit six feet (or more!) apart, wear masks and no physical touch (handshakes, fist bumps, hugs, etc…) students are willing to talk for hours.

There has been great desire for in person Bible Studies, even if “in person” means meeting in a classroom like the one pictured above.

There are probably many people around you who are also hungry for connection. Consider leading a Bible Study to build community in your neighborhood. Invite people. Pick a book of the Bible. Ask these seven questions when you meet:

1. What do you like about this passage? Why? (Reveals when our heart is in line with God’s word.)

2. What do you not like or find challenging about this passage? Why? (Reveals a growth area.)

3. What do you not understand? (Encourage the group to answer. Maybe assign someone to find the answer for the next time you meet.)

4. What do you learn about God (or people) and His character?

5. How will you apply what we have discussed this week?

6. What verse or phrase will you “take with you” to help you apply our discussion?

7. How can we pray for each other this week?

You are making a difference in the world! Thank you!

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