What is Your Perspective?

2020.01 Chattanooga

Cru students in Chattanooga invite others to give their perspective on God and the world.

There are infinite ways to view God, right? While many people believe this, there are really only 6 ways to view God’s nature:

  • Polytheism—there are many gods.
  • Agnosticism—it can’t be known or it doesn’t matter if God exists .
  • Pantheism—God and the universe are one.
  • Deism—God is unable or unwilling to interact
  • Monotheism—God is able and willing to interact
  • Atheism—no God

Recently, college students in Chattanooga were invited to  express their perspectives on the nature of God, the meaning of life, the nature of people, the nature of Jesus and the source of spiritual truth.

Students involved with Cru quickly realized that even in the “buckle of the Bible Belt” most students had very inconsistent perspectives on these topics.

Sarah was so overcome by the answers she was hearing that she began to cry.

She sought out a Cru staff member, “I’m really heartbroken about the girls I just talked to because of what they shared, and I just want to pray.”

Just a simple deck of Perspective Cards began this conversation. Students have continued to use them to initiate conversations with their friends.

Thank you for praying for these students in Chattanooga. You are part of making a difference in the lives of students around the world!


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Fall Highlights

Disney Fall Retreat

Disney interns at the Cru Disney Fall Retreat.


Have you ever had another person completely miss what you are saying? In an effort to better serve Cru staff, Cru’s Financial Services Group is going through a series on communication called “I said this you heard that.”

After only two sessions of this series, Kim and I are thinking about our communication patterns differently. And we are becoming more conscious of how our “clear” statements can be easily misunderstood by others.

You can watch the videos for free by visiting https://www.isaidyouheard.study/.


Nate was recently blessed by a brief note from a friend.

“Thank-you for making the tools necessary to work with students’ credit card payments for Fall Retreats across the country.

I can’t imagine the hours you’ve saved field staff. It’s at least 150 hours just in September.”

Those are hours freed for evangelism and discipleship and for events like the Cru Disney Fall Retreat. Students from around the world intern at Disney where Cru staff help meet their spiritual, physical, relational and other needs.

Using a Hymn

One of the students from China at the Cru Disney Fall Retreat is interested in Jesus because she heard the hymn “Amazing Grace” in a Japanese Anime and thought it was beautiful. Now she is meeting with a Cru staff member at Disney to learn more about Jesus.

Thank you for making it possible for us to serve Cru staff members so they can build into students from around the world. We are so grateful for you!


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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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