Teachers Reach the World

Ninety teachers from Kazakhstan, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Russia
meet south of Moscow to learn about Christian school curricula and tools prior to Covid-19.

In the face of the global pandemic, many teachers have transitioned from classrooms to online platforms. This has led to new opportunities to share the gospel.

Cru’s International School Project (ISP) provides educational resources, connects teachers, and equips them to leave a lasting impact for Jesus on their students, their co-workers, and their society.

This past school year, Irina, a teacher in Russia, met with the parents of her students once a month. She used ISP’s Shaping Your Child’s Future curriculum to teach parents how to restore their authority in the home and develop practical parenting skills.

Irina continues to meet parents weekly. She sees these online gatherings as an opportunity to draw parents’ attention to God.

Teachers in Zaoksky, Russia recently formed a Teacher’s Community. They meet monthly to discuss spiritual and professional topics.

They also introduce other teachers in their district to ISP’s Dream Makers—Dream Breakers curriculum. This curriculum engages students in discussions about promiscuity and drug and alcohol abuse through the stories of three students and their grandmothers.

At a July outdoor teacher training in Albania, Lediana told an ISP staff member, “For quite some time, God has put on my heart to minister to teachers. Now that I’ve heard about your ministry, I want to volunteer. How can I participate?”

Cru’s International School Project is just one of the many ministries that my team serves at Cru Headquarters. Thank you for your part in changing the lives of teachers, parents and students around the world!

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Redeeming a COVID Summer

God redeemed Sarah’s COVID summer.

Devastation. I know that sounds dramatic, but that is what I experienced when Wildwood Summer Mission Trip was cancelled.”

Sarah, a student at the University of Iowa, wanted to go to Wildwood, New Jersey with Cru to practice evangelism for ten weeks.

“Then COVID happened. I felt trapped in my home, limited to daily quiet times with no ability to ‘do’ anything. When I heard about Cru’s Summer of Theology I was sold.”

Summer of Theology is an interactive, online, ten-week theological deep dive. It replaced cancelled Cru Summer Mission Trips.

“I’ve only been living for Jesus for a year,” Sarah continued. “I can struggle to see the logic of commonly accepted doctrine. This summer my logical brain and my emotional heart connected in a sweet devotion to the Lord that has shown me it is good to have deep questions and seek truth.”

Anna-Marie, a student at St. John’s University, had a similar experience.

“My plans went out the window due to COVID. I asked God to redeem my summer. When I heard about Summer of Theology I signed up eagerly.

I’ve grown up in the church, but discovered many important theological truths I had to relearn and process.

My favorite module covered sanctification. I realized I had many misconceptions about what it was and how the Holy Spirit makes me into the image of Christ. The more I learn, the hungrier I am for the Word.”

Thank you for partnering with us. Your partnership is making a difference in the lives of students around the United States. We are grateful for you!

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Cru in High School

Cru High School is helping Samantha grow closer to Jesus during coronavirus.

Cru High School teaches students the basics of Christianity, evangelism and how to help new believers to grow in their relationship with Jesus.

A Cru staff member working with high schoolers recently shared the reflections of a senior graduating from her ministry.

Hi, my name is Samantha. I am graduating this year. I am very grateful for Cru. I have had the pleasure to be influenced by Susan [the Cru staff member] these past few weeks. I try to join in every day for the video calls.

I first got involved through a drug prevention group at my school. Susan also attended those meetings.

After we met she started pouring into my life. We had coffee together once before COVID and she told me a lot about Cru.

I love going to the video meetings. I have met new people and grown in my faith. Without these meetings and these women, I think I would be falling through the cracks in my faith. They keep me motivated and have even invited me to share Jesus with others.

Even in the midst of COVID lockdowns, students like Samantha are experiencing community. They are growing in their relationship with Jesus. And they are introducing others to Him.

Thank you for partnering with us. Your partnership is making a difference in the lives of high school students around the United States. We are grateful for you!

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