Joining a Spiritual Journey…

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How can you introduce others to Jesus? Cru creates tools and offers training that helps Christians come alongside others on their journeys.

We often teach three foundational principles:

  1. Everyone is on a spiritual journey.
  2. God is already at work.
  3. God wants to use you.

These three principles are the core of the book CoJourners: Joining Others in Spiritual Journey.

Over lunch during a recent training based on the book, one student told the speaker, “I was so excited when I heard you were our speaker that I squealed.”

“Why?” Keith, a Cru staff member and author of CoJourners, asked.

She told Keith that she had read CoJourners on a Cru mission trip. She is now using it in a Bible study at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Many in the Bible study were excited to attend the training with her.

A student from Otterbein University in Westerville, OH, also attended the training. He is now meeting with his fraternity brothers to learn about their spiritual journeys. He expects to discover where God is at work in their lives and the role he can play in helping them on their spiritual journeys.

Part of Nate’s role is helping with some of the behind the scenes details that allow Cru to create resources like CoJourners. Thank you for your partnership in this.

What a privilege that we can be a part of helping others on their spiritual journeys!


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The Gospel: Going Far and Near

2018 Student Contest

Albanian students sign up for the More Than a Carpenter reading challenge.

More Than a Carpenter, Evidence That Demands a Verdict, Answers to Tough Questions—these are just three of the 147 books written or co-written by Josh McDowell.

The Josh McDowell Ministry distributes Josh’s books around the world in print and electronic media. A bored north African Muslim traveling to southern Europe by ferry might download an electronic copy of More Than a Carpenter from a MyFi hotspot carried by a Christian passenger.

This past fall over 1,000 copies of More Than a Carpenter were given to Albanian students. They read the book and took a 50 question test to win an iPad.

Speakers trained by Josh McDowell bring the gospel near. They conduct seminars on the effects of pornography. Between Christmas and New Year’s about 2,000 Cru staff and students attended these seminars at Cru Winter Conferences in the US.

Over 90% of the students indicated that sex or pornography had created problems for them; over 75% felt controlled by their sexual desires.

A female student told a seminar speaker, “Thank you for coming. I prayed for someone to talk about overcoming pornography. I’ve been addicted to it for a long time and didn’t tell anyone. I am so ready to be free from this sin. I now know that I am not the only one struggling and my battle is not to be fought alone. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

This winter Nate has been helping the Josh McDowell Ministry to be more efficient with their financial resources. Thank you for helping take the gospel to the world!


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International School Project

Public school teachers receive training in morals from Cru staff.

“This is great! We’re going to use this curriculum in our school!” said a Guatemalan teacher after a group training session.

The training was done by International School Project (ISP), a ministry of Cru that provides training, curricula and materials to help teachers meet the social and spiritual needs in their classroom and community.

This branch of Cru partners with local and national ministries of education to train public school teachers on the historical and philosophical foundations of morals and ethics.

ISP’s curriculum teaches students to avoid alcohol and drug abuse and sexually transmitted diseases. Lessons include small group discussion, movement, music, and drama.

“My job is to fix kids who are broken,” said a school psychologist who attended the first ISP conference in Ecuador along with 215 other teachers.

According to some teachers attending the conference, sexual assault of minors is rampant in the schools.

The student curriculum was very well received. “I feel an urgency to share this curriculum. I can’t let more time go by and allow another generation to be lost.”

Nate’s work in finances allows Cru staff working with the International School Project to serve teachers around the world without distraction. Students are learning about Jesus as a result.

Thank you for helping to make this possible. You are changing the lives of students around the world!


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