Walking for Water

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Cru Staff kids learn about the importance of clean drinking water around the world.

This summer, while Kim and I were taking seminary classes and reconnecting with the mission and vision of Cru, Joah and Micah were participating in a Cru conference for middle school staff kids. They had Bible Studies together, heard from great speakers and also grew in awareness of the world.

One morning they carried 5 gallon buckets of water three miles from the city park pond to a water filtration system. The average person without running water walks that far every day in order to get water.

The cloudy, unhealthy water became crystal clear after going through the filters. Each filter is just $18 and will provide a family of four clean water for up to ten years.

The students participating in this “Water Walk Challenge” donated and raised money to provide water filters for 400 families.

Just as important, the families receiving these filters also learn about Jesus, the source of living water.

Thank you for your partnership!

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Cloudy, undrinkable water becomes clean.

 

You can make a difference!

Isaiah’s 5th grade class is participating in a “Water Walk Challenge” this month. You can provide clean water for a family of four for up to ten years for just $18. To give go to: Water Walk Challenge.

The Water Walk Challenge is an initiative of GAiN – the humanitarian aid arm of Cru

 

 

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Equipped for tough questions

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Does God exist? Why is there so much suffering? Is the Bible reliable? What does the resurrection have to do with me? How can Jesus be both God and man? What about the poor?

These questions, and more, are what students on campus and people all around us are asking. Christians also ask these questions.

We want ourselves and our Cru staff members to be continually equipped to respond to such questions with knowledge and confident winsomeness, especially in the midst of hostility.

More and more frequently, the beliefs of those we meet are based on their own preconceived ideas of God, instead of on the reliability of the Bible.

Through the end of July, we are in Fort Collins, Colorado, so we and other Cru staff members can be developed theologically and in ministry. Both of us are taking seminary classes on these topics for our own training and development.

Nate is also serving behind the scenes, so over 500 other Cru staff members can take seminary classes and nearly 5000 Cru staff members can attend Cru’s biennial US Staff Conference.

Thank you so much for helping to make it possible for Cru staff members to gain the training necessary to reach the world.

 

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What happens when they leave?

 

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Lucy is an international student preparing to graduate from the University of Michigan. This is her story…

Originally from Vietnam, I was born and raised in a non-Christian family. When I came to the U.S. in 2011, a friend invited me to Bible study.

I learned about God and saw how important He was to my friend. This made me very curious. I left for grad school in Michigan, where I got involved with GradCru and a local church even though I was not a Christian.

It wasn’t until Easter 2016, that the Gospel became clear to me. I finally understood the God of the universe wanted a relationship with me.

Over the past year, my walk with Jesus has been amazing. He has blessed me with a loving spiritual family in GradCru to strengthen my faith in Him.

Studying God’s word and worshipping Him with others has strengthened my dependence on the Holy Spirit.

When I feel discouraged in my studies or in reaching out to students in my classes, His grace enables me not to give up. This can only be supernatural because I would not have the strength otherwise.

I attended an international student conference with Cru last December. There God planted a vision to minister to international students in the U.S.

When I go back to Vietnam, I want to be His ambassador to my family and to the Vietnamese people. I look forward to my family and friends joining me in Jesus’ eternal kingdom.

Many Christians cared for Lucy over many years before she became a Christian. Our work behind the scenes helps Cru staff members build these long-term relationships. Thank you for making this possible. You are part of changing lives around the world!

 

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