Stories from the Field

Nick (left), a Cru intern, shares a donut with a University of New England student.

God is working in the lives of students this semester.

From the University of New England in Maine: Our team hosts a weekly table in the student commons. We give out free doughnuts.

To help start conversations we ask students to respond to an engaging question.

We have asked, “What are some of your needs on campus?” and, “If you could ask God a question, what would you ask?” So far, it has been a success. We’ve had students return multiple weeks to grab a doughnut and engage with us.

Through doughnuts and questions, we’re getting to know students.

From a high school ministry in California: Mr. Preacher man, do you mind if I roll this blunt?” David, a Cru High School Staff member, had just joined a group of eight students at Poly Burger, a block from school. He approached this evermoving bundle of humanity, offering a burger to anyone willing to play a survey game using Snapshot Cards.

His offer accepted; David was now navigating the chaos. He answered the young lady, “Sure, go ahead, don’t let me stop you.” But she put the weed away and began to respond about her life and faith.

Two other young men heard the gospel. They assured David that they had accepted Jesus in the past. Both are struggling with faith and want to join the Cru club on their campus.

Thank you for being a part of changing lives around the United States and the world!

P.S. There are many Cru staff in Ukraine, Russia, and surrounding countries. Please pray for their continued witness for Jesus during conflict.

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Video game evangelism  

What would you do to reach three billion people united by the common cause of video gaming? They are heavily invested in video gaming, spending an average of $40 per month and playing an average of 7 hours per week.

Cru is seeking to reach this community by partnering with video gaming ministries and through a video game focused summer mission trip (see sidebar).

Nathan is one student reached through video gaming outreach.

When they were high school sophomores, Nathan’s friend Matthew repeatedly invited him to youth group. Nathan finally visited after Matthew told him that they played a popular video game before and after the meeting.

Nathan began attending regularly. Later that year, the youth group leader asked the kids to name someone who is a good disciple of something.

Nathan spoke up: “I’ve been through a lot this year, and Matthew has loved me. He hasn’t judged me or acted preachy—he has just played games with me and loved me.” Through tears, he continued: “I lost my dad this summer, and since then I have felt a hole in my heart. The only time that hole feels full is when I am here, around people who love Jesus.”

Now grown, Nathan is a youth leader and has led his mother to Jesus. God used video games as a platform for Matthew to love Nathan, and that love has spread to others.

Thank you for being a part of changing lives around the world!

A few resources for sharing Jesus with those in the video gaming community:

Ministries Reaching the Gaming Community

To learn more about Cru’s Video Game focused Summer Mission Trip watch this short video:

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Exciting Language Progress

Watching the Jesus Film in their ‘heart language.”

Lately Nate has been helping Cru’s Jesus Film ministry with behind-the-scenes financial logistics so our field staff can work without distraction.

The Jesus Film seeks to record the story of Jesus as told in the book of Luke for each language and people group. We want every person to hear or read about Jesus in their own language.

There are about 2,400 languages in the world with more than 50,000 native speakers. Five years ago, we made it our goal to record the remaining 865 languages by 2025. Now we have about 500 left. We are pioneering new methods to increase the speed of translation while maintaining Biblical accuracy. You can learn more here.

These languages represent groups of people who haven’t heard Jesus speak in their native tongue.

Recording the Jesus Film in each new language requires teams of staff to find voice actors and record the script in the language. This means travel, often to remote locations. These days travel also means Covid tests. Nate helps our staff stay on the field by helping them navigate the systems and finances for these tests. 

Recently a Jesus Film staff member told Nate that the many tests and vaccinations would deter him from recording if he didn’t have a way to reimburse the cost.

We want to help our staff remain in the field recording new languages. We want those who speak these 500 languages to hear the story of Jesus in their own language. Someday, in heaven, we look forward to meeting all those you helped impact.

Nate has joined a new team within Cru which helps Cru better steward God’s money and people entrusted to Cru.

Currently the team goes by the humble name The Center for Excellence. This new team will streamline Cru’s behind the scenes systems to reduce costs and increase effectiveness.

These behind-the-scenes systems are like the offensive line on a football team. When they work well together, the rest of the team benefits; when they don’t, the team suffers.

These systems keep Cru staff members in the field, so they can share the gospel effectively without distraction.

Thank you for being a part of changing lives around the world!

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