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It’s a Boy!
…. said a football player at a Florida high school campus where we have a new Cru movement. It was just several weeks back and it was during one of his first meetings with our staff and students there. One of our Cru staff members named Brittany and some Cru volunteers were on his campus in Central Florida. They had planned a Cru community group during the lunch. It was the first one of its kind that they held on campus. Brittany went into the classroom they had reserved during lunch for the meeting and there were about 15 football players eating lunch in that room. It was their place where they normally ate during lunch. They invited the players to stay and all of them watched a video of a football player giving his testimony.
It was providential that it was a video focused specifically on things to which football players could relate. Afterwards they invited them to play a card game with the “Snapshot Cards” (an evangelistic tool for asking questions about faith and starting spiritual conversations) developed this year by our team at Cru Headquarters. One of the football players named Vikram** had come to our previous Cru meetings and picked one of the cards that reflected his life and he shared with two other football players about it. At the end one of the two he shared with said “are we going to do this again next week? I don’t even care about the pizza. I just love the conversation!” Brittany said “Yes, we’ll meet again next week.” Later Brittany learned that Vikram had made a decision to trust Christ with his life that day!
Please pray for Vikram, the two lacrosse players, and so many other students Brittany and many other volunteers on her team are serving. We are honored to operationally support Brittany, her volunteers, and so many others representing Cru because of our partnership with you!
**names changed for privacy.
Reaching Students with Instagram!?
watch a video featuring Brittany on how to use instagram to start a ministry to students at JohnAndEllenFleming.com/instagram
- For Vikram and other new believers
- For many of our students and adults we have sent on missions this summer reaching teens in over 14 countries… for spiritual growth and safety and continuing to bring that passion back home to their neighborhoods and school campuses as classes start this month
- To be parents who love their kids through every season, authentic and vulnerable
- For good health for our little ones the rest of this summer as they have adventures of all kinds =)
- PRAISE GOD for a new home and new opportunities to be Jesus to neighbors in a new community (we’ve already met several)
- That Jesus will always be our FIRST Love
- For Noah John to grow and develop in healthy ways
- PLEASE PRAY for all the Orlando Families impacted by the shooting on June 12.
We bought a new house in the same area at the following address: 14612 Michener Trail, Orlando, FL 32828. There will be over $16,000 in baby hospital bills and final move in expenses with our new home. Please pray for the Lord’s provision for us financially with that and let us know if you are able to help us financially. We are grateful for your support and prayers.
*photo credits JenStevensonPhoto.com
Shown above are some recent photos from a photo shoot thanks to our photographer friend!
Here is a printable version of this update: June2016NewsletterfromtheFlemings
“My heart it is so empty, I feel so alone and I don’t know what to do. I have never felt this way before.”
These are the words from a student named Violette** tearfully shared with Cru staff member Kassie one evening at our West Coast “FastBreak” student conference in Southern California. The following was written by Kassie:
“Violette is one of the three exchange students from China who came to Fastbreak with us this year. I explained to Violette that the reason her heart was empty was because there was a God-sized hole in her heart.
We talked some more and then I asked her if she wanted to ask Christ to fill that hole. She said, “Yes, but I don’t know how to pray.” “I’ll show you,” I answered as we bowed our heads and I lead her in a prayer to ask Christ into her heart.
“My heart is full, thank you so much!” Soon after Violette prayed with me, her friend Euphie pulled me aside to ask how she could accept Christ too!
The third exchange student Ester was already a believer and now all 3 of them will be joining me for a weekly Bible study.
You may know that it’s illegal and dangerous to practice the Christian faith in China, so it’s a huge testament to God to see these 3 young women so willing to become warriors for The Lord in their country!
Our ministry is very quickly expanding and I can feel God’s presence! It’s very exciting to be able to share this with you all and I ask for you to pray for these 3 girls to grow in their faith.”
**names changed for privacy.
For a printable version of this newsletter, download a pdf document here.
Winter Conferences Help Students experience Jesus!!!
At our 11 winter conferences, occurring from December to March, we saw the Lord do amazing things for teens across the nation with Cru!
With only half of our conferences reporting in so far:
Almost 500 conversations initiated by our staff and students, 146 of them turned to spiritual things, 60 of them included a gospel presentation, and as a result, 19 students decided to follow Jesus with their lives! Beyond this, our teams in over 4 cities showed the Woodlawn movie this school year to more than 1000 students and over 100 decided to follow Jesus!
Pray for these students to grow in their faith and share it with others.
In His Gracious Grip,
“Little did I know that [God] was about to rock my world!”
… were the words of Logan in Greenville, SC. This was our second summer of inviting students and faculty around the world to experience missions throughout their summer even if they are at home.
Logan and his friends participating online in Mission Summer in August
they had some of our best speakers in Cru walk through a guided online curriculum and challenge all who listened to take faith steps. Some gathered with other students each Sunday, others watched during a break from work. They were encouraged to live on mission throughout their entire lives and given tools as to how to reach their campus this fall. Logan goes on: “The first night I joined, Roger Hershey spoke about having a world Christian perspective. The ways I was challenged and my eyes opened during that session left me speechless. I started bragging about what God already did in my life but little did I know that He was about to rock my world. The next Sunday night, I invited some of the high school and middle school students from the church where I was interning. We had 10 students come,and they thoroughly enjoyed the topic of how to have a mission mindset. Clearly it struck a heartstring because the next week we had 22 students join in. They took what they heard to heart and began telling others about what God was doing. God has given me a desire to start a bible study in my community that brings together both high school and college students from the local schools. There are five colleges and five high schools nearby. So far, we have over 70 students from Furman University show an interest in helping along with many other students from across Greenville. I cannot tell you how pumped we are to begin school knowing what God may have in store! Mission Summer truly promotes a passion for missions and encourages and challenges all the students involved in a positive way. I am so happy to have been a part of this project and don’t know if my walk with God would be as strong as it is right now if it wasn’t for my involvement with Mission Summer!”
Because of His Grace Always,
P.S. If you want to download this newsletter in pdf format to print it off, you can click here to download it.
Dear family and friends,
We are proud to announce the birth of Genevieve Grace! She arrived over the weekend weighing in at 9 lbs 10 oz and 20.75 inches tall! We are getting acclimated to having TWO girls at home these days but it is a joy to be their parents. Labor and delivery was quick and everyone is healthy and at home. Thank you to all of you for investing in our lives in so many ways so we can invest our lives into them. Sounds like discipleship, huh?! =)
I’ve tried to attach a photo album below that you can click on to see more photos. We hope you enjoy them!
We have scheduled for Ellen to be induced into Labor later this morning at 9am since it’s been almost 41 weeks now into her pregnancy. Please pray for a quick labor and smooth delivery with no complications and for a healthy mom and baby! We are excited of course. We’ll see if Ellen sleeps much until then! (she hasn’t slept much lately anyways since she is so pregnant).
Jesse and so many thousands like him depend on you and us!
We’ve included our latest update below with a reference to the short video above about Jesse, who serves in a middle eastern country reaching college students for Christ. We are excited to be a part of the infrastructure support ministry for Jesse and so many other tens of thousands of missionaries and volunteers working with Cru all over the world who are bringing the life-changing gospel of Jesus to the spiritually lost and dying. And all this while being invested in and developed in our leadership development program.
And we couldn’t do any of these things together without your prayers and support, by God’s Grace.
For you we are so grateful!