Category Archives: culture
… said Katherine about her recent experience with her mom. She is an international student who attended the recent Bridges International conference. (Bridges International is Cru’s ministry to internationals studying in the US) I’ll share more about Katherine’s story below. What does awakening spiritual curiosity for students even look like? While many of the 1,000 students at the conference came to learn about God, some did not. They’re in the Explorer’s Track, and they came because they want to get to the beaches here in Florida. Another reason is they’ve discovered it’s hard to make friends as an outsider in the US, or because, understandably, they don’t want to stay on campus alone during winter break… While the Christian element of the conference seems to be just a sideline to them, God is on the move behind the scenes. This Explorer’s track had a time of just that: exploring some topics. One of the most common objectives to the existence of the Christian God goes like this: “How can God be both all-powerful and good? Why would we see such suffering in the world if God were both good and powerful?” Katherine shares that her mother suffers every day and that this question of God and suffering really matters to her. She reveals that her mother’s pain has been so severe
that she wishes she were dead and the situation has caused a 180º turn in their relationship, for the better. When asked,
“Do you think the suffering was worth undergoing if it gave you and your mom a close relationship?” “Yes. The suffering was worth it to me. I have this new relationship with my mom.” God is showing Katherine that He, also, was willing to suffer in order to have a relationship with her. He, like Katherine and her mom, sees suffering as worthwhile to gain the priceless gift of relationship with us. He wants to be that close, to talk with her every day and to give her eternal life with Him. The question of suffering and God’s purpose in it is a question with which we wrestle as well. Walking through pain and suffering in our lives has brought us closer to Jesus and has continually awakened a longing for eternity and desire for the gospel that we believe is worth it! Just as Katherine was real with her wrestling… What does it look like for us to wrestle and to be intentionally authentic about where we find ourselves with the hard questions to awaken curiosity with others AND ourselves?!
Spring Is In the Air!
As multiple tens of thousands of college and highschool students descend on the beaches and hotspots of LA, Las Vegas, and Florida this month during their spring break weeks, many of our Cru students also go to these locations, but not to get drunk with alcohol and have sex. Cru students attend our training conferences right on the beach locations to meet students who are open to spiritual conversations. All while they party on the beach, listen to their life stories, share their testimonies in conversation, and share the gospel too, as the Lord allows. We have been there a few times with our students from Albany and it is quite an adventure that builds faith (for students AND staff like us!). Please go to JohnAndEllenFleming.com/springbreak to see our training and worship sessions in Florida almost every weeknight/morning of march. Please pray! below is an encouraging letter from our director on our new position too.
Letter from our Director
Daddy Daughter Dance!
By His Amazing Providence and Mercy,
PS If you prefer the pdf version of this newsletter update, feel free to download it by clicking on the image below. Enjoy!
If you’ve ever wondered what Campus Crusade for Christ (soon to be called Cru) is all about, then Cheeia’s video of thanks expresses well what we are all about when it comes to college students:
November was a really “crazy” busy month! We seemed to be somewhere different every weekend, or at least part of each weekend! With so much happening on campuses in our area in addition to our Fall Northeast Regional Staff Conference, The “Cross ’09” event, and Thanksgiving weekend out of town visiting family and friends in New Hampshire, it made for an eventful month, to say the least! We are blessed and privileged to partner with you to see ministry happen to people in so many ways. This month’s update focuses on the Cross ’09 event where we received training and experienced a little more of what it means to cross into another culture that is quite different from our own. We ministered to students on two city campuses. We found out at our regional Staff Conference that we will be headed back to NYC for this summer for our summer project assignment! We are excited about that and all that God will be doing there. We hope you are enjoying this Christmas season leading up to the celebration of our Savior’s birth and God’s incarnation on Earth. We are so grateful he came to live among us!! We hope you enjoy this month’s newsletter!
Merry Christmas to All!
John and Ellen