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“…Last night I prayed for a sign… that I’m still meant to live, and that God still cares for me… “

You may recall every spring Cru does a conference called Big Break in Panama City, Florida. It’s Cru’s alternative Spring break, where students from all over the US traveled to Panama City Beach for a week of growing in their relationship with God and learning to share their faith. They spent time engaging with people on the beach, and also by using social media to send the Falling Plates video to friends and family and listening to their experiences of Jesus so far in their lives.

One Student named Allison* shared about her experience below:

“My best friend from home came from a christian family so I thought, I don’t know if I need to text her or not and so I texted her the link to the [Falling Plates evangelistic] video. She texted me back and said I literally just cried. I’ve been feeling really hopeless and horrible lately. And last night I prayed for a sign that I’m still worth it, that I’m still meant to live, and that God still cares for me and today you sent that to me. This is insane. I’m literally in tears.”

Students and staff initiated 11,170 spiritual conversations digitally. 3,024 of them turned into gospel conversations, with 104 deciding to follow Christ, plus 601 future appointments were set up with friends and family!  On the beach, 3,338 conversations were initiated and 1,470 heard the gospel, with 222 deciding to follow Christ!

These stories and results are super encouraging to us and we hope to you too! Jesus is moving and sometimes not in the ways we expect! When we hear stories of students listening to and responding to Jesus, it’s why we do what we do!

Until Every Student has Heard,

PS Here is a downloadable version of our newsletter with far fewer images. 🙂 Just one page this time.  


Please Pray:

  • THANKS to so many of you who prayed for John’s recent surgery last month. He is healing up well.
  • that we would be able to quickly grow a larger team of people to join our ministry in prayer and financial support so we can return to our office to accelerate the gospel through the operations of Cru. Pray for us traveling for this reason this summer. We have about $1900/month left to finish growing our team.
  • That we would not let the distractions around us take us away from the Good Work the Lord has for us. (Nehemiah 6:3)
  • That we would look for opportunities to be Jesus’ hands and feet to those around us in our kids’ social lives this summer.
  • For the millions of teenagers and college students transitioning out of school into summer… for the Church to carry this gospel to them.
  • For God’s provision of a newer family vehicle through a Cru family who sold us theirs.
  • For our home appliances to stop breaking, lol! 🙂 (we had a fridge fan go bad, a pump motor, and our washer too! we have replaced each one but this comes at a cost and is very distracting 😦 )

Enjoy a few of our latest pics:

Our little guy is turning 1 this week!

Our girls were in a theater day camp for a week and made new friends while singing their favorite songs!

Free donut day at Krispy Kreme! (Noah had more fun than he looks) 🙂

Evie has a favorite treat! (same as Daddy’s)

Aunt Mary came to visit!

Evie drew a special drawing for our vets

 

Last month we dedicated our Noah to the Lord in front of our Church, shown above with one of our leaders

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1,000 people a day meeting Jesus at our EveryStudent.com site!

1,000 people a day meeting Jesus at our EveryStudent.com site!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Around the world most colleges have classes started in recent weeks and so Cru students, staff, and volunteers are actively involved in welcoming students, initiating spiritual conversations with students on campus and online sharing the love of Jesus in word and with actions.
We just wanted to give you a quick update we received from our leadership about how people have been responding to the gospel online at our evangelistic and conversation starting website, EveryStudent.com, which is in 42 languages. Here’s an update below from Marilyn, fellow Cru staff at our headquarters in Orlando. We are so excited to be a part of reaching thousands of people around the world with you both online and in person!!!


“In the last few months, through all 42 language versions of EveryStudent.com, we’ve seen an average of 1,000 people a day tell us they’ve asked Jesus into their lives. Many people quickly share with others what helped them know God. Here are heartfelt comments from a few…

“By the time i finished the article I was very delighted and smiling very broadly. Then I saw your question “Do you think Jesus could use you to tell others about him? This is my greatest desire. Just like he used the Samaritan woman.” ~ Clovis

I’ve just completed The Spiritual Adventure Pack and have signed up for the study of the Gospel of John.  I’ve been on the periphery of Christianity since 1992, but my ‘faith’ ebbed and flowed, it was based on feelings. I really want to thank you for this study pack because it has shown me realistic and logical reasons for believing in God’s existence, answers I had never had before. So I’ve now begun a relationship with Jesus based on a solid foundation.” ~ Nicki

The emails you are keeping sending me I also send the link to christians who didn’t have the privilege to receive your emails like me. When you send me emails I also share with them in facebook and whatsapp. Your emails are spreading through those social media and some people ask me how to access it. Then I tell them that they can download the Every Student app on their phone! Thank you so much!” ~ Samson

“Thank you for the wonderful and inspiring words. You have been very helpful. I am now about 18 months as a believer coming from a staunch Hindu background.” ~ Naresh

I really want to God more but I don’t know how to start. This is the chance and opportunity. thank you so much. I’ve been praying for this.” ~ Sophia
 
I have started from the beginning with you and each article has left my heart pounding with life and happiness.” ~ Doreen
 

“I felt overwhelmed as to where to start and your websites and emails have steered me in the right direction and helped to answer my questions, so thank you!!” ~Rachel


“The wonderful words you have been sharing with me through emails and everystudent web links have really helped me. A lot of things l didn’t understand before now l understand them. l finally realized that l need God. I am happy that l came across your site after l had searched for Starting a relationship with God on google.” ~ Silinganisiwe

The World is Changing! How can EveryStudent.com help you reach lost people? (click 3 min video below)

click above for a 3 minute introduction video with some context for why reaching people online is so important

click above for a 3 minute introduction video with some context for why reaching people online is so important

Get training from our short video series on how to use EveryStudent.com by clicking image below 

Your partnership with us is making it possible for students, like Clovis and Samson, to hear the gospel in their own language and make a decision about Jesus, and then help their friends to have the same opportunity.

Thank you for praying for salvation, boldness of faith and for more doors to be opened on campuses all over America and beyond!

We have a new Assignment in Cru to Announce soon! (stay tuned) 

Our new baby boy Noah with us before we left the hospital! —— *photo credits Madelyn Hepner

Is it the first time in your whole life!? and Please Pray for John’s Training Classes this week

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HVCC Students gathered at our Directors' House for "Cru Connect" dinner and training time

We were sitting together in our local directors’ home when Jamie** said “Even though I’ve been raised going to church my whole life, it wasn’t until this year for the first time in my whole life that I actually finally have someone discipling me.”

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Our local director casting vision to our students at a "Cru Connect" dinner and training time last week


Jamie is just one young student who is experiencing the gospel being lived out into her life through the spiritual multiplication process that God is using through Cru at our movement at Hudson Valley Community College.  We are excited for her as she experiences this for the first time and takes steps of faith!

John will be conducting training classes the next few days for Cru Staff.

PLEASE PRAY for John as he conducts a training for our New York and New England Cru staff .  He’ll be teaching them how to use new electronic tools for email, file sharing, team collaboration, scheduling, and more that many companies have reported have increased productivity 20-30% when all of the employees adopt and use the new software together. This is exciting because it will put tools in the hands of staff that will help  us to live on Mission for the Kingdom even more effectively as we Win, Build, and Send students for Christ!

Thank you for partnering with us to make this happen for our students and for Our Lord!

Grateful for you and Jesus,

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** student names changed for privacy

Why Cru Needs You!

This video is the story of all that God is doing through your prayers and support of the ministry of Cru. It is also the story of how much more there is to do to put the Gospel with arms reach of every person. Contact us for ideas and opportunities to help students and faculty to find Jesus.
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