Category Archives: Epicenter Experience

A girl in a burqa crossing a Walmart ditch?! and a snazzy Cru video makes headlines!

a woman wearing a burqa crossing a bridge

This week as we prepare to remember our Lord’s death and resurrection, as I was near Walmart I saw a muslim family carefully trying to cross a narrow ditch between the parking lot and the street. Of course the first thing that I noticed was a female in a burqa down in the ditch, as it is a rare sight just about anywhere around here, nevermind in a ditch!  I have since learned that she was actually wearing a niqab The burqa covers the entire face and body while a niqab d`oes the same but leaves the eyes visible to others. It was an odd sight, that made me ask “why are they crossing the ditch instead of walking a hundred feet or so to where they would no longer need to risk falling into a stream of water or mud at the bottom of the ditch?”

She could be a child of God and walking with Jesus, who knows!? but the likely fact is that she is probably not because her outfit suggests she belongs to a family/culture that follows another religion and, like I was before I met Jesus, headed for an eternal destiny separated from God.

The picture of her crossing the ditch slowly about 6 feet below the street level seemed to get me thinking: How much of a picture is she of a lost lamb who doesn’t know her way, headed for spiritual death, trying to cross a spiritual divide without the Only One who can bridge that gap for her: Jesus?

We work with college students, showing them the way to Jesus who is the only one who can bring them back into healthy relationship with God.  We are grateful for you who have prayed and given financially and in other ways so we can be a part of this work!

Snazzy Gospel centered Video Clip published by Cru makes it into the local Times Union newpaper here in Albany!

Read the news article here. Watch the clip by clicking below.


Below in our latest 2-page newsletter are some highlights from The Epicenter Experience (annual winter conference) collected from all over the northeast, with student testimonies of how they met God and how he changed their lives here in Albany on Wolf Rd at the Holiday Inn. We added a little snippet of a story from a local campus where our students are sharing their faith more boldly and obediently this semester.  We trust you will be encouraged by it when you click on the image below to read the newsletter. We hope it will encourage you to show the lost people around you the way to the Bridge to Life!


Our Latest Newsletter




Please pray for students coming to our Epicenter Conference!

IMG_5582We hope you had a great start to the New Year! We enjoy new starts and reboots, because it seems like it’s part of God’s way of redemption in our lives as we turn a new chapter and trust him in new ways. This is what our Conferences are for so many students each year and at each conference. Our coworker with Cru in the Northeast Regional Operations Team (which directs the conference), Jonathan Thorn, writes it best on his blog this way:

“…I love that often, in these moments away, God shows up powerfully. Epicenter was a key time last year for many of the 450 students and staff – and for me. Over 20 students decided to become Christ followers, and many, many others took significant steps of faith, both at Epicenter and on campus afterwards.

This week, over 600 students and staff will gather at the Holiday Inn Wolf Road in Albany, NY. I’ve been planning the details of this conference with the Ops Team for the last year, and especially the last couple of months – with the hope that Epicenter 2013 will be a significant time of spiritual faith steps as students hear from the Lord. “

Please pray with us that God would come down in power and that students would yield their hearts to him in every way possible, and that out of this conference students would take action right away, even before they leave, to make him known to those around them, both literally, and digitally, as we plan on doing some outreach through connections on facebook and using video testimonies.

We would love for you to experience Epicenter with your own eyes if you are available to see one session this coming weekend on Friday or Saturday! Contact us and let us know if you can come, especially on Friday night as there will be a special session at 7pm open to the public that night!  Otherwise, you can watch the sessions yourself online where we will be broadcasting them during the whole conference. However, there are some things you just have to see in person to get the full effect! =) Thank you for your prayers and support that make it possible for us to see God’s Kingdom expand in the hearts of students at conferences like Epicenter!

Check out a quick Video clip of last year’s highlights:

Kyle met Jesus the first night of the Epicenter Experience here in Albany!

We have had quite the beginning to 2012. It started off with the Epicenter Experience (Winter Conference).

One of our students in our movement at UAlbany said “I think I experienced the only time in my life where I slept next to [my roommate at the conference] in the same bed for the first time and also save them in the same night!”  He was speaking of his spiritual conversation where he and his roommates led Kyle to meet Jesus.  It was an awesome way to start the conference. Read more about this story in our attached newsletter! Click on the graphic below. It is a two pager! You will need to go to the second page for the specific story about Kyle, a student from western New York.

We look forward to bringing you more updates soon.  Thank you so much for your partnership with us reaching lost students and turning them into Christ-centered laborers.

Watch Video Testimonies of our students

Watch Video testimonies of present and past students that we recorded on our “Digital Day of Outreach” using the internet to share how Jesus has changed lives.  First is one of our current students, Anja, and second is a former student, now Cru Staff member named Sasha.


Anja Barnes from CCCNEHQ on Vimeo.

Sasha Hallock from CCCNEHQ on Vimeo.

Our Capital Region students lead out in Outreach efforts this week at Epicenter conference!

Our Capital Region students lead out in Outreach at the Epicenter 2012 conference

Kailee and Becca are two of our students involved in our movements at local campuses in the Capital Region who attended our Epicenter Experience conference in Albany this week.  They both experienced some great opportunities to reach out to students and other people right here in the Capital Region with 288 other students at the conference on Wednesday afternoon of this week.  Some students served at the Homeless Shelters and some looked for ways to start spiritual conversations on campuses and in downtown areas.  Kailee and Becca share their stories below from the stage of the conference! We praise God for their steps of faith and especially for the young man who works at Dunkin Donuts who received Christ!

Thank you for praying for and financially supporting this ministry so that we, together with you, can be a part of investing in the lives of students for the King’s eternal purposes!

By His Grace each day,

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