Category Archives: Getaway
Daniel with Tommy and a friend
After years of praying and working at UAlbany when we served there, Cru Intern Daniel Hall sent us this recent story about just 1 of 3 students who came to Christ this fall on that campus:
“Tommy and I have been friends since I first came to UAlbany back in 2015. We met in my first computer science class …and immediately became friends. We progressed through the two years quickly taking class after class together every semester. Keep in mind, this was the same time Cru was being [re]established at UAlbany and as such I began inviting him to different events.
As the second year rolled around, Tommy became more interested in hanging out with us and eventually got to know some of our now close friends.
All of that brings us to the beginning of this semester… where again Tommy was invited to various events. What I didn’t know however, is God was already working in his heart to bring him towards himself. Tommy had been experiencing some troubles and really was searching for answers to questions he has had about the Bible. He then began to attend our small groups, asking so many questions, then… he wanted to know how to have a relationship with God. Later on during the second week of classes, another student and I met with Tommy personally to follow up. We shared with him [the gospel message]. We invited him… to receive Jesus, and with some tears shed, he joyfully prayed to receive Christ!
A 1 min video about experiencing God through hobbies JohnAndEllenFleming.com/hobbies
We boarded up the house and evacuated from Hurricane Irma unscathed and took a trip to see some ministry partners up the east coast. We enjoyed some early fall activities along the way, like apple cider and cider donuts, one of our traditions! Evie turned 4 and Maddie Mae had a (scheduled) hospital visit for some throat/stomach pain; God is good and she is is on meds and doing better. The girls are adjusting well to school and thriving. Noah is “getting into more things” and keeping up well with his sisters; dancing in the livingroom to music or walking fast around the house! He’s a charmer! Thank you for your support and prayers as we reach students and faculty for Christ ! 🙂
Our youngest enjoying some much needed time at Chucky Cheese!
Birthday Girl on a date with Daddy!
Our family stopped at the Capitol while heading north after evacuating from Hurricane Irma
It has been a crazy Fall season with schools starting classes and meeting new students and campus outreaches happening across the Capital Region of New York. There is so much to thank God for! This email update features both the stories of Steve and Rich who are two guys we have ministered to both in New York City and here in the Capital Region, respectively. You can download our newsletter by clicking on the image below.
Please Pray for Ellen’s talk at the Health Conference at the College of St. Rose
We hope you will pray for Ellen’s talk she will be sharing with St. Rose students on Wednesday (11/3) morning (as mentioned in the prayer requests in the September letter, see link above).
A Fixer upper… a personal update…
God has blessed us with a house with personality! We knew what we were getting into, thank the Lord, (since we rented out the downstairs apartment in our house first before buying) and yet the learning process for painting, scraping, and installing doors and windows to replace drafty ones (while tax credits can still be obtained) is a journey full of surprises, sweat, and hard work. We want to thank so many people who have been able to help us work on it and all that but also thank the many more people who prayed for us while we went through the first stage of changes in our home. God loves us through people like you!
Ellen looking through new door we installed
It is a privilege to do what we get the opportunity to do. This month we are excited to share with you some more great opportunities we had to see God work around us! Attached you will see our latest newsletter that you can read by clicking on it. It includes the good news about a new student coming to Christ who is a close friend of Nora, a student who came to Christ about a year ago who you may have heard about from us in the past! We are rejoicing!
By His Grace,
John and Ellen
This month has been a crazy one and yet so exciting for our ministry. This month has been a whirlwind of activity and spiritual conversations. This month we highlight a conversation Ellen had with a UAlbany student, but also the Service project at the City Rescue Mission with St. Rose students and finally the results of surveys at RPI, UAlbany, and St. Rose… We are honored to partner with you to see these students impacted for the Kingdom!
PLEASE PRAY TODAY for our students and for us as we are now driving to the Fall Getaway (Retreat), that we would keep energized and that students would meet the Lord and those who know him would reconnect with Him to gain more passion to reach their campuses for His Glory! Thank you!
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