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WITH God and Each Other at Cru17… and “I’m the Sign!”

WITH God and Each Other at Cru17

   Every two years, thousands of Cru staff descend upon the campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO for Cru’s national staff conference. This time the theme was “WITH”: what it means to be with God and in partnership with each other, both within Cru and in other organizations and churches. 

Throughout the week, we were able to hear from a diverse panel of speakers, participate in seminars and workshops, and reconnect with friends from around the country. If you’d like to experience the conference for yourself, visit cru.org/cru17 to watch/hear the sessions, seminars, and interviews with the speakers. Thank you for praying and partnering with us financially so we could attend this conference and gain fresh insight and vision!

Family Update

With school just starting in recent weeks in our community, life in our house is a whirlwind in the mornings getting out the door and yet a little quieter during school hours! But our little guy still makes plenty of noise! 😉 We celebrated Noah’s 1st birthday in June and Maddie Mae’s 6th birthday in July with huge groups of little friends and their parents at our home, which is a gift to have opportunities, both spiritually and otherwise,  to love on them!

Our little guy got his first handful of Snow up in the Mountains!!!

I’m the Sign!

This summer as students were getting ready to say their goodbyes, one student on the mission team sent with Cru to Czech Republic, Victor, and a Czech student named Frank, accidentally got off on the wrong tram stop and were separated from the rest of the group. Victor used the time they were alone to ask Frank where he stood with God. Frank said that he had heard about God and had even been in a Bible study before, but he was waiting for a sign. To which Victor replied rather emphatically, “I’m the sign!” 

Victor on the Tram in the Czech Republic

Victor went on to explain that he had come all the way from the U.S. to tell him about Jesus, so what more did he need?! Frank went to church the next day and met with the pastor. He and Victor have been in communication as Frank is asking many questions.  Victor’s response may have been a little surprising, but how significant that he realized that we are all signs pointing to Jesus who is the Way, the Truth and the Life! We pray that Frank will come to know Jesus as he continues asking questions and seeking to know the Truth. Isn’t it fun and encouraging to hear how young people are bold and step out in faith in these kind of ways?! It’s an honor to partner with you to send people like Victor out into all different parts of the world to bring the gospel to those lost and searching everywhere!

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“The wounds were so severe… Little did I know, these same wounds would be used by God to start a life-changing conversation.”

Christine (in blue) with Benjamin on her left.

… said Christine, our Cru team leader from Denver.
“Lying on the graveled cement, I began to regain consciousness. Two unfamiliar faces asked me questions I struggled to find the answers to. I couldn’t understand why I was on the ground and why I was badly bleeding. The more coherent I became, the more the pieces started to fit together. It was four days before leaving for Ecuador and I had just had my second seizure. I was angry. I was broken. The timing was less than ideal. Yet, eight days later, inside a small classroom in Ecuador, God would begin a process of restoration unlike anything I could have ever imagined.

Five students (pictured above wearing school uniforms) were sitting with me in a circle as they chose several picture cards to describe their view of who God is. I could not help but feel shocked as Benjamin, a thirteen year old boy, began sharing his answer- “I’ve almost died and been to the hospital four times. The last time I was there, my uncle told me about God.”

Before gathering my thoughts on how to respond, a student also sitting in the circle boldly interrupted the conversation to ask, “What happened to your legs??” My legs, as well as my hands and elbow had been deeply wounded when I fell onto the gravel during my seizure. The wounds were so severe they almost kept me from coming to Ecuador. Little did I know, these same wounds would be used by God to start a life-changing conversation.

I responded to the young girl saying, “I have a medical condition called epilepsy… which causes me to have seizures.”

Immediately, Benjamin, who had previously shared, shot his hand into the air. “That’s what I have!! That’s why I’ve been to the hospital four times!!” I was shocked. Tears began streaming down our faces as he described the amount of fear he lives in not knowing if or when another seizure could happen. He went on to share, “But I know God is good. I know he loves me. He can give me peace and security.” Our conversation continued with discussing how we can’t have hope in our health, because our health isn’t promised to us. But we are able to have confident hope in heaven, by having faith in Jesus and his death on the cross for us. By faith, our relationship with God is no longer broken because of our sin, but restored. We are promised to live eternally with Christ, in perfect bodies, with no pain and suffering. The principal, teacher, and translator (who were all unaware Benjamin even had epilepsy) were wiping away tears in response to the Gospel being proclaimed in such a personal way.

I’m not sure how exactly God used the conversation on the hearts of the people in the classroom, but I know it was a moment I will look back on for the rest of my life. I wasn’t prepared for God to use a thirteen-year-old boy as the tool to begin to restore my heart with truths about who He is and what He’s promised. It is so clear to me that God orchestrated the entire conversation. If the seizure and the wounds had not happened, I’m not sure if the conversation would have ever started. God knows me. God sees me. He is good and uses everything according to His purposes, even seizures.”

We have heard so many amazing stories of how the Lord worked, but we just couldn’t help but share Christine’s story, our Denver team leader. We hope you found it as encouraging as we did. Please pray for the other eight teams we are sending to reach teens overseas this summer.

15 Teams to 11 Countries on 4 Continents!

To find out where we are sending people this year, check out our website: cruhighschool.com/go-global. Seven of our teams were on location this spring, with a total of 99 people!  Thank you for being a part of praying and giving financially so we can help send students and adults with them to bring the Gospel of Christ to reach teens in so many places around the world!

family birthday disney pic

Little Jet Setter on a plane!

Little Jet Setter on a plane!

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