Category Archives: gospel
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
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,
- 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
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,
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:
How do we get to Heaven? “By doing the best [you] can to lead a good life”????
Not quite. As you will read this month in our New York City Summer Project Newsletter’s page 2 highlighting our Campus Track, our friend Max didn’t quite understand God’s grace for us. Max thought he simply had to do his best to earn a place in Heaven. The truth is that Jesus has already earned it all by going to the Cross for Max.
We’re Back Home in Albany!
Our summer has been quite an adventure. We were leading 21 students in the Campus Track out of 60 or so total on the entire project for the 5 weeks that they were in NYC. We teamed up with the other segments of our project including the Arts Track, Bridges Track (International Student ministry), Epic Track (Ministry to Asian-Americans), and Inner City Track (ministry to homeless and children in NYC). Of course this diversity of ministry is to be expected in a city so diversely populated! The truth is that there are so many more areas of ministry in the city that I wouldn’t have time to mention them all here if I tried. Please enjoy our project’s newsletter attached. Our Campus Track is featured on page 2. Ellen and I are hiding behind the word “Campus” at the top of the page!
Our Continuing Adventure: Home Ownership and Fall Semester Planning!
Our adventure picked back up again only 2 days after we returned from our 6 weeks in New York City when we bought a 2-family home in Albany! We have been working on it quite a bit and reconnecting with supporters and planning for the fall outreaches coming up ever since! We have enjoyed the Albany weather since coming home. It was much hotter in New York City! We will update you on some more personal stories from our work in the city with our next newsletter coming soon!
With the help of many friends and family, we have finished both phase 1 and 2, as we call them, of patching up cracked walls and moving out the kitchen cabinets and repainting all the walls and cabinet doors! Phase 2 has been sanding and refinishing the floors. We will be moving in within a couple days (though the work in the kitchen and bathroom is not complete yet). Attached are some pictures of our new place (where we rented the downstairs apartment for 1 year until last month, ironically)
A Big Thank YOU!
You may remember our prayer request in our last online post from July 1:
“You may have read about our project in NYC this summer and meant to pray or meant to give but haven’t taken the opportunity. You can partner with us today by praying and giving financially. We are trusting God to bring in the remaining 30% (or $1500) in the next couple weeks that we need to serve to our fullest in New York City.”
Well GOD PROVIDED! Only a couple days short of 2 weeks after our last post, a generous donor filled the gap we had between where we stood and the need we had in NYC. We are so grateful and thankful to have people and churches like you who pray and people and churches like you who give to make sure that the work continues in this ministry. We know first hand how so many people heard the good news and others began their walk with Jesus for the first time because of what you did so far away. We are honored to be partnered with people like you.
Fall Outreaches require God’s people to (Please) PRAY
Please pray as we plan out the details of these critical Fall outreaches and launches on the campuses of the greater Capital Region. Specifically, all the major schools in the area start on 8/30 except for Siena and a couple others. We will start most outreach events within the first few days of classes. One early Freshmen outreach is already planned on 8/27 and our Kickoff gathering event for our upperclass Real Life students is the same day and 8/28 as well. Our first large group event called City Wide is on 9/2. Please pray that God works in our student leaders to come to the kickoff event in force and to galvanize around the cause of Christ in reaching the lost, especially focusing on Freshmen, who are very very open to the possibility of connecting with Real Life students and with God (last year 50% of UAlbany students and 40% of RPI students surveyed indicated they were open to talking with other students about how their life purpose and knowing God go together).
John and Ellen