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A Legacy prayed for in Albany


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

Family Update:

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

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The End of the Year and “I can’t find love because…”

…I’ve slept with too many people to know what love is” was what one student said when Ellen asked each of approximately 25 students to jot
down something we could pray for them for. Can you imagine being so broken and aware that you’re willing to ask a complete
stranger to pray for this area of your life?! This student isn’t alone… Read more in the newsletter below.

October and November Newsletter

As we close out the End of the Year

We are so grateful to all of you for praying for our ministry and giving financially to us this year. We have had some challenges financially and yet God has provided again and again.  We know he will provide again this year as long as he calls us to serve him here.  At the end of this year, our needs are greater than in years past. For many of you this may also be the case.  We are confident that God continues to call us to work for the Gospel to grow in and through college students. As we move into 2012 we are praying for $10,000 in additional funding to make up for shortfalls.  If you have already taken a new financial step of faith with us recently, thank you. If not, and you haven’t had a chance to do so yet:

Would you make a gift of $50, $200 or $500 to help us contine to reach college students for Christ?

To give online just click below the button below. All gifts made before December 31 at midnight are tax-deductible for the 2011 year.

Thank you again, and we wish you a very safe and Happy New Year!

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