Category Archives: video

Please Pray for us to endure through Hurricane Dorian TODAY

Hi Friends,
Just a quick prayer request for all of our praying friends and family out there:
As you may have heard, Hurricane Dorian is a big one and is close to us.  Many models are now saying it will brush up against the east coast like Matthew did in 2016. We would love a simple repeat of that!! But things can change easily and quickly last minute like Hurricane Charlie in 2004. We did board up pretty well last time we faced a hurricane (Irma, 2017). This brought some extra trips to the store.  Same thing this time.  But we are opting to stay rather than evacuate like last time.

So we still are not out of the woods. And neither are many of us who live here on the lower east coast. We are only 45 minute drive from Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach, but far enough inland in Orlando that we usually don’t get hit as hard as the beach towns.

Please pray for:

  • Safety for us and our family and neighbors.
  • Great opportunities to be Jesus to our neighbors and help as we are able in this situation.
  • Endurance when we have small kids and may lose power for Air Conditioning and therefore have extra heat to deal with (it hits 85 – 90F most days, plus humidity).
  • For emotional and physical strength when it’s hot and we are tired and a little (sometimes a lot!) stressed… to trust in Jesus and love one another well!
  • The people of the Bahamas who have been devastated by the effects of the Hurricane.  We met some Bahamians here and there in the spring and they are beautiful people, loved by God. So we have often been thinking of them in the aftermath of Dorian.

Thank you for your support and prayers as we provide safe spaces where men struggling with compulsive porn use and other addictions can experience hope, healing, and move towards thriving in who they really are in Christ! 

SEND US A MESSAGE ON FACEBOOK

GIVE A SPECIAL GIFT TO HELP WITH HURRICANE COSTS

our boy after seeing Lightning McQueen at Disneythe girls with their mom on a summer mom date

Advertisements

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

Please feel free to download a printable version of our newsletter by clicking on the thumbnail below. 

Join with us online right now at Cru17!

Want to join the Flemings & 1000’s of Cru staff now?

Cru17 is LIVE In Colorado now!

Live from Cru17 in Colorado now
We really would love for you to be sitting here with us at Cru17 worshipping God with 5,500+ other Cru staff from around the USA and hearing amazing stories about what God is doing among us and through us as we walk WITH God daily.

WITH God is the theme of our biennial national staff conference.

Since you aren’t sitting next to us, we’d love to invite you to watch WITH us since all the general sessions are live streamed.
(Session times are below and they are MOUNTAIN time.)

Please pray that God would meet WITH us and accomplish His plans in our hearts and lives.

Feel free to reply and let Ellen and I know how we can pray for you.
If any of the content encourages you feel free to share that with us as well.

Thank you for partnering with us in building God’s kingdom WITH Him.

Livestream:
www.cru.org/cru17/live.html 

Archived Sessions:
www.cru.org/cru17/archive.html

SCHEDULE

Monday, July 17
9:30a-12:00p    Archived
1:30p-3:30p    Archived

Tuesday, July 18
9:30a-12:00p    Archived
1:30p-3:30p    Archived

Wednesday, July 19
1:30p-3:30p

Thursday, July 20
1:30p-3:30p

Friday, July 21
6:30p-8:30p

Saturday, July 22
9:30a-12:00p
7:00p-9:00p

Sunday, July 23
9:30a-12:00p
7:00p-9:00p
Watch Live Now


“My friends don’t get it. They say, ‘Why do you talk with your mom every day?'”

bridges-intl… said Katherine about her recent experience with her mom. She is an international student who attended the recent Bridges International conference. (Bridges International is Cru’s ministry to internationals studying in the US) I’ll share more about Katherine’s story below. What does awakening spiritual curiosity for students even look like? While many of the 1,000 students at the conference came to learn about God, some did not. They’re in the Explorer’s Track, and they came because they want to get to the beaches here in Florida. Another reason is they’ve discovered it’s hard to make friends as an outsider in the US, or because, understandably, they don’t want to stay on campus alone during winter break… While the Christian element of the conference seems to be just a sideline to them, God is on the move behind the scenes. This Explorer’s track had a time of just that: exploring some topics. One of the most common objectives to the existence of the Christian God goes like this: “How can God be both all-powerful and good? Why would we see such suffering in the world if God were both good and powerful?” Katherine shares that her mother suffers every day and that this question of God and suffering really matters to her. She reveals that her mother’s pain has been so severe
that she wishes she were dead and the situation has caused a 180º turn in their relationship, for the better. When asked,
“Do you think the suffering was worth undergoing if it gave you and your mom a close relationship?” “Yes. The suffering was worth it to me. I have this new relationship with my mom.” God is showing Katherine that He, also, was willing to suffer in order to have a relationship with her. He, like Katherine and her mom, sees suffering as worthwhile to gain the priceless gift of relationship with us. He wants to be that close, to talk with her every day and to give her eternal life with Him. The question of suffering and God’s purpose in it is a question with which we wrestle as well. Walking through pain and suffering in our lives has brought us closer to Jesus and has continually awakened a longing for eternity and desire for the gospel that we believe is worth it! Just as Katherine was real with her wrestling… What does it look like for us to wrestle and to be intentionally authentic about where we find ourselves with the hard questions to awaken curiosity with others AND ourselves?!

did-you-know-feb-2017

Spring Is In the Air!

As multiple tens of thousands of college and highschool students descend on the beaches and hotspots of LA, Las Vegas, and Florida this month during their spring break weeks, many of our Cru students also go to these locations, but not to get drunk with alcohol and have sex. Cru students attend our training conferences right on the beach locations to meet students who are open to spiritual conversations. All while they party on the beach, listen to their life stories, share their testimonies in conversation, and share the gospel too, as the Lord allows. We have been there a few times with our students from Albany and it is quite an adventure that builds faith (for students AND staff like us!). Please go to JohnAndEllenFleming.com/springbreak to see our training and worship sessions in Florida almost every weeknight/morning of march. Please pray! below is an encouraging letter from our director on our new position too.

letterfromdirectorthumb

Letter from our Director

prayer-requests-feb-2017

 

20161218_125041img_8078 this-is-my-favorite-one-it-captures-their-relationship-well-evie-is-passionate-about-him-welp-hes-a-little-unsure-but-loves-her-enough-to-smile-lol-%f0%9f%98%82%f0%9f%98%82%f0%9f%98%82-ellen father-daughter-dance

Daddy Daughter Dance!

By His Amazing Providence and Mercy,

PS If you prefer the pdf version of this newsletter update, feel free to download it by clicking on the image below. Enjoy!

Merry Christmas from the Fleming Family!

We hope your Christmas was amazing today!

girls-singing-christmas-2016

%d bloggers like this: