Our Biggest Exciting Ministry Update Ever! (Part 2)

Can you believe Valentine’s Day was only one month ago?  Many of us celebrated with our loved ones and spouses. It is a significant day for many.

Yet the grim reality in America is that 59%1 of married church- attending men romanced their wife on Valentine’s Day, and then continued to view and struggle with pornography.  What’s worse is that recent research2 shows divorce rates double when people begin watching porn. Valentine’s day romancing is nice, but not enough when it comes to defending a marriage from a powerful hidden sexual struggle.

As we mentioned in our last post a few days ago, we are pursuing a new direction in ministry.  We feel called to provide hope, healing, and a place of recovery for men who struggle with the compulsive use of pornography and addiction, and help them, their spouses, and families to thrive wherever the Lord has destined them to have the greatest impact on the world for Christ.  

In a future post we will include a letter of recommendation from Rich Lotterhos, the General Manager of Global Service Associates (GSA). We hope it will encourage you and give you more insight into the purpose and mission of GSA.

We invite you to partner with us prayerfully and financially as we move into this next chapter of life and ministry to bring a deep-heart discipleship process to many men and their families, whether they know Jesus personally or not… be they churched, “unchurched”, or “de-churched.”  There are many ways you can join with us financially. You can give a tax-deductible gift in the following ways:

  1. Mailing checks made out to “Global Service Associates” with our names in the memo to:
    P.O. Box 20425, Boulder, CO 80308
  2. Give online at http://johnandellenfleming.com/give which redirects to our mission’s website. Or just click the Give button below.
  3. Please Pray for us and those we minister to, and let us know you are praying, if you have a chance. 🙂

If you received a link to this post via an email from us, we plan to contact you soon to answer any questions you have and see if you would partner with us financially in this new exciting chapter.  

Looking forward to seeing the fruit of our partnership in Eternity, 

 

 

1Barna Group, (2016). The Porn Phenomenon
2David Shultz, 2016. Divorce Rates Double When People Start Watching Porn, Retrieved from https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/08/divorce-rates-double-when-people-start-watching-porn
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Our Biggest Exciting Ministry Update Ever! (Part 1)

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Dear Partners in the Gospel,

     You have been with us through seasons of fruitfulness and great impact, as well as seasons of hardship and difficulty. We are convinced that if not for the amazing grace and faithfulness our God shown to us through you, we would have dropped the baton and stopped running the race many times. We are very thankful to God for you and your partnership with us in the gospel!

    We have an exciting new direction in ministry to announce! We will be following up this post with another one soon sharing more about our new mission and how you can partner with us.

This past fall, the Lord made it clear through many people, mentors, prayer, and circumstances that we are to pursue a new direction in ministry. We have been called to provide hope, healing, and a place of recovery for men who struggle with the compulsive use of pornography and addiction, and help them, their spouses, and families to thrive wherever the Lord has destined them to have the greatest impact on the world for Christ.  

John has resigned from Cru and has joined a new mission called Global Service Associates (GSA).

John will be leading and launching support groups composed of small groups of men through local churches and missions agencies in Orlando, across America, and online. Long term, Ellen will be working with John in the same ministry, also as a member of GSA. She will be a Life Coach.  For men who have received much healing through the recovery process, she will help them find their destiny in Christ for the next chapter in their lives.  For spouses and family members, she will help them adjust to the new “normal” in their lives.

We invite you to partner with us as we move into this next chapter of life and ministry to bring a deep-heart discipleship process to many men and their families, whether saved or unsaved, churched, unchurched, or “de-churched.”  

We are called to do this until everyone has an opportunity to have spiritual and emotional healing in their deepest parts, and then thrive as they move forward.

Here are more details:

Several months ago, as I (John) was sharing with a friend about how much God has done in my life to bring healing in recent years, he suggested maybe I should consider narrowing our ministry focus to this same area.  This went straight to my heart and I knew it was God speaking through him. You see, I’ve been in a men’s support group for various addictive struggles for over 3 years, and God has used this small group of men to heal my heart in so many ways–both emotionally and spiritually. The process as been developed by a ministry called Pure Desire, and the leaders of Pure Desire have been helping men get healing for approximately 25 years. I am still a work in progress but God has used this process to heal me greatly.

As the fog of addiction has begun to clear, I have begun to ask questions like “now that I have all this freedom, what’s next, Lord?”, “who have I really been underneath this addiction?”, and “what is my design in Christ for this chapter in my life?” Ellen has been coaching me through some of these questions, along with others. She has developed a passion to come alongside someone who is stuck in her life or someone dreaming about their future asking questions like these. After talking with and praying with many people both inside and outside of Cru, We have felt this calling clearly to serve in this way together, as we always have in ministry. Ellen, as a life coach, will be working toward a license through Professional Christian Coaching Institute (PCCI) while she works part time at Cru headquarters. She will step along side John in helping men to get freedom from sex/porn/work addiction to help them thrive in discovering their design in Christ. This is a process of deep, heart discipleship that we believe all humanity should have a chance to experience in Christ. We will be reaching into other cultural and ethnic contexts besides our own to launch ministries.  Orlando is a very diverse city and provides many opportunities for this!

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After we discovered there aren’t currently full time opportunities within Cru to serve in this capacity , we found Global Service Associates (GSA), a non-profit christian mission whose express mission is to empower ministers of the Gospel to live out our God-given apostolic calling and to help fulfill the Great Commission in our specific area of focus.  We applied, interviewed, and were accepted by this religious order in December.

Until the end of the year, Ellen will primarily serve Cru staff women who are in transition when she is working part time at Cru headquarters, simultaneously fulfilling her certification requirements. Although Ellen will still have our support account with Cru, she won’t receive any benefits while part time with Cru. We will receive our primary funding through our ministry partners who will give to GSA, similarly to how we have done with Cru for years.

We praise God for your continued partnership with us in the Gospel and ask you to join with us in this next chapter of our journey through prayer and financial support.  We’ll share more details soon about Global Service Associates in our next post.  Until then please pray for us.  All the changes coming are nothing small for us, but not too big for God to handle.  

Again, thanks for your friendship and we look forward to connecting with you soon!

Partners in His Harvest, 

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!

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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. 

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!

If you would like to download this update in PDF printable format, please click the image 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!

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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

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Monday, July 17
9:30a-12:00p    Archived
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Tuesday, July 18
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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
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