Virtual Reality meets Spiritual Reality

“How do we show others what God is doing around the world?”

That was the question we asked ourselves last summer.  We know God is moving in all
nations. We hear the stories. We know the people. We’ve seen and it and experienced it ourselves. But how do we show and tell others—even entice others to go themselves?360 - Bible Study

I had the privilege of helping to spearhead a project that leveraged a new technology—360-degree Virtual Reality cameras!

We had men and women travel to dozens of countries—to capture the sights and sounds of God’s people on mission.  My favorite scenes include a circle of dancing Christians worshiping in Africa… college students being college students at the Opera House in Sydney Harbor in Australia… and being in the middle of a Bible Study in a “security-sensitive” country.   Goosebumps.

360 of Netherlands

There is another scene of a woman riding a bicycle in the Netherlands.  Two things to note: First, we show footage of her riding—but two minutes later, she completely wipes out on the bike! (We edited that part out).  I nearly had a heart attack as this ‘B-roll’ footage captures the expensive equipment hit the pavement.  Fortunately, she and the camera were both perfectly fine.  Second, I had taken that same city path three years ago myself, on bike, when I went to Tilburg.  I began to cry as I watched it—remembering how God was working through these faithful Missionaries sent from WMU & GVSU for His Glory!

VR DomeIn late December, I was at our annual Cru Winter Conference in Indianapolis.  We set-up a booth/dome for students to watch this video with VR goggles.  Students in the long lines kept waiting to watch it because they wanted to experience the technology.  Afterwards, the comments centered on seeing God’s people globally and how they were inspired to go themselves!  We heard those same thoughts not only in Indy, but also from the eight other Winter Conference locations across the United States.  Thousands of students have now seen this video and we are prayerfully excited how God might use it to “send laborers into his harvest field” (Matthew 9:38).

Thank you for being a part of this grand mobilization of students across the world.  We are taking the Gospel to so many places!  It’s Jesus’ Life-Changing Message that compels us to keep going until everyone has heard!

You can watch it from your desktop browser and scroll around—but I think it’s best from a smart phone. (Just hold your phone up and then look around).  Don’t forget to look up and look down and all-around too!


The 360-Degree Virtual Reality Video

And some Fun B-Roll footage…




Unprecedented Excitement at Western Michigan You Haven’t Heard About

Western Michigan University is an exciting place these days.

ESPN College GameDay at Western Michigan University outside Sangren Hall (in the background) with thousands of WMU students behind the presenters.

You probably have heard about the Broncos Football’s unprecedented undefeated season and ESPN College GameDay’s visit to Kalamazoo.  We saw thousands of college students turn out in snowfall to be a part of the excitement of what’s happening on the gridiron.

But you may have not heard about the exciting movement God is creating on campus.  Our ministry of evangelism and discipleship – since 1962 when Campus Crusade for Christ started here – at larger than it’s ever been!  Unprecedented!

Our Thursday weekly worship is bursting at the seams.  Our student-led and staff-led small groups are thriving and new people are asking to join in each week.  The Maze outreach saw us pack Miller Auditorium with 1,300 students – where over a thousand heard the Gospel.  As we follow-up from the outreach, we are hearing about God changing lives. Exciting!

Matt with Cru (seated left – green shirt) explains the Gospel in the Bernhard Center to a student

Thank you for your support of our ministry. We really believe we are creating a new generation of Jesus-following leaders who are positioned to lead the church and the world in a Christ-honoring way!

Would you consider a special End-of-the-Year financial gift to help propel us into the next exciting phase of developing our ministry?  You can give easily and securely at

Thank you so much for your giving and prayers.  Through you and our family, we are seeing God do some exciting and unprecedented things!