A student from across the world wants to thank you…
We are now in Orlando for the year… but still mobilizing for God’s Mission.
What God Has Done This Year … With Us
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“Over 2 years ago, I walked into Cru and thought the people were a joke. I thought Christians were gullible for believing this lie—that God existed.
In high school I would drink, vandalize, get high and chase after girls all while getting good grades— being the ‘perfect son’ in my parents’ eyes. I never trusted God with anything. I even started going to church to try to impress my parents. Money and women were the two things I held close to my heart and God was asking to let him have control over them, but I clung tighter to them. Being the “good moral person” was hard. I was tired of being told that I suck by a book with a bunch of rules. I questioned why I believed in this God and why I would try to follow all these rules that I was constantly breaking. I decided God didn’t exist. I became an atheist.
I started dating an atheist girl. She and I were having sex, sharing life together, and close as could be. After some time she broke up with me and I was crushed. No longer loved. No longer wanted… My heart ached and longed for those feelings again. So I looked to numb those feelings of emptiness and pain by living a lifestyle with lots of alcohol and women.
This continued through high school and into my sophomore year of college. then I was invited to Cru. I didn’t want to go, but my buddy was persistent. At Cru, the band started worship. I didn’t want to sing. Everyone stood up so I followed suit because I didn’t want to look like an idiot. It was pretty boring standing and not doing anything. So I started to read the lyrics as they came up on the screen. One of the lines read “God is bigger than the air I breath”. BOOM! It hit me like a ton of bricks on how big that was. Those words shouldn’t have been that mind blowing because I grew up hearing God is everywhere. So I knew God was big since I was a little kid, but those lyrics made my head explode. Those 8 words told me in a moment that I was wrong about God. I went to my friend afterwards and lit him up with questions, asking him who this Jesus was and what it looked like to be a Christian. That night I started to feel my life being pulled out of the destruction I immersed myself in. My heart got a taste of who this God was and his love toward me. My heart jumped with joy!!”
Over the past 2 years, Bryce has learned how to walk with God, equipped in his faith to do evangelism and discipleship, and has led friends to Christ, raised up a Community Group of freshmen and is now training them to be spiritual multipliers as sophomores. He is graduating this May is planning on entering full-time ministry.
Honestly, writing prayer letters is frustrating. How do you wrap up a month’s worth of ministry in a page (or two)? Each day I meet several students and hear how God has been moving in their life, dig into the Scriptures, pray with them, connect them in community, train them in ministry, develop their leadership, and watch them multiply their lives into others. They leave that conversation with me – and then God continues to work in their life each day, each hour. I’ll hear about it again – the next time we meet up. And it’s hours and hours worth of stories!
200 lives over 40 hours. Each hour is significant to each one… each minutes… each second… over 28 million individual thoughts (200 students x 40 hours x 60 minutes x 60 seconds x 1 thought per second) – thoughts pushed Godward at a Fall Retreat. Here’s a glimspe…
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In Brad’s words…
This year, I led a Community Group in the ‘Valley I’ residence hall. At the beginning we had four guys coming every week. In October, a fifth guy showed up named Josh. He came only because his girlfriend was going to the Women’s Community Group which met at the same time. He had little knowledge of scripture, but participated and wasn’t afraid to speak up. He began attending regularly, regardless of whether or not his girlfriend was there. We also began meeting up and discussing the Gospel more in depth. I was able to go through the Knowing God Personally booklet [note: an updated version of the classic “Four Spiritual Laws” Gospel clarifier] with him, point him to scripture, and repeatedly work the Gospel into conversation. He had a lot of questions though… good questions. It got to the point that there was one thing standing between him and making the decision to accept Christ. He thought he didn’t have enough “knowledge”. Every time we went through the Gospel and arrived at the point of decision, he wasn’t able to move forward because he felt like he didn’t know enough. This was frustrating to me, as it was difficult to understand why God was seemingly allowing this obstacle to get in the way.
One Sunday in January, Josh texted me, “Are you going to church?” We ended up going together and discussing Jesus and also what was getting in the way of him making the decision to trust him. The conversation was great and I could tell that the barrier was at least starting to break down. At the service, the pastor gave people an opportunity to respond to God in their seats at the beginning of the service, and Josh prayed to receive Christ. God completely opened his heart and broke down all the barriers. I almost couldn’t believe it. It was one of the coolest things I’ve seen. God was at work right in front of me.”
We are to be in awe of God at how he loves students and meets them where they are at!
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