We are so glad to wish you a blessed Easter this year. There are so many desires for a resurrection after this pandemic year! As things begin to move towards more openness, if not to full normal, we are reminded that we do not need just a solution for Covid, but we need the One who is the Resurrection and the Life!
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.” John 11:25
By faith, we already live together in this new eternal life with Jesus! His life is at work in us and in you, and in students all over the world who are trusting Christ and stepping out in faith to help reach their generation. We are privileged to be sending many of them out today!
One example of how God is at work was shared by Tariku Fufa, our Campus movements leader in Ethiopia. He and his team wanted to reach more campuses with the Gospel.
Sensing that their graduates and seniors were a potential source of manpower, they provided a conference to challenge 350 of them to stay involved by helping begin new movements on campuses in the cities to which they had gone to work. As a result, they have seen 53 new movements begun on new campuses!
Around the world, our teams are reporting that we have started more ministries on more campuses in the last 8 years than in the previous 60 years through all God has done with Cru!
Another example of the amazing work of God is the story of Cru’s Global Church Movements. Over the last ten years, this ministry has grown to a worldwide network of 2000 staff and over 30,000 partners from 150 countries.
Trusting God for bold things, they have been planting churches and training Multiplying Church Communities to reach the goal of starting 5 million new churches.
As Covid hit this year, this alliance of church planting partners pivoted and engaged people in ministry online. They provided all the training for how to multiply churches online! 2000 people from many countries participated in a conference to learn how to plant networks of multiplying churches. Together, GCM has seen God develop over 2.2 million new churches!
We are grateful to see what God is doing in Cru as we serve Jesus at our World Headquarters!
Please continue to pray for Rochelle’s middle school outreaches and Bible studies. Her small group of 6 kids is continuing to meet weekly. The Party in the Park outreach continues monthly. Please pray for our Easter outreach on April 3rd.
We are excited to share that our daughter Melissa is expecting a baby in June! Mother and baby are both doing well and we look forward to a grandchild nearby soon.
Thanks as always for your prayers and partnership with us as we trust the Lord to multiply His love through us for His world.