“When you don’t have God in your heart, your life can resemble my first days on earth, abandoned and alone. But when I really got to know Jesus, I realized that I am loved, and I am wanted,” shared Kenzie.
When Kenzie was just six days old, she was abandoned by her biological mother and left on the busy streets of Hubei, China. Thankfully, a passerby found her and took Kenzie to a shelter, where she was put into the foster system. Kenzie was “lost, vulnerable, abandoned, and alone.”
After being adopted and moving to Florida, Kenzie grew up in church but was not interested in God and was intimidated by the Bible. Being Asian with white parents life was difficult. She was often teased and felt like an outcast for being different.
Kenzie started finding fulfillment in her grades, sports, and popularity. But after years of searching for her identity and purpose, she realized during her sophomore year of high school that those things did not define her. With the help of her best friend, Gabi, Kenzie realized that God loved her and called her by name. Kenzie said yes to His call and began a personal relationship with Jesus.
Kenzie and Gabi were invited by Mrs. Yates, a Christian teacher at their high school, to discuss launching a new club called Cru. Both girls are sweet and soft-spoken, and although they desired to see God move on their campus, they were unsure how God could use them to start something like this. Despite their feelings, in faith, they stepped out of their comfort zone to start a Cru movement on their campus. That was two and a half years ago.
Since Kenzie and Gabi launched Cru at Lake Howell High School in Florida, there have been over 8,000 spiritual conversations, the gospel has been shared over 2,000 times, and over 160 students have begun a relationship with Jesus. All this happened when two students said “yes” to the possibilities of God.
This story and your involvement in our ministry with Cru remind Robin and me of Ephesians 4:16, “(Jesus) makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” Thank you for your love and commitment to us and our ministry.
Yours in Christ,
Steve & Robin