Cru’s Campus Ministry’s Winter Conference is an annual event where college students gather to experience Jesus, grow together in their faith, and discover their place in the mission of God. Ordinarily, Winter Conferences are held in various locations around the U.S. This year it was held virtually on February 5-6 and 6,292 college students across the U.S. participated!
Josh Stream, a senior from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, shared what the weekend was like for him: “I had no interest in coming to Winter Conference. I was sent emails and messages asking if I will participate and convinced myself that $19 wasn’t worth it to attend what I thought would be a stale, bland, and unmemorable Zoom meeting. How could this conference help to feel a sense of community when we are all confined to our screens? I was not open to the idea of what God can do in all situations. Rather reluctantly, I decided to spend the money.
“But now, with each passing minute, I find myself wanting to have paid more for this influential experience. From the music, to the humor, the seminars, this conference has been outstanding.
“A memory was made for me when I ventured into the Connection Zone, a section that allows you to connect with other Christ-followers (virtually), and after joining one of the many groups, I heard my name being screamed excitedly through my headphones! I was welcomed into the conversation by complete strangers who called me by name as if we have been friends for years. What a wonderful and familial environment, all because of our belief in our Lord Jesus Christ.
“Thank you for all the work you have done to make this conference memorable. My mind has been renewed, and my heart that aches for a sense of community has been comforted.”
Greg, a junior at Rowan University, posted, “I loved how the pastor spoke on how Jesus uses the word ‘lost’ to describe sinners, people who have rejected God and his way. The pastor’s analysis of why Jesus chooses that word was perfect. It gives the person dignity and says that the person has a place to live with the Lord if they accept and believe in Him. That analysis opened my mind to realize that Jesus was calculated in every action and word. Praise Him!”
During the “For the Sake of the One” outreach time, students ventured out to share the gospel. Sarah, a junior at the University of Iowa, posted, “Just shared the gospel with someone who decided to accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.”
Many students during the Covid pandemic struggle with loneliness. This year’s Winter Conference not only encouraged students in their faith and walk with Jesus, but also helped them find community and fellowship.
Thank you for your partnership with us in reaching the “lost” and encouraging the “found” to not lose heart, help them grow in their faith, and find community in the Body of Christ.
Yours in Christ,
Steve & Robin