Every summer, thousands of college students involved with Cru embark on Cru mission trips across the globe. From Ocean City, NJ and Gatlinburg, TN to Portugal and Zimbabwe, students hit the beaches, campuses and cities of the world seeking to share the gospel with all who will hear. In Cru, we call these trips Summer Missions, and the Lord works in and through the students in amazing ways. You can visit cru.org/opportunities/mission-trips/summer to learn more about Summer Missions.
Kristen is a sophomore at New York University in downtown Manhattan. She is double majoring in politics and economics, is on a pre-law track at the school, and involved in Cru's ministry at NYU! In the midst of her busy college life, Kristen said God has “cultivated my ability to reach out to people and talk about His love.” It's because of this that Kristen is looking forward to going on the 8-week Summer Missions in Santa Monica, CA starting June 12.
Kristen says, “as far as going to (Santa Monica) California, that was entirely God's choice, not mine. I was all set to go on another trip, but after those plans fell through it was clear the Lord was calling me to California!” Kristen is excited to learn how to dialogue better with others about the gospel and her faith as she reaches out to tourists and locals in the area.
The Lord has used these trips to help thousands of students experience what it looks like to live life on mission and in community. Time and again, these same students come back as spiritual leaders on their campuses, eager to reach their classmates and peers with the life-changing message of the gospel. That's what Robin and I saw while we were on our Cru summer mission trip in NYC in 2010. We're excited for what the Lord will do in Kristen's life and the other NYC students going on Cru Summer Missions trips. Be praying for Kristen and the others, that their summer will reap many fruits and the Lord will teach them wondrous things!
Robin and I, along with Caleb and Rachel (our son-in-law and daughter), have found a 2 bedroom apartment in Manhattan to rent. It was a challenging and faith stretching process to find housing in NYC. We give God all the praise and glory! Thank you for your prayers for us. We will move into the apartment in late July after our summer assignment in CO, helping give leadership to Cru’s US Staff Conference and School of Theology.
This month, we are celebrating our 20th year as missionaries with Cru. Thank you for praying for us and our ministry. We are so grateful that the Lord allows us to serve Him and to be in partnership with you in sharing the gospel with others.
Yours in Christ,
Steve & Robin