“We had 90 students at our first Cru group meeting last night. We haven’t had that many in 12 years. I am curious to hear if you all are seeing similar trends,” wrote the Cru leader at the University of Connecticut.
Andrew, on the Cru Boston team shared with us, “The truth is, we are seeing similar trends in other places. Harvard Cru has doubled in size to 60 students. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Cru had over 200 students show interest at their club fair. Boston College Cru went from 5 to over 50 students involved in Cru in the last year and a half. Seven women were baptized a few weeks ago.
“Bentley Cru has gone from 12 students to 30+, and Cru Athletes in Action (AIA) in the Boston area has grown to 50 students. Brandeis Cru has revived from 4 leaders to 20+ students. Curry College, a place we have tried to launch before, has successfully launched a Cru ministry with a couple of freshman women leading the way. So, what are we to make of such things? I would be lying if “revival” has not been whispered. What is clear is we want to make much of what God is doing.”
Andrew continued, “This semester, students involved in two new sports have been showing up in numbers at Bentley AIA. As these men kept coming back, I decided to connect with these guys and share the gospel. I shared with five lacrosse guys first, all of them desiring what Jesus offered, but they hesitated at the thought of commitment. Next week a student and I shared the same Good News with three soccer players, all of whom received it with joy placing their faith in Jesus. That afternoon, I met up with two of the lacrosse guys again. After further discussion, these two guys gave their life to the Lord too.
“In my ten years of doing ministry, I had yet to see something like this. We have seen God move powerfully on a campus, in a ministry, in a student’s life, but I had yet to see such wide sweeping campus-to-campus movement of the Holy Spirit. So, is revival happening? That’s not for me to say. I don’t care what we call it if we give God the glory for what he is doing. It is happening because the living God is working in the lives of students and through the lives of students.”
As we give thanks this Thanksgiving season, let us give thanks that God is still moving on college campuses, bringing the lost into His Kingdom. “Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.” Psalms 107:8,9
Yours in Christ,
Steve & Robin