Cru Conference just wrapped up and the New Year’s Eve party was a hit! Our region’s annual gathering draws 500 students for teaching, training, and local outreach in Portland, OR.
I worked on the video team editing media for the main sessions. Take a look at our outreach video!
Last week I said goodbye to Chris. He graduated from UM in December and moved home to Los Angeles to pursue a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Early this fall semester we quickly became friends through our shared sense of humor. He took part in the small group Bible study I was leading, and offered the freshmen his wisdom and friendship.
Despite having already moved to L.A., Chris took the opportunity to attend Cru Conference, our region’s annual gathering of over 500 college students that focuses on evangelism and following Christ with your whole life. He flew to Portland for the five day event to join our students from UM.
Chris remarks, “I felt the need to go, even though money and time were holding me back. I realized that my money is God’s and so is my time, so going was really just giving it back to Him, to see what He had in store for me.”
The theme of this year’s conference was Crossing The Divide, referring to 2 Corinthians 5:18, “...all of this [new life] is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.”
A portion of the conference focused on giving students training and opportunities to have spiritual conversations and talk to others about Jesus. For two afternoons students toured the city of Portland to engage with people. The result was 1132 conversations initiated, 700 spiritual conversations, 100 gospel presentations, and 5 people indicating a decision to receive Christ.
Chris learned, “There are so many people who don’t know Jesus. I now feel personally responsible to help them hear the Good News. If it’s truly good news to me, then I need to treat it like that and go tell people. I hope God will use me in L.A. to cross barriers and share this message.”
Graduates like Chris who are willing and able to share Christ with others play a significant role in helping to fulfill The Great Commission. Each semester we want college students to be sent with the purpose of making Christ known everywhere God takes them.
Chris concludes, “Now that I am moving on from Montana, I will need to trust God with my transition. I won’t have the Cru community around me, so depending on God to guide me is going to be vital. I’m excited to see how God uses me and I hope to make a difference in peoples’ lives on my new campus.”
For Chris’ transition to L.A. for more schooling, that he would become a laborer sent into the field of chiropractics to introduce people to Christ. Also pray for our students to seek opportunities to begin spiritual conversations with others.
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