Betty (NYU) — “When the speaker talked about multiplying discipleship it reminded me of my friend who’s not a believer. I want to take what I heard this weekend back to her. I haven’t known how to talk to her, but I took good notes and I’ll ask God for wisdom on how to share with her.
I’ve also been struggling academically. I’m still getting As, but I’ve been trying to impress my professor and totally failing. It’s kind of embarrassing. It’s made me bitter too. Coming here this weekend has reminded me that God is saying, ‘Don’t try to impress people or strive to be hard working. Just come to Me.’
Looking at my priorities this semester, it seems like I’ve only given God barely five minutes! Now I want God to be my main priority. I’ll still work hard, but do it for Him and trust Him for success.”
Jack (NYU) — “I recently became a Christian. The transition from China to America has been overwhelming, but it’s honestly so nice to be here today. I can wholeheartedly live devoted to God. I can sink myself into worship and the messages.
It’s been so nice to open myself up. At school, you want to avoid opening up about your values because you don’t want to sound judgmental, but here I can be known.”
Sarah (NYU) — “I’m from Singapore. I’m a sophomore. I’ve felt alone. I haven’t known a lot of people. I wasn’t going to come. But being here I’ve found so many people who are ready to talk to me!
I just recovered from having cancer. I feel like cancer was my fault, that I must’ve done something really bad to make God angry enough to give me it. But, listening to the talk during our women’s time healed some of my wounds. I’m so glad that I came!”
As you can see, we had a great weekend away! Pray for these students as they jump back into the fast-paced city life they know and love.
Ask God to help them walk closely with Him each day and to show them how they can share their faith with others.
And... let us know how we can be praying for you! We'd love to hear what's going on in your life lately.
The three most diverse places in America are all within Anchorage, according to the 2010 census. Queens Borough, in New York City, comes in fourth! We’re three quarters of the way through our Alaska Summer Project and it’s been a flurry of activity. Our team of nine Cru staff, three staff kids, and thirteen students have been exploring the city, the UAA campus, and meeting an incredible variety of people along the way.
Hai, pronounced “Hi”, is a Vietnamese-American student who became a Christian last year through his friend Talo, a Pacific Islander who attends Cru at the University of Washington. Talo was on the Lake Tahoe Summer Project last year, having just converted from Mormonism. As Hai and I hiked up Flat Top Mountain it was apparent that I was the one who looked like a tourist. Most of the people on this popular trail were not white.
Living in Anchorage in the summer is like taking an extended layover at a bustling International Airport. There is no way to anticipate what you will see next, which has made this Summer Project really unique! Our team came to Alaska to discover a new culture, to posture ourselves as learners, and to envision what Cru could look like in Anchorage. Here are some of the things we’ve been doing…
God is definitely using our presence to strengthen relationships here and we trust that good things are in store for the future team!
ALSO PRAY FOR DAPHNE
She’s an exchange student from Taiwan studying nursing at UAA who’s been a Christian since childhood, but was unknowingly placed with a Mormon family, making it impossible to meet with any Christians. Ask God to provide a new home!
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