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Maybe you are exploring who we are and what we are doing to make it possible that everyone would know someone who follows Jesus. You are welcome here too. This is our inside channel with partners aimed at making disciples in every nation. If you want to join us one way to do that is clicking the button to become our Gospel Champion. Another way, and we hope these stories you read here would inspire it, would be to pray with us. You are welcome here.
Winter Conference | Los Angeles
You make these kinds of ministries possible. You help us do it with students, leaders, churches and digitally. THANK YOU!
Laura, Jared, Jenna, Eric and 900 more students are gathering in Burbank, California for the next four days for the annual Cru Winter conference. A staff friend and one of our leaders in the Campus Ministry invited us to pray for this gathering. This thought and prayer request resonants, with me, at least asking us to pray,
That these students would take their next best step of faith? Some students will become Christians this weekend. Some students will have their first quiet time. Some students will share their faith for the first time. Some students will give money for the first time. Some students will pray out loud for the first time.
I pass on the invitation to pray for this conference and the students who attend. May God find willing hearts to trust Him and take their next best step of faith.
Have you seen the “Awesome” video that has been showing up in messages? The video is this wonderful guy driving in his car reminding viewers that they are awesome. He goes on to say that Jesus loves them and that he loves them. I could share that kind of message with you because that is what it feels like as you stand with us as Gospel Champions, supporting us in the proclamation of the Gospel.
I also want to share Rachel's story who connected with one of our digital channels and embraced Jesus Christ. She was asked to share her journey, and she did! It was posted just last week, and I thought you would love reading how God wooed this woman to Himself. You make stories like this possible. For this and so much more we are thankful.
Some call them Millennials. Others the I-Gen. Born between 1982 – 2004. Here’s one description of them...
Millennials, and the generations that follow, are shaping technology. This generation has grown up with computing in the palm of their hands. They are more socially and globally connected through mobile Internet devices than any prior generation. And they don't question; they just learn.
Many Millennials are technically-gifted and enmeshed in a world of computer languages like Python, Swift, HTML5, Java, etc. They are responsible for our devices serving us terabytes of entertainment, news, remote control services, home automation, and more. Many of them follow Jesus, and would love to use their interests and skills to reach others for Jesus Christ.
We have a ministry designed to engage followers of Christ and future Christians called Indigitous. Indigitous is a global community engaging with ideas and each other to advance God’s Kingdom through technical innovation.
One Indigitous strategy is to host hackathons. From October 20-22, we will have the privilege of hosting our second Global Missional Hackathon called Indigitous #HACK! 2500+ missional hackers are gathering in 38+ cities around the world, developing digital disciplers who will work on missional projects.
Through your support of Lisa and me, you are helping to launch thousands of digital disciples whose heart is to help fulfill the Great Commission using their tech-genius skills.
P.S. If you know someone that could, would, should come to the #HACK, let them know about it. Send them the poster above and or send them this url https://indigitous.org/hack/.
Jesse is a creative artist with Cru. It was nine years ago we hosted our 1st Creative Artists Guild of Cru staff. We met in Hilton Head where nearly 25 us got to know each other for the first time, shared best practices and worked through professional skill training to develop our crafts in telling God's stories. Since then we hosted five gatherings in Orlando, and I met Jesse for the first time in one of those.
Jesse just posted in our guild G+ forum a video he worked on this past summer for our national staff conference. It did not show (sometimes this is the hard life of a creative), but I will show it to you. It may not have fit the program this summer, but the numbers it displays represent people and the work of God's Spirit. If you have just under 2 minutes, it presents encouraging ground taken for God's glorious Kingdom.
I share this because you and I are part of these people and these happenings and it is pleasurable to peek at one part of what God is doing in and through us.
It was through Storytelling that Jesus penetrated souls. It was through storytelling that he turned the world of the Pharisees upside down. It was through His story that the world has been revolutionized. Throughout the past 15 years, I have been given the pleasure of influencing Cru's storytelling through visual communication. For the past three years, you and I have been storytellers for Global Fund Development.
Today, I will step into a new role as Cru's Global Marketing and Experience director. Since Cru began a re-branding journey six years ago, I've had a fire burning within me to see Cru's messaging internally and externally streamlined with such precision that our storytelling will have even greater impact. Lisa, Madison (as a writer) and three other people I've loved working with over the years will join me on the Global Digital Strategies team. We are blessed to work under and support our Vice President, Ken Cochrum, who leads the Digital Strategies team.
Together, God-willing, we will do this so that we can even more effectively tell the gospel story so that everyone knows someone who follows Jesus Christ.
You are so critical in our being able to do this work.