Middle East

A few months ago I wrote to you about the Cru Abroad Playbook our Innovation Team was designing for Cru students studying abroad. The leaders loved our work and want our help creating a Playbook Leader’s Guide to help  Cru staff  know how to effectively coach students studying abroad around the world.

The Cru Abroad Playbook is currently in the hands of over 20 students in several different countries. These students are maximizing their study abroad experiences by sharing Christ with fellow students on their campus. It is exciting to see how God is using Cru Abroad to help students reach students. Here is a glimpse into the influence of just one study abroad student:

Sarah: While I was studying abroad (in the Middle East), I got to meet this friend, Batzorig.

Batzorig: Instead of believing in God and trusting him, I believed in myself, and I always tried to do everything on my own. So I always believed in my own strength and power, and that used to bring me a lot of pressure and stress and anxiety…Since I met Sarah, I started to go to church, and after one year I decided to become a believer. I wanted to share this grace and this love of God with the closest people in my life, so I started to pray about my family. And it was like, praying for one year, and nothing big happened–and then like two years, and three years.

But then one day I was reading my Bible, and my family and especially my sisters came, and they were curious about it. So, then I started to share about the Bible and the gospel and I invited my family, like everyone in my family, to our Mongolian church one day. We came to church as the whole family for the first time, and they really liked it. And then after a few weeks, they just decided to become believers as well. So, that was a great work God has done in my family through me.

Sarah: God taught me to live purposefully while studying abroad. Every day I could go to class or go on campus and know that I could be the first Christian someone meets, and someone that can be Christ to them, and live it out – just be Christ to them. And so, that was a great calling and a great purpose while studying abroad.

BatzorigI am so thankful to God that he brought Sarah abroad, to study, so that I could know about Jesus. Not just me, but my family also knows about Jesus.

Where is God in the midst of tragedy? video project:

“Dana, we so want to thank you for inviting us to tell our story.  We knew you would handle it with care.  It also turned into one of the most non-invasive experiences to express where we were and where we had come, which in so many ways was an encouragement to both of us.”

“It was more like a therapy session than an interview. Thank you for helping me see how far I’ve come and how God has been present all along.”

This has been holy ground processing pain and tragedy with these precious folks.  PLEASE pray for our team as we go through hours of interviews and distill sound bites to address this delicate question in a 2 1/2 minute video.

Speaker Training Update from the woman I helped train in communication skills last month:
“Thank you so much for praying with me last weekend. The time with the girls was incredibly amazing above and beyond what I could have ever asked or imagined.

Highlights:   Witnessing the baptism of Nicole, a student who has an incredible testimony of choosing drugs, sex, and alcohol the first two years of college, but choosing Christ a few months ago. Two Chinese international students attended and accepted Christ on Friday night!”

Comm Lab, April 6-10.
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Pray for me as I coach and teach at the Comm Lab. I have been asked to work closely with a woman writing out her story.  She converted from Islam to Christianity and has a powerful story to tell. She will be sharing her story at conferences, retreats, etc.

Grateful for you,

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