New Core Training Program

Personal News

Fall is slipping by. Before we know it, the holidays will be here. A few weeks ago our youngest, Jamie, turned 14. We are thankful for all the joy she brings to our home. We are also thankful that life has been fairly calm since the hurricane hit last month. We are trusting that the Lord will continue to keep things calm. We are praying for all those affected by the hurricanes, fires, and the terrible tragedy in Las Vegas. It has been a tough season in our nation and around the Caribbean.

Ministry Update

For almost her entire staff career, Lynn has played a role in ensuring that high school staff, interns, and volunteers are adequately trained for the work they do in reaching and discipling students. In the beginning, when she was directly working with students, she trained one or two women at a time. As time passed and we began to have children, she began to oversee those doing the training. Over the years, she has also been involved in helping gather and create training curriculum.

For the past three years or so, Lynn has been on a “Training Guild” composed of staff working in a variety of settings. This Guild has overseen the creation of a whole new Core Training Program that will be utilized by full-time staff, interns, and volunteers on both high school and college campuses. In addition to the general Core Training, Lynn spent a great deal of time this past spring and summer designing and helping create a High School Supplement for this training. Finally, earlier this fall, the new Core Training and the High School Supplement were completed. It has been exciting to see the fruit of so many hours of work.

Please pray that this material will result in thousands more students having the opportunity to hear and respond to the good news of Christ.

We are grateful for your partnership with us in this work!

Dave & Lynn

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Hurricane IRMA/THE FOUR


Hurricane IRMA update

Thanks for your prayers as Florida experienced Hurricane Irma. Jeremy came home before the storm and stayed all week with us. Justin rode out the storm in Tallahassee.

It was a long Sunday night, September 10th. The ceiling in our kitchen started leaking around 8 PM.  Soon after that, we lost power, and we settled in for a long night. We continued to listen to the radio for tornado warnings. We were lucky that we never received any warnings in our immediate area. The peak of the storm was around 2 am Monday morning. Soon after that, the threat of tornado activity decreased so we were able to get a little rest while the wind howled outside for the rest of night.

We have experienced several hurricanes before, including the three in 2004, but we never lost power. As I write this letter, we still have friends and a few neighbors that are without power.  Luckily, we only lost power for 24 hrs. We lost one tree that sheered off in the storm. The cleanup continues and life is getting back to normal – at least for us.  On Saturday, I dug up the tree stump and helped patch a neighbor’s roof.  Most of the colleges and public schools start back this week after being out for six days or more. Jeremy missed eight days of class and Justin was out for six days.

THE FOUR/Ministry Update

We thought you would enjoy hearing a few more stories of how kids are using the four bracelets

My 5-year old memorized Bible verses and was excited to share the gospel bracelet he got and explain the meaning behind it – we loved hearing what he was learning.

Just today my daughter was explaining the Gospel symbols again (for the 15th time?!). She loved that part!

My daughter was so excited to learn the four bracelet that she shared it with her extended family the next week! What a great way to teach kids the gospel in a transferable way!

Our 9-year old took her bracelet with the four pictures and shared them with her counselor at home. She happens to be a Christian, but she was impressed with how boldly our daughter used the bracelet and asked, “Do you know Jesus?”

My daughter shared the gospel using the bracelet she was given at the park with a kid she just met that day!!!! Thanks for such a tangible, practical thing for them!

The week after the conference we were spending time with my wife’s non-Christian aunt. Our son used the bracelet to share the gospel with her. This was awesome!

Our daughter shared the Gospel with her bracelet with someone this past Sunday! Sooo proud of her and you guys for sharing that with her.

Thanks for your partnership!

Dave & Lynn

THE FOUR

Personal News

Back to school is upon us. Justin and Jeremy are both back at college already. Justin is in his last semester and will graduate in December. Jeremy has started his sophomore year and was recently asked to apply to be a TA. Julie is a senior this year and has begun college applications.  She is actively involved in club and school soccer.  Our youngest, Jamie, is an 8th grader and is planning to compete as a level 7 gymnast this year.

Ministry Update

What is that bracelet that you’re wearing?

About two weeks ago Dave and Jeremy moved Justin into his college apartment. As they were interacting with and getting to know Justin’s new roommate, his roommate’s older sister asked us, “What are the bracelets that you all are wearing?”   The conversation continued as we explained what each of the symbols on the bracelets meant.  Dave actually had them try to guess before he told them.  The question led to a great conversation reminding them of the importance of living out their faith and making Jesus a priority in their lives.

These Gospel bands are great conversation starters.  The idea originated in Europe and is spreading around the world.

Dave started hearing stories of how God was using THE FOUR bands last school year. As a result, he connected with the founders and has brought THE FOUR  wristbands to the United States.

With no advertisement, Dave has helped oversee the distribution of over 7,500 of THE FOUR wristbands. It has been exciting to see the excitement about them from so many people. Please pray that God would use THE FOUR wristbands to lead more people to message of Jesus.

We are grateful for your partnership with us in the Lord’s work!

Dave & Lynn

Prayer request

  • Please pray that young people would come to know Christ through the use of The FOUR.
  • Pray for all those in Texas who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. We have a strong Cru ministry in Houston and know that many of the students have been affected.

Lynn celebrates – 30 years of ministry

Lynn’s Journey

Thirty years ago Lynn, having just graduated from Rice University, was led by the Lord to join Campus Crusade for Christ/Cru. This was in July of 1987. God has taken her to Poland, Russia, and Singapore reaching students for Christ. Stateside, Lynn has served in Boulder, San Diego and Orlando reaching and discipling students. Besides impacting teenagers for Christ, Lynn has also helped train others to reach students. Along her journey, she has personally trained and mentored numerous women and impacted hundreds more via training material that she has personally helped develop and implement.

Thirty Years in Pictures

Thanks for partnering with us in the Lord’s work!

Dave & Lynn

P.S. Dave celebrates thirty years in ministry in eighteen months.

Education Majors Summer Mission

Personal News

4 kidsWe hope you are having a great summer. Ours has been nice so far. June brings two birthdays for us. Julie’s was June 1st and Jeremy’s was the 23rd. The kids continue to stay busy with school, work, and sports. It has been really nice to have the boys here at home more this summer. Justin is living at home and Jeremy comes home from school on the weekends.

Ministry Update

Each summer, the high school ministry hosts an Education Majors Summer Mission. The mission is designed to help college students studying education learn how to use a future position as a teacher to impact middle and high school students for Christ. Those who participate get an introduction to Cru’s high school ministry. They also get connected with great resources.

Education Major TrainingThrough three days of workshops, mission participants learn what is possible, what is legal, and what is realistic for ministry as a teacher. College students are equipped to engage with high school students effectively and are given opportunities to serve while helping staff the Cru high school summer conference. They have the opportunity to disciple a small group of high school students and facilitate ministry training with teenagers.

Sharing ChristThis year Cru had the largest group of students in the ten year history of the mission. The highlight of their time was seeing hundreds of students learn and grow in Christ at the summer conference in Estes Park, Colorado. It was exciting to hear that over 65 high school students indicated decisions for Christ at the conference. The Education Major’s Summer Mission was a huge part of impacting these students for Christ.

We are grateful for your partnership with us in the Lord’s work!

Prayer Requests

  • Please for Dave and others as they give leadership to our high school ministry’s 50 year celebration in Ft. Collins, CO in July.
  • Pray for a new ministry tool called THE FOUR (used in Europe) to be effective in spreading the Gospel here in U.S. Dave is leading this effort. Learn more at tinyurl.com/Cru-THEFOUR
  • Pray for Lynn as she continues to oversee the rollout of the new Core Training for staff and interns this fall. She is currently focusing on the middle and high school specific lessons in this training.

Cru’s influence on Teens

Personal News

We hope you are doing well. We are thankful that summer has arrived because that means we see our college kids more. Even though they are busy with summer school classes, and in Justin’s case, an internship, they are around much more. We are trying to make the most of the time together.

Ministry Update

As we mentioned in our last letter, Dave has taken time the past couple of years to survey students who have been involved with Cru during high school. Here are comments from several of them.

“Cru in high school was one of the reasons I became a Christian. Since I experienced this personally, I want to give high school students the same opportunity.”

“So thankful for y’all. I now have a meaningful personal relationship with God that is full of his love and grace…so THANK YOU!”

“Cru led me to a relationship with God. When I first attended Cru, I was not religious. But through Cru, God worked through me and changed me. Since I had this experience, I want to give to other middle and high schoolers. The past two years as a volunteer, I have stepped up and become more of a leader in Cru.”

“I became a Christian at a Rocky Mountain Getaway. I often felt alone and that no one really knew what was going on in my life and when I heard a message I just cried because I had forgotten how He was with me the whole time.”

“When I moved across the country in 8th grade I became depressed. I was introduced to Cru and invited to come to meetings. The summer before 9th grade, I went to a Cru summer camp where I committed my life to Christ.”

“Now I am much more confident in my faith and it shows. I had the opportunity to go on a missions trip to Portugal that dramatically widened my world view and showed me just how big God really is. I honestly have no idea where I would be today if it were not for Cru to help me solidify my relationship with Christ.”

Thanks for impacting these students’ lives. We are grateful for your partnership with us in the Lord’s work!

Dave & Lynn

400 Easter Baskets

Personal News

We hope you had a great Easter. Ours was very nice. One of the highlights was handing out Easter baskets and other goodies in an underprivileged area of Orlando. We handed out over 400 baskets. This is the fourth year that Julie’s friend, Kailyn, has organized this event.

Ministry Update

We are in a busy season of ministry. Dave has been busy putting together several surveys. The one for high school seniors is designed to give a picture of their involvement in Cru throughout high school. He is also surveying college students who were involved in Cru during high school to see how they have transitioned to college.

It has been super encouraging to see the impact that Cru has had in the lives of students. From the senior survey, we are seeing that 54% of the involved students indicated that Cru helped them in their personal journey to come to faith in Christ.
Sixty-four percent of the college students who were involved in our high school ministry last year indicated that they are still growing in their walk with God.

Lynn has been working with a team which is about to roll out a new Core Training program for all of Cru that will be used by interns and staff who are new to the ministry. While much of the training is appropriate for those working with high school students, it does need some adjustments for our high school audience. Lynn hopes to get the high school piece finished by the end of the school year.

We are grateful for your partnership with us in the Lord’s work!

Dave & Lynn