We trust you are well. This has been a somewhat crazy season for us. Justin has been experiencing some health challenges this fall and so Dave has been spending a lot of time with him in Tallahassee. Fortunately, Dave has been able to do his work from there. In addition, Dave’s dad, who spends several months with us each year, experienced some of his own health issues recently. We would appreciate your prayers for complete healing for both Justin and Dave’s dad.
Recently, Dave has been helping the high school ministry as they focus on developing a Gap Year program. Cru High School Global Missions Gap Year takes high school graduates on a mission to three different continents over nine months to serve and minister to high school students in various countries across the globe. Students taking a year after graduation explore who God has created them to be and to grow in their relationship with the Lord as they serve students in other cultures. Students will see their lives transformed as they have opportunities to trust God in greater ways and to share the gospel with high school students across the globe.
The high school ministry of Cru is sending the first Gap Year team in the fall of 2018. Students will start with training in Orlando in late August, travel to two other continents, and then return to Orlando for a time of debrief at the end of May. While in Orlando, students will have an extended time of training while at the International Headquarters of Cru in Orlando. They will also work with local high school students here in Orlando. Next, students will travel to two other continents, spending about three months in each location and taking the gospel message to students from other nations.
Gap Years have been proven to have a positive impact on academic performance in college. Research shows that students who participate in gap year programs often perform better in school, have a better sense of direction in their lives, and have higher employability than those who go directly to college after high school. Please pray that God would use the Cru gap year program in students’ lives, both those who participate and those who hear the gospel through them.
Thanks for your partnership with us in the Lord’s work as we help send students to the world.