Reaching “Rural” and “Urban”

Personal News

This has been a busy month for us as Julie completes her senior soccer season with Circle Christian School. It has been a bittersweet time as five years on the varsity team winds down. She is currently the leading scorer on the team and was recently named 1st team All-District.  In addition to soccer keeping us busy, Jamie’s competition season has begun. She is competing as a level seven gymnast this year.  Please pray that the girls would honor the Lord through their sports.

 

Here is a video clip of one of many Julie’s great shots this year. (It might take a minute to load.)

Ministry Update

We are so grateful to the Lord for the opportunity He has given us to serve Him in vocational ministry for so many years. Over the past year, the Lord has given us a renewed vision to see every middle, high school, and college student in our nation and around the world have the opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel. Students are so needy. Here is just one example:

“I started carrying drugs and dropping them off at the age of nine,” Stephan said.  “My dad wasn’t around, my mom was busy doing crack, and I had to step up to be the man of the house,” Stephan continued.  “How long did this last?” I asked. “Until I was fourteen,” Stephan replied.  I sat opposite Stephan, not so much in shock, just deeply saddened by the generational cycles still plaguing our inner-city neighborhoods and young people. I met Stephan last year when he was cutting class.  I immediately knew that there was something different about him.  People were drawn to him like a magnet.  A natural-born leader without question, but with so much wasted potential. He was without direction and without Jesus.

Unfortunately for Stephen and other students like him, church and parachurch ministries are, for the most part, focused on the suburban areas of our nation. This means that thousands of students in both rural and urban areas are much, much less likely to have the opportunity to hear the gospel and grow in their relationship with Christ. Please pray for us as we seek effective ways to bring the gospel to these needy areas.

Thanks again for enabling us to be a part of helping reach students for Christ.

Dave & Lynn

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Gap Year

Personal News

justin-nov_webWe 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.

Ministry Update

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.

man-person-jumping-desert_edited-3The 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.

Dave & Lynn

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

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.