Fall outreaches – Snapshot

Personal News

JamieFall is here – at least on the calendar. We are hoping for some cooler weather here in a few more weeks. Our youngest, Jamie, turned thirteen this week. She loves celebrating so we have been doing so for a couple weeks now with her party and a family celebration at different times. The other kids are doing well with school and other activities.

Ministry Update

So far this fall, the high school ministry in Orlando has seen almost 100 students come to Christ through a variety of outreaches. Some of the events included an outreach with the football team at Lake Nona High School where 90 students east-river-outreach2webcome out to hear the Gospel after a team meeting. Cru at East River hosted a #SplittheRiver that featured a 30-foot banana split. They had over 50 students show up after school to participate. The first city-wide meeting, which was centered around Pokemon-Go, included students from different schools who got to hear a message about what is filling your soul.

As a result of all these events and more, hundreds of students have had the opportunity to hear the gospel. Please pray for the Orlando team as they follow up with these students and gather them into small group Bible studies.

snapshot_eastThe Snapshot cards continue to gain momentum as a tool for ministry. Dave has recently been helping a ministry in East Asia design their own version of Snapshot cards to be used locally in their country. It is exciting to see the idea spread so more people can share the Gospel using these playing cards as a means to start spiritual conversations. Please pray that God would continue to use the Snapshot cards to draw people here in the United States and around the world to Himself.

If you are interested in ordering one or more sets of the Snapshot cards, you can do so at: crustore.org/snapshot-playing-cards.html

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

Prayer Request

  • Pray for the students who have come to faith this fall in Orlando.
  • Many of the students we engaged with in the Czech Republic are still in contact with us and are seeking to understand the gospel. Pray for Klara, Marta, Cuba, Martin, Tim, Kellin, Natalie, and David. It is so fun to see the conversation continue over distance.
  • Pray for Lynn as she leads the New Leader’s Conference next month. This is a training conference for all our younger leaders.
  • Pray for good promotion for the Snapshot cards as we seek to distribute and train people in how to engage in spiritual conversations using the cards.

Training

Personal News

JeremyThe new school year is upon us. Here is just a quick recap of the Meritts summer. This summer everyone was going in different directions. Both the girls had sports camps. Jamie attended a  gymnastics camp, while Julie spent a week at a soccer camp. Lynn and Julie also visited 5 colleges as Julie starts the  process of determining which school the Lord is leading her to. Justin spent most of the summer at FSU.  As you know Jeremy and Dave were in the Czech Republic for a couple weeks. We were able to enjoy one weekend with all six of us, helping Justin clean his apartment. 🙂 This year we have both Justin and Jeremy in college.

Ministry Update

Trainers Training

Lynn online trainingThe fall is a busy time for Lynn as she oversees the training and development of staff for the high school ministry. She is currently busy training our senior staff who will be training our new staff, interns, and volunteers this school year. Last week she hosted part one on the principles of training. There were about forty participants. This week she will continue with the online training going over the new learner centered Core Training that our new staff will use this school year.

New Leaders Conference

new leadersIn October Lynn is directing a high school new leaders’ conference in Orlando. The conference is for Cru new staff, interns, part-time field staff, volunteers, and partners who are reaching out to high school and middle school students. Please pray for Lynn as she oversees training for our ministry. You can also pray for her as she balances the rest of her life including teaching one day a week and home schooling Jamie and Julie, etc.

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

Dave & Lynn

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Czech_highlightsJeremy’s Perspective

I am glad I got the opportunity to go on this summer mission with Cru to the Czech Republic. I really enjoyed it. I thank you for partnering with me so I could have this opportunity. On this trip, I learned to trust in God fully as well as believe in Him when things get hard. I also learned how to become more confident in sharing my faith with other people. I enjoyed every aspect of my project. The relationships that I have formed with the team that I went with, as well as the amazing Czech students that I had the privilege of meeting and interacting with, was the best part of this project. I thank you for praying for me while I was on this mission.

Dave’s Perspective

My highlight was seeing Jeremy grow is his faith and seeing his tender heart towards the Czech students and God.  A week after Jeremy had the opportunity to share his faith with a student, Jeremy pointed out the exact spot where he shared his faith with him. It was a great moment stopping and praying together for the student to trust Christ.

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

Dave & Lynn

Overview slideshow

Orlando-Czech Republic

Personal News

praying_for_orlandoIt was the best of times, it was the worst of times… it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair….. A Tale of Two Cities

This quote, in a very small way, describes a few of the emotions, thoughts, and experiences that we have lived over the past week and a half as we have endured one horrible tragedy after another here in Orlando. We have seen both the worst and the best in people. It has been a heart wrenching experience, but we know that God is on His throne and that He is victorious.

Last week, Lynn wrote the following on Facebook, “Today the sun came up and the light shines bright. People are working. Kids are playing. However, in the midst of so much that seems so ordinary, I know that many hearts, including mine, are hurting. Tears flow easily and frequently. I am grateful for those who are praying. Light shines in the darkness…. But there is also a time to mourn. This is such a time.

Our city is mourning. Please pray with us that God would move and that light would shine in the darkness. Pray for the church is Orlando to rise up to love, pray, and serve.

Ministry Update

czechIn just a few days, Dave and Jeremy head to the Czech Republic. Much of their time will be spent following up with students who have surfaced as a result of a Cru summer project team that was just there. The time in Prague will begin with a special season of prayer overlooking the city. Mornings will be spent in devotions and training. In the afternoon the team will do various activities around the city with the purpose of building relationships with and gathering Czech students who might be interested in hearing more about the Lord. Evenings will involve game nights and more relational time. The team also hopes to use a couple of national Czech holidays which have Christian roots to engage in spiritual conversations. The Czech Republic is one of the most atheistic nations in the world. The team would covet your prayers for lasting fruit.

Please pray that young people would hear and respond to the gospel.

More than ever, we see the importance of loving on people and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. Please pray that God would use us here in Orlando and around the world to share the hope and love of Christ.

Dave and Lynn

Please pray for the people of the Czech Republic (June 28-July 13)

I received some helpful insight from a Student who was there on a mission with Cru last summer…the majority of students have never thought about God and when you do get the chance to hear what they think on spiritual things, they may say that there may be a god or spirit above us, but either- who cares, it doesn’t affect me, or we can’t know for sure anyway. For most, the existence of God isn’t even something they think about, let alone that Jesus is God. Many have no clue about Jesus- it’s actually a Christmas tradition that a baby named Jesus brings them their gifts; that may be what they know. My biggest advice would be to pray and pray all the time. Pray for specific things for the students and know that even if it looks like nothing’s happening or people are uninterested, God is at work.

Class of 2016

Personal News

JeremyHappy May! This has been a busy month for us. Justin has been home from college for several brief visits. He is preparing for an internship at a hospital in Tallahassee this summer. Jamie just “scored out” of level five in gymnastics and will compete level six or seven next school year. Julie was named “MVP” of her high school soccer team and made the all-district team. Finally, Jeremy graduated from high school this past Friday and just completed the design of a 5000 square foot house in his CADD class. We are so proud of the way our children have used their gifts and talents this year.

Ministry Update

For the past several years, Dave has surveyed the seniors who have participated in Cru during their high school years. It is always encouraging to hear how the Lord has impacted so many students lives. Here are some of their responses:

SeniorsI hit rock bottom. I didn’t know how much longer I could take being in the depressed state I was in and I knew i had to do something about it. Deborah helped me accept Christ officially into my life.

Seeing CJ Neal with pizza and staying to hear what was going on in a room was my first exposure to Cru. After a couple of weeks we started talking about anger and what the bible said about anger. After that day I always replayed James 1:19-21 in my head. My sophomore year I fully committed to God.

I was brought to Cru and did discipleship with my Cru leader for 3 years. I have become a new person in Christ. I do not define myself my my weight or my height or my physical appearance. Jesus saved me.

I am passionate about taking God’s Word all over the globe. I spend time in the Word and in prayer daily. I struggle and fail every day, but I live in the constant comfort that comes from knowing your life is held in the palm of the One who created the Universe.

Now through Christ I have a purpose and God has a plan for my life. Through his strength I am able to share the gospel and strive to love others unconditionally. I am eager to get out of my comfort zone and rely on God. Cru has taught my the basic foundations of faith which has solidified the gospel message for myself and made it so much easier to communicate that to others!

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

Dave & Lynn

Praises and Prayer Requests:

Pray that Dave has a good trip to Oregon to meet with ministry partners later this month (June 8th – June 20th).

Praise God for the financial support that He has provided for Dave and Jeremy’s mission to the Czech Republic (June 28th – July 13th). Pray that God would provide the remainder of the necessary support.

Training Meetings – Snapshot cards

Personal News

Wow! April has certainly flown by. We have been busy with projects around the house, soccer games, practices, and various ministry events and responsibilities. We are looking forward to an even busier May with Jeremy’s high school graduation, a brief working retreat with the high school Executive Team, at least one soccer tournament, a gymnastics meet, and much more. We are going to try to savor it all in the midst of the craziness.

Ministry Update

Training meetingsLynn had a very productive time late last month at the Training Guild meetings. Those in attendance made good progress on the lessons that will be contained in the new training which is being rolled out in the fall. She also had some good meetings with several others in leadership about the direction that training will take in the future. One of the main action points is to seek to build more of a team around her to assist her as she leads the training efforts for the high school ministry.

Snapshot cardsDave has been busy gathering orders for the first large printing of the Snapshot cards.snapshot-booklet-cover There are two versions: one is a deck of playing cards and one just has the pictures. It is encouraging that he just ordered 1000 of the playing cards and 500 of the full bleed version. Some of the cards will be shipped to Europe. Others will be used for the various mission trips and conferences taking place this summer. It is very exciting to see the enthusiasm and momentum grow as more and more people are exposed to the cards. We are trusting that the Lord is going to use them mightily to draw students and others to Himself.

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

Dave & Lynn

Praises and Prayers:

  • Praise God for how He has already used the Snapshot cards to draw students to Himself.
  • Praise God for the progress that the Training Guild made on the new training lessons.
  • Pray for Dave and Jeremy as they prepare to serve the Lord for a couple of weeks in the Czech Republic this summer.
  • Pray for the Lord to provide the funds for Dave and Jeremy’s mission.

 

Reaching the World

Personal News

Jamie_20160327_132430smWe hope you had a really nice Easter celebrating the resurrection. We talked Justin into coming home for the weekend. It was really nice to have him home for a couple of days. We also celebrated his birthday early. Another highlight was handing out Easter baskets to underprivileged children. It is always a blessing to see their faces light up. This is the third year we have joined friends in serving this way. Julie and their daughter packed over 250 baskets! However, our Easter weekend ended in an unexpected fashion when Jamie started having severe stomach pains. An ultrasound showed that it might be appendicitis so the doctors kept her for observation. Fortunately, it turned out to be a false alarm.

Ministry Update

This spring, students from all over the nation have fanned out across the world in a crop_snapshot cards_1936048_10156660210530224_7491684931866468477_nnumber of mission projects. High school students have traveled to Spain, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, the Czech Republic, and Portugal. The stories and results of their efforts are still
coming in, but we know that hundreds of students have been exposed to the gospel as a result of their efforts. In addition, the team in Ecuador trained leaders from several other neighboring nations in how to do high school ministry. For the first time, many of the teams used the Snapshot cards that Dave developed to assist them in their efforts.

This week, Lynn will spend several days in meetings with members of the Cru Core Training Guild. One of their main focuses will be to work on new training materials that crop_IMG_6074are in the process of being developed for both the high school and college ministries of Cru. These materials are due to be released in the fall. They should be much more user-friendly. Please pray for the team as they prepare for rollout in the fall.

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

Dave & Lynn

Prayer Requested

  • Please pray for Dave’s family as they are mourning the loss of Dave’s uncle. Unfortunately, he passed away after we sent the previous request.
  • Please pray that the Lord would help confirm all of our summer plans.
  • Pray for Dave and Lynn as we focus on several important projects over the next few months.