Helping Albanian Churches

I just got off of a video call with Pal in Albania.  Pal works with teenagers in Albania, helping them come to know Jesus and grow in their faith.  Last year we updated our THRIVE app to allow our small group studies to be translated into Albanian which has been a real encouragement to them. [...]

The Michal American History Tour 2021

Cru offered both Mark & I (Dawn) a sabbatical after serving for 20 years. Our sabbatical this summer was a dream I had while homeschooling the boys through 4th grade. Teaching and relearning American History with them caused us to love learning together as a family, and yearn to take them to all of the [...]

Training Leaders in Africa

Dawn and I love the work we get to do with Cru. Reaching students with the gospel is our passion and God continues to press on to our hearts this audience of teenagers - such a crucial time in someone’s life! And while we love working with American teens, we know that over 95 percent [...]

Students Leading Students

One of our core values in Cru is that our movements would become increasingly student-led, as young people grow in their faith and take steps to share that faith with others. This pandemic has made it difficult for our staff to develop leaders but God is still doing great things in, and through, students in [...]

“I’m not sure what I think about God”

Trinity explained during one of our weekly Cru meetings. Trinity started coming to Cru in Plano, TX when a friend from school invited her to our fall pumpkin carving outreach. Trinity comes from a faith background where her parents have taken her to church occasionally but until the start of the pandemic, she did not [...]

Thriving in Vietnam

Before I (Mark) was born, my father traveled to Vietnam as a soldier in a war that didn’t go so well. How surprised I was this year when I learned that I, too, would have an impact in that country half-way around the world. A few months ago I told you that we had translated [...]

Jesus is for the Whole Family

God continues to do great things in the lives of teenagers and Dawn and I love being a part of it! Here’s a story about one of our students in California… I come from a family where I was 1 of 9 boys, we were very poor, and my father was an alcoholic. I was [...]

Graduation Time!

Typically May/June is filled every weekend with graduation parties for the Michals to attend.  Graduation season is filled with mixed emotions as we watch students that we have discipled mature into thriving young adults, and leave town over the summer to their respective new adventures. Our move to Florida meant less direct ministry and thus [...]

Reaching the World Virtually

Howdy from Orlando! The Michal Family is finding ways to keep moving forward during these Corona days. Everyone is home all the time which gives us ample opportunity to practice our conflict resolution skills, and have great family memories. We’ve gotten some new bikes, had dinner at the beach, played some croquet in the back [...]

They called her a Monster

Last weekend I had the opportunity to take Gabe and Jake to our Fastbreak conference in Ohio. This was the first time they were there as students, not just staff kids. It was so encouraging to hear stories of what God is doing, watch my former students grow in their faith, and watch my own [...]