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 of the worlds teenagers are outside of the U.S. So I wanted to share a quick story about how God is using Cru to impact teenagers outside of the U.S.
Before COVID hit, our Global team was planning a visit to Africa to do a conference for our African leaders about how to impact teenagers for Christ. There are many opportunities for students to be reached in Africa but they are asking for more training and tools to reach this crucial audience – and that is something we do well.
Due to the travel constraints that COVID brought, we were forced to take the conference virtual. The leaders there used the opportunity to offer the training to youth leaders across the continent that would not have been able to attend in person. Instead of the 30-40 participants, we were able to train 619 leaders through this conference!
Our Global team talked about why to reach teenagers, how to reach them, and gave them many practical tools to do it better. It’s so encouraging to see God open more ministry opportunities with new leaders in under-served areas like Africa.
Thank you for prayers and support as we continue to help more students come to know Jesus all over the world. Please pray for these African leaders, that they would be able to start ministries in schools near them that draw many teenagers to Christ!