Social distancing has been a challenge for all our campuses as far as keeping a momentum going for meeting, engaging the Bible, and sharing Jesus with classmates; but it is not a new challenge for our Coaching Center (our staff team!) members, who have been connecting with students online and over the phone for decades.
One of the biggest difficulties we face is helping new students grasp the vision to reach their campus for Christ if they have never seen a fully functioning Cru ministry before. Telling people about Jesus doesn’t seem weird when your upper-classmen heroes have already set a culture for it. Raising money to go on a summer mission or to a winter conference isn’t so scary when you have other classmates who have gone before, but many of these students are trying to start a new thing on their campus that they’ve never seen modeled before.
I (Jeff) have been working to fix that with a monthly online gathering that has student leaders from all our campuses sharing with each other and cheering each other on. Our first event (Oct 6th) will feature Rebekah, who feels a burden to speak boldly about Jesus to all her non-Christian friends out of an act of love for both them and for God. Please pray for students to catch her enthusiasm and step out in courage with their own friends.