There has been so much good God stuff going on I had a hard time picking what to share this month! Here are a few snapshots.
Family Life Marriage Conference: Attendance at this year’s conference in Appleton, WI had increased 200 since last year, and nearly 700 people were packed into the ballroom when the conference started Friday night.
Your prayers sustained me throughout the weekend, and when it was time to get up and share the gospel Saturday, I was definitely hurting (from a severe back problem), but able to stand upright. My incredible wife was on Facebook garnering all the prayer support she could. He definitely heard, because the Spirit of God came on that place. Evaluations on Sunday revealed that 194 people had received Christ - which was 29% of the audience!
In 17 years of doing these events, we’ve NEVER seen anything like it. Your prayer was not just a fragrant aroma, it released Divine power that flooded that ballroom! The enemy was in full retreat! To God Be ALL The Glory! – Bruce and Julie Boyd, Keynote
“Thank you so much for the worship! We don’t get to do this where we live.”
Keynote Worship Bands: Keynote team members heard this from many who attended Cru Global Missions STINT Midyear Conferences. STINT is short for short-term international internship. These interns serve for a year or more all over the world, many of them in countries where it is illegal to worship God in public. This is the first chance they’ve had in six months to worship God out loud!
160 “STINTers” came to Chiang Mai, Thailand from Eastern Asia; 250 Cru staff members traveled to Nerja, Spain from Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia; and 50 went to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic from Latin America (20 were unable to attend due to political unrest in Venezuela). Leading worship for these missionaries is an incredible privilege.
Campus Ministry Mid-Year Report: August 2013 – December 2013
Keynote is a resource ministry with Cru’s Campus Ministry. Karl and other Keynote leaders were recently at a National Campus Leaders’ Meeting when we heard highlights of what God is doing on campuses across the nation and the globe. Apparently the harvest is really ripe right now, because the numbers of students (and college faculty!) responding to the gospel is way beyond what we’ve seen in recent years. We’ll be sharing bits of these encouraging updates over the next few letters. I personally was so encouraged, because being a Christian in America feels like it’s becoming more difficult these days. But I suspect that the worse the struggles on the surface the more God is accomplishing in peoples’ hearts.
15,817 students engaged in evangelism – 2,612 campus ministry locations