First, a quick prayer request from Karl:
Please pray that I would get over the last bits of the flu that has kept me home Monday – Thursday. Â I need to lead three Google training times at Keynote next Tuesday, and then six more in Minneapolis next Thursday and Friday. Â I’d really appreciate your prayers for energy, a strong voice, preparation, and the ability to encourage our staff in this email transition. Â Thanks!
â€œWho is the real God â€“ Allah or the God of the Bible?â€
Matthew, a college student in Portland, asked this question. His dad is Muslim, and his mom is Catholic. While in Jordan last summer with his dadâ€™s family, he read the Quran resulting in more questions about Islam and Christianity.
This situation is not surprising to John, Cru campus staff member in Portland. He believes that the rough spiritual soil in Portland brings unique challenges. As a result, more time is needed to cultivate relationships so spiritual conversations about Jesus can happen.
MissionHub frees up that time for John by eliminating piles of administrative work, giving him more time to care for the people who need him most. The result is more effective ministry. â€œI joined staff to reach people, especially one on one,â€ explained John. â€œInstead of doing admin, I can actually use my time to meet with students!â€
Johnâ€™s ministry team also realized that when they met non-believers on campus for the first time, follow-up sometimes fell through the cracks. John credits MissionHub with organizing his contacts and preventing him from losing touch with students â€“ students like Matthew.
John and Matthew have been meeting for a few months to talk about Islam and Christianity. Matthew is still exploring and continues to trust John to help him navigate through the Bible. Now, Matthew is asking, â€œWhat will happen if I become a Christian and disappoint my Muslim relatives?â€
Thank you for helping us create digital resources that help people like John have spiritual conversations about Jesus with students like Matthew. Please pray with me that Matthew begins a relationship with Jesus this semester and is motivated to share his journey with others.
We hope you are as encouraged as we are. We love knowing that our work behind the scenes makes relationships like John and Matthewâ€™s possible. And your ministry to us, through prayers and finances and encouragement makes our work possible! God is so good the way He connects us all to His purposes. That way we get the blessings working together and being a part of His plans. Thank you for serving with us.
Please pray with us for health. Pray also for the email transition for all of Cruâ€™s staff. The change promises to be good, but transitions are always a bit messy. One praise is for our recent trip to Florida. It was full of all kinds of stuff, but it all fit together and we were glad to see a few of you while at the CUMC missions conference.