Thank you for your prayers for our summer. Cru15, our national staff conference, was challenging and inspiring.
There were 4 emphases:
â€¢ Our continuing commitment to be people who share the good news
â€¢ Our movement toward ethnic diversity
â€¢ Moving forward in building partnerships and a partner-friendly organization
â€¢ Taking the good news beyond our borders to the people of the world
We were challenged by guest speakers like Joshua Ryan Butler, a pastor from Portland, Oregon. He taught us that when we partner with another ministry (or just another believer), we need to be willing to act as a sidekick, not the hero. We need to acknowledge that they have better ideas than we do.
Pastor Butler told the story of a man who wanted to confront the human trafficking happening in Portland. He recruited a bunch of guys to partner with the police department. They published their phone numbers as if they were teenaged girls, took the phone calls and texts from would-be exploiters, and confronted them with truth, resources, and a letter from the police telling them that theyâ€™d better stop what theyâ€™re doing. Another group that was studying trafficking in the US discovered a 58% drop in Portland that corresponds with this groupâ€™s efforts!
Thanks again for your gifts and prayers that kept us going this summer! We were able to help keep the conference running smoothly and fix a lot of Cru computers and smartphones while we were there.