From an ordinary kid to a missionary going where God leads

I found myself in East Asia because that is where God called me to be. Three years ago I was a somewhat scared, somewhat cocky, high school senior in Wisconsin getting ready to begin college at the University of Montana. I arrived on campus with little thought about my spiritual life, let alone plans to [...]

Surrender. That’s something I thought I had a pretty good handle on.

I thought that I was willing to go where He wanted me to go and do what He wanted me to do. After all, I surrendered my summer to Him when I decided to follow Him to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Like most other students who went on a Summer Project this last summer, [...]

“Lord, Make Me Willing.”

As Andrew (left) stood on stage, with the microphone in his hand, he began to cry. Tears began filling my own eyes as my mind was flooded with memories of this student who has become so dear to me over the past three years. I have had the privilege of discipling (mentoring) Andrew since the [...]

Lonely Church in Bologna, Italy

Before I got here, I knew that many Italian people did not know Jesus. Actually being here has made it real. That sounds so childish and obvious, but for some reason it has hit me hard. Last night a university student asked why we were here. After I explained, he said Bologna was not a [...]

Reaching the City of Lights

This summer Ariel Currieo has been experiencing one of Cru’s summer projects desiring to “learn what it means to walk by the Spirit.” She is spending six weeks in France where the project with be spending most of their time on the university campus in Paris building relationships with Parisian students. Her journey to Paris [...]

Great Community in Historic Charleston

Late night putt-putt, dolphin watching as the sun sets, walking around downtown, and just hanging out in the hotel is at the heart of community here on Historic Charleston Summer Project. It’s so refreshing to be surrounded by so many other believers for the entire summer. People who encourage you and hold you accountable to [...]

Summer Projects 2011 – Heart Changing, Eye Opening, Challenging and Indescribable

Right now, another group of students are either heading out or settling in to the Summer Mission Project locations. We know from decades of experience that they are in for a life-changing summer.  Students often use words like heart-changing, eye-opening, challenging and indescribable.  They also tell us about feeling more confident in starting conversations about [...]