“You have no idea what God did in me through those series of emails on the gospel of John. I have accepted Jesus as my personal savior and… decided to give my whole life to Christ. I usually talk about you (EveryStudent.com) and Christ when asked how I became born again. This is my second year and every Scripture and the whole message of the Bible of restoring us sinners towards God gives me a ‘wow’ experience every day.” ~ new believer from Namibia
As missionaries with Cru since 1975, we can enthusiastically affirm that God is doing unprecedented things in bringing people into His Kingdom. It’s an incredible time to be serving the Lord. The following are just a handful of ways we see God moving in hearts.
God Is Moving in Hearts
In the last seven years, over 2 million new churches have been planted globally through Cru and other organizations we partner with.
In the digital realm, over 40% of new believers go into a follow-up process after indicating decisions for Christ on the English version of EveryStudent.com (a Cru evangelistic website). The quote from the Namibian new believer is an example of a life changed by one of these email follow-up series.
We hope these reports encourage you, too, knowing many people are responsive to God’s Good News. We also know our abundant opportunities to see many enter into God’s Kingdom could wane. So we’re compelled to heed the exhortation of Jesus in John 9:4 (ESV): “We must do the works of Him who sent us while it is day. Night is coming when no one can work.”
The Privilege of Serving Him
We briefly mentioned in the insert in our last letter that Sus had surgery on September 8th, which was a total hysterectomy and other repairs. The surgery uncovered some other issues we weren’t aware of which Dr. Jones treated, extending the surgery from three to five hours. Sus is healing well and slowly getting “back to work,” helping Cru staff with her blogging consulting. Thank you for praying that God would abundantly supply our need for $7000 toward our medical expenses.
While God has carried us through our medical needs, 2017 has been a tragic year for so many. Gruesome attacks, hurricanes, wildfires, mass shootings, and more. Even behind these tragic events and in the encouraging stories we shared with you, rest assured God is in control and is moving in significant ways in people’s lives. He’s given us the opportunity and privilege along with you to be a part of what He is doing.
We hope you’re encouraged, as we are, about the possibility of fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18–20) even in our lifetimes.
Source: I found the photo by David Robert Bilwas on Flickr. It is copyrighted and licensed it under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic License. The photo is not of the Namibian quoted in this post.