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Newsletter 2008.02

Newsletter 2008.02

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about twenty students whofilled out comment cards whowere interested in speakingwith someone about their un-answered questions and six of those people were interested inknowing more about having a personal relationship with Je-sus Christ!Please pray for us aswe look to help answer their questions, that the Holy Spiritwould be present and that our conversations would glorifyGod.
 
ONE QUESTION
The outreach teamstarted the One Questionevent last semester with afacebook group to help startdiscussion and get peoplethinking about spiritual mat-ters. Although it didn’t getoff to a good start by this se-mester groups of studentswithin Crusade were goingout on campus asking people“If you could ask God onequestion what would it be?”The response was incredible.Along with FacultyCommons (Crusades facultyministry) we were able to bring William Lane Craig tocampus to speak on the topthree questions most collegestudents would like to ask God. A week before theevent we put large white boards (
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) on the busiestspot on campus and askedstudents to write in permanentmarker what they would liketo ask God. The questionsranged from “What reallyhappens when we die.” to“Why did you take my par-ents?” to less serious ques-tions like “Who is the one?”The boards generateda lot of discussion, especiallywhen the infamous“Turlington Preachers”showed up yelling at the“sinners” of UF. I’m glad wewere there to offer students just as much grace as truth.Hundreds of studentsshowed up after a week of advertising and surveying.Dr. Craig spoke from a theo-logical as well as a philoso- phical and scientific perspec-tive. After the first hour of  just speaking Dr. Craigopened the floor for ques-tions, giving the students theopportunity to ask what wasmost on their hearts.At the end there were
Prayer Requests:
Lyndsey:Her continuedspiritual growth and avail-ability to come to smallgroup.
Building for Cru meetings:Our relationship with theUniversity is strained after some miscommunication andwe had to change our meet-ing location. As our move-ment grows we are strug-gling to find a building largeenough and as often as weneed it. Please pray that Godwould mend our relationshipwith the University and pro-vide a meeting place for us.
Teaching and Training:Weare in the process of choos-ing and training our studentleaders for next year! Praythat God would raise up stu-dents willing to make sacri-fices for the movement andare aligned with our mission. 
 
If you could ask God one question…
February 2008Volume 1, Issue 5
not only the outdoors.Lifelines believes that through proc-ess learning and group activities students canmake great strides towards understandingthemselves and the impact they have on thosearound them. Equally important in that phi-losophy is the belief that as spiritual beingsour relational growth won’t be incompletewithout a relationship with God. Just as all people need food to survive so all people needrelationships with others and a relationshipwith God in order to experience life at its full-est.www.lifelinesministry.comI have recently decided to join fulltime staff w/ Crusade’s outdoor ministry, Life-lines. Here is a little more information aboutthe ministry.Lifelines uses the outdoors as aspringboard for students to take further re-sponsibility for growth that they would notnormally take in a campus setting. It is our goal for students to experience the grace andtruth of the Gospel as they connect with eachother and God.The outdoors combined with a qual-ity, professional program enables the groups tomaximize and be responsible for their owngrowth experience. Staff and student leadersare trained in the art of asking questions, smallgroup facilitation, and the growth processmaking them a key part of the success of thestrategy.Thinking of Lifelines as only anoutdoor ministry misses the underlying con-cepts that make it effective. Lifelines is a wayof doing campus ministry with preexistinggroups over a period of time to bring them toChrist and start Multiple Movements. It givesstaff and students the ability to practice theEvangelism Model and apply the GrowthModel in a wide variety of campus situations,
 
 
University of the West Indies
Trinidad & Tobago
This spring break I had the amaz-ing opportunity to accompany 15other students and staff to theUniversity of the West Indies inTrinidad. There is a large Mus-lim and Hindu population alongwith some strong Catholic roots.We prepared our students for challenging conversations butafter the first day most studentswere much more comfortable andconfidant. They actually stoppedusing the surveys and just startedwalking up to people and sharingthe Gospel with them! It wasincredible watching our teamgrow so quickly. As a team wegot to pray with six people toreceive Christ!
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n the second day we went toMt. Hope, the medical campus. My part-ner, Akeelah, and I walked up to a groupof students and asked if they wanted to dothe Soularium with us. Only one girl,Arionne, stayed to answer the questions.As we continued our conversation wefound out that she was unhappy with her life, her mom was Muslim and her dad wasHindu and that left her confused and apa-thetic towards religion. We started to pullout the Four Spiritual Laws but she had togo to class. As she left Akeelah and I prayed for her as the conversation was leftunfinished and she seemed so ready tomake a decision for Christ. We continuedwalking around the campus and foundourselves back where we started half anhour later. In the same spot where Arionnesat we started the Soularium with a coupleother girls. Half way through the ques-tions I notice Arionne walking back towards us! She had skipped her class togo to lunch with a friend and was nowwaiting for her next class to start. Praisethe Lord for answering our prayer in justthirty short minutes! I walked her throughthe Four Laws, answered some questionsshe had and when I got to the last page Iasked her if she wanted to pray to receiveChrist. She said “yes!” so, as we sat therein the parking lot, Arionne gave her life toChrist!On our vacation daywe went to the beach in Tobagowhere we took a tour of theBuccoo Reef in a glass bottom boat. Then we snorkeled for free and some of us saw an octo- pus! The water was warm andcrystal clear. We experiencedlocal foods such as roti, doubles,mahi mahi and flying fish whichwere wonderful and also tama-rind balls, mauby drink and pepper mango which were not aswonderful but part of the cul-tural experience.It was a great time for all of us to bond on our last dayof the trip. God really blessedus with a group that meshed sowell! After the trip three stu-dents were asking questionsabout doing STINT (a year in-ternship serving God overseas)in the future, and a couple areattending our summer projectsthis summer!
Prayer Requests
Michelle, Brlinda, Arionneand the other students wetalked to, that they wouldbe followed up with by theUWI staff, that they wouldpursue God and seegrowth in their relationshipwith Him.
For the students who aremaking decisions aboutSTINT and Summer Pro- ject and those who arealready raising support.
I’m currently workingthrough the applicationprocess for full time staff.Please pray that if this isGod’s will he would allowthings to go smoothly andthat I would continue tohave confidence in thisdecision.

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