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MIAMI CRU@FIU

FRANCHESCA’S FEBRUARY 2012 UPDATE Danyealah Annie

Bridges

GOD IS FAITHFUL Launching Bridges at FIU has been a bit of a challenge, but God has really been faithful with the people he has placed in my path. This month I was finally able to reconnect with a girl named Annie from China. We met up for coffee and as we entered into deeper conversation I could see that God was really at work on her heart. She opened up to me about some relationship problems she was having and how in the midst of them, she was starting to realize that they would never make her truly happy. Without me even bringing God into the conversation, Annie said that she felt like she needed to turn to God. As we continued talking she asked me about church and asked if she could join me that Sunday. In that moment I was reminded of the faithfulness of Christ. I had no intention of inviting her to church when I met with her that day. It had been weeks since we had seen each other and I was not sure how interested she was in knowing more about God. But God in his sovereign grace and love was at work in Annie's heart and it was so clear that he indeed was drawing her to himself. That Sunday Annie and I went to church together. Interestingly enough that day the pastor was talking about Psalm 23 and how the Lord provides for our needs and gives us joy. I was so encouraged by the sermon as it was a reminder that the Lord indeed is our Shepherd and he tends to all our needs. After the service I asked Annie what she thought about it all. She could not stop smiling as she told me that she felt so refreshed and encouraged. Our God is so faithful and loving, I'm really looking forward to walking alongside Annie on her spiritual journey. Please pray for Annie, that she would make that next step to surrender her life fully to Jesus.
Upcoming Events: March 10-17 Big Break (mission trip) **This is way in advance, but I graduate April 30th! I’m so excited!

Interns at Cru Valentines Day Dinner.

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 107:1
I've also seen the Lord really move in the girls that I've been discipling. It has been so exciting to watch God grow them in their faith. This month, we focused a lot on evangelism and God's heart for those who do not know him. I was blessed with the opportunity to go share the gospel alongside two of the girls I've been meeting with, Danyeahlah and Nephtali. As we went out and shared our faith I think we all realized how beautiful the gospel truly is. We were able to tell a few people of how Christ came to save us from our brokenness and bring us into a deep intimate relationship with him. He is our hope and He is the one who restores our lives. Danyeahlah was reminded, as she shared the gospel with a girl named Cindy, how important it is for us to know God's word. Over the course of the month, Danyeahlah’s passion for the word has grown so much. Even more so, God has truly been captivating her h e a r t w i t h t h e g o s p e l . N o w, Danyeahlah is always looking and finding opportunities to tell others of God's great love. It has been an amazing month and with Big Break coming up, I know that March will be just as amazing!

Prayer Request: -Please pray that the Lord would continue to connect us to international students and help us to love them well -Pray that both students and Cru staff would experiences God’s freedom and love and know him more deeply. -Please pray for me as I finish my last semester of college. Pray that I would finish strong and have a heart open to whatever God has next for me. Contact: fmele003@fiu.edu, give online at www.give.ccci.org staff account #: 0617539