Sunday, April 1, 2018

What happens after Big Break

Sometimes we wonder if a decision made for Jesus with a stranger on the beach is a true decision. Does the fruit last? Likewise we wonder about our past students--do they remember what they've learned? Do they keep pressing on as a disciple of Christ?

That's why when we hear from people who have been blessed by this ministry in the past, it is SUCH an encouragement to our hearts and even more importantly, a testimony to God's faithfulness. HE grows the fruit. We merely walk in obedience and keep sharing the message with others.

We received an email from a pastor who put his faith in Christ on the beach with a Cru student who was attending Big Break TWENTY-NINE YEARS AGO (back then it was called "Operation Son-shine"). He said he has walked a life of faith since that day. He thanked our organization and offered prayers for our ministry.

We also got a sweet picture sent to us through Facebook. I'll let you read this one for yourselves:

Monday, March 26, 2018

Big Break Praise Report

We are rejoicing that so many people heard the Gospel this month and that many have been added to the family of God!

Here are the final reports. In the month of March, through Cru students and staff in Panama City Beach, Florida:

2,837 spiritual conversations occurred

of which, 1038 people heard the 4 main points and scriptures of the Gospel.

Of those, 244 made first time faith decisions and prayed to receive Christ as their Lord and Savior!

326 people who already professed faith were led through a study of scriptures about abiding in Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Thank you for your prayers and sending which allowed us to go and serve for 3 weeks! Please keep these young brothers and sisters in faith in your prayers!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Prepping for Cru Winter Conference

This season is full with preparing for Cru Winter Conference, held Dec. 27-Jan 1.

In this 40 second video, you can see glimpses of all that God does there. It's amazing how He moves when students pull away from everything else for one week and devote all their attention to Christ. Lives are changed forever!

You'll won't be able to know the depth of every individual's story, but take a glimpse at:

  • transformational community
  • rich teaching of the Bible
  • corporate worship
  • devoted prayer spaces
  • topical workshops
  • food packing
  • community outreach
  • world missions focus and offering
  • sign ups for short and long term missions
  • discipleship relationships
  • people coming to faith in Christ!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

God Multiplies Our Efforts

In early 2017, I self-published an article on my personal blog. I had given it more detailed attention than I usually do, and held off publishing it for 18 months while I refined it and waited for God's leading to share it.

When I felt His leading, I surrendered it in prayer--asking Him to bring it in front of the eyes He wanted to read it.

After sharing it, Bible Gateway noticed it and shared on their social media sites. Another publisher asked permission to condense and republish as well.

God multiplied my efforts by bringing it to audiences that I would never have contact with naturally! I am simultaneously humbled and thrilled by the experience. Isn't that how the joy of the Lord works?--Realizing how small we are in our efforts while basking in the majesty of His power!

Here is the original article:

[Bible Gateway retitled it: "10 Reasons You're Not Reading Your Bible" which I thought was a daring improvement!]

Friday, June 30, 2017

HB Summer Mission Testimonials

Thanks to our amazingly talented team member, Jocelyn, the images and stories of God's faithfulness through Hampton Beach Summer Mission is now chronicled online. May the body of Christ be encouraged and may the Father be glorified!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Generous Couple Keeps Summer Mission from Closing

This week I learned that Hampton Beach Summer Mission almost died in 2011, when after much effort, student housing couldn't be acquired. Cru announced that it was the final year and prepared for the end of a legacy. That’s when Dave walked by. 

A longtime Hampton resident and active church member, Dave didn’t want to see the end of Cru Summer Mission. His wife Amy told me, “It brings new life to the church, and we just love getting to know the kids [college students].” 

Upon hearing the reason for the end, Dave and Amy considered how they could help, and they generously purchased a beach house for Cru students! The place was a fixer-upper indeed, and Dave & Amy spend the off-seasons repairing and restoring this house for the sake of the Gospel. We keep thanking them, and they keep saying how they have the easy job and credit us and our students with the bigger work. I think in God's mind, both are just as valuable. :) 

New porch that Dave & Amy recently added to the mission house.

New England is one of the least churched areas of our country—only 3% evangelical—and Hampton Beach is the primary beach destination for New Englanders. Because of its proximity to NYC and Boston, and because of its affordable prices, Hampton is popular with internationals as well. Every year people on the beach come to faith in Christ through conversations with Cru students. The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few! The churches here are small, but their members are full of passion and generosity. Praise God for Dave and Amy and their eternal mindset!

As Cru directors of this mission, we are responsible for more needs than just securing housing.

 Our total summer needs are $17,000—this supplies travel, food, ministry materials, and student scholarships. 

So far, God has provided $2500 of this, and we are trusting Him for 100% of this goal by the end of June. 

Would you please consider a generous gift that allows the unchurched to hear about Jesus?

You can give online directly at our personal give site:
All donations made through this site fund our personal ministry.