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: http://give.cru.org/0524451
All donations made through this site fund our personal ministry. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Summer Mission '17

We're headed out this week for Cru Summer Mission. These next 10 weeks will change lives forever! Here's a 1 minute glimpse of what it's all about:


Cru Summer Missions 2017 from Summer Missions on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

This Summer on 6 Continents

6 Continents, 54 Countries

Praise the Lord for filling teams around the globe!

Thank YOU for your part in sending them!

PRAY for the Harvest!

(Don't forget to use this awesome 360 viewing feature by scrolling side to side and up and down).

360 VR Cru Global Missions from Global Missions on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Friday, June 24, 2016

Can't Stop the Feeling--Bologna Summer Mission

On our last day in Bologna, we gathered students from our Agape Italia movement and our Bologna Summer Mission team from America to make this music video, showcasing our city, our diversity, and our joy!


Can't Stop the Feeling--Bologna Summer Mission from Keri Armentrout on Vimeo.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

4 Spiritual Laws

Almost 60 years ago, a man named Bill Bright surveyed students at a prestigious university in California. As he reviewed the answers to the surveys, he learned that many many people wanted to know God but they didn't know how, and this broke his heart SO MUCH that he wept in his office, even in front of his staff. Because those students were intelligent, and keenly aware of the laws of science, he set to write a concise explanation of the laws of spirituality so that those who DID want to know could easily learn. Through his endeavor, literally millions have realized their desire to know God personally! This video has brought to life his words, and is beautifully reminiscent of the timbre of his own gentle voice. Whether you know God already, or want to know Him, may these humble words bless you today. Bill Bright founded Campus Crusade for Christ in 1951 on the UCLA campus. God grew his step of faith into 60+ ministries in 200 countries around the globe. It began and continues to be a not-for-profit Christian ministry.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Falling Plates Short Film

We love to watch and discuss short films. In a short amount of time, they can evoke deep emotions, create a shared experience, and give context for quality conversations.

Our favorite Gospel-themed short film is Falling Plates, and last summer, I started asking around with my connections to see if we could get this film translated into Italian. A task team was formed, and in April, it was complete!

We showed it during our weekly discussion night at our home, and we had great conversations about who Christ is.

You can watch the film in English or Italian.

Or if your first language is something else, there are options for many others at the bottom.

At the end, there is an opportunity to respond to the film with your thoughts and even sign up for a free weekly email series containing 24 essential truths about Christ!