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.