This semester, Kristi (Univeristy of Coloradao) and Caroline (Murray State in Kentucky) are studying in Grenada, Spain. They have started a small group Bible study among their study abroad peers, and 19 ladies have attended! At what point is it not called a ‘small group’? Not all of these students are believers and a couple are even Mormon. God is using Kristi and Caroline to point their new friends toward Jesus in such a cool way.
Barev dzez! Hope you all are well! Things are really starting to pick up here and I’m beginning to settle into a routine in this new city. There’s so much to share; it feels like I’m trying to condense a pool into a Dixie cup.
Cru Study Abroad is not just for American students. In fact, it is an opportunity for Christians from any country to go as student missionaries to any other country in the world! Recently, European, Asian and Latin American students have carried the gospel with them and proclaimed Christ boldly while studying abroad in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and even North America.
Here I am, studying abroad in Perth, Australia all the way from Berea College, Kentucky—already a blessing itself; but I am here also studying abroad with Cru. When I decided to study in Perth, Cru was not officially in Western Australia. As my time grew closer to leave, I spoke to someone at our winter conference who told me that Power to Change was pioneering in Perth for the first time during the semester I would be there— another blessing!
I have been in Russia a little over two weeks now, and it is absolutely amazing! God has been so good to me – he has helped me get registered for classes, get a great place to stay, and already provided me with some great friends and a good church. Despite the cold (which actually isn’t too bad) and some differences in culture and living conditions, there is nowhere else that I would rather be at this time. It is amazing to me that I feel so at home here in Russia. St. Petersburg is a wonderful city. All around me are beautiful buildings – palaces, cathedrals, universities, museums, and just regular businesses and shopping centers – all constructed with exquisite and detailed architecture. St. Petersburg was built to be the rival of any city in Europe, and it is indeed the jewel of Russia.
Sarah: While I was studying abroad (in the Middle East), I took a language course, and in that language course met a Mongolian friend on one of our tea study breaks. He explained to me he had a friend interested in spiritual topics who was just hungry to talk about God and religion. And so I got to meet this friend, Batzorig, through him.
It’s always a little bittersweet when students decide to study abroad. Kim, now a UNC sophomore, started leading within our Cru ministry last spring. She went on a Cru spring break trip to Chicago and we were enjoying seeing her grow through Cru.
Nate is a business student at Kansas State University who just returned from studying abroad on mission in South Asia. He has had a heart for South Asia for a long time, but summer opportunities never really worked out for him. So, he decided spending a semester advancing God’s Kingdom while furthering his education was the perfect fit and was thrilled by the fact that it gave him five months (rather than five weeks) to build relationships, learn about the culture and share his faith with new friends!