There are so many things competing to grab the hearts and minds of college students: pressure to succeed, worldviews, longings for acceptance to name a few. But, in the face of these things competing for their attention, God is powerfully at work and bringing an increasing number of students into relationship with Himself.
Students are making decisions on the college campus today that will affect the rest of their lives, and eternity. Although the worldwide population of college students is only 1%, within that powerful percent are leaders who will shape the world for years to come. We are trusting God to reach the 110 million college students of the World with the message of Christ. Every student, every campus. Then, we are trusting God to turn those students into lifetime laborers who make a difference for Christ no matter where they chose to go, whether it is in the workplace or serving the Lord full-time.
Our piece of the pie is trusting God to impact Queens, NYC. Queens is the most culturally diverse zip code in the country. It has 2.3 million people, 11 colleges, and 80,000 college students. With such diversity, we have a unique opportunity to reach the nations by impacting students and neighbors right in our backyard! We will be focusing on Queens College, St. Johns University, and then hope to expand to the other 9 campuses in Queens. In diversity, influence, and scope, there is not place on earth like New York City. Our goal is to leverage change in this city that will roll throughout the world culturally, economically, politically, and most important, spiritually. Reach New York, reach the world.
“New York City competes with Los Angeles as a media capital, with Paris as a fashion and arts capital, with London as a theater and literature capital, with Tokyo as a financial and corporate capital, with DC as a power capital, and with Boston as a student capital. No other city excels in all these areas together. No other city has as much impact on national and world affairs as does New York.” -Tim Keller, Senior Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, NYC
We would love to share a little about our organization. Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) is a ministry worldwide that seeks to help build spiritual movements everywhere, so that everyone knows someone who truly follows Jesus. Cru was started in 1951 by Bill and Vonette Bright on the UCLA campus and has known grown into a worldwide movement with over 27,000 staff members, over 60 different ministries, and now touches the lives of people in every segment of society and in every corner of the world.
Some important links:
• Cru Statement of Faith: https://www.cru.org/us/en/about/statement-of-faith.html
“If we reach the campus today, we reach the world tomorrow.” -Bill Bright