God’s Trajectory for Two Faithful Disciples

  During more than 40 years with Cru, Doug and Janice Kennedy have lived in four countries. Their first home was Swaziland (now Eswatini). With work assignments taking them to southern Africa last November, the Kennedys decided to visit Eswatini again after their 24-year absence. Doug got back in touch with Ambrose and Phil,...

My iPhone is Greater than My Life

  My first cycle ride last summer was meant to be challenging and exhilarating. Instead, it had one too many scary moments. First, a man driving by honked, yelled, pulled over (almost getting out of his car), and swore at my friend and me just because we were biking on the road, preventing him...

He Gave Me His Name

  Diana looked up at me from behind her veil, the long garment covering her clothes swaying in the light breeze: “I was born into my religion, my family, my culture, but now I can call myself a Christian, because Christ gave me His name.” During “Global Student Launch Week,” our team was searching...

Beyond Tradition

  They met with a dream: to equip the Church in Egypt to reach the lost by going beyond cultural norms of big, traditional church services. It was 2016. The 21 pastors planned to start with the Global Church Movements training, MC2 (Multiplying Churches and faith Communities). MC2 is designed to help establish biblical,...

“I Have but One Passion”

  A 27-year-old nobleman from Saxony (in present-day Germany), Nicholaus von Zinzendorf was the key figure in a spiritual revival in 1727. Early in life he chose as his motto: “I have but one passion – it is Jesus, Jesus only.” At age 16 he had formed seven praying societies at college. Count Zinzendorf’s...

Sold Out

  “What do you want to be sold out to?” The theme question of Destiny 2018, an Easter conference in Abuja, Nigeria, seemed to touch the hearts of many of the 647 students and young professionals attending. They responded with faith and commitment. 37 persons stated their calling to full-time ministry 89 became Great...

How to Avoid Being Poor in Spirit

  “The poor in spirit . . . have made peace with their flawed existence.” I remember reading this quote from Brennan Manning when I was barely out of college. I felt uncomfortable. Poor in spirit? Doesn’t sound fun. Flawed existence? Eesh. But he spent a lot of time talking about being poor in...

Every Member, a Church Planter

    When Olin Galan came to know Jesus through the Four Spiritual Laws booklet at Bicol University, Philippines, he could not have predicted the dramatic way God would change the course of his life–and the lives of many others. He began winning and building other students in their new faith in Christ, and...