The Hardest Rock

Nobody messed with Marcelo Espinal. The elevator technician was the terror of Turubamba, a barrio on the southern side of Quito, Ecuador. Deep in his heart, however, Marcelo wished for something better, something happier. Then about two years ago his son, Danny, began to follow Jesus. Danny quit drinking and became more peaceful. Enviously, Marcelo…

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Roadtrip Memories

It was the summer of 2003. We just purchased our first “family” vehicle and drove from California to Colorado to attend a Cru training conference. You would never know from the picture that this was day 3 of our trip with a stop in Kansas City to visit family. That was not the last trip…

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Faith Produces Fruit

Last month, the church planting ministry of Cru (GCM) in one of the countries in Southeast Asia conducted a simple gathering in a village among the farmers and their families, with the intention of sharing the Gospel. This was initiated by a high school girl who became a Christian through one of the partner churches…

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The Next Adventure

Our oldest daughter, Rachel, has moved to Chicago. After she graduated from University of FL she served in New Zealand for 2 years with the Navigators, a ministry that reaches college students. She has now gone to Chicago to enter into nursing school. Her time in New Zealand was marked with the realization that God…

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Everyone a Church Planter

Studying at Bicol University, Philippines, Olin Galan came to know Jesus through the Four Spiritual Laws booklet. Soon Olin began winning and building other students in their new faith in Christ. After graduating, he joined the Global Church Movement (GCM) of Philippine Campus Crusade for Christ, as Cru is known in the Philippines. He began…

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Next Adventure

Our oldest daughter, Rachel, has moved to Chicago. After she graduated from University of FL she served in New Zealand for 2 years with the Navigators, a ministry that reaches college students. She is now gone to Chicago to enter into nursing school. Her time in New Zealand was marked with the realization that God…

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Every Member, a Church Planter

Studying at Bicol University, Philippines, Olin Galan came to know Jesus through the Four Spiritual Laws booklet. Soon Olin began winning and building other students in their new faith in Christ. After graduating, he joined the Global Church Movement (GCM) of Philippine Campus Crusade for Christ, as Cru is known in the Philippines. He began…

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Multiplication Metrics

Collecting and understanding data from organizations and local ministry that are establishing new churches allows leaders to see God at work and helps identify next steps. Such information is vital to our goal for one healthy, multiplying expression of the Church for every 1000 people. Mike and one of his fellow team members met with…

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Afraid but Curious

As a faithful Muslim in North Africa, Doria fulfilled all required rituals, visited Islamic holy sites, and fasted during Ramadan. However, the mother of six had heard of a growing trend in her nation—many were becoming followers of Jesus. Doria had little understanding of the gospel. Then she met Metea. Doria explains, “She started telling…

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From Wary to Welcoming

Tired from a long day’s journey, David grudgingly walked into a hut but was greeted by unwelcoming faces. He’d been there a few times before, trying with little success to find a “person of peace” (Luke 10:5-6) in the village. While his church-planting team stood outside in the rain, David pleaded with the villagers to…

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