May Prayer Letter

Meet Katie and Cait. They’re sweet, they’re fun, and they learned how to walk with Jesus this year. This job allows us to have a front-row seat to life change.

Thanks for praying us, our team, and the students in central Wisconsin.

Summer project: why is Amy going?

I disciple this amazing freshman woman named Amy. She’s fun, beautiful, and deeply desires to learn more about Christ and how to walk with Him for a lifetime. This past fall, Amy re-committed her life to Christ through the Cru movement at UW-Stevens Point. This summer, she is taking a big step of faith by going on Summer Project in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (NMB).

Amy (right) and her friend Cherise. 🙂

I recently asked Amy why she was going on project, and what she was most excited about this summer. This was her response.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to share the Gospel and my story with people in a part of the country unfamiliar to me. God has flipped my life upside down ever since I let Him into my heart. I want nothing more than to bring that joy and experience to others.”

Next year, Amy will be serving as a Target Area Leader in one of the dorms on campus. She will be co-leading a Bible study, sharing her faith with students in the dorm, and trusting the Lord to use her to lead others to Jesus Christ. Amy is a changed life. Be praying for her as she steps out in the power of the Holy Spirit this summer on the beach, as well as on the floors in her dorm next fall.

Learn more about Amy by listening to her personal testimony about how she came to know Christ, the struggles she experienced, and how the Lord picked her back up.

January Prayer Letter

This month, we wanted to share a story with you from a student who attended Twin Cities Xperience (TCX), our  four-day winter conference in downtown Minneapolis. Jillian is a sophomore at UW-Eau Claire, has been a Christian for nine months, and this was her first time attending TCX.

Also, please continue to pray for us as we wait on the Lord to finish our financial support. He is doing so much within our own hearts as we work and wait upon Him and His timing. Pray that we would see our support come to completion within the next few weeks.

Thanks for praying us, our team, and the students in central Wisconsin.

The TCX proposal

Each December, students from all over the five-state region of the Upper Midwest gather in downtown Minneapolis to experience God in a new way. We call this “gathering” the Twin Cities Xperience (TCX) — it’s a four-day conference designed to draw college students closer to the heart of God.

God worked radically in the lives of the students and staff who attended, and Erick and I are definitely looking forward to sharing some stories with you.

But before we do that — we thought we’d share this sweet (both literally and figuratively) video first.

Note: I’m anticipating our blog getting big hits today cause I threw down both the words “TCX” and “proposal” in the title of this post.

First, a little back story. In central Wisconsin, there is a movement of Hmong students growing within the Cru movement at UW-Stevens Point. More than 30 Hmong students attended TCX this year — amazing!!! — and a group of them decided to participate in the annual New Year’s Eve dance competition we have at the end of TCX. It is here that the TCX proposal takes place.

Erick’s had the opportunity to get to know some of these students personally, so it just made it extra special for us to witness.

Let me warn you — what you are about to see is so unbelievably beautiful, special, and sweet. I totally had tears in my eyes the whole time.

Move ahead to the time of 01:44:00 to watch. Enjoy. 🙂

TCX 2010

Each year, right after Christmas, we bring together more than 1500 college students from the Upper Midwest Region (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota & South Dakota) for a four-day conference in downtown Minneapolis.

We want to see students trust Christ for the first time, rejoice in worship alongside 1500 of their peers, glorify God by laying down their futures, and love on the people of this city by bringing them food and the gospel.

We want to see God bring about change in the hearts of our students in how they think about spiritual truth, their lifestyles, their lost family, and how they make decisions.

We want to see these things be true for students not just for four days, but for a lifetime.

The Twin Cities eXperience (TCX) is an event we’ve held for years, and something Erick and I both attended when we were students. It was where I shared my faith for the first time. We grew up in Christian homes, but it was at TCX where we recommitted our faith and service to our savior as adults.

What does it look like to serve the Lord for a lifetime? We didn’t always plan to join staff with Campus Crusade. We had jobs lined up, the possibility of successful careers in the making, but when we surrendered our futures over to Him — anything was possible.

Our dear friend Londa (she’s on staff at UW-Eau Claire) blogged about students’ and staff’s experiences throughout the conference.

Check out the TCX Blog to read more about how TCX is four days, for change, for life.