I have been directing a Cru campus field ministry at Chemeketa Community College in Oregon since 2009. Our mission statement for the Northwest is Win, Build, and Send students to help them know and experience Jesus and share Him with others too. To accomplish this mission, we share with as many students as we can how one can have a relationship with Jesus and get these students involved in discipleship and community. Mentoring leaders is important to accomplishing this mission, especially as we train them in how to share their faith too; many of these leaders end up sensing the call to future ministry opportunities. Developing college students who go on short-term ministry outreaches with Cru is another deep passion of mine. It is such a privilege to be able to serve Jesus in my vocation with my gifting and talents to train the next generation to help accelerate the fulfillment of the Great Commission!
Some comments from students:
"Thanks so much, Jerry! I don't know if words really do justice and make up for the great influence you are on us all! We are truly blessed by you beyond measure! I personally am extremely thankful for all you've done, are doing, and will do!"
"Jerry, you have no idea how much I appreciate all you do for the club as a whole and me personally. You're in my prayers."
"You mean so much to me and the club. You changed my entire outlook on life and helped in my Christian growth. You are a true man of God."
"Working with the leadership team challenged me to live purposefully. As a leader, I was challenged to live my faith, which means (once again) I was challenged to step out of my comfort zone… Sharing my faith with people I don’t know has always been a scary thing for me, but through Cru, I realized it doesn’t have to be… Part of living my faith purposefully requires that I stay in His Word. Reading the Bible is incredibly important (I already knew that), but Cru challenged me to go deeper. Jerry Clark continually told us about the importance of meditating on God’s Word, actively taking time to pray, read, hear what the chapter in the Bible is saying, see what it means in my life, and what my response needs to be before the Lord… I have learned so many valuable lessons that have changed the way I live my life.”
We Need Your Help for Fall 2020
COVID-19 has drastically changed our Fall Outreaches in light of in person limitations so things are going to have to be different. One thing that we’re doing is hosting online events called Campus Connect. Campus Connect is a virtual discussion about finding community and walking with Jesus in college. We’re inviting Youth Leaders to join their graduated seniors (as a group) to a Zoom call this July. They will hear from and talk with college students and Cru staff from across the West Coast.
What we need help with is connecting with Youth Leaders and were wondering if you think your church might be interested in something like this. Would you be able to introduce this to your Youth Leader and/or Pastor? You can visit the website www.campus-connect.me for more information. It’s a one stop website to get information and for students and Youth Leaders to register for an event. Thank you for laboring alongside us and for helping us minister to this next generation. They need connection now more than ever.
We are grateful to the Lord for the work that He is doing in the lives of so many students. We remind the students that it is not the work of man that makes the difference, but the work of the cross and the Holy Spirit that makes the difference. It is our joy and privilege to serve our Lord however He sees fit. Thank you for your continued prayer and financial support so that the work can continue on the college campus!
Would you consider joining me in ministering on campus with a monthly pledge of $200, $100, $50, or some other amount that is significant to you to continue to equip and empower this life-changing and vital ministry to students? Thank you for your prayerful consideration and support. God bless you,
Jerry (and Betsy) Clark
The website "reachingstudents4christ.org" is a place where students from Chemeketa Community College have sent letters telling of how your partnership has impacted their lives for Christ. Please read their wonderful stories:
- Katie Cowan -What Cru has Meant to Me
- This Broken, Suicidal, Lost Combat Veteran Found Hope
- Rachel Kruse - How Cru Impacted My Life
- Greatest Love Story Ever in 60 Seconds (57 second video)
- (click on follow at the website for future stories; 3 more are in the works)