David and Laurie Eatman



We began serving as volunteers with Cru Military at Parris Island in January 2013, and were accepted as full-time staff in December of that year. After raising our initial support, we reported to MCRD Parris Island, SC for our first assignment as Local Ministry Directors.

From July 2015- April 2018, we had the privilege of serving the Lord in bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Marine recruits. By God’s grace and through a team of dedicated ministry volunteers, we were able to share the hope of eternity and redemption in Christ with over 35,000 young men and women! To God’s glory, 3,401 of them indicated a desire to follow Jesus.

Throughout our time at Parris Island, the Lord began to burden our hearts for our new Marines after leaving boot camp. While we knew the dynamics of basic training made for a spiritually receptive audience, we knew equally that the restored freedoms and significant pressures of regular military life would threaten the spiritual momentum of our newest servicemembers.

In April 2018, we realized this burden to be from the Lord, as He called us to provide leadership and impact to the Southeastern US for Cru Military. In this role, we now are laboring to close the gaps that exist between basic training and first duty station for trainees from all branches, seeking not only to share the Gospel with them as they enter military service, but to continue discipling them until we can release them to a local church body at their first duty station. 

To do this effectively, we endeavor to lead our local leaders, empowering and equipping them to serve our Lord with excellence at the installations where He has opened doors across the Southeast. By His grace, we will not only serve these military communities well, but will expand into additional installations, particularly those who serve trainees. With this intentional strategy, we hope to close every gap between basic training and first duty station and see many more troops following Jesus well through their military careers and beyond.

Website: www.CruMilitary.org

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