Lesli and I have been serving as student pastors in churches for the last 17 years! Our hearts began to be burdened for students as they went off to college, since a majority of them leave the faith by their sophomore year (88%, Barna Research). That reality, along with God’s leading, influenced us towards being missionaries on the university campus. In 2015, as a huge leap of faith, I resigned from my full-time job as a youth pastor, and my wife and I joined Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ). We knew it demanded our entire lives -- so we sold everything we owned and are now living and walking by faith moment by moment. It has been astounding to watch God take care of us and provide in every way throughout this journey!!
CRU CAMPUS MINISTRY
We are so excited to be joining Cru! We will be missionaries on the University of Tennessee campus during the school year and then we also participate in 6 week mission trips in the summers - both internationally and state side. We will be engaging with students by winning them to Christ, building them up in their faith, and sending them out to win, build & send others. We will meet with students (one-on-one), in small discussion groups, as well as, through large group meetings and campus-wide outreaches.
THROUGH THE MINISTRY OF CRU...
• Every 3 seconds someone hears about Christ!
• Every 2 minutes someone comes to Christ!
• Over 16,000 students are beginning to share their faith.
***As of 2011, Cru has more than 25,000 full-time missionaries and over 553,000 trained volunteer missionaries in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6% of the world's population!!!!
PARTNERSHIP IN CRU
Cru is a non-profit organization and has no central funds for paying salaries and ministry expenses; therefore, like many other mission organizations, its missionaries have to raise funding to be a missionary. We have been asking the Lord to show us who He wants to be a part of our TEAM!!! Would you and your spouse please pray about supporting our ministry financially (either monthly, yearly, or a special gift)? Our greatest needs are either a monthly gift or yearly gift - since it counts towards our monthly support goal. Although, special gifts are still desired since it helps with mission trips, ministry expenses, etc. We must find a team of partners who will give $100 monthly or some other amount to support our ministry. As soon as this team is complete, we can turn our full attention to reaching people for Christ.
OUR COMMITMENT TO OUR PARTNERS
• To work diligently to touch the lives of people for Jesus Christ.
• To let our partners know how God is blessing our ministry.
• To be wise stewards with the money God has entrusted to us.
• To share prayer concerns with one another.
Your partnership can make a difference in reaching people for Christ. Would you be willing to make a monthly commitment of $100 or some other amount?
IF YOU'D LIKE TO GIVE…
There are 2 different ways to give...
1. I can send you something to fill out, and you mail it in to Cru (OR)
2. Online giving - click on the URL below and it will lead you to our Cru account website and will walk you through giving online...https://give.cru.org/0800476 - (that's our staff number at the end)
Thank you for your prayerful consideration,
Ben and Lesli Pottorff
*** If you'd like to hear about how the Lord led us to this decision and hear a powerful message on following Christ through faith in this journey – you can watch our "Calling to CRU" message by clicking on this URL... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXq2PHPG8B8
"To know Christ and make Him known"