iced tea and the gospel

One of my favorite simple pleasures of summer is sun-brewed ice tea. On a hot summer day, you will often find me with a cool glass of sun tea in my hand. Can you taste it? After an exhausting day of yard work, or a day spent at the ball fields, nothing quenches thirst like a cool glass of tea.

Many people today are thirsty, but are not sure what they are thirsty for. In the Gospel of John we find the words of Jesus:
“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13)

Currently, more than 3,000 college students are in the process of traveling with Cru to the farthest corners of the world taking the message of the gospel with them. They will share on beaches, in university cafeterias, and in their work place. They won’t just share one time, they will share again and again, becoming experts in communicating gospel truth.

John with a few of the one-year missionaries he is coaching this summer.
John with a few of the one-year missionaries he is coaching this summer.

A number of these same students will eventually join with Cru as one-year missionaries after graduation. Towards that end, this summer, Kristin and I have the privilege of coaching 22 of the 140 of these one-year missionaries to prepare them for this next step in their ministry—being full time on campus in the fall. We mentor, coach and challenge them in weekly phone calls and training.

The significance of these 140 is tremendous. They will be leading bible studies and sharing their faith and teaching more students to be experts at showing a student how to become a believer and follower of Christ.

This is your fruit too because of your financial and prayerful partnership with us. Together, we play a significant part in equipping students to become lifetime laborers in the harvest to reach people in schools, neighborhoods and campuses around the world for Christ.

So, the next time you have a glass of tea this summer, pause for a moment and pray for those who are thirsty for the gospel and pray for the students of Cru who are the following God’s call as cupbearers to world.

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