Below are just a few of the main features in our upcoming issue. We hope you will be encouraged and inspired in your walk with the Lord.
“Breaking the Mold,” pages 12-21, shares the multiplication process – and current success – of Cru's Student Life leader Caleb Ward and his team as they endeavor to reach students for Christ at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.
By Emilie Vinson / Photographs by Guy Gerrard
“Taste and See,” pages 22-25, is a thought-provoking look at how the Passover celebration connects to Jesus. Writer Philip Long shares a family incident that parallels the way another Father, God, longs to end His Son's pain. Philip suggests that the symbols of Passover (i.e., bitter herbs, unleavened bread and lamb) are personal, communal and deep – just like our God. Philip bids us to come, taste, see and celebrate as we experience the story of God's redemption in Christ through the Seder.
By Philip Long / Lettering by Ashley Walton
“South Side Story,” pages 26-34, offers a spiritual type of "rags-to-riches" story that confirms the truth of Romans 8:28: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (NIV). Ms. Pearl Willis spent much of her life running from God, but Cru's inner city Chicago ministry helped her learn to trust Him. Today she uses those past trials and tragedies to run a thriving day-care facility that brings hope to many mothers and children living in one of Chicago's toughest neighborhoods. Hers is an example of someone who has experienced God's forgiveness and redemptive love, and is "paying it forward" to benefit others.
By Philip Long / Photographs by Tom Mills
In “Counting the Cost,” pages 35-37, author Matt Mikalatos, excerpting from his book, The First Time We Saw Him, challenges readers to count the cost of not following Jesus. Based on the parable of the pearl of great price (Matthew 13:45-46), Matt invites us to take a fresh look at Jesus and consider the results of either remaining with the status quo or being transformed spiritually. The question isn't so much "what will it cost to follow Jesus," but rather, "what will be the cost of not following Him?"
By Matt Mikalatos / Lettering by Ashley Walton