THE HIGH SCHOOL MINISTRY OF CRU

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Turning the Conversation to Christ

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How often have you felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit to share the gospel with someone you know but you think, “I just don’t know how to bring it up.”  One thing that helps is having some questions ready for the situations you encounter.  Being prepared can actually help you be more relaxed and able to listen to the other person rather than worrying about what you are going to say next.

In the book of I Peter, the people were afraid for their lives because they were being persecuted for their faith. In I Peter 3:14-15, Peter challenges them to “not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence…”.  So the Lord tells us in His Word to be prepared to share His message.  Of course, the best preparation is to be prayerful for opportunities.

AFTER AN OUTREACH EVENT

There are some questions you could ask students immediately after the speaker shares a message at an outreach.  Whether the speaker shares the gospel or not, you could ask these questions to gain some understanding of what the person is thinking about God and a relationship with Him.

FOUR QUESTIONS:

  • What did you think of the speaker/concert/message?
  • Did it make sense to you?
  • Have you ever heard how you could know God in a personal way?
  • Would you like to hear how you can begin a relationship with Him?

Obviously, there may be other questions you ask in between each of these questions to help bring more clarity.  Memorize these questions so you have them “in your back pocket” to use easily.   After you ask these questions, use a tool like “Connecting with God ” to share the gospel with the student (s).

DURING A CASUAL CONVERSATION

There will be many opportunities to share Jesus with students just simply from having a conversation with them.  As you talk to them, prayerfully look for some common ground or a need in their lives where you could bring up the importance of having a relationship with God.

Just by going on campus, I met Sarah at a Coke machine.  She and her friend were friendly as I chit chatted with them for a few minutes.  As I walked away, I prayed for Sarah and Bethany.  Over the next few weeks I would run into Sarah after school in the hallway or at athletic events.  I would say “Hi” and catch up with her.  After a few times of meeting her, I said “Hey, Sarah, you know I work with Cru High School.  I would really like to share with you more of what Student Venture is all about.  Would you be interested in meeting with me for coffee and maybe bringing Bethany or another friend with you and we could talk more?”  She agreed and we met. (see Follow up article for some guidelines on how to set up an appointment with a student).  As we sat in a coffee shop, I asked the girls these questions:

“If you have ever taken a psychology class or read a Seventeen magazine, you know that a person is made up of several dimensions.  We have the physical, emotional and the spiritual.  (I drew a triangle showing the three parts).  Many times we neglect the spiritual side. By that I mean a relationship with God.  Do you ever think about God?  What do you believe about Him? (I let them respond).  Can I share with you what the Bible says about a relationship with God and how we can begin a relationship with Him?” 

The girls said yes.  They still had a lot of questions as I read through the “Connecting with God” booklet with them because they had never heard the gospel before.  So I asked them to meet for four more weeks where we could go over the questions they had.

WHEN STUDENTS SHARE NEEDS OF INTERESTS IN THEIR LIVES

You can begin to share with them about the Lord by asking questions like:

  • I deal with that a lot myself. Can I tell you how I have been able to handle that situation?  I have learned to depend on God.
  • (When someone expresses insecurities) You are really valuable.  No matter what anyone thinks of you, God thinks you are so valuable.  Can I share with you what He says about you and how much He loves you from the Bible?
  • (When someone expresses hurts) Can I share with you where I have found hope (for life)?
  • Do you feel satisfied?  It may feel like these things are satisfying, but I know of something that will meet the deepest needs and longings of your heart.

From there you could transition to sharing the gospel with questions like these:

  • Would you like to know God in a real and personal way?
  • Can I share with you something that has changed my life? (Share your 3 minute testimony)
  • What do you believe about God? Can I share with you what the Bible says about God and how to know Him?
  • Do you ever think about God or spiritual things?
  • What do you think it means to be a Christian?
  • Would you mind if I shared with you what I’ve learned about knowing God personally?

HELPING A PERSON EXAMINE THEIR PERSONAL BELIEFS ABOUT GOD

We can ask them the following questions that were created by the founder of the organization “Evangelism Explosion” to help someone determine where his/her stand.

  • If you were to die tonight how certain are you that you would go to heaven?  (on a scale of 1 to 100%)?
  • If God asked you “Why should I let you into heaven? What would you say?”Or you could ask, “What makes you ___% sure?” and  “On what basis do you think you will go to heaven?”

I have used these questions many times and people are very willing to answer them.  From here I simply ask, “Can I share with you what the Bible says about how you can be 100% sure you will go to heaven?”  If they agree, then I go through the gospel with them, often using “Connecting with God.”

Finally, just ask the Lord to show you which questions to use in which environment.  Choose the questions you feel most confident using and even reword them to fit your style.  As we pray for opportunities, step out in faith taking the initiative to care about students and to share the gospel, God will open doors and we will see students know the Lord.  He promises to bear much fruit through us as we depend on Him.  (John 15).  Heaven will be so exciting as we see all those who trusted Christ as He worked through us.

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Got questions? Below are answers to some questions commonly asked by those considering participating in one of Cru’s high school Global Missions.

Frequently Asked Questions for Cru’s high school Global Missions:

Cru is a national high school organization that helps students apply their faith to every-day life. We help them learn how to build positive relationships with family and friends. We also provide Cru meetings, small group Bible studies and conferences to help them grow in their faith and help their friends. We are a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ International.

High school Global Missions offer unique opportunities for you to interact with other teens internationally, share with them how to know God personally through faith in Jesus Christ, and teach your new international friends how to be positive influences for Christ in their own families, schools and communities.

There are at least three reasons to participate in a mission:

  1. God’s calling: The primary reason to participate in a Global Mission is that you are responding to God’s call to go to the world.
  2. Your unique platform: American teenagers are admired and listened to by other teenagers worldwide. This gives you a unique opportunity to have an eternal impact by sharing the truth of Christ and providing discipleship for young nationals who can then have a positive, eternal influence in their own countries.
  3. Training for a lifetime of ministry: On a mission you will learn many principles of ministry to take back to your school life. This could set you on a path of life-long ministry.

These questions will help you determine if you are ready to apply for a mission:

  • Am I at least a sophomore in high school?
  • Is my relationship with Christ growing consistently?
  • Am I actively communicating my faith with others?
  • Do I have a teachable attitude?
  • Am I willing to make the time required to prepare for the mission?
  • Do I allow Christ to live His life in me through the power of the Holy Spirit?
  • Is God calling me to go on a mission?

As a mission participant, you will join a team of other students and adult leaders who serve Cru/Campus Crusade for Christ high school movements in host countries, have opportunities to speak to groups of students about their personal faith in Jesus Christ, participate in activities where you can intentionally build relationships with young nationals with the hope of personally sharing the gospel, and have the opportunity to trust God in many new ways. Each mission is different, but your mission may include:

  • Classroom or school assembly speaking
  • Teaching conversational English Camps
  • Outreaches to small and large groups
  • Sports Outreaches
  • Follow-up Bible studies with new Christians
  • Developing friendships through group activities
  • Training nationals how to communicate their faith
  • Concerts

An average day will involve meeting new friends and sharing your faith. Evangelism is the mainstay of your mission and most activities revolve around it. During the course of the mission you will also have team meetings, team prayer, team socials, and outreaches and socials for the students you meet. A typical day might look like this:

  • 8 – Breakfast and Quiet Times/Worship
  • 9-12 – Visiting Schools or Teaching English Camps
  • 12-1 – Lunch with Team
  • 1-2 – Free Time
  • 2-5 – Relational Time with students
  • 7 – Dinner with team or with students
  • 8 – SV Meeting or other Outreach
  • 10 – Team Debrief
  • 11 – Lights out

Many mission participants say that there is no typical day. Your days will vary according to your location and if you are part of an existing movement or helping to develop a new one. We will also make time during the mission to take in local culture, sightseeing, shopping, etc.

You will spend a lot of your time meeting new people, sharing your faith and possibly doing basic follow-up with students. In most cases, ministry is very relational and intentional. You are making friends and talking about Jesus. You are building relationships and bringing people to a point of decision to follow Christ. After students trust Christ, you will help them get connected to a church or ministry so the local youth workers can continue to help them develop their relationship with God.

You go with a team of other students and Cru staff members. Many times this team consists of students from a particular school or city who go on an international experience together. (In other words, recruit your friends to go with you.) Most teams also have students who join as individuals from all over the country. A typical team is 12-25 people with a Cru Mission Director, a Mission Assistant Director, and a Mission Administrator/Operations Director. Together they give leadership and direction to the whole team.

Depending on your location, your team will live in a college dorm, a mission guest house, a regular hotel or a youth hostel. Typically, public transportation is used to travel to schools, communities and outreach events in the mission country. Vehicles may be rented by staff for some in-country travel. Security in housing and safety in travel are important considerations as we choose our locations in a country. We work closely with local, in-country Cru/Campus Crusade for Christ staff members to determine housing and travel accommodations.

Your main focus is the mission God has called you to and your “down time” is limited. There is usually limited Internet services available in most locations. Phone cards enable you to communicate from some locations. SKYPE is another option for some teams; however, the Internet is required for this option. Your mission leaders will inform you of the best options for your location. Team leaders will also communicate to others back home that the team has arrived safely in country as soon as possible after your arrival. There will be opportunities to call home, but because of time differences and tiredness it may not be as often as parents may like.

The application is entirely online. First, you will need to download and print the Parent/Guardian consent form and give it to your parents. Your parent/guardian must mail in the signed consent form in order for your application to be evaluated. Second, click on the “Apply Now Online” button on the right of the screen to begin the application process. The application process involves completing information regarding:

  • Personal Data
  • Christian Experience
  • Ministry Experience
  • Moral Convictions
  • Parental Consent Form Three Reference Questionnaires from:
    • Cru Staff or Youth Pastor or Spiritual Mentor
    • Parent/Guardian
    • Peer

The application is entirely online. First, you will need to download and print the Background Screening Consent and Information Form, fill it out and mail it to our office. Along with this document, mail in a $20 check, made payable to “Cru,” to cover the fee for running the background screening. Please note: full acceptance will not be given until a background screening has been fully processed. Second, click on the “Apply Now Online” button on the right of the screen to begin the application process. The application process involves completing information similar to the student application as well as two questionnaires:

  • Cru Staff or Youth Pastor or Spiritual Mentor
  • Peer or Roommate or Spouse

After completing and returning the application (with all three references completed and returned), you should hear back from us within 1-2 weeks. In most cases, you will be notified by email or letter.

After we review your application, and if you are accepted for a mission, we will send you a “Go Pac.” This includes an acceptance letter and mission guidebook. The Go Pac enables you to actively pursue raising your funds and spiritually prepare yourself for the mission.

Before departing, you must read all the materials provided to you which will help you prepare spiritually, physically, mentally and practically for your international experience. If you live in a city where there is a Cru team, often there are meetings provided to help the group prepare. If you do not live in a Cru city, then most of the preparation depends on you to thoroughly utilize the training pack provided upon acceptance. You will also, depending on the mission, have a briefing with your team. One of the project team leaders will serve as a coach for you during preparation and give you more specific information on what to prepare for your mission.

The “Go Pac” includes chapters designed to help equip you to be an effective ambassador for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). These chapters cover topics more in-depth on:

  • Mission Basics (broad perspective)
  • Mission Specifics (per your mission location)
  • Raising Funds
  • Travel Information
  • Spiritual Preparation
  • Cross-Cultural Training
  • Team Unity
  • Prayer
  • Lifestyle Talk Preparation
  • Testimony Preparation
  • Gospel Presentations
  • Classroom Talks

The cost of a typical spring mission (usually 2 weeks) is $2000-$3500. The cost of a typical summer mission (usually 3-5 weeks) is $3500-$6000. Mission costs vary by length of mission and cost of travel. There are some miscellaneous expenses you need to consider that are not included in the mission cost. (See FAQ #20: “What is covered in the amount I raise?”)

Most of your support will come from individuals you ask to be part of your support team. We call them “ministry partners.” Your Go Pac has detailed information on Ministry Partner Development. It covers things like: God’s promises, name storming, sample letters, sample thank you notes and frequently asked questions regarding raising funds. The “Go Pac” will be a great resource to help you gather a team of ministry partners. Be encouraged; every mission participant and staff member is responsible for raising his/her support and God has done it over and over again. He continues to prove Himself faithful as He provides for those He calls according to His purpose. You will also ask people to be Prayer Partners with you and your team.

Investing finances in a student participating in an global mission can be one of the wisest investments people can make – it will provide great returns spiritually and for all eternity. Not only will the student participating be forever changed, but also hundreds of lives can be affected as the gospel is shared. Ministry partners can truly make an eternal difference by helping to send those able to go and personally share Christ all over the world.

Your mission cost covers:

  • An overnight stateside mission briefing
  • International round-trip airfare (from briefing location to mission destination)
  • Mission Debriefing
  • Visa Processing Fee (if needed)
  • All cost for lodging and food
  • All transportation in-country
  • Mission Materials
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance

Administrative costs your mission cost DOES NOT cover:

  • Domestic airfare to and from the Gateway city (your briefing location) though it is reimbursable if enough money is raised for the reimbursement
  • Passport Fees (to obtain a passport if you don’t already have one)
  • Ministry Partner Development materials (such as paper, printing, and postage)
  • Money for laundry, souvenirs or additional food on the project
  • Any cost associated with an early return as a result of serious violation of rules or any family emergency
  • Immunizations and other medical preparations

Most locations have adequate, if not good, medical facilities. If an emergency or a serious issue arises, you will leave the country to get treatment in the best place possible. If it is an extreme emergency you will be airlifted out by our emergency evacuation service (a company called SOS).

If there should be political unrest in the country of choice, the mission may be reassigned to another destination. Great care is taken to evaluate potential risks, and to provide the greatest protection possible for you and your team members. If you choose to withdraw from the team, funds donated for the original mission destination can be directed to another student participating in a mission. Or, you may choose to go on another mission in the same year.

We carefully evaluate each location’s safety using several factors and informational sources:

  • U.S. State Department
  • U. S. Health Department
  • Travel bulletins from our insurance providers
  • Advice of Campus Crusade for Christ national leadership of the country

We have seen thousands of people decide to follow Christ worldwide.  In some cases, we have helped to start high school “win-build-send” movements in countries where none previously existed. In other countries, we provided the manpower and energy to expand existing high school movements.

Past participants have experienced tremendous spiritual and personal growth through their involvement in a global mission. Many have taken great steps of faith and seen lasting changes in their relationships and in their life choices. Many gain a deeper concern for other people, develop team-building skills, learn greater flexibility, and gain self-confidence. These personal benefits occur as God works through the team to bring the gospel to many who have never heard. The lives of those in other countries will be changed forever and many lasting friendships between students in the different cultures are formed. Lastly, many receive a greater vision for ministry at home or a lifelong call to serve globally.

Contact Cru’s high school Global Missions team at cruhs.globalmissions@cru.org