2017 Cru Calendar

Learn more about what God is doing around the world through Cru.

COVER,  photo by Ted Wilcox

Dubrovnik, Croatia is located on the Mediterranean Sea and remains a popular destination for visitors from around the world, despite being bombed during the Croatian War of Independence.

Croatia's location still makes it vulnerable to cultural and spiritual upheaval, as evidenced last spring when refugees began streaming through the country. Read about how Cru staff members responded to this new ministry opportunity while still reaching their local community with the love of Christ. 

Who Is My Neighbor?


JANUARY 2017,  photo by Ted Wilcox

Armenia's Khor Virap monastery sits at the foot of Mount Ararat. Some buildings date back to the 6th century.

A mountainous region landlocked between the Turkish, Russian and Persian empires, Armenia was the first state to adopt Christianity in the 4th century. Christianity remains the dominant religion, with the majority of Armenians belonging to the Armenian Apostolic Church. Religious freedom followed the collapse of the Soviet Union, but discrimination against minority religious groups persists.

Building Ministry in Armenia:
Follow one young woman in Armenia as she trains others in faith.

Campus Crusade for Christ in Armenia (webpage in Armenian)

February 2017,  photo by Tom Mills

The sun sets over the Organ Mountains, named for the range's resemblance to the pipes of an organ, in New Mexico.

New Mexico is located in the Western and Southwest region of the United States. A part of the Mountain states, New Mexico is the sixth largest populated state in the U.S.  The state consists of the largest percentage of Hispanics which includes the descendants of Spanish settlers and Latin American immigrants. It  also has the third largest percentage of Native Americans after Oklahoma and Alaska.

Find Cru on a campus in New Mexico.

Nations is Cru’s campus ministry to Native Americans. Learn how to launch Nations on your campus. 

March 2017,  photo by Guy Gerrard

About 65 percent of Madagascar's 26 million people live outside of urban areas, many in villages like Antsahasoa.

Political troubles, conflict, and corruption have long been a major problem in Madagascar, but there is officially religious freedom. Compromise with the old beliefs, veneration of ancestral spirits, and witchcraft is widespread among those who claim to be Christian, but Church growth continues in the midst of political and environmental crises. The 4 mainline churches have great influence, yet discipleship and biblical training are the greatest needs within the Church.

Village Sees Jesus for the First Time

Planting Churches in Madagascar

April 2017,  photo by Ted Wilcox

A Haitian boatman enters the Caribbean Sea. The country continues to recover from the 2011 earthquake.

Haiti is located in Caribbean, western one-third of the island of Hispaniola, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, west of the Dominican Republic. The spiritual response to the tragedy of the 2010 earthquake was an almost universal outpouring of prayer, repentance and calling upon God for mercy and deliverance. Out of the disaster, God appears to be doing something radical and new among the people of Haiti.

Haiti's Devastation and Restoration

A Fashion Major and an Earthquake


May 2017,  photo by Guy Gerrard

Rennes, France was founded before Christ's birth. It was fully rebuilt after a 1720 fire nearly destroyed the city.

Many French people have no meaningful contact with a church and have a profound indifference to the gospel. There is surprisingly widespread involvement with occultism, and as a result of immigration, Islam has become the second religion. Yet God has been moving in a mighty way in recent years. Read a few of those stories:

Paris Girl’s Discovery: God Is Not Taboo

French Students Bring Food And Encouragement To The Homeless

June 2017,  photo by Tom Mills

Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve is home to more than 95 species of mammals and 570 species of birds.

Located in Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Somalia and Tanzania. Kenya is a country of great ethnic diversity, and tension between the groups causes many of the problems. In the 1990s, politically instigated tribal clashes killed thousands and left tens of thousands homeless. The Protestant and indigenous churches have grown fast, but the level of human rights abuses has also been rising.

How The Bible Is Changing Kenyan Soldiers

Challenging African and American High School Students

Bringing Both Physical And Spiritual Food to Kenya

July 2017,  photo by Tom Mills

The 12th century temple of Angkor Wat, a popular Cambodian tourist destination, has become a symbol for the country.

Located in Southeastern Asia, bordering the Gulf of Thailand, Cambodia is one of the world's poorest nations. The recent history of this predominantly Buddhist country includes the 1970s when the Marxist Khmer Rouge sought to eradicate all religion; 90% of Buddhist and most Christians died. Since 1979 there have been periods of tolerance, and beginning in 1990, Christians have been allowed to worship openly. Read how God has been moving lately.

Church Planting In Cambodia

Cambodian Rice Farmer Takes Message Of Jesus To The Village

August 2017,  photo by Ted Wilcox

In Croatia's Plitvice Lakes National Park, 16 lakes tumble into each other via a series of waterfalls and cascades.

Croatia is located in southeastern Europe, bordering the Adriatic Sea, between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia. The deep impact of historic and recent hatred between Croat, Serb and Bosnian on every aspect of national life could continue to hamper the affected nations for generations to come. The compassionate ministry in dispensing aid, giving trauma therapy and loving those who have suffered, has won much credit for gospel.

Who Is My Neighbor?

Movie Much More Than A Crowd Pleaser

Building a Stronger Marriage One Step at a Time


September 2017,  photo by Tom Mills

On Oahu, an average day brings 3,000 visitors to Hawaii's Hanauma Bay State Park east of Honolulu.

Epic, Cru’s ministry to Asian Americans, has been active in Hawaii for years, sending students on summer missions trips to launch ministries on local campuses.

The Spirit Of Ohana

Facebook page for Epic at the University of Hawaii


October 2017,  photo by Ted Wilcox

Victoria Falls, on the Zambezi River between Zambia and Zimbabwe, is one of the world's seven natural wonders.

Zimbabwe is located in southern Africa, between South Africa and Zambia. The church has grown in numbers and passion amidst great trials in recent years. Many find refuge in spirituality and faith while churches work hard to meet the many desperate physical and social needs they encounter. The economy, education system, and health care are in a state of emergency and the AIDS pandemic in Zimbabwe is one of the world's worst cases.

Evangelistic DVD Broadcast On National TV In Zimbabwe

Special Project Addresses Stronghold Of Witchcraft


November 2017,  photo by Guy Gerrard

Old and new London show in City Hall (right), which opened in 2002, and the Tower Bridge, which opened in 1894.

There is full religious freedom in the UK. The Church of England (Anglican) and the Church of Scotland (Presbyterian) are the recognized churches in the United Kingdom. Tolerance is the 'in' word, as the influx of non-Christian religions has affected the worldview of the population. Evangelical Christians are maintaining numbers, despite church decline.

Former Porn Star Speaks On Campus

How Do You Reach A Whole City For God?

Korean Becomes Missionary To London

Fighting For Military Marriages



December 2017,  photo by Guy Gerrard

New Zealand's Southern Alps are part of the South West New Zealand (Te Wahipounamu) World Heritage Area.

Located in Oceania, southeast of Australia, New Zealand’s society is increasingly post-Christian and secular. Other religions are far less a threat to the Church than basic unbelief. Projections show that Christianity will cease to be the majority religion before 2020.

Starting The Journey With “Jandals”

Netball: Playing For Eternity

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