What does it take to begin a relationship with God? Do you need to devote yourself to unselfish religious deeds? Must you become a better person so that God will accept you? Learn how you can know God personally.
Learn the basics of what Christians believe.
Get the answers to frequently asked questions on Christian beliefs and practices.
Explore answers to life's biggest questions.
We all have a story. Read about individuals who have been transformed by faith.
Take the next step in your faith journey with resources on prayer, devotionals and other tools for personal and spiritual growth.
Explore resources to help you live out your life and relationships in a way that honors God.
Find resources for personal or group Bible study.
Learn to develop your skills, desire and ability to join others on their spiritual journeys and take them closer to Jesus.
Help others in their faith journey through discipleship and mentoring.
Develop your leadership skills and learn how to launch a ministry wherever you are.
View our top Cru resources in more than 20 languages.
Have some fun taking various quizzes and assessments to learn about yourself and others.
Volunteer abroad this year on a short term global missions trip offered by one of the best, most-reliable Christian missions organizations in the world.
Internship opportunities with Cru's ministries.
If you're looking for the best Christian jobs and careers, check out Cru's ministry job openings for full- and part-time missionaries and professionals.
Live in another country building relationships and ministries with eternal impact.
Would you like to give your time to work with Cru? We need you.
Find a Cru event near you.
Use your hobbies and interests to find the best place for you to serve.
Helping students know Jesus, grow in their faith and go to the world to tell others.
Reflecting Jesus together for the good of the city.
Partnering with urban churches to meet physical and spiritual needs.
Striving to see Christ-followers on every team, in every sport and in every nation.
Equipping families with practical approaches to parenting and marriage.
Reaching students and faculty in middle and high school.
Bringing hope and resources to military families worldwide.
How we seek to journey together with everyone towards a relationship with Jesus.
Answers to questions on donations, financial policies, Cru’s annual report and more.
What we believe about the gospel and our call to serve every nation.
Learn about Cru's global leadership team.
When the global church comes together then powerful things can happen.
Leading from values so others will walk passionately with God to grow and bear fruit.
Because ethnicity is part of the good of creation, we seek to honor and celebrate the ethnic identity of those with whom we serve as well as those we seek to reach.
Showing God in action in and through His people.
Hear what others are saying about Cru.
Editor’s Note: Have you ever heard the word “lament” before? In the Bible, a lament is a passionate expression of sadness when people are grieving.
If you feel stuck and aren’t sure what to do about racism, lament is a great place to start. No one expects you to have all the answers or say all the right things. God simply commands his followers to “rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another” (Romans 12:15-16, New International Version).
While grieving or being sad with those who are sad isn’t a pleasant process, it’s an important part of the conversation when talking about racism. Getting to the point of grieving others’ experiences starts with what the Bible says in James 1:19: “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” (NIV).
Ask yourself, how can healing, understanding or growth happen without acknowledging one another’s deep wounds? How can honest conversations be conducted if the truth can’t be reckoned with? How can a society get unstuck and move toward righting centuries-old wrongs if people won’t listen?
In “Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times,” professor Soong-Chan Rah writes that lament “acknowledges the need for God’s justice and mercy that does not arise out of one’s own strength and ability.” Lament and acknowledgment of uncomfortable truths connect us to the realities of others. It’s tempting to seek peace and find solutions to problems in our own power, but lament invites God to intervene and deepens our dependence on Him to mend the world’s brokenness.
In the Gospels, we see Jesus lamenting and expressing sorrow (Matthew 23:37-39; 26:38; Luke 23:34; John 11:35). We also see Him defending those whose voices weren’t regularly heard (Matthew 26:10-13). Jesus set an example of reaching out to the marginalized, even when others thought He was wrong for doing so (Mark 3:1-6; John 4:7-9; 5:1-13).
There’s no perfect recipe to listening and lamenting — no three-step plan to change your own heart. But there are steps you can take to open yourself up to the voices of others and prepare yourself for the changes that God wants to work in you. Here are a few simple pieces of advice.
Revealing race-based trauma can be a vulnerable, raw process, and passionate expressions of anger, weariness and grief are normal when talking about racism and how it manifests in the lives of people of color. Tears will flow, choice words will be said, and your pain tolerance will be tested.
It might be tempting to get defensive — to deflect or deny someone’s experience — but diminishing or minimizing someone else’s experiences by interjecting your own thoughts dishonors both the person willing to share their experience and the listener. It will be challenging to simply listen, but it is necessary to simply listen in order to understand.
Consider it an honor if someone decides to open up to you. It’s a privilege for someone to tell you about the vulnerable parts of their lives. When someone shares the weight of their story with you, it shows that they trust you.
Lamenting acknowledges the pain others have shouldered and still have to carry. Bearing witness and listening in order to understand the realities of others’ experience ensures that they don’t have to carry that pain alone.
Do you have additional questions about racism, justice or culture? Do you want to learn more or continue the conversation about reconciliation? Sign up below for more resources.
©1994-2023 Cru. All Rights Reserved.