Featuring: Jared W. // St. John Fisher College '14
Written by: Susie Richardson, Cru Senior Writer
Among those flocking to Florida’s beaches this past March was Jared W, a senior Business major from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY. Part of Cru’s Big Break Outreach for the third time, it crossed Jared’s mind that he just might be positioning himself for another “Go” message from God.
Meanwhile half a world away, Josh and Mike, two out of six Breakthrough STINTers, had been feeling God’s call to stay in the Middle East for a second year of ministry. There was a problem, however. Cru will only place STINTers in teams, and two single guys do not qualify as a team.
Back to our boy at the beach: As Big Break week neared the end, Jared’s thoughts were in a tug of war. Though his college years had been rich in spiritual growth and ministry, Jared had set his sights on becoming a business owner and living a comfortable life. Already he’d seen some success in running a painting company in Rochester called College Pro Painting.
Yet warmed by the Florida sunshine, Jared’s passion for ministry blossomed. Of all things, he happened to bump into some people at Big Break who were from the Middle East. A class Jared had taken on Islam, and a documentary he’d seen on the Hajj laced Jared’s interactions with these people from the Middle East. His heart began to break as he pictured 3 million Muslims on a quest to find God...
To top it off, the speaker for the final Big Break session highlighted the oppression of certain Middle Eastern countries. During the worship time which followed, Jared felt God’s finger on his chest. Circulating within him were such thoughts such as: “I’ll be fresh out of school. No ties. I don’t have any reason to stay here.”
Jared prayed. He talked with the speaker. He talked with his Cru staff member. He returned to St. John Fisher and applied for STINT. And … he was accepted!
So, it’s starting to look hopeful that Josh and Mike can continue to bring Good News to students in the Middle East, as Jared starts his training and begins to raise the financial support he’ll need for this assignment. (A couple of girls ready, willing, and able to STINT would help to clinch the deal.)
We praise God for students like Jared who lean in to hear God’s voice, who have His compassion for the lost, who step out in faith and are choreographed into the prayers of others.
Join us in praying for a full STINT team in the Middle East this next year, and that God would raise up more students like Jared who will form STINT teams for our Northeast partnerships in South Africa and East Asia.
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