It’s a campus. They’re collegians. But it’s not your typical Cru meeting.
Synapses fired off every which way as Kurt Richardson (Director of Global Missions for Cru Northeast) listened to Jassen Bluto’s description of Cru's Valor Ministry he leads at Vermont's Norwich University.
Frequently challenged by the small ratio of males vs females applying for mission projects, the thought of a roomful of (mostly) young men glistened in Kurt’s prospects. And he knew just the man for the job.
Josh (UNH ‘12) deftly led our Stint Team in the Middle East for two years. He returned to the States last summer long enough to marry his equally mission-minded sweetheart, and join Cru staff full time. Josh and his wife, soon to be back in the Middle East, happened to be a couple of hours away from Norwich, completing their team of supporters, when Kurt contacted them with the chance to address these Cru-involved cadets.
“Throughout scripture, from beginning to end, God states His heart for missions, for people of all tribes and nations to come to know Him.”
Gathered in Wise Faculty Dining Room that night, the 70 cadets considered Josh’s words, then responded to his invitation to voice their hesitations, the reasons not to “go.”
Jassen described the Q&A: “Money, internships, and careers popped up as concerns, as well as the whole idea of converting Muslims. Josh handled these challenges with grace and poise.”
Though living in military units of companies and battalions, not all of Norwich University’s cadets will make a military contract. Even those who do become Army officers will have one non-scripted summer they could invest in a summer mission. And it so happens there’s a military base near a Northeast Stint location … just sayin’.
80% of the cadets interacting with Josh were men. One casualty of “not enough men” was Cru's Wildwood Summer Mission 2015. We hope to revive Wildwood for Summer 2016. Wildwood offers us the world on our own New Jersey shore. 7,000 collegians from Europe and Asia pour into NJ each summer, many of them staffing Wildwood’s tourist attractions, thanks to the U.S. State Department’s Summer Work Program.
Wouldn’t it be great if a couple of Norwich cadets ended up at Wildwood as gospel carriers, in training for God’s mission!
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