Featuring University of Massachusetts Amherst
Written by: Michelle Placke, Cru NE Communications & Donor Relations
“What if you could be part of changing the world? What if you could be part of ending the horror of sex trafficking?”
For 21 days in November, 369+ Cru and Epic students from UMass Amherst, including friends, professors and colleagues, are reading through the Book of John to put an end to the atrocities of sex trafficking.
How does the 21 Day Challenge work? A donation is given to the Freedom Cafe for every 7 chapters in the Book of John that's read by those participating in the Challenge.
Why connect this campaign to the Book of John? Reading through this particular Gospel offers potential first-time Bible readers a wholistic explanation of who Jesus is and why "Jesus is the ultimate champion of freedom for all people everywhere." Find out more information about the 21 Day Challenge, as well as Daily Reading Guides, here.
"...And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free." - Jesus (John 8:32 NLT)
While raising awareness of the harsh realities of the sex slave industry, students are discovering God in new and powerful ways. The UMass 21 Day Challenge has created an open dialogue for participants to dig deeper into God's Word and engage in spiritual conversations. Students are meeting together to discuss what they've learned and share challenging questions with their peers and Cru Staff leaders.
"First time reading the Bible." - 21 Day Challenge Participant
"How does Jesus balance wanting to save people with wanting to only select the true-believers? Might some eventually learn if given the time?" - 21 Day Challenge participant
"I really am enjoying reading the Book of John once again, it's a great reminder of the story of Jesus." - 21 Day Challenge participant
One student shared her experience on the Read4Freedom Facebook Page, where you can hear what others are saying about the Challenge:
Today marks Day 14 of the 21 Day Challenge. Each day of the campaign is connected to a unique way to pray for those involved. Here's how you can be praying today!
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