Missions News and Updates

Crossworld Update - March 2020

Posted onMarch 9, 2020 | by: Dan & Donna Standridge | 0 comments

Yes, we are living in a new epicenter of a pandemic disease. An invisible hand has emptied out our city, public trolleys, stores and once bustling coffee shops. Tourists have disappeared. Schools, offices, churches and every venue where people normally come together are now closed down by the government. ...Keep Reading

Crosssworld Update - February 2020

Posted onMarch 9, 2020 | by: Dan & Donna Standridge | 0 comments

As you have probably heard in the news, Italy and especially our region around Milan now has the highest number of cases outside China and South Korea. Three medical doctors in our church had advised us already Saturday to suspend our services. Then the local government began suspending all schools and universities in the area, religious gatherings, sports events and all public gatherings for one week. Grocery stores and restaurants remain open even if the shelves looked for a couple of days like those in Alabama when a snowstorm is predicted. ...Keep Reading

Paul Hesman Update - February 2020

Posted onFebruary 21, 2020 | by: Paul Hesman | 0 comments

Exactly one month from today will be the beginning of spring. The long, cold winter will be transformed into a time of renewal. Gerard Manley Hopkins' poem "Spring" dramatizes the theme stated in the first line, "Nothing is so beautiful as spring," as it relates the season of renewal to the Resurrection of Christ. The idea of renewal remind us that we are a new creation ... the old has passed away; behold the new has come" (2 Cor 5:17). We are excited about the new things that our God is doing in South Africa. We have the wonderful privilege of supporting two church planters in South Africa....Keep Reading

Paul Hesman - Synergy Leadership Network June 2019

Posted onJune 30, 2019 | by: Paul Hesman | 0 comments

Though the USA has become home again, our love for the people of South Africa has not waned and we are still passionate about the vision of growing gospel-driven churches. God has opened an exciting new initiative in which we can still have an impact for Christ in South Africa! We are on our way to South Africa on the 1st of July to implement this new initiative. We will be there for a month, visiting friends and networking with churches, church planters, and theological institutions. We are so excited! ...Keep Reading

Holleman Ministry Team - May 2019 Prayer Letter

Posted onMay 29, 2019 | by: Ashely & Heather Holleman | 0 comments

Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and financial support over this past academic year. We have seen the Lord work in many wonderful ways. We launched on our twentieth campus this year and are now able to help bring the gospel within arm’s reach of over 150,000 grad students on those twenty campuses. The Lord has continued to call full-time Cru staff to join our growing national Grad Ministry team. He has also continued to raise up grad student leaders to lead movements on campuses where we don’t have Grad Ministry staff. We’d love to tell you about Raven who launched a grad movement at Vanderbilt this year. It’s one of our favorite stories of the year!...Keep Reading

Crossworld - Dan and Donna Standridge January 2019

Posted onJanuary 15, 2019 | by: Dan & Donna Standridge | 0 comments

Hope this letter finds you well and determined to live this New Year in the Lord! We believe God has answered your prayers for "Susanna", the mother of four who made great progress last year. She is well. Concerning her ex-husband, things have settled down a bit as there is a $200,000 bill he owes to Susanna for legal fees and missed alimony payments accrued over the years. Presently, this seems to be the greatest deterrent to him from making the 1,000 mile trip to Milan where she lives with her family. Because you prayed, some healthy boundaries came around her! ...Keep Reading

Holleman Ministry Team - November 2018 Update

Posted onNovember 7, 2018 | by: Ashely & Heather Holleman | 0 comments

As we launch grad student movements on campuses all across the U.S., our jaws continue to drop as we see God provide in unexpected ways. Kristin, a Senior English major at Marshall University and a Cru Grad Fellow, eagerly asked last fall to join our first Grad Fellows Summer Mission. We hadn’t anticipated accepting students who weren’t yet grad students, but we said yes with the understanding that she would launch a grad movement once she began grad school. Then Kristin surprised us! She shared that she also wanted to launch a grad movement at Marshall before she graduated. Below is a recent update from Kristin....Keep Reading

Crossworld - Dan and Donna Standridge - July 2018

Posted onJuly 26, 2018 | by: Dan & Donna Standridge | 0 comments

This month marks 25 years of exciting work and life in Milan! As many of you know, upon arrival in Milan we were assigned to ministry in three church plants in their early stages (one of them Arabic speaking). Our discipleship began with many people in our home and many others in Dan’s counseling office. Opportunities abounded for speaking across Italy, even on national radio and TV - presenting several topics to introduce the Gospel to first-time listeners. Looking back, God constantly opened new doors....Keep Reading