The national media may have begun to forget about the disaster in the Gulf Coast, but we have not. From October 28th through the 31st a group of at least 20 Western PA students and staff will be heading to Pass Christian, MS to help with the relief effort there. Visit the link to see a little more info.
Hey there. This week we got good news. We are going to be able to stay on campus – part time.
Usual CCC protocol is that you get all the way to 100% with support before you’re aboe to work on campus at all; they’re making an exception. We’re going to be working on campus for the most part, but setting aside time to do support stuff. Mondays on the whole will be support days as well as many Fridays and some Saturday mornings.
We’re still in need of about 5% of our basic support, not to mention special gifts and making up for outstanding support that just has not come in.
Please pray that we’d be able to be dilligent to do our job(s) to their fullest!
Hey, we are still around. We’ve not been updating due to some extensive technical difficulties. My computer is in working order now, we just got DSL yesterday and we’re almost ready to go (still having some problems with the wireless router, but I think I can remedy that).
Ministry since the last update 19 days ago has been going well…
Edinboro has gotten off to a great start! The student leadership is very much on the ball, moreso than we ever were as students. They’re excited and working hard to have a forum to share about Christ with their classmates. Despite some confusion over what room we were meeting in last week, we had upards of 35 people there last week; this is great that we’re picking up some involved new freshmen and seeing people take hold of the ministry. Also, we had a graphic design professor share part of her testimony at the weekly meeting (“CRU”) last week and she invited some of her students; Carrie and I talked to them afterwards and they seemed interested enough that I won’t be surprised if we see them tonight.
Last Friday we had 21 student leaders from 4 schools in our house for the year’s first “Freyday Feast” (named after our directors Michael and Carol Frey), a time for student leaders to get a vision of their part in the larger picture and to exchange ideas of how they can better reach their campuses. We spoke about publicity on campus and how important it is to make sure that the entire campus knows that we’re there; if there’s even one student that doesn’t know that CCC exists on their campus and would be interested if they did, we’re missing our scope!
Speaking of Michael and Carol, I forgot to mention that on August 31st, they welcomed the newest addition to their clan Jacob Thomas, he’ll join Andrew, Rachel and Abby (and Michael) in raising ruckus in the Frey household.
I want to keep this short, but please keep in your prayers the new ministries we’re trying to get (re)started at: the Community College of Allegheny County, Penn State Beaver, Penn State Behrend (Erie), Robert Morris, Pitt Titusville and Pitt Bradford.
Today I received a number of emails sent to all of the staff of CCC, I thought I’d share this one with all of you. It is actually a press release from Campus Crusade for Christ International’s headquarters in Orlando, FL; a place that knows what it’s like to be hit by hurricaines. There is a link provided at the end to give to the relief effort.
CAMPUS CRUSADE MOBILIZES TO HELP VICTIMS OF KATRINA
Campus Crusade for Christ, one of the world’s largest interdenominational Christian organizations, mobilizes to help Gulf Coast victims of Hurricane Katrina.
ORLANDO, FL, September 2, 2005 – Campus Crusade for Christ International is mobilizing for the largest and longest relief and recovery effort in its history in response to the devastation and human suffering left in Hurricane Katrina’s wake.
“Our hearts go out to those who have lost family and friends, and whose lives have been devastated by this event,” says Mark Gauthier, National Director of the U.S. Campus Ministry of Campus Crusade. “This is a time to be in prayer for those families, that God would comfort them and meet them in their hour of need. And, this is also a time that we as a ministry can demonstrate the compassion of Christ toward those who are hurting.”
Several ministry divisions of Campus Crusade are working to coordinate immediate relief efforts while planning long-term recovery projects. Global Aid Network (GAiN) usually organizes international relief efforts. Now they are working on their home turf. GAiN is already shipping 10,000 personal care kits to the disaster zone. Similar to kits used in military deployments, each kit contains 3 bottles or water, 3 high-energy food bars, and special waterless wipes or so called bath-in-a-bag for 2 days of bathing.
The U.S. Campus Ministry of Campus Crusade is preparing to send hundreds and even thousands of college students to the disaster zones and evacuation centers to help provide the manpower for both immediate relief and longer recovery efforts.
One evacuation center already houses more than 900 refugees. Campus Crusade will provide mature students who can listen to refugees who have lost everything. “They just need someone to put their arms around them and love them,” said one evacuation center worker. In a few days, more than 200 children housed in the camp will need people to play with them, teach them and give them hope.
“In the face of so much suffering, I’m thrilled by the generous, co-operative spirit of so many who want to help,” says Jim Topmiller, National Director of Development for the U.S. Campus Ministry. “Students are getting ready to go. We’re partnering with churches, denominations and Christian relief agencies. Corporate partners and thousands of individual donors are all asking, ‘How can we help?’” Campus Crusade has set up a website where people can give at http://give2.ccci.org/featured/hurricanekatrina/.
Founded in 1951, Campus Crusade for Christ International has 60 ministry divisions or projects working with all levels of society. As one of the largest interdenominational organizations in the world, Campus Crusade has 27,000 full-time staff serving in 190 countries. Campus Crusade for Christ is a charter member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.