70th Anniversary, 100th Birthday

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Bill & Vonette Bright at UCLA in the 1950s.

Last month marked two important milestones in the history of Cru and in global missions. Seventy years ago, in October of 1951, Bill and Vonette Bright surrendered their lives to God’s lifelong call. They sold their candy business and founded Campus Crusade for Christ at UCLA.

Since then, Cru has had a significant impact on the face of the Church around the world. Campus movements now exist on 10,036 campuses. We have staff and volunteers working in 190 countries. The Gospel has been presented at least 8.1 billion times in more than 1,900 languages and cultures. 

Now officially named “Cru Global,” we’re a collective of many ministries: Campus, Cru City, Athletes in Action, FamilyLife, Jesus Film Project, Cru Military, Inner City, Unto (formerly Global AId Network), Josh McDowell Ministries, Cru High School, Faculty Commons, the Impact Movement, Christian Embassy, Medical Strategic Network, NewLife Resouces, StoryRunners, Faith and Law Around the Globe, and far more.

“What the Lord entrusted to Bill Bright 70 years ago, we continue to entrust to everyone around us: a passionate love for Jesus, a heart to share the good news of Jesus and a commitment to building new disciples and sending them out to help fulfill the Great Commission.”

Steve Sellers
President of Cru

October 19th also marked Bill Bright’s 100th birthday. Dr. Bright passed away in July of 2003, just one day after I joined the Cru staff family. Josh Newell, the executive director of JFP, said this:

“He lived and breathed the Great Commission, sharing the Gospel at every opportunity. He motivated and equipped others to do the same, including me.”

I am incredibly grateful for the Brights’ faithfulness and commitment to the Great Commission, the impact that their faithfulness has had on the world, on my life, on Carrie’s life. I am so thankful for the opportunities it has afforded us to be a part of preaching the Gospel to all nations.

Thank YOU as well for your faithfulness in prayer and generosity that fuels our ministry!

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