Cru has gained a reputation for its work with college students. I learned to walk with God through Cru’s ministry on my campus at Georgia Tech during the early 2000s. However, there are many more places where Cru is reaching people and sharing the message of the gospel; one of them is on high school campuses.
Cru’s work among US high schoolers began in 1966 and was then known as “Student Venture”. From humble beginnings in the 1960s, the work has today grown to include over 600 full-time staff members in 20 metro areas in the United States, and many other cities worldwide. Staffers work with local churches and families, organizing prayer groups and Bible studies, and touching the lives of many teenagers who would never encounter the gospel through a church or youth group.
In our own country, we are beginning to work with high school students in Sarajevo. We have been speaking to English classes across the city for several months now, and organizing social events for students who are in search of community. The community we have been able to build offers much-needed support to teenagers who are seeking answers to life’s big questions.
Cru also gives high schoolers the opportunity to use their summers for the advancement of God’s kingdom and experience areas of the country that they would not normally see. Each year, summer mission trips are organized that take teenagers to cities like Miami and San Diego, to bring the healing and restorative message of the gospel to people in great need. If you are interested in learning more about summer missions opportunities for teenagers, you can read more here.
This is a work that has positively surprised us in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and we are hoping that God will bring much fruit from our efforts to connect with high schoolers in our cities. If you would like to know more about the work of Cru in U.S. high schools and middle schools, read more about them here.