Every winter, Cru hosts Winter Conference in ten locations around the country. These conferences give students the opportunity to grow in their faith and discover God’s purposes for their lives. This winter at the conference in Greensboro, North Carolina, 700 students gathered to participate in a digital outreach for the “Day of Faith,” which gives students the chance to reach out to their communities with the love of Christ.
During that one hour, they were able to:
- Share this gospel-centered video with 10,635 people
- Have spiritual conversations with 2,251 of their friends and family who watched the video and responded during that time
- Present the gospel 604 times and many set up times to further the conversation in person the following week
I sent out the Falling Plates video to a couple people from all over the world. I got one response from my friend who I met on a summer mission in North Africa. She's a muslim and thought that it was really cool that there are lost and desperate and hurting people in the world and that Jesus saves them.
Then I sent it to one of my professors and we’ve been having a conversation for an hour about all the different paths that ‘lead to heaven’ and how he's not really sure if christianity is the right one and so I got to have this awesome conversation with him.
But I kind of got frustrated because I realized why did it take this, why did it take today for me to text these people and for me to have these gospel conversations when I talk to them on a regular basis or I see my professors everyday on campus. So it’s been really encouraging to me to have another tool to use and learn that maybe it’s not as scary as I thought. That I can just text someone or walk up to someone on campus and say how do you feel about this or do you know who Jesus is. So it’s been really encouraging to me.
I was sending out the Falling Plates video to my friends, I was getting responses. Then one of my friends from high school called me. He was crying, but it was a happy cry. He tells me how his girlfriend had just recently broken up with him and he was down and that he wanted to turn to Jesus. But, he had been kind of causally, going back and forth on how seriously he took following Jesus. He told me how this video touched him and was a reality check he needed and it gave him so much hope and made him feel so much better.
He then tells me about his friend, who was recently in jail, and how someone in there (shared) with him. This person had become a Christian, was talking to him, and really showed him Jesus. My friend told me how this random stranger led his friend to Christ, but he doesn't know where to start. My friend said not only would he send (the video) to his friend, but to everyone he knows. This touched me and I was so privileged that God used me to give my friend a way to do exactly what we are doing here, reaching out to others and helping them find the Lord.
(She became a Christian last year at Winter Conference as a freshman. This year she participated in the social media outreach.) The day of faith taught me how easy it is to be bold for Christ. It was so easy to hit send on my phone. I didn't realize how much good could come of it. I got to talk to so many people that I was terrified to talk to in person. I even got to share the gospel with one friend from high school I hadn't talked to in a year. He said he'd like to understand Christianity more and we got to talk a lot about past hurts. He's read through the gospel message I sent him after watching the video and we're planning on getting together to discuss it.