GradCru (Campus Crusade for Christ changed its name to Cru in 2011) has the vision of seeing the 4,000 University of Michigan international graduate students encounter Jesus and for them to bring the gospel with them to every corner of the world after graduation.Cru, a ministry of Brandon and Jane Girard, has a threefold strategy of winning, building, and sending. “Winning” includes introducing students to Jesus through natural friendship, investigative Bible study and cultural experiences that broaden their understanding of Christianity. “Building” involves helping students grow in Christ and teaching them how to talk with others about their faith in Christ through small group Bible study and mentoring relationships. “Sending” means helping students return to their homelands equipped to be ambassadors for Christ.
Why We Support GradCru
Dexter UMC supports GradCru financially, spiritually with prayer, and through volunteer participation. The international students have significant emotional and spiritual needs—they face isolation within the rigors of graduate school, difficult cultural adjustments in a new country, and pressure from family to succeed. Yet, these students are also the future leaders of the world. Many will become involved at high levels of business, politics, and education. If they come to Christ now during graduate school, imagine the difference they could make in their homeland and on the world at large.
What You Need to Know
The mission is in highest gear during the academic calendar, September through early April. In April, we begin to ramp up summer programming, with a series of community-building events as well as a co-ed Bible study. Given that CRU is a non-profit Christian organization, part-time and full-time staff rely on the generous giving of individual ministry partners and church mission boards to supply monthly salaries. Volunteers may participate without having official employee status.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Brandon Girard at firstname.lastname@example.org,313.549.0119 or Jane Girard at email@example.com, 734.846.6791. Or, visit umich.gradcru.org. Here is a link to the website created for international students.