Crusaders’ 2017 Annual Report
People often excitedly share this comment with me. And it is true. Since 2000, the number of school students involved in CRU’s programs each year has grown from around 30,000 to over 115,000.
But is growth good?
In some cases, it is not. God describes as a fool the one who accumulates great wealth without being rich towards God (Luke 12:16-21). In Genesis 11 we read of God thwarting the plans of those who sought to make a name for themselves by building a great city. Clearly some plans for growth don’t honour God.
Yet Paul identifies God as the giver of valuable growth in 1 Corinthians 3:6-7. Acts is specific that this occurs numerically (2:41;47; 4:14; 5:14). This is in keeping with the instruction Jesus authoritatively gives to the disciples to go and make disciples in all nations (Matthew 28:18-20) which they were able to do in the power of the Spirit (Acts 1:8). The gospel was producing fruit throughout the world (Colossians 1:6).
Accompanying the numerical growth was a deepening of believers’ faith and this drove much prayer. Consider the description of Epaphras as one who wrestled in prayer for the Colossian believers (Colossians 4:12).
Growth which depends on God and gives praise to Him is indeed good. I have no doubt that God’s Spirit has enabled CRU’s growth, with faithful supporters committing to prayer. Thanks for being part of this in 2017. As a new year unfolds, new opportunities for growth lie before us. Like Epaphras, please keep praying!
Gary Hill, Executive Director