“All over the world this Gospel is bearing fruit and growing…” reported Paul to the Christians at Colossae (Colossians 1:6). This was an announcement of God’s grace shown in Jesus, “for he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:14)
Paul’s reporting of the Gospel’s spread is all the more significant when we understand that Paul himself was under arrest for being its messenger. Forceful opposition didn’t surprise him and even that could not stop the advancement of God’s kingdom.
The story of Crusaders in 2015 was a story of God’s Spirit continuing to transform lives as the Gospel, advanced by your prayers and sacrifice, bore fruit. This Annual Report shares the awesome news of our biggest ever number of young people hearing about Jesus on camps and through our school programs. It also highlights our entry into Western Australia with eight school groups up and running and our first CRUWest Study Camp! Praise God that the Good News of Jesus is spreading fast and lives have been changed for God’s glory.
Our newspapers remind us that there is opposition to the sharing of the Gospel, just as Jesus warned and Paul experienced. In the last year we have seen campaigns directed against Christian ministry in schools. Yet these have not limited our impact – God’s work is unstoppable!
We are excited to share that Crusaders’ ministry has not just grown bigger, but deeper too. In 2015, Crusaders trained more students and leaders than ever before; increased the frequency of visits to schools, and we saw many more groups from Australia and overseas using CRU resources. Platforms have been laid for future growth and we eagerly await fruitful outcomes.
We have five key features of Crusaders in 2016:
- being true to the Bible as the Word of God
- being passionately, unashamedly Gospel-focused
- being driven to see our impact increase with excellence
- being prayerfully dependent on God to bring about real and lasting change
- and being selflessly committed to the care and development of individuals.
Please keep these things in your prayers for us this coming year.
Thank you for your prayerful support of Crusaders’ ministry. We really value your gifts of time, finances and expertise. Together, we thank God for all He is doing in kids’ lives through our partnership with you in the Gospel.
Philip Bell – Chairman & Gary Hill – Executive Director