John Anderson - March 2020

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A whirlwind of a week

These are some pictues from Cru at EKU spring break! Particularly, I am with freshmen and sophomore guys. As the trip ended, the avalanche of COV-19 was hitting most institutions nationally, including Cru.

I want to update you on my Cru status regarding the Coronavirus:
-Berea college has cancelled classes for the rest of the school year
-EKU is closed for 1 week followed by 2 weeks of online classes
-Cru has limited all gatherings to 20 or fewer people
-All Cru summer missions (U.S. and abroad) have been cancelled.

In terms of my day to day work, I am highly affected by the first three bullet points. Our Cru weekly meetings are shut down, and Bible studies are up in the air. Our staff team is looking in to doing mentorship with our students through video chat. While this option is not as preferable to face to face interaction, it is a way to continue caring for our students.

Please pray for our students, particularly for their pursuit of Christ in the next few weeks through the Word of God, prayer, and continued connection to their local church, even if that must be digitally.

I have taken comfort in God's wisdom and sovereign hand in this very troubling time. Ecclesiastes 7:14 provides insight during difficulty:  "In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him." Coronavirus is a product of the curse on this world due to sin; however, even this circumstance is occurring as part of God's divine decree and is subject to his control. For believers, the virus reminds us of our mortality and the urgency to love God and neighbor while we still have breath.

In Christ,
John Anderson
CRU - Kentucky