Monday, April 30, 2007

Our friend Emily

Our friend Emily
We want to introduce you to Emily Davis. Emily is one of the missionaries that Leslie and I support. Emily has a dance ministry through Artists in Christian Testimony (A.C.T.).

A couple of weeks ago, I got the opportunity to go to an event that Emily was involved in putting on. Emily was working with the Central Indiana Crisis Pregnancy Center. She had choreographed a dance presentation that has been taken into local schools to promote abstinence. The night I participated, the group had done an assembly during the day at a local high school and promoted an event that evening. The event partnered with Keynote by having one of our bands, "Chasing Elvis" come and perform.

The evening began with Chasing Elvis performing some songs and then "Breakdown" (the dance presentation) did their presentation. Following that, Matt Giovanni who is a football player from the Super Bowl champions, Indianapolis Colts, gave his testimony of how he came to place his faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

The band closed out the night with a few more songs. There were probably about 100 people in attendance at the event and we just heard that five people received Christ as a result of the event. It was a great event as it combined both Keynote and Emily's ministry that we support!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Virginia Tech - Campus Crusade Student

Virginia Tech - Campus Crusade Student who discovered first body talks to media

Molly Donohue is a freshman who is involved with Campus Crusade at Virginia Tech. She lived next door to the first victim of Mondays’ shootings. You can now view Molly’s interviews with the National Media online.

Watch Molly's Story

Interview with CBS

Molly’s Interview with ABC News - mentions her involvement in a Christian Bible study group

Also read Molly’s story as told by Tony Arnold, Media Relation’s Director with the Campus Ministry.

{Courtesy of Campus Crusade's official Virginia Tech Response blog}

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Update: Campus Crusade at Virginia Tech

UPDATE: Campus Crusade at Virginia Tech

Here is an update from the post earlier about Campus Crusade at VT.

17.Apr.2007, 10:39 p.m. EST

By Dave Broadwell, staff member at Virginia Tech

We thought we’d send another update from Blacksburg--today has been much more quiet than yesterday, with the focus being on the convocation that took place at 2 p.m. where President Bush and the Virginia Governor spoke, and then also finding out who are actually amongst those killed yesterday.

An official list still has not been completely released, but by word of mouth and through other sources, here is how our students were touched by this tragedy:

4 students who were involved with Cru at Virginia Tech were killed in the classroom shootings.

The student who found the 2 bodies in the dorm room shooting was a student involved with Cru .

We have a student who was one of only 2 to be able to walk out of his classroom without being shot. As you can imagine, he is very shaken up after witnessing what he did.

We are trying to gather our students together in groups to help them talk this out, pray, cry, anything that will help them process what they are going through.

Classes have been cancelled here for the entire week, so some students may head home, but some may stay in order to be with friends who are going through this common experience.

How You Can Pray

We would ask that you would pray that students don’t isolate themselves. In times like this, it is a natural thing to try to do, but it is not helpful for them in the long run.

Please pray that they talk things through with their friends. Pray also for our staff--they are doing pretty well given the circumstances, but they are tired emotionally and physically.

Pray also for wisdom with dealing with the media--they are swarming any student who saw anything, and it may not be the best for students to get put in the spotlight right now.

Pray for my wife Susan--she will be interviewed by a Cleveland TV station at some point on Wednesday, as they heard we have an Ohio connection.

Lastly, pray for our kids and the other children of Blacksburg. They were out of school today and will be tomorrow, and there were several professors who were parents who were killed or injured.

{Info courtesy of Campus Crusade Staff Web}

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Virginia Tech Tragedy - Resources to Help

Virginia Tech Tragedy - Resources to Help (A ministry of Christian Leadership Ministries of Campus Crusade) has put together some articles that can help deal with some of the feelings that are being generated as a result of the tragedy at Virginia Tech.

The articles include:
The Problem of Evil by Rick Rood
Why Would a Loving God Allow Pain and Suffering? by Jay Lynch, M.D.
The Glory of His Discontent: The Inconsolable Suffering of God by Don Hudson, Mars Hill Forum
When the Good Guys Don't Win by Rusty Wright

These articles and more can be found at:

Campus Crusade at Virginia Tech

Campus Crusade at Virginia Tech

The shootings that took place on the campus of Virginia Tech are throughout the news. Campus Crusade for Christ has a staff team that ministers on that campus. Keynote has had a band play just outside the dorm where the initial shooting happened.

Here are some excerpts from information from Dave Broadwell, on behalf of the Virginia Tech Campus Crusade staff team:

All of our staff members are OK. We were together for our Monday morning staff meeting when the shootings happened.

We had a prayer meeting Monday night for our students and the students of some other organizations. Most students are shocked and numb at this point, not sure what to think and feel. I feel the same way.

We know of at least 2 of our students who are not accounted for at this point, as well as 1 who was killed who had come to our meetings.

All of this information is coming through the network of students, as no names have been officially released yet (until after the families are notified--most likely Tuesday). I think that is the hardest part--the waiting--not really knowing who has been touched by this tragedy.

Our staff team is spending the day in the Cru office Tuesday--making ourselves available to pray with and/or counsel students.

We will take a break to attend the university-wide convocation at 2 p.m. where the Virginia governor is slated to speak.

We are gathering at noon on Wednesday to pray with other Christian groups on the drillfield--a very central place on campus.

Please pray that amidst it all that the Lord would be glorified, families would be comforted and students would grieve appropriately. I have a feeling no one is going to know how to move on from here.

{Excerpts courtesy of the Campus Crusade Staff Web}

Monday, April 16, 2007

Death: Reality Check

Volume 2 - Issue 4
Death: Reality Check

On Sunday April 1, 2007, I (Mike) lost one of my best friends, Joe Murphy who was 34 years old. He was diagnosed with a rare cancer called “Leiomyosarcoma” (4 out of 1,000,000 people). Joe was a groomsman at our wedding just seven and a half months before his death. At the time of our wedding, he didn’t even know about the cancer.

Joe is the first person in my age group that I have been personally a part of his life at his death. This gave me a new perspective and urgency for ministry. I think too often in my life, I take for granted that there is always tomorrow.

According to “The World Factbook” put out by the CIA, just over 150,000 people die each day in this world. The world might say that Joe’s life was cut short. The reality is that God has a timeline for us all. We just don’t know how long or short that timeline is.

Joe grew up in the church and knew what it meant to be a Christian. But faced with his death, I began to wonder, how many of the other 150,000 that day
didn’t know what it meant to be a Christian? I wept over Joe’s death. But do I weep for those who don’t know Christ? I don’t think I have ever wept over those who have never received Christ as their Lord and Savior. We are all guaranteed that we will die and we each face this decision.

I have a passion to reach the lost of this world, and with Joe’s death, that passion has become more exposed and has evoked a greater urgency.

The question now becomes, “What do I do with this?” My desire is to be involved in people's lives and to see that they know Christ. When Leslie and I report to Keynote, we will get the opportunity to prepare our staff to do that. In our own personal lives, we desire to build relationships to be able to share through our lives and our words, what it means to be a Christian.

Meet our department teams
Mike and Leslie’s role will be to serve in the Keynote office once they have all their monthly funds raised. They will support the activities and administration of Keynote’s evangelistic artists who partner with strategic ministries to see that people are won to Christ, built up in their faith, and sent out to do the same.

Mike will serve in the Human Resource Department/team.

Leslie will serve in the Staff Development Department/team.

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray that we would seize every opportunity to share Christ with people in our day-to-day lives.
  • Pray that we would celebrate the small things in life along the way.
  • Praise God that He has victory over sin and death through the resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ and He offers forgiveness for us as a result.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Jesus Film Project on CNN

The Jesus Film Project (a ministry of Campus Crusade) was featured in a news story entitled "Selling Jesus" that was produced and aired by CNN.

The video story can be found here:

CNN does utilize a pop-up for this video link, so if you use a pop-up blocker, you'll need to allow the video box to pop-up.