A team of students from Orange County and universities all over California board a plane to head to the Middle East this week! This summer, they have the incredible opportunity to bring the gospel to the world in a unique way through a Cru Summer Mission.
JJ and I (Carly) were supposed to be leading this trip, but because of “high risk pregnancy,” my Doctor prohibited me from going. We were devastated to miss out on the trip we have been planning for months, but we know God is perfect in His plan for us and for this group of students. JJ is still running the finances and operations for the trip, from a distance.
We are so excited for Miranda Mendoza, third year student at UC Irvine, to be part of this team! She is studying Criminology, Law and Society and is growing in her faith while in college. Miranda felt the Lord calling her to live out the Great Commission by bringing the gospel to world. I have loved getting to know Miranda! She will co-lead the team in my place. Check out our website: www.raymondministry.com to see a video of Miranda’s story.
The majority of the summer, students will be engaged in evangelism and discipleship on two universities in the Middle East. They will put on large group outreaches, weekly English conversation groups, and build relationships. Then, they trust the Lord to transform the lives of local students. The heart is to empower new believers to reach their own people with the gospel.
Thank you for your faithful partnership in ministry! We continue to count it a privilege to serve the Lord alongside you. As we look back on the year, it is overwhelming to reflect on the ways God is moving. We saw 16 students at UC Irvine give their lives to the Lord this year!
Until the World Hears,
JJ and Carly Raymond
- Pray for safety, wisdom, and discernment for the team of students in the Middle East this summer. They leave June 15th and return July 25th.
- Pray for the Lord to transform the lives of college students in the Middle East. This country is considered one of the most unreached nations in the world. 99% of the population is Muslim and we desire for them to know the love of Jesus.
- Pray for Carly and baby’s health and development. Carly is 18 weeks pregnant and the baby is the size of a sweet potato.