Emma’s whim brought her to a Cru meeting for the first time. God’s plan brought her to the ends of the earth with the Gospel.

When Emma came to UC Davis as a freshman in 2010, she was looking for anything but Christian community. She had prayed to receive Christ at an Easter alter call as a high school student, but never laid down roots in her new faith in Christian community.

But three years later, God hadn’t forgotten her (of course). I (Thom) met her halfway through her sophomore year of college, when Emma and a friend decided on a whim to go to a Cru meeting. “We had a flier from a Cru water bottle that was handed to us at the beginning of the year, and we thought, why not go?”

Emma on her way to South Africa with the rest of her summer missions team.

Emma on her way to South Africa with the rest of her summer missions team.

Immediately, Emma jumped into a Cru Bible study community and spiritually skyrocketed. That next fall, she decided to go with forty other Davis students to the San Diego Winter Conference, a four day spiritual growth and training conference held every December. After hearing a talk on world missions by Michael Oh, the president of Christ Bible Institute, Japan, Emma couldn’t stop thinking about going to the world.

At the conference, Emma resolved to spend her next summer reaching people with the message of Christ. That summer (2013), she and a team of eight other students arrived in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. For the next six weeks, Emma and her team worked closely with the Cru ministry at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, sharing their faith daily on campus.

In Christ, God has a bigger plan for Emma’s life than she could possibly have imagined. After graduating from UC Davis, Emma took a step of faith to intern with Cru reaching students in San Diego. Now she gets to multiply the Gospel change she’s seen in her own life into women just like her!

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