loren Eric Swanson: An evening with Libby Crafton

Thursday, September 29, 2005

An evening with Libby Crafton

Tonight Libby Crafton came over for dinner. The dinner was great. Liz made a grilled chicken salad but the best part of the evening was Libby's passion for what she sensed God is doing in the world...and in the lives of college students. For Libby much of what she is feeling and sensing is the culmination of three months she spent in China working in an orphanage while she was a college student. Amidst all that she saw, she kept thinking, "College students need to be here...working among the people with the greatest need in China."

Tonight she shared her vision to see college students launching movements everywhere by bringing the good news and good deeds of the gospel. Recently she met with Ben Homan, President of Food for the Hungry, and was instrumental in initiating the possibility of a Memorandum of Understanding between Crusade and Food for the Hungry (FH). Libby's dream is to be in Chengdu, partnering with FH to create a model for students to follow--a model that can be replicated around the world. She is part of a growing movement that is sensing that a gospel that flies on only one wing is less than the gospel that Jesus lived and breathed.

We also talked about what we have seen in the launching of the church and college students in relieving the suffering of Katrina along with Saddleback launching PEACE initiative. Now...could you imagine a partnership between Crusade and Saddleback?
Planting movements everywhere (Is this not our future and our mandate?)
Equipping leaders (I think we've done some of this)
Assisting the poor (Think what this would do for the souls of students?)
Caring for the sick (We could invite all students to be part of this initiative)
Educating the next generation.

Woah! I think this will preach.


At Friday, September 30, 2005 7:44:00 AM, Blogger Steve Van Diest said...

Wow, this is cool timing. My wife just went on a walk this morning with Libby and came home bursting with ideas and opportunities. We want to figure out how to do this stuff.

At Friday, September 30, 2005 2:48:00 PM, Blogger McRyanMac said...

Maybe we could try PEACE on STINT?

At Friday, September 30, 2005 2:55:00 PM, Blogger Shane Deike said...

E - Dan Hardaway is actually working on a partnership with Saddleback to cross referene their 10,000 PDC with 1000 unreached campuses - these churches will launch PD groups on campus that we help coach. It is not PEACE, but it could lead to other things.


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