God’s plan for Cincinnati Metro extends far beyond the city of Cincinnati. Christ commissioned us to reach the whole world, and we as UC and NKU are responding to that call.
We’re committed to reaching the millions of university students who study in locations where there is little or no witness for Christ. You can be a part of this exciting mission by joining us in praying for and going with us to one of our partnership locations. There are three main ways you can go:
God has called us to partner with these Two cities around the world. Each location is very different, but all share a common need for students who know Christ to share the gospel with students who don’t. We’re focused on providing opportunities for students of all nations to know God. We’re dedicated to laboring to build campus movements across the globe, and watching those movements become self-sustaining and locally staffed.
Chicago is one of the liveliest metropolitan areas in the country, if not the world. As the United States’ third largest city, it’s home to not only 2.7 million people (588,000 of whom are immigrants) but also to the world’s first skyscraper, Wrigley Field, 32 Fortune 500 companies, deep-dish pizza, the ‘L’ train, Sears Tower, and sandy beaches along Lake Michigan. Chicago is also a major international hub for finance, commerce, industry, technology, telecommunications and transportation. In other words, it’s an exciting place to be!
THE SPIRITUAL CLIMATE
Chicago is spiritually hungry and hurting. This is manifested by the city’s history of crime, corrupt politics, and lack of the gospel. But God has not abandoned His people in Chicago. He has been redeeming the city through many healthy churches and ministries, one of which is Cru Chicago. The Cru staff and students there are trusting God to change the lives of Chicago’s 700,000 college students by launching movements like RealLife on its 44 campuses. There are movements on 14 of these campuses, including a movement of about 25 students at one of the most ethnically diverse schools in the nation, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). About one of four people who work in downtown Chicago are alumni of UIC. God desires every one of these students to know Him, and if they follow Christ, UIC students are in a position to influence the city of Chicago with the transforming power of the His gospel.
Guayaquil is Ecuador’s largest city, while also being the biggest in population with over 2.7 million people living in the city. Guayaquil is the main port into Ecuador, and thrives on trade. Over 100,000 college students live in Guayaquil with Cru movements popping up across the city.
THE SPIRITUAL CLIMATE
The oldest and largest religion in Guayaquil is the Roman Catholic Church. However, in the late 20th century and early 21st century, the fastest growing religion has been the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which has an operating Temple in Guayaquil. The people of Ecuador are looking for truth and a Higher Calling, but have not been able to hear the true gospel of Jesus. There is a history of religion in Ecuador, but not of the true intimidate relationship with God.