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Dear CU Caritas Cornerstone Partners and friends of the ministry,

Thank you for your prayers for CU Caritas at Stanford!

Fall Retreat
This October, some new and returning students joined us for a two-night retreat in the Santa Cruz mountains to seek the Lord together and grow closer as a community. We focused our meditations on the importance of abiding in God’s word night and day, that we might bear fruit for His glory in all seasons (Psalm 1:2-3). We considered the example of Joshua, David, Daniel, Anna, and most of all, the Lord Jesus. May God make these Stanford students strong in the ways of God, as they abide in the Lord and in his word!

Dear CU Caritas Cornerstone Partners and friends of the ministry,

Thank you for your prayers for CU Caritas at Stanford! We are seeing much fruit from our freshman welcoming campaign! In addition to supporting our student leaders in distributing over 500 welcome bags to freshmen, Susan, our women’s ministry fellow, and I have been holding many one-on-one meetings with students to get to know them, to pray for them, and to invite them to join Bible Courses and ministry events.

Summer greetings from Christian Union Caritas!

We are excited to share what’s been happening among our students at Stanford and ask that you join us in prayer for more of God’s power among us to accomplish his purposes!

Near the end of the spring quarter, eight of our students traveled to Camp of the Woods in New York to attend Spiritus, a two-week conference for current and upcoming student leaders in Christian Union’s ministries to take their faith and lifestyle of seeking God to the next level.

Hello CU Caritas Cornerstone Partners and friends of the ministry,

Christian Union had an amazing faculty and staff conference during the first week of August. Thank you for praying for us! For five days straight we spent almost all day reading Scripture, hearing Bible teaching, fasting (except for dinners!), praying, listening to God, confessing and repenting of sin, sharing testimonies, getting to know one another, worshiping God, and more—both together and alone. Not surprisingly, it was an incredible time! For me at least, each day got better and better. God drew near to us as we drew near to Him, praise His Name (James 4:8)! What an incredible God we serve, who dwells “in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite” (Isaiah 57:15).

Hello CU Caritas Cornerstone Partners and friends of the ministry,

Summer greetings! This July we have been reading and discussing (virtually!) Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s classic book on Christian community, Life Together. The Lord, through Bonhoeffer, has refreshed, humbled, and refocused us. Here is a taste of what we’ve been considering:

Hello CU Caritas Cornerstone Partners and friends of the ministry,

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:1-4).

Hello CU Caritas Cornerstone Partners and friends of the ministry,

I have great news: Christian Union Caritas was officially recognized as a student group by Stanford at the end of March! Many students over the years have worked toward and eagerly anticipated this milestone. We thank God for their labors and prayers, and for His gracious provision! We are also grateful to the leadership in Stanford’s Office of Student Engagement and Office of Religious and Spiritual Life for partnering with Christian Union in this way. Recognition will afford Christian Union students many privileges and responsibilities that we have not had to this point, such as the ability to table at activities fairs, advertise Christian Union in official Stanford communications, access a wider array of meeting spaces, and more. As Christian Union students reach out to incoming freshmen during the beginning of the year, they are hoping that recognition will provide a significant boost to their efforts. Please thank God along with us!

Hello CU Caritas Cornerstone Partners and friends of the ministry,

We thank God every time we think of you, because of your partnership in the gospel with us! We are so grateful to God for the ways you support us in our endeavor, by God’s grace, to make disciples of Jesus at Stanford.

Hello CU Caritas Cornerstone Partners and friends of the ministry,

Happy New Year from Palo Alto!

Greetings from Palo Alto! We’ve reached the halfway point of the academic year and winter quarter, which means we wrapped up our study of Philippians last week and are embarking on a mammoth study of Romans in the weeks ahead. According to Martin Luther, in his preface to Romans, all the most important truths in the universe will be laid out before us:

Hello CU Caritas Cornerstone Partners and friends of the ministry,

Happy New Year from Palo Alto!

George Muller, the 19th century’s famous father of orphans and giant in prayer, wrote some profound words about the importance of our happiness in God and the role of God’s word in that pursuit. I can think of few more helpful ideas to commend to you in this new year! Muller writes,