Monday, March 5, 2018

Jan/Feb 2018 Prayer Update 
Praises and Prayer Requests:
  • We had 53 students from the Upstate come with us to Winter Conference!  Pray for these students as they surrendered to go, say, give and do as the Lord leads.
  • Several Upstate students are seriously considering national and international summer missions as a result of Winter Conference and a recent visit by the Traveling Team to cast vision for the 10/40 window.
  • January and February have been full months already as we've helped get things rolling at Spartanburg Methodist College, Greenville Tech and USC Upstate.  Pray for the guys I disciple to see their God given purpose and to be bold in sharing their hope with their classmates.
  • On February 13th we hosted an event at Spartanburg Methodist College called, "What I Don't Say in the Classroom". Three professors/faculty shared their faith during this event!  Several students showed up just out of curiosity of what these professors had to say!
  • February 9th-11th was Women's retreat.  Carra had an awesome time of connection and deep spiritual conversation with students across the Upstate.  Several ladies opened up in a group setting about significant issues they struggle with.  Please pray for these young women as they bring their past and present into the presence of Christ for healing, restoration and Gospel growth.
  • This Weekend (February 16th-18th) is Men's retreat.  Pray for men to see their need for Christ, for community and for courage to flee temptation.

Taehoon's Story

University of Louisville, KY

"My heart had been draining for two years leading up to my first time in the winter conference. I did everything within my own capacity to earn self-fulfillment -- to achieve joy that everyone blindly chases after. It was as if there was a hole in my heart that gradually grew bigger and bigger while the empty outer shell hardened, defending my self-righteousness against God. I was in an all-or-nothing thirst for something to fulfill my heart.

“Then I saw how people loved each other in Cru - how they genuinely cared and longed to know each other ever deeper. That was different from everything I've experienced... So I came to Cru Winter Conference in 2015 and I accepted God's beautiful grace as THE reality for my life. I have never felt more joy than that sweet first hug.

“I had a chance to share my faith the day after I accepted it in my life and God has put in me a heart for all to experience the joy I felt.

“These are the things that God has propelled me to do ever since: I went to summer mission in the Dominican Republic and Cyprus, I took on a leadership role in my church that I had openly cursed and spoke against when I was an atheist, I took on a leadership role with Cru at my campus, I disciple men, and started a ministry to reach international students. What an amazing journey has it been that God has led me; I am excited for eternity evermore."
Taehooh’s story is just one among the 800 students who attended Cru Winter Conference in Greensboro, NC this year! Students piled in from NC, SC, TN, KY, and WV to hear from the word, pray, worship, and be trained.

Speakers covered everything from books of the Bible like Jonah and Hosea to topics including religious freedom and the Great Commission. Students were trained and given the opportunity to share their faith with their friends using social media. They rose to the challenge and had over 700 spiritual conversations and ended up seeing 23 of their peers accept Christ!

Winter Conference is much more than just a conference, but rather a time we see God move in student’s hearts,often changing the trajectory of their lives and eternity. Thank you for partnering with us to take the gospel to college students and the world. May God be glorified in this generation.

Want a little piece of Winter Conference for yourself? You can watch all of the main sessions at here and listen to all of the seminars here.  

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Spring Semester 2017

Each semester the graduating seniors have an opportunity to share some of the ways God has impacted them during their time at UNC Greensboro and involvement with Cru.  Here is Connor sharing last December at the last Cru meeting of the semester.  Spring semester is a huge semester for selecting leaders for the upcoming school year.  Please pray that God will continue to raise up solid, passionate students like Connor that have a passion for seeing their campus transformed by the truth of Christ!  We appreciate y'all so much!

Pete and Carra

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Trusting Big at UNCG - Pray for 1st Week of Classes

NC A&T University – Impact Movement

The Impact movement at NC A&T is being relaunched.  The campus guidelines are set so groups cannot form until a few weeks into the semester. Please pray that the Lord would connect us to believing studentswho will step up and lead.

Pray for Alton who is associate Cru staff and pastor who is leading this relaunch.

Wake Forest University – Faculty Commons

Please pray for Peteas he will spend part of his time seeking to meet and encourage believing faculty at Wake Forest University.

This is a totally new approach to this campus and we really value your prayers!  If you know any believing faculty in the Triad that Pete can connect with, please let us know!
Pete and Carra Selent

August 2016
Trusting Big at UNC Greensboro
Though the heat remains, summer is over!  We just returned from a three-day training for our Bible study and servant team leaders (BSaLT – Bible Study and Leader Training) inMontreat, NC.  The eight bedroom VRBO rental house was filled with stories of summer exploits and fails, laughter, shuffles of calendars, Bibles and journals, and worshipful voices singing praise and adoration.  Their schedules (and ours) are now filled with outreaches, prayer walks and Bible studies.

We’re trusting God for big things this year…. Can you join us?  Here are some significant ways we would love to be covered in prayer:

Monday, Aug 22 -- Prayer walk on UNCG campus after dinner.  If you are in the area, we would love to have you join us on campus.  Please pray specifically for the Bible studies to grow in the dorms on campus.

Tuesday, Aug 23 – Fall Kickoff: UNCG’s massive organizational fair (as shown in picture). Last year we met over 300 new students and several are this year’s new leaders!

Thursday, Aug 25 – Freshmen Cru (new strategy):
We’re trusting that God will grow four or five freshmen Bible studies out of this weekly gathering!  Pray that over 100 freshmen will join and that God would use these students to transform the campus!
Thank you for prayers and partnership in the Gospel!  We are excited to see what God does this semester!  We praise God for you!

From the Mecca of the Airbrushed T-shirt

Praises and Prayer Requests…

> Praises for the UNCG students and alumni on mission with us in the Smoky Mountains.  L à R: Moriah (alumni on staff in Charlotte), Harrison, Pete, Micah (3), Carra, Zade (5), Jennifer, Stephanie, Faith (9) and Grace (12).

> Praises for the ability to invest in their lives!  Though exhausting, living in the same building as the other ~60 people on this mission gave us access no normal semester allows (often late into the night!).

> Pray for the students as they apply the ministry skills they developed over the summer – back to campus!

> Pray for a full staff team for the Triad.  God continues to work mightily here and we need more laborers!  
Pete and Carra Selent
with Grace, Faith, Zade & Micah

                                                        July 2016
From the Mecca of the Airbrushed T-shirt
The smell of fudge, moonshine, kettlecorn.  Sidewalks
filled with tourists, sleepy babies with ice cream mustaches.
A sea of faces moving from eating to entertainment and
around again. The smell of fudge, moonshine, kettlecorn.  Sidewalks filled with tourists, sleepy babies with ice cream mustaches. A sea of faces moving from eating to
entertainment and around again.  What about the faces
behind the counters?  Does anyone notice the server’s accent?

This overflowing mountain town has captured our hearts!  Gatlinburg, TN would not be able to handle the influx of
tourists without the J1’s.  The J1 visa allows students
 from all over the world to come serve food, run amuse-
ment rides, clean hotel rooms and offer samples of fudge
to the American (mostly) tourists.  Over 1000 international students come work in Gatlinburg every summer.  Here
they live in cheap hotel rooms with no kitchens, work two
jobs and rarely experience much culturally “American”
besides what they see and hear on the streets.

Anastasia, one of the 100+
J1 students we met, lives near
St. Petersburg, Russia and
loves American movies.  She knows a ton about the Bible
but the idea of a relationship
with God who loves her is a foreign concept.  In the background of this photo
with Anastasia, Cru students
are interacting with international friends from Jamaica, Thailand, China, Moldova, Ukraine, and more. 

On this outreach night Harrison (from UNC Greensboro) organized a series of short films to spark spiritual
conversations. So far, Anastasia is intrigued but not
certain about pursuing a relationship with Christ.
Please pray that Anastasia from Russia, Hermonie from
China and many others would choose life in Christ before
 they return to their home countries.

For the Nations,
Pete & Carra Signature
Smokey Mountain Summer Mission 2016
(Pete and Carra back row left, kids front row)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Smokey Mountain Summer Mission, here we come!

Stephanie and Jen (on left) and Harrison (below) are each taking a big leap of faith this summer…  And we are going to be there to watch them take it!

We are really excited about joining 38 students from across the country (including these three from UNCG) in Gatlinburg, TN this summer for seven weeks for the Smokey Mountain Summer Mission (SMSM).   SMSM is a close-knit mission, where we intentionally pursue authentic community with one another while equipping students to share the gospel as a way of life.  We will be joining several other staff families to help disciple, train, equip and do ministry together with the students.

This mission centers around the more than 1,000 international students from all over the world who come to Gatlinburg to work each summer. Students will have a local restaurant, church or amusement park job where they work alongside internationals.  In addition to relational evangelism at work, our outreach involves building friendships, a weekly party, and just having fun, as we share the gospel.  This is a tremendous opportunity to reach the nations for Christ.

We look forward to sharing what the Lord will do at and through the Smokey Mountain Summer Mission.  Thank you for your faithful prayers and generous giving!
                                                With Love in Christ,
 Pete & Carra

Friday, May 8, 2015

Snapshots from the last few weeks and going dark...

Today is graduation for UNC Greensboro and most of the students have headed home to prepare for their summer missions, work and school.

In the last few weeks we have hosted multiple staff training meetings, a cookout, two student leader dinners and multiple "over for dinners" and random visits.  This night there were about 35 students we were challenging to step up to leading servant teams and Bible studies for the fall semester.  Our living room seems unusually empty - even for a house with four kids and lots of friends to visit!

Jared came over a bit early with the hope of doing a load of laundry (we granted that request LOL!).  While waiting for the rest of the students to arrive for dinner, Faith offered to teach him how to make rainbow loom bracelets without the loom.  He was a quick study. 

On a different and also exciting note.....
Pete is headed to East Asia next week.  He's going to help give initial lift (10 days) to a five week summer mission trip. We'll be able to share more when he comes back.  But due to the sensitive nature of the location, we are doing all we can to eliminate our public online presence.

Feel free to email us, but our facebook accounts are / will be disabled for a few weeks, our Cru giving account will look very blank (that has already happened) and this very blog may disappear or just have a very striped down appearance.  We appreciate your prayers for Pete's travel safety and my stay home safety and juggling the kiddos, LOL!

Thank you!!  We look forward to sharing more soon!
Love, Carra

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The feeding of the student teams

Carseats provide a great way of transporting 2 liter soft drinks. By the way, this carseat can hold one two year old or three two liters soft drinks. A stack of large Papa John's pizzas sit to my right as student leaders for the fall semester make their way into the house.

In the last five days, we've hosted a women's overnight retreat (air mattresses spread all over the house), helped with the impact leadership institute, hosted a dinner for potential leaders, hosted staff mtg and led a training & discussion on the discipline of fasting.

Feeling tired, but a good tired!

For those of you who may be trying to get to our normal "give site," it is currently showing a pretty generic "international staff" as a precaution for an upcoming trip.  We'll be sharing about that in our next prayer letter!