Lillian Hucke ’24  |   Published March 17, 2021

New Cru

Bible study group, formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ, has members in 190 countries.

MONMOUTH, Ill. – There is a new crew on Monmouth College’s campus or, more correctly, a new Cru.

CRU LEADERS: Clockwise from lower left ? Lexi Shields, Arika Hofmann and Nyasaina Kwamboka. CRU LEADERS: Clockwise from lower left … Lexi Shields, Arika Hofmann and Nyasaina Kwamboka.Monmouth Cru is a “caring community that is passionate about connecting people to Jesus Christ.”

The student-led organization was brought to Monmouth by Lexi Shields ’23 of Sherrard, Illinois, Arika Hofmann ’22 of Monmouth and Nyasaina Kwamboka ’23 of Nairobi, Kenya.

“Cru is a safe place where you can grow closer in your relationship with God and meet people that have similar interests as you,” said Hofmann.

She described Cru is “a non-judgmental group of students” who want to grow together as a community and grow in their faith. Formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ, Cru is an international Christian organization with members in 190 countries.

Student leaders of Cru

Shields had the idea to start the group on campus and reached out to her friends and fellow cross country/track teammates Hofmann and Kwamboka about joining her in the journey. Shields said she started Cru because she wanted to create a group where she could meet like-minded people who share similar values. An admittedly shy person, Shields said she also thought it was a great opportunity to grow her leadership skills.

“It is really exciting to have a group where you feel comfortable, and you know everyone coming is wanting to learn about God and strengthen their faith.” Arika Hofmann

“It is exciting to be something different,” said Shields. “This is something many students have been wanting and been searching for.”

Hofmann also enjoys the leadership aspect, as well as the opportunity to form more faith-based relationships. Because of COVID-19 protocols, it has been hard to meet people outside her classes, she said.

“It is really exciting to have a group where you feel comfortable, and you know everyone coming is wanting to learn about God and strengthen their faith,” said Hofmann.

Kwamboka wanted to be able to explore her faith with others and dive deeper into the Bible. She is passionate about her journey with Jesus Christ and wants to be able to share her passion with others.

“It’s a place for me to ask questions about the Christian faith and seek the truth of the Bible with everyone, wherever they are in their journey with Yah,” said Kwamboka.

What happens at Cru?

Cru meets at 7 p.m. each Thursday via Zoom. A typical night at Cru usually starts with an icebreaker – fun, easy questions such as “What is your favorite class?” or “What is your favorite animal?”

“We do icebreakers because it is hard to meet and learn about everyone over Zoom, especially since we are virtual and miss that personal connection,” said Hofmann.

After the icebreaker, the group reads a Bible passage and then separates into breakout rooms to discuss questions about that passage. In their discussion, Cru participants talk about what the passage says and what the passage means. Then they look at how the passage relates to their own lives. The group likes to end its meetings with a faith step or application to their own lives.

More information about Cru and its Zoom link is available on Instagram at @cru_monmouth.

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