June 2024


Jesse and Bethany serve with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) in the Boise metro area. They are a part of the U.S. Campus Ministry to serve the nations of the world in reaching college students for Christ.


Jesse and Bethany are committed to building a campus movement at Boise State and other regional schools where students can encounter Christ and be developed as believers. They desire to equip the students so that they live life on a mission, wherever God is taking their story. Jesse and Bethany are launching spiritual movements that will develop the future spiritual leaders in Idaho and beyond.

That is why the Schlenders are so excited to be a part of what God is doing in Boise and the surrounding area. They are passionate about sharing Christ with others, building them up in their faith and sending them out to the world.


As a family, the Schlenders are also grateful to share what God is doing in their marriage and as parents. Jesse and Bethany have been married since 2009, and have worked together with Cru since 2010. They have five children: Emily, Judah, Noah, Luke and Thomas. Luke & Thomas arrived in 2019, and are identical twins! 


  • • Over 50 new students involved in discipleship by the end of the school year!
  • • Over 30 BSU graduates involved with Cru are being sent to share the Gospel in their new vocations!
  • • Over 300 people heard the Gospel at BSU this year.



  • • Pray for the 5 interns who are going with Cru to the Middle East, Central Asia, Boise and with Jesus Film for the next year. 
  • • Pray for the BSU summer group of 40+ students gathering to study the Bible and grow in community.
  • • Pray for the 14 students going on a summer mission to Alaska, California, Washington, Colorado, Wyoming, the Middle East, Ivory Coast, Ireland, Greece and Italy. 
  • • Pray for Bethany's health. In March Bethany began having seizures due to her stroke from last year, she also has chronic migraines, and continued back pain from a tumor removal 11 years ago. Pray for her healing and wisdom for the doctors.





 Jordan & Michelle take God’s Word to towns and villages where God's love isn't known. They plant churches that teach people to share God’s love with others.


Each week Jordan meets with pastors for fellowship, sharing in the Word, discipleship and training. They share problems and difficulties, joys and victories, and have a great time in prayer.


 Emma attended Norkenzie Christian Church for many years before moving to Washington. She now partners with A Jesus Mission, serving in Kosovo. Emma is part of a team of people who opened a coffee shop called Newborn Brew in the city of Prishtina. Through this coffee shop, Emma and her team have the opportunity to minister to the college students of the city and show them the hope of Christ.


Jacob and Rochelle are excited to serve with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) in Indonesia! As a maintenance specialist, Jacob will keep the planes in good working order for the pilots and missionaries to reach isolated people and share Christ’s love. Rochelle will continue to support Jacob and their family as a stay-at-home mom, homeschooling their boys, Wesley and Jack, as they grow. Practicing hospitality, she also hopes to connect with other moms and open their home to serve their community.


Craig and Allison have been “all in” for serving God’s call on their lives since they arrived in Ethiopia in 2005. They have opened and managed a successful medical clinic in the bush, baptized hundreds, planted dozens of churches, and much more. In a recent update the Fowlers wrote, “If we are about one thing, it is planting and growing churches in Ethiopia." 


Dan and Kristen have been joyfully serving Christ with Great Commandments Ministries (GCM) since 2004. Dan serves as the ACTS Director and oversees GCM’s weekly college outreach. Kristin is the “creative genius” behind the graphic design for Great Commandments and is also engaged in discipling women.


Blanche has over twenty-six years of ministry experience in cross-cultural ministry.  She graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Western States Chiropractic College (Portland, Oregon) and is Accredited with and a Member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.


Blanche is currently in a counseling ministry at New International and is passionate about supporting front-line workers. This includes preparing new missionaries for the field, supporting them while on the field, and then debriefing them as they come off of the field (whether they are on furlough or leaving the field).  


She is also the counselor for the New International Mobilization Department’s internship program.  This consists of preparing and sending college age students to different nations, for an eight-week summer internship. 


Lastly, Blanche helps New International complete Personal Life Inventories for persons interested in affiliating with New International. This helps ensure that New Interational will be a good fit for the potential affiliate. 


Gary and Cindy are founders of the Christian Dominican Medical Mission (CDMM). They have been living and serving in the Dominican Republic since 1991. With the help from the rest of their team, including Donny and Hanah Klein, and Benji and Sara (Klein) Harkey, they have grown to a network of nearly 20 churches. CDMM reaches people who don’t know Christ by several different ministries that include youth and children’s programs, prison ministry, medical care, church planting, and Bible studies.


John & Sonya have been on staff with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) for over 25 years. While they were working with Cru at the University of Oregon in the 90’s, they found their church home at Norkenzie.


John gives national leadership to Cru’s internship program. The internship program is a one year full time job with Cru where the intern is embedded on a local team. During that year they are exposed to hands on opportunities in personal evangelism and discipleship, leading small groups, launching ministries and an international missions experience giving them a chance to explore if God is calling them to full time ministry. 


Sonya is one of the team leaders for the Cru team in the Portland Metro Area. This team has a scope of 100,000 college students on 26 campuses and 168,000 high school students. The ministry is continually growing as it empowers students, faculty, local volunteers and pastors to help students be known and come to know Jesus, grow in their relationship with God and go and do the same with others. 

S & K are serving with Pioneer Bible Translators. They moved overseas in August of 2022 and live in a remote location. Over the course of their ministry, S & K want to see a completed written Bible in the hands of the local church.


Dan and Jan have been serving in the ministry of International Students, Inc. (ISI) since 1986, twenty five of those years were in Eugene on the University of Oregon campus. The Smiths have always enjoyed meeting people from different countries and cultures. Between them they have visited, worked and studied in 42 different countries. As a result, God has given them a love and a burden for world missions. Through ISI they have been sharing Christ with students from many of those 42 countries and a lot of others as well.


Jeff and Val have served the Lord together in Germany, Romania and the United States. They co-founded Great Commandments Ministries in 1997 and started ACTS in 2004.


Jeff and Val are called to fulfill the Great Commission through the discipleship of young adults. Most of their married life has been dedicated to this pursuit and they remain passionate in their desire to see young people grow deep roots in Christ. Val directs the hospitality ministry at GCM, serves as a mentor to the women on the ministry team at home and abroad and disciples young women. Jeff serves as Executive Director of GCM overseeing the staff and stewarding the direction of varied ministries under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.