New York City Millennials connected to Cru are some of our best recruiters to getting others connected to life-changing relationships. This was definitely the case with Naicheng (pronounced Ny-Cheng) . Naicheng met Kenya at their church and quickly realized that Kenya was in need of more intentional Christian community. Kenya was born and raised in Japan in a family and culture that did not talk about God, or even mention Jesus. Kenya came to the United States for college and there became a Christian.
When Naicheng introduced Kenya to me, I could tell that God was up to something. Kenya was a man who knew God personally, but was so longing for discipleship and community. He wanted to know more of what it meant to walk with Christ each day, and to join in with God’s mission of connecting disconnected Millennials in the city. Kenya is connected to so many non-believers through softball and sports, but wanted to be empowered to reach out to them with the gospel.
Kenya joined my Leadership Development Group as a way to get connected to community and grow in his faith. It’s been so exciting to see Kenya grow in vulnerability and take steps of faith. Kenya is taking the initiative with non-believing co-workers and is getting involved in evangelism and discipleship. This is so encouraging because as we have seen Kenya move from a new believer, to one who is seeking to live an invested life for Christ. Imagine how God can continue to use Kenya in the field of accounting, in his secular Buddhist Japanese family, with his Japanese co-workers and in the lives of his softball friends. Kenya is just one example of what the Lord is doing all over the city in the lives of Millennials as we connect the disconnected to Jesus and His people.