July 8, 2013
One of our Orlando coworkers, Scott Stroven, took a unique once-in-a-lifetime trip in the name of Christ in May.
Having grown up in a rural town outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan Scott Stroven worked on the farm and grew up with a love for tractors. After college God called Stroven on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ. Twenty-nine years later he is still serving with Cru with our high school ministry.
About a year and a half ago while Stroven was in his hometown, his father decided to give him an antique tractor, a 1953 Farmall Super M. His dad then proceeded to tell Scott about a man named Dave who drove a tractor through all of the lower 48 states to raise to support for world relief. His dad then said, “That’s what you need to do- use the tractor to raise funds for Cru by driving it from Michigan to Orlando.” It was then that a dream was born.
Stroven started his trip in Western Michigan starting on May 5, 2013. He drove 80-100 miles each day at a rate of 18-20MPH. Throughout his trip he met with small groups of people to cast the vision for taking part in what God is doing in the lives of college students.
Stroven’s trip was not without challenges. His wagon was rear ended in Alabama, but thankfully no one was hurt. On May 29th his brother was in a serious accident in Michigan and passed away as a result. Scott Stroven left the tractor just 50 miles from Orlando where his wife picked him up so that they could drive their car to Michigan for the funeral. He was finally able to complete the trip on June 14 and was able to celebrate all that God did with our Orlando coworkers a few days later.
We are encouraged by Stroven’s passion and creativity to serve the Lord. It was a generous gift from the Lord that He provided a way for Scott to combine both his love for ministry and tractors in such a way that He could make an impact for eternity.
ON THE HOME FRONT
As a family, we have been enjoying spending time in Ft. Collins, Colorado. We left Orlando on May 31 and will be in Colorado until July 27 serving with Cru. Every other
summer Cru holds a series of trainings, classes, and conferences in Ft. Collins. Staff arrive at different points during the summer to participate in these different aspects of training and development. Scott is serving on the Office Services team (aka office manager) for the administrative group who is helping to facilitate those events.
Andi is serving on a summer project (summer missions opportunity for college students) with about 20 other staff. We have experienced a wonderful community as well as opportunities to grow as we study the Bible, do outreaches, socials, and other ministry work.
Macey and Eden are enjoying their days at a Cru-run day camp. They are also enjoying their time spending time with all of the kids who live nearby us in the student housing where we are living. We will write more about our summer experiences in our next letter.
We are so thankful for the opportunity to spend the summer in Colorado. Our time has provided a change of pace and meaningful opportunities to work with and coach college students, taking us back to the basis of the ministry’s roots. New relationships, growth, and encouragement are a wonderful part of this experience. It amazes us that we are so blessed to call this opportunity a part of our “day job” because it rarely feels like work. We can’t thank you enough for prayers and support in the Lord’s work. Please let us know how we can pray for you.
Andi, Scott, Macey “Social Butterfly,” and Eden
“Addicted to Chocolate Milk” Mitchell
*For God to produce growth in us this summer
*For the college students on Andi’s summer project to grow in their faith this summer and for a lifetime
*For our staff conference with 4,000+ staff attending July 14-21
*For our time with Andi’s parents in Colorado in July