Life Update!

Hey f541582_10155693938315375_3960268430173005171_nriends, I know it’s been a while, but I just wanted to share with you all of the amazing things God is doing recently.

First, and most exciting, I got married on June 20th to Rachel! She is so wonderful and amazing. I’m so blessed to call her my wife! It was a beautiful wedding. I could not have asked God for a more wonderful person to marry and enjoy. We had fun with our family and friends that came and celebrated with us. Then we went to Napa for our honeymoon to enjoy time away from all the busyness of life.

I am continuing to raise support for Youth For Christ to start in September at Grant High School here in Portland. I have raised 38% of the needed support. Every week I send out a prayer and ministry update. If you would like to join the list please send me your name and email to so I can add you. If you would like to learn how to become a supporter you can also email me and we can set up a time to get together and talk about the exciting ministry opportunity to share Jesus with students. We are going to summer camp in August!

This last weekend we went to the Washington coast to visit my family and celebrate Independence Day. We certainly love the beach and are thankful for family and friends we got to see. We are also continually praying for God to move in our nation so that people will know his grace and truth.

I hope you have had a great summer so far!

God Bless!

Taking the Time To Care

As I am working towards raising support to become a full-time youth missionary with Youth For Christ I am experiencing a lot of growing pains with the Lord and having patience in the time it is taking to raise support. In the four months since I have been raising money I have earned about 20% of my total ministry costs (my ministry budget is $42,000). Since building relationships with teenagers takes time, it will be very important for me to take the time to care and support the kids in the community I will be working with in Northeast Portland. I will do this through being a helping hand at Grant High School, running YFC club and Bible studies during different evenings of the week, and partnering with local churches and organizations to show the love of Christ in word and deed. Currently, I work a full-time job and it is difficult not being able to completely focus on the mission field that I believe the Lord is calling me to: teenagers in Portland. My goal is to be fully supported and begin working at Grant High School this September. It is a very ambitious goal, but I know with the support of my friends that it is attainable. Every little bit counts (anything from $5-$100) as a monthly or one-time gift. If you would like I can send you a support letter if you send me your address at my email: – or you can donate online at  and use your credit card.

I know that you are all very caring people so please help me have the time to take to care and share the love of Jesus to the students and families of Grant High School!

Come Join Me in Exciting Things God is Doing!

I know it’s been a while since I have posted on the blog but I wanted to let you know what I’ve been up to. First off, I’ve started working in social work with adults with disabilities while I raise support to begin working with teenagers here in Portland through Youth For Christ (YFC). Add that on top of wedding planning with Rachel (we’re getting married June 20th!) and I feel like I have 3 jobs right now! Of course I have joys and fears about all of them, but I am so thankful for how it has stretched out my faith and love for God. I am reminded everyday that God has made us image-bearers with the capacity to show love, kindness, creativity, and celebrate! I am also reminded of the frailty, darkness, and brokenness of our sin-filled world. It makes me remember that I need to shine my light for Jesus wherever I go.

My overall plan is to begin working with YFC at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year full-time in the Grant High School area of Northeast Portland to do campus outreach and partnership work within the community to provide resources and relationships to students and families. I believe the mission of YFC resonates with God’s calling in my life so wonderfully. This month I was featured in their newsletter. Here is the link:

In order to meet this goal I need 106 more people to support me at least $30 per month. Here are a few ways that you could help me meet my goal:

1. Support me with $30 per month (do it with a friend, a church small group, or as an individual).

2. Host an informational event about YFC and invite your friends to hear about our ministry.

3. Help connect us with your church to share about the outreach I will be doing here in Portland.

Please feel free to contact me through email at:

You can also find me on Twitter at @AndrewKruse3 or @reachingyouth

Where are you “GO”-ing?

This week I get the opportunity to share a message from Matthew 28 to a youth group full of high schoolers and middle schoolers who are, like many students their age, trying to understand difficult areas of life and faith. One of those aspects is sharing faith with friends. I am excited because I’m not simply going to give them the “answers” or the best methods. I am going to encourage them to try being Christ-like examples in the way they talk, act, and think towards others. I get to share an important part of God’s story, Jesus’ great commission, as well as share how God has impacted my story with “GO”-ing and can impact their story as they are “GO”-ing as well.

Now at this point you might ask, “Where are you going Andrew?” Well I have written this blog to inform you! Currently I am raising support to begin ministering to students in inner Northeast Portland with Youth For Christ. I am so excited for this opportunity. Here is a video to explain part of what I’m doing:

My goal so that I can begin ministering to students in this area could be met if 117 people gave a tax-deductible gift of $30 per month (or you could support me with a group of people in your neighborhood or church).

You see, we all have a responsibility to “GO” for Christ- into our workplaces, schools, and really any interaction with another human being made in the image of God. Nobody is perfect at this, but if you choose to partner with me I hope that we can build a relationship of prayer and encouragement together and in our communities to lift Jesus up higher! If you are interested in this opportunity please contact me at so that I can get you on my prayer and support team list. Thank you so much!

New Year’s Resolutions

Hey everyone I hope that 2015 has been good so far! I know I have enjoyed it! I just wanted to update you and let you know that I am starting a Tumblr account titled “Everyday Ad-Missions” as a way to keep you all updated about the story that God is unraveling in my life with Rachel and the ministry opportunities I have with Youth For Christ in Portland.

The way I came up with the blog title “Everyday Ad-Missions” is thinking about how everyday God gives us opportunities to act on our awareness of his presence and be a part of his mission to proclaim and demonstrate the beauty and wonder that is the kingdom of God as believers in Christ. This blog is to be more of a journal and collection of experiences rather than a website focused on ministry practice, book reviews, and forms of cultural engagement like Reaching Youth is. I will continue using this blog for those purposes, so please continue to read when there are new posts available.

One of my New Years resolutions is to become a better story teller and share them in a way that is honest, positive, and real. The reason that I want to do this is because as I have learned in this last year, community development starts with collecting stories. Those stories can be the base of unleashing dreams, hope, and passion so that people can use innovative and creative in the ways that they build relationships, work towards the common good, and share the joys and pains that we all share as human-beings. I hope by sharing my stories more often and more intentionally that you can know how to pray for me and ways for you to continue your encouragement and support in my life. Thank you for taking the time to read, and feel free to subscribe or favorite my Tumblr!

My brother Bryce and I at Powell's Books on New Years Day!

My brother Bryce and I at Powell’s Books on New Years Day!

Some of my favorite blogs to write in 2014

Every year I try to pick some of my favorite blogs I wrote. I also encourage you to take time to click on one to read that you think sounds interesting. The themes that I felt increasingly compelled by this year were Justice, Evangelism, Worship, the issue of Fatherlessness and the role of Father-figures, and Ministry Leadership. Please leave comments and let me know what your thoughts are on these blogs!


My Dad and I at The Justice Conference 2014- sharing Jesus and justice.

My Dad and I at The Justice Conference 2014- sharing Jesus and justice.

The Justice Conference 2014 Day 1 review

My Response to Recent Events #Ferguson #ericgarner #BlackLives Matter

Yesterday on my Facebook page I shared this status:

Have you ever read MLK’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail? I read in his own words a call and rebuke of white Christian people/pastors who agree the injustice is wrong and do nothing, or worse- they deny injustice has happened. In 40 years from now I don’t want to be remembered for inaction when solidarity, reconciliation, and systemic change were needed. Please join me in praying for how to sensitively and redemptively think, speak, and act in these pivotal moments that our nation needs to deal with. ‪#‎wearepreciousinhissight‬‪ #‎blacklivesmatter‬ ‪#‎reconciliation‬‪ #‎justicematters‬

I truly believe that the gospel has relevance and power when we as the body of Christ unite together to impact the world for Christ through how we treat and allow treatment of others. We have to stop using the vocabulary of “those people there”…we are they, they are us- all human, all made in God’s image, and all precious to the Lord.

There is something wrong with our justice system when it does not function the way it should, when people with power and influence practice it inappropriately, and when people with power and influence choose not to exercise any voice and action to possibly bring about changes. I have never experienced the realities that many African-American peers and neighbors have, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t exist. I have sat and listened to African-Americans as they share the fears and frustrations they have felt and experienced. I want to keep lifting up our African-American brothers and sisters in Christ and learn how to be a part of a constructive process to bring systemic change, while impacting hearts with the love, grace, truth, and reconciling power that Jesus Christ has given us a ministry of.

Jesus cares about every life and the impact of injustice in our nation and in the world. I am thankful that he asks us to embody his desires for justice and redemptive solutions now as much as possible and  that he promises perfection as part of his future kingdom he will bring on earth. Live in the tension, embrace the other, and bring the hope you have found in Christ to life through your words and actions.

(One big side note: if you haven’t read “Letter From Birmingham Jail” here is a link where you can read it…

Book Review: The Son Who Chases The Father

My good friend, Joshua Zarzana, just published his first book entitled, “The Son Who Chases the Father.” Let me begin by telling you what I love about this book. I’ll choose three points because there are so many things that I could say about the content and character behind this book.

First, I love how honest Josh is in this book about himself, his family, and his continuing need for being a son who chases after his heavenly Father. He makes it clear that his story doesn’t end with all smiles and happiness, but that it ends with more hope and more joy than it began with. The bad and good examples of his Father and men around him have done a lot to shape his spiritual, relational, and emotional development as a man. Josh’s desire throughout the book is to motivate men to become the child of God that we are called to be and an example to younger men to follow after God. He doesn’t take the role of expert on these issues, rather he takes the role as a fellow traveler and pastoral messenger.

Second, he combines the topics of value/faith development, family systems, and biblical wisdom to develop theological principles such as God’s love, confessing our sins, and the changing power of grace through narrative. The writer’s craft that Josh uses to weave and connect with the audience to reflect on their own life is inspiring, thought-provoking, and well done. I finished every chapter excited for the next one. The challenge at the end of the book to chase after God purposefully and to be a positive influence for the faith development of others was good. He writes, “So this is where my book ends, and where you choose how the rest of your book will go. I hope that both of our final chapters of life will end up in the same place, in the Father’s loving embrace.”

Third, is the timeliness of this book. I believe that challenging cultural mores and norms about what definitions of “family” are is an important topic. Families without a mother or a father is not what God desires for children. He wants whole families. Issues like divorce, fatherlessness, and family stability are all things that pastors and Christian leaders need to be passionate about giving a gracious and biblical response to. If you go to the website for the book ( you can click on devotions, leave comments, and watch videos.

I really think that every man and Christian leader should read this book to ignite more of a passion for being transformed by Christ and sharing life together to see others grow in the grace and truth of the gospel!

Leadership and Listening to God

Children’s Pastor Jim Wideman wrote, in his book “Children’s Ministry Leadership” (Group, 2003), that “Leadership in ministry is all about influencing others to reach the next level in their spiritual growth and their God-given skills. It’s helping others develop, coaching them to become what God wants them to be” (14). According to Wideman, this type of leadership begins with the growth of a person’s character by their dependence and obedience to God. I would agree. I believe that this last year of my own ministry has been growing me to increase my personal commitment to be a man of integrity based on the principles in God’s word so that I can really continue being about God’s business- to love him, to love others, and have a right perspective of who I am to him- on a daily basis. This is very difficult though. As a bivocational children’s pastor I find my time, passion, and skills divided into making time and energy to do other jobs just to afford the basic things, and then I praise God for whatever is left over.

What does this have to do with leadership and relying on God? Everything! The motivation that I have to lead isn’t coming from what I can get from the people I serve or the people I serve with. The motivation has to be based on the love of God and relying on his Spirit to direct us, and then obeying that direction through fellowship with believers and opening God’s word to discern his good and perfect will. This last weekend I went to a retreat with some friends from Multnomah that allowed me to have some space to just go and read my Bible on the beach and reflect. I read through the first 5 chapters of 2nd Corinthians. Three things that I was reminded by meditating on these passages were this:

– My confidence and competence to be a minister of the gospel comes from God. God has enabled me with the gifts, passion, and opportunity in this season of my life to be a children’s pastor at Glenfair Church. God will lead, guide, and direct me if I let him…and I want to let him!

– I must daily die to my selfishness and be daily renewed by the reality of the life, death, and resurrection of Christ that I proclaim in word and deed.

– Christ’s love compels me and controls me in how I work as an ambassador of reconciliation. I truly desire to see people know the grace and truth of Jesus Christ in their lives. I truly desire to see God use my ministry and church to be messengers of God’s holistic healing, redemption, and coming Kingdom.

In summary, I have been reminded that God has put the pastoral heart in me to do more than just teaching, but to put energy into relational discipleship and evangelism based on listening to God in his word, and discerning how to use every moment as an opportunity to the truth and grace of Jesus in all my spheres of influence to help others reach reconciliation with God and growth in the joy of the Lord.

How have you allowed God’s word to shape you to lead others spiritually?

What character qualities do you need God’s help to develop more of?

Why I love my Church

28-DSC_5994This last weekend I was at a wedding of one of my really good friends. It was so great to see how God has used this couple’s passion for the Lord and his bride, the church, to launch them into a lifetime of being united and committed in marriage. One thing that was said during a toast at the reception is that my friend Ben shows a clear love for the church, even in a time when it is trendy, perhaps even cool to dis the church.  It made me realize that sometimes I might come off as awfully critical of the church and other Christians when my primary job should be to love it. From now on I want to work harder at having a motivation of love and desire for spiritual maturity of myself and others when or if I do criticize the church. So I decided to dedicate this post to share with others what I love about my church: Glenfair Church.

1. People are genuinely loving and care for others:

even if its a persons first time you can’t come away without being greeted and given a smile. The people at my church want to invite people to come gather to grow and scatter to show with Christ being the focus.

2. People’s lives are being changed by Jesus:

it is obvious to me that many people and families are being changed by the message and love of Jesus in their lives. I look on the stage and see the worship team leading us to Jesus and being humble. Our lead pastor, Kevin, is dedicated to sharing God’s word, what it means for our lives, and counseling many people throughout the week. When peoples lives are being changed by Jesus it can be difficult, but it is so beautiful to see the “new creations” (2 Cor. 5:18) that God is making us all to be together in Christ.

3. The neighborhood is invited:

each Sunday and Wednesday it is so exciting to see that our neighbors are coming to church. Whether its to bring their kids to our Sunday or Wednesday program, get into a Bible study, or eat with us at a community dinner once a month. I think that we have tried really hard, from what I’ve seen in my one year here, to make people feel welcome and invited whenever the doors are open. We also have a community garden that has been fun to plant in and try to get to know people who are working in it.

4. There are dedicated people who lead by example:

some of the older men and women who volunteer their time, resources, and energy to the people and the church building are so inspiring. Their generosity and skills are needed so much because I know that costs and upkeep can be spendy in this economy. I pray that God would help younger adults (like me) to see and practice their example in order to be the type of “living sacrifice” (Rom. 12:1-2) that is informed and activated by God’s word.

5. Kids are being connected to God’s word and real relationships:

I might be a little biased as the children’s pastor, but I really have seen changes in the words, attitudes, and actions of many of the kids that we serve every week. Kids have learned Bible stories, but they have also learned that life is really all about doing God’s business- loving God, loving others, and loving themselves in the right way (explained as having a right perspective of who they are to God). I pray that God would use each of the ministry leaders and I to see kid’s lives and families changed by the Gospel.

While this isn’t a huge list, it is the start of thankfulness and humility on my part to remember and be comforted by the church that Christ is making us to be. I am so thankful for the Glenfair Church family and how they have encouraged and supported me over this last year of big transitions and changes. I know that will be the case as long as the Lord calls me here.

What do you love about your church?