Jesus in New York City

(Vicky Samaritano is a Graystone-supported missionary who serves with Campus Crusade in New York City.)

I became a Christian as a freshman at the University of West Georgia through the ministry of Campus Outreach. Campus Outreach is a ministry similar to Campus Crusade with a focus on sharing the Gospel and discipleship. During my time in school I received vital training in how to study God’s Word, share my faith and disciple others.  I also was equipped through experiences such as serving as a student leader on my campus, going overseas and discipling others.

This led me to catch a vision for investing in the lives of college students. I came on staff with Campus Outreach in 1994 and helped pioneer campus ministries in both Tennessee and Kentucky. From there, I was invited to Birmingham, AL to do staff training and coaching for campus staff moving overseas. After ten years of serving with CO, I heard a sermon given by my pastor that challenged me to, in his words, "Go to the citadels of the world!" Since I was born in New York and my entire family lives here, I felt like I was coming home.

I moved to New York in 2004 and have worked on campuses around the city (including Wagner College, St Joe’s College and Dowling College). I currently invest in students at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College too.

Ashley's Story:
(Ashley transferred from UC Berkley to Sarah Lawrence College this year. She came to Christ last semester and recently wrote these words about God’s work in her life:)

“For many years, I harbored a heavy negativity towards Christianity, and it was not until last October, after many long nights and discussions with friends from Cru, that I fully accepted and ultimately embraced Jesus as my Savior. Even so, I still struggled with the fear and anxiety of discussing my faith with others – I dismissed evangelism as a burden; however, through much prayer and after witnessing respectful approaches to spreading His good news, God has spoken courage into my heart. Never before have I felt so convicted and enthusiastic to share Jesus – the God of the broken – with my friends and others. Although only He can soften hearts, I have been continually praying that He would use me for His glory, as every conversation is an opportunity.”

Spring Break Event
For two weeks in March, we had 140 students come from schools in the southeast to do ministry with us on campuses around the city. During the course of that two weeks, 200+ gospel conversations took place!

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