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Red Wing native launches international student outreach

Red Wing native Courtney Patao and her husband, Kevin, are raising a team of prayer and financial partners for an international student outreach they started. Photo courtesy of Kevin and Courtney Patao

In the summer of 2010, Red Wing native Courtney Patao (née Havig) moved to the Middle East to reach Muslims with Cru, formerly Campus Crusade for Christ. After serving there for two years, she moved to San Jose, Calif., with hopes to return to the Middle East after a year. Her staff team introduced her to Kevin Patao, a multilingual Cru volunteer, and encouraged them to launch an international student outreach. Within a month, they had over 30 students at a Thanksgiving event.

Kevin and Courtney realized shortly thereafter that with their unique experiences, God wasn't calling them overseas, but calling them to marriage and joint missionary service to these potential world leaders. Kevin and Courtney are currently raising a team of prayer and financial partners. Donation information can be found at