Dear Partners, September 2013
Summer is here and gone, with just a hint of Fall revealing the changing colors of the leaves along with the cooler nights.
With the world around us in constant flux, isn’t it comforting to know that our God is changeless….”the same today, yesterday and forever!” (Hebrews 13:8).
Some things just never change—- in June we travel to Pennsylvania to work in the GAiN Distribution Center–in July we usually attend our CRU Staff Conference in Ft. Collins, Colorado, at Colorado State University with some 5500-6000 staff. We joined Cru in 1969 and have served 25 years as full time staff. We celebrated this milestone along with other staff who would be nearing their 30th, some 40th and still others, their 50th year of service with Cru!
A “First” event for the conference was a smaller Legacy conference of some 230 staff who are over 65 years of age. Cru upholds & affirms those in that age group who are well seasoned in their ministries. Encouragement was given to continue on to climb the “summit” to spiritual maturity specializing in the work that God has called us while accepting our aging physical limitations. Many other older staff are mentoring younger staff with their knowledge & expertise. No experienced older staff is considered dispensable!
Vonette Bright, wife of founding, former president of Cru, Dr. Bill Bright, was present at the conference. This July marked the 10th anniversary of Dr. Bill Bright’s home-going to Heaven. Dr. Steve Douglas and wife, Judy, current president, gave affirmations to us older staff to stay with the program and use the ministry giftedness that God had build into us over the years.
Steve’s main message to the larger staff was the essential role of the Holy Spirit from Ephesians 5:18 encouraging us to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit, always submitting to the Word of God and living in obedience to Him. No ministry is fruitfully sustained if the Holy Spirit is not empowering the submitting, obedient believer.
August is usually our vacation month. It proved to be a rather fun, family/friend-filled month. We celebrated our 50th anniversary with our family and friends making unforgettable memories. Yes, and 50 years have passed since ever so quickly since the commitment we made to each other before God, family. and guests in a church in Lansing, MI. And He is the One who has cemented that covenant marriage giving us the power to say “I am sorry. Please forgive me. I love you.” or just forgiving without hearing an apology! Those three sentences are the glue that holds a marriage together.
Also in August we had more fun showing some of our international students the beautiful Upper Peninsula, seeing Tahquamenon Falls, White Fish Point, looking out at the massive Lake Superior, and the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Along with seeing outstanding sights, we enjoyed some fishing but catching only non-keeper.
Our work with Global Aid Network will not change. Sometimes our goals change but giving Help & Hope, coupled with the Gospel, to the needy across the world is always our prime focus with GAiN. We are targeting 5 countries; South Africa, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Zambia and Kenya.
Internationals are still on our priority ministry list— it will not change! As long as there are visiting scholars, graduate students or post-doc internationals who want to learn English, and many who want to learn God, the Bible, and how they can have a personal relationship with Him, we are available! Our greatest desire is to reflect the life of Christ to those who come our way from many different Nations through the university.
We have them “sitting at our store step” looking for academic excellence and meaningful relationships. Some are very interested in knowing about the Bible and what are its teachings.
Thank you for your partnership with us. Remember to print this for others to read.
Frank & Ruth Luter