Cru 19 gathered staff from all across the country to be challenged and refreshed at our biennial conference. The theme was BeCause. Many sessions were steeped in times of worship and prayer, reflection, and BEing in God’s presence. This is where true transformation can happen. Unless we can BE in His presence, all efforts to better ourselves or our circumstances are futile attempts with quite limiting results. There were also honest, vulnerable talks of how every ethnicity loving one another is the beauty of the gospel. The world will know we are His by our love for one another.

How might the tensions in our culture change if we loved one another? The last night we linked arms representing a commitment to love more tangibly as we “journey together” starting within our own organization.

The CAUSE part of our conference was focused on the charge to go to every person around the globe in the love and truth of what Jesus offers.

Revelation 7:9 describes a “vast crowd, too great to count, people from every nation, every tribe, every people, and every language standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb.”

The root of reaching “every” is love. Do I love every person? Every tribe? Every tongue? Every language? Do I love Jesus? As our Cru U.S. president encouraged us to ask, “How can I BE the good news of Jesus to every person He brings into my path?

Walking with the Widowed

Compassionate staff women (left) worked diligently to offer a special lunch for those on our Cru staff bereaved of their spouses. It is always hard to lose a spouse, but imagine if you have worked side-by-side in ministry for decades yet now must carry on alone. I was invited to help this team plan this thoughtful outreach to these grieving hearts. Twenty-seven bereaved staff attended the lunch.

It was a joy to hear the energy in the room rise as I led them in a Treasured Memory exercise, one I had developed last fall in my Creative Grief Studio class. Getting to talk about your loved one is a breath of fresh air for most bereaved hearts.

Permission to Grieve – in a mourning-avoidant culture was the theme of the seminar I offered for staff. Giving people language and understanding of what is happening to them in grief was well received. Deep conversations after the class were both meaningful and heart wrenching at the same time. It is truly sacred ground to walk with wounded hearts. Thank you for your many prayers for this ministry!!!