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INTENSE. With the end of summer and the beginning of fall upon us, it’s
inevitable as we connect with different people to ask each other how the
summer was. For us, the word we inevitably go to when describing our
summer is intense. Taking seminary intensive classes for four weeks, and
ending with our biennial US National Staff Conference is not for the faint at
heart. We are pleased to report that it was not just an intense summer, but
an extremely rich summer for our hearts, our vision, and our ministry as we
launch into the fall.
While studying Luke 5:1-11 for four weeks I learned ways to read, study, and
teach narratives in the Bible that will be invaluable as I continue to lead in
different ministry settings. I learned to identify the thread of the fallen
condition of man and the redemptive solution of Christ all throughout
scripture. In my Christian Worldview class, my heart was challenged and
encouraged seeing the movement of God in this post-modern, postChristian, secular age. Our Cru15 national staff conference was arguably the
best Cru conference I’ve participated in in my sixteen years on staff. We
focused on four areas we as an organization are committed to (or staying
committed to) over the next few years - evangelism, going to the world,
partnership, and ethnic diversity. The dialogue around the last one, ethnic
diversity, was an emotionally heavy time for myself and for many others.
Did you know in terms of ethnic makeup, non-Hispanic whites make up 76%
of Evangelicalism in the U.S. today (according to, while nonHispanic whites in the U.S. POPULATION make up only 63% (according to
the US Census)? In other words, Evangelicals are whiter than the U.S.
population by percentage. Meanwhile, in Cru our staff are only 7.5% ethnic
minority people in a country that is 37% people from an ethnic minority.
This reality and the inescapable stories of racial tension in the U.S. over the
past year or so created a sobering need to critically examine God’s heart
and the ethnic reality of our ministry.

Staff filling an arena as we worshipped together,
learned together, and were exhorted together

A panel shared from their experiences of injustice
as men and women of color

Learning from Dr. John Perkins - one of the
leading evangelical voices to come out of the
American civil rights movement

In my years on staff, this summer’s conversation around race, reconciliation,
and God’s heart for all peoples was the most honest, heart examining, and God honoring conversation I’ve been a part of to
date. It was challenging for many. It was encouraging for many. I truly believe that God is doing something in the hearts of us
ministry leaders. Please continue to join with us in praying that our individual hearts and our ministry would be more
reflective of God’s heart for those on the margins, those who are powerless, those who do not have a voice, those whom he
I encourage you to take some time to listen and engage in some of the content from Cru15 (

As we jump into the fall, here are three stories of how God is working through influentials that captured our hearts and
hopefully will capture yours as well. Chuck, a Harvard University graduate was quickly climbing the corporate ladder. After he
began following Christ, he was seeking practical ways to live out his Christian faith at work and was discovering how hard it
was. Our American society largely separates faith and work, and yet, God calls Christians to a spiritually integrated life. Out
of this frustration, this influential leader started an organization At Work On Purpose, and for the past 13 years has helped
countless Christian leaders around the world live integrated lives where work matters, and Christians can be at work on
God’s purposes.
Another influential leader’s heart was captured by the horrors that is the sex trafficking industry. So moved, he started an
organization in which they creatively position themselves to free women from slavery. They host runs throughout the U.S.
The money raised is used to bring the choice of freedom to the enslaved. Once freed and empowered, they have the
opportunity to be employed. The goods they make in turn can be purchased and used by each race runner. (To learn more,
go to
In the late 90’s, an influential leader noticed that giving was at an all time low. Empowered by a vision to see Christians truly
living out the biblical message of generosity, the organization Generous Giving was started. While focusing on building the
faith of givers themselves, and focusing specifically on giving and generosity rather than budgeting, saving, investing, etc,
they have seen radical shifts in the lives of Christians. In fact, the founder shared with us that after one of their retreats, a
Christian family made the radical shift of living on 90% of their income and giving 10% to living on 10% and giving away 90%!
Can you imagine the impact on this world when Christians live with this type of generosity?
Each of these stories represents an influential leader in a city who engaged their calling and sought the flourishing of their
city and the world. This is what Amber and I are doing now - engaging leaders to live out their calling for the good of their
city. Pray with us as we trust God for the influencers of Denver and beyond.
see lives changed,
Than k you for partn ering with us in h elping to

Trum an, Amber, and Hudson Lo

Last Sunday afternoon we had quite the scare. A scare that had it ended differently, would have indelibly changed us
forever. As you know, Hudson is allergic to a lengthy list of foods. According to his allergist, and his blood work, he
should only be anaphylactic to peanuts. That afternoon, he was accidentally exposed to 3 of his other allergens almonds, pecans, and dairy. Two bites. Two bites was all it took. We were able to quickly identify that he was having an
anaphylactic reaction, and we immediately administered his EpiPen. As soon as we arrived at the Level 1 trauma center
near our house, Hudson was rushed in and surrounded by doctors and nurses. They took one look at him and
immediately administered another dose of epinephrine, along with several other drugs. Many hours later we were
released and were able to bring him home. We were so incredibly thankful!
I’ve been asked a couple times since Sunday, how has this impacted me? How have I
been changed? I don’t know. As I’ve reflected, I do know that this world is not as it ought
to be. After we administered his first EpiPen, with fear and tears in his eyes, he turned to
us and said, “Thanks for saving my life.” He’s four. And he wrestles with the reality of
death. He asked me later that day, “Why didn’t Jesus take me to heaven. Then I wouldn’t
have to have allergies anymore.” You see, life on earth is not as it ought to be. We live in
the “already but not yet” - meaning the Kingdom has come but it is not FULLY realized.
God’s shalom. His wholeness. His fullness. I long for that. I long for the day when there
will be no more tears and no more pain (Rev. 21:3-5, Is 25:8). This is not only what we long
for, but this is what we are working for - trusting God that his shalom will be a little more
fully realized as we faithfully minister, love, and work towards the flourishing of the city.

All smiles leaving the ER. So
grateful for God’s grace & mercy.