Well, 2015 is officially in the books! It’s been a challenging year in many ways as we started out with Jen being in the hospital for a week. But God is good and we’ve been blessed in many ways. Jen has been slowly improving since her condition was stabilized in February and there are many fun memories to revisit – from the boys starting high school and excelling at Cross Country, to getting our first family pet, the boys flying on a plane by themselves for the first time, to seeing friends & family members we hadn’t seen in a while.
Here’s a 2 minute video glimpse of 2015 for the Lowe Family. Have a Happy New Year and here’s to hoping for a blessed 2016!
A Year of Transitions and Graduations
It’s been said that the one thing that is constant in life is change. 2013 proved to be a year of transitions for us. Some were expected and others were quite unexpected.
One of the expected transitions we experienced this year was Jacob and Joshua graduating from elementary school to bona fide junior highers. It’s amazing to think about the growth and development of our twin boys, who are truly a gift from the Lord. We are so proud of the young men they are becoming. They excelled academically in grade school and have transitioned well to junior high. Even though the amount of home work has increased dramatically, they’ve persevered and continued to excel in all of their coursework.
Left: Joshua (left) and Jacob at 5 years old. Middle: Joshua (left) and Jacob entering the school yard for the very first time. Right: Joshua (left) and Jacob at 12 years old.
Jacob and Joshua continue to develop spiritually as well. A highlight for us was when the boys decided in October that they wanted to get baptized. See my November 13th post on lowedown.com to read more.
An unplanned transition for us occurred over the summer when we officially “graduated” from the mini-van stage as a family. After 12 years of faithful service, we decided it was time to retire our mini-van. An interesting factoid is that we sold our mini-van to Michael Jordan. No, not THE Michael Jordan, but a guy like the one in this funny SportsCenter video:
Left: our old ride we sold to Michael Jordan! Right: Our new ride!
Our hope was to raise enough money to purchase a new vehicle outright. While we fell short of that goal, the Lord did provide for a down payment on a reliable used vehicle that we hope will serve our family for many years to come. Thanks to those of you whose contributions helped to provide a newer vehicle for us. We are grateful for how the Lord constantly takes care of our needs.
Finally, we experienced an unexpected transition when, after 25 years of working with the Campus Ministry of Cru, we transitioned to a new ministry and new endeavor with Cru City. We’ll be working to establish a ministry among Millennials, those who are 18-30 years old in our culture and who have been described as the least churched group within our society. I guess you could say that we’ve finally graduated from working with college students to ministering to those in the post-college age group. I guess we’re all growing up! You can read more about our transition to Cru City by visiting our website and reading our October newsletter.
Thank you for praying for us and partnering with us through all of the transitions life brings. We are excited to see what 2014 brings!
Click here to read the pdf version of the Lowedown.
Check out this video from our ministry at ASU. Great footage and scenery. It gives a glimpse into the typical student whom we are trying to reach for Christ. Enjoy!
Under The Sun from ASU CRU on Vimeo.
Each year, at our National Leadership Conference, we pause to acknowledge God’s faithfulness in bringing more students and faculty into his kingdom! Check out this video, which celebrates the good things He has done in 2011 through the campus ministry of Cru.
Visited Chico State last week. Check out this cool video their students produced while I was there where they share a little bit about Destino at Chico State.
A few weeks ago, Latino students from all over the PSW region came to Los Angeles for a weekend retreat. Here is a short video that our students put together to share more about DESTINO!
Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to speak at the Fall Retreat for our San Diego Campus ministries. I do a series of talks based on Jesus’ invitations in the gospels to “Follow Me!”
Check out this brief highlight video of the weekend. I’m not prominent but if you look closely, you’ll see me make an appearance!
This weekend, our family will be in the San Bernardino mountains as Jen and I will be speaking at the Fall Retreat for my alma mater, Cal Poly Pomona. Please pray for us.
Last weekend, many of our Southern California Epic and Destino ministries converged in the mountains outside of Los Angeles for a joint Fall Retreat. About 130 students came. Students from our new Destino movement at Chico State drove 7 hours to connect with other students from Destino at Long Beach, USC, Fullerton, UCLA and even Arizona State! Check out this short video they produced to share a glimpse of their weekend:
Check out this link for a cool flash presentation on the impact Campus Crusade’s Campus ministry is having around the world. This was shown to all of the national leaders back in February and to all of our staff over the summer. There’s a bit of inside language (the infamous Crusade acronyms) but you should be able to get a glimpse of what God has been doing.
Check out this Ministry Video which explains the PSW – the region that Jen and I help to give leadership to…