Remembering Stephen Luth

In a few minutes, I will be attending the funeral for Stephen Luth, which is happening this morning in Muscatine, Iowa his hometown. Stephen was a young man we had just brought on board at Teen Mania, and I was so touched by his focus, professionalism and heart for this generation during the time I spent with him during his interview process.

I just want to share with you a little bit about this young man, and how God was working in him up to the point of his death, and even more so after. Stephen’s life, and the lives of Austin Anderson, Garrett Coble and Luke Sheets are such a wonderful testimony of the work of Christ and the cross, an example for young people just like them to live sold out for the mission.

I want to make sure everyone is aware of the opportunity to make memorials in honor of Stephen, Austin, Luke and Garrett, to continue the legacy of these young men. Please go here to see how you can honor these young men.

Below is Stephen’s obituary, and I encourage you to leave comments of prayer and support for the Luth family as they deal with the loss of their son. Please lift them up today in your prayers, and ask the Holy Spirit to comfort them and bring them peace.

Stephen Luth

Services:  Due to the overwhelming response, the funeral has been moved to Calvary Church 501 West Bypass Highway 61 #16 Muscatine, IA 52761. Near junction of Highway 61 and Highway 38.

Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery.  Online condolences:  www.wittichfuneralhome.com.

MUSCATINE, Iowa—Stephen J. Luth, 22, a former resident of Muscatine, died on Friday, May 11, 2012, in Chanute, Kan.

Reverend Al Perez and Reverend Steve Russell will officiate the service.  Casket bearers will be James Luth, Joshua Luth, Jonathan Luth, Ryan Kral, Ben Kapella, and Brendon Kapella.

Memorials may be made to the Stephen Luth Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Click Here to donate: http://stephenluthmemorial.com/

Stephen was born on August 6, 1989, in York, Penn., the son of David and Cyndi Youngblood Luth.

He graduated from Oral Roberts University on May 5, 2012.  He was on the Cheer Team at the university and also served as Chaplin for his dorm floor.  He was Captain of the Cross Country and Track Team at Muscatine High School, and was on both teams all four years.  He was part of the Nexus Program at Calvary Church where he led a small group.

He had worked for Fareway in the Meat Department.

Those left to honor his memory include his parents, David and Cyndi Luth of Muscatine; three brothers, Joshua Luth and wife, Britney, of Broken Arrow, Okla., Jonathan Luth and wife, Jennifer, of Tulsa, Okla., and James Luth of Muscatine; his paternal grandmother, Mary Luth of Davenport; his maternal grandmother, June Halkens, of Mountain Home, Ark.; his maternal grandfather, Fred Youngblood and wife, Martha, of Eagle Point, Ore.; several aunts and uncles and cousins; and a special friend, Tori Dollar.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, John Luth.