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:

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:

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.

9 thoughts on “Remembering Stephen Luth

  1. L. Miller

    Our prayers are with you all.  God be with you.

  2. Wendy_hobbie

    May the God of all peace and comfort show you deeper insights of His care and heart for you.

  3. Raquel Avila

    my prayers continue to be with you, and your family and the families of the people that lost their lives. 

  4. Tanyaforet

    “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts…from 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17

  5. Nancyseefeldt

    Across the miles, our hearts go out to you.  When one in the body hurts, we all hurt and share in your loss,
    A sister in Christ, Lodi ,california

  6. Nancyseefeldt

    Across the miles, our hearts go out to you.  When one in the body hurts, we all hurt and share in your loss,
    A sister in Christ, Lodi ,california

  7. Nossamanj

    My granddaughter is going to ORU and knew this group of young men, our family is from
    Austin’s grandparents church, we are so sadden for your loss and want you to know our
    prayers will continue, we pray for Peace and the Covering of Father God  be upon all of the family during these trying times.  J Nossaman

  8. Sarah Carson

    Lord Jesus, I lift up the Luth family to you.  I ask that your precious Holy Spirit be with them,  guide them gently today Lord and lift the heavy burden they feel of grief.  I ask that you would wrap your everlasting arms around Cindi, David, Joshua, Britney, Jonathan, Jennifer and James. Please pour out your grace in a mighty and powerful way at this funeral Lord and I pray that you would give this family strength and courage to face this tragic event.  Carry them through today  Lord.  I ask that you would sustain them and protect them from further hurt or concerns at this time.  I ask that you would lead those around them and give them words of encouragement build their faith.  Bless them Lord and minister to each individual need of each family member.  I ask that you would help each person to understand and support each other as they may grieve or go through the stages of grief differently.  I pray that you would emulate your love through the body of Christ today and that you presence would be strong and encouraging to each person in attendance.  I ask that you would keep each person focused on the future and the knowledge that this is not the end by any means, but just the beginning of an eternity with you.  I ask that you would walk with this family through their grief, lifting the burden and loneliness they feel as they walk through the next few days and weeks.  Help them to not get stuck in any particular stage, but to be able function and not have their faith damaged.. Help  Cindi Lord as she struggles with the loss of her son.  Surround this family with ministering and warring angels to minster the love of  God to them.  I ask that you Lord would lead those close to them to call and give support as needed and that you would give them peace and reassurance of your love through the continued care of the body of Christ.  I ask that you would help them to sleep at night and that you would exchange their weakness physical and emotional with your strength.  Draw them closer to you and to each other through all of this and bathe their interactions with one another with love concern and gentleness.  I ask these things in the mighty and precious name of Jesus!!!!!

  9. Susan Brooks

    Sending love from Canada.  Our hearts hurt with your hearts for your extreme loss.  Our daughter is at HA.  Your son’s example inspires us all.  Peace, and blessings.  Richard and Susan Brooks

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