We were married in 1979, when leaves glowed with autumn colors. We have 2 adult sons, Joseph and Christopher. Christopher is married to Lauren.
For more than 40 years we have been in full-time service with Cru® (Campus Crusade for Christ®). And 16 of those years have included ministry overseas. Together with others, we help people get to know Jesus, to love and follow Him, and we encourage them to be a light for Jesus to others, through word and action.
Wherever we have served, we have seen God at work in people's lives — on the college campus, in the community, and in our local church.
Being involved in a local church is important to us, and we've done just that wherever we have lived.
SMALL GROUPS IMPORTANT
We very much like to be involved in and lead small groups. For example, this year Ruthie has been in a women's prayer group on Mondays, a women's Bible study on Wednesday mornings, and a women's group two Thursdays a month, and she has taught a Bible study on Thursday evenings. Rich has been in a weekly men's group. In addition, we are in a group with five other married couples that gets together twice a month.
Since Fall 2000, Rich has served as a copy editor for Cru, helping to maintain the high standards of written communications at our world headquarters and for the various ministry branches located around the country.
Whether in print or online, Cru helps to proclaim what God is doing in people's lives. We also help to encourage and equip multitudes.
Similar to mentoring someone in person, we let people see examples of God's work in others' lives, offer resources in how to share the good news of Jesus with others, and help them grow in their life with Christ through our stories and articles.
Contact us at rich [dot] wiewiora [at] cru.org or 407-826-2872.
Please visit http://www.cru.org . You can access Cru® Storylines, our award-winning digital publication, at http://www.cru.org/storylines
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT US
Rich has an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago; Ruthie has an undergraduate degree from Marshall University and a master's degree in theological studies from Asbury Theological Seminary. She is a Cru discipleship specialist.
Here are some highlights from the past 40-plus years of service with Cru:
* The first few years, we ministered to students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It included reaching out to international students in creative ways.
* From 1980 to 1996, we lived and worked behind the "Iron Curtain" in Poland, in Eastern Europe. Along with other Cru missionaries, we helped to establish the Cru ministry and build up local leadership.
While in Poland, besides ministering to students and lay people, Rich edited Christian literature and trained student song leaders for gatherings. Ruthie conducted English-language Bible studies for Polish students, and for South Korean and Japanese women.
In 1985, we helped found Warsaw International Church, the second such English-speaking church in the Soviet-controlled Bloc at that time.
* Since 1996 we have been based at Cru's world headquarters in Orlando, Florida. Over the years, we have done several short-term overseas mission trips—they included Ruthie helping with outreach in the Philippines, while Rich did outreach among international travelers in Spain.
IN ADDITION ...
We are involved with Walk to Emmaus in Central Florida. This movement helps to deepen the spiritual walk of Christians and develop servant leaders for the local church. Please visit http://www.AldersgateEmmaus.org
We are also involved with Residents Encounter Christ (REC) of Florida, an outreach to those in jail. Please visit http://www.recfl.org