Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate Luke's life and mourn his death with us earlier in the week. We were blown away by how far you traveled, and how you changed your plans and took time off work and school in order to come and be with us. We are grateful for your prayers, for your tears, and for your presence. We miss our boy so much, and we are lifted by the fact that so many saw Christ in his life.
We know that not everyone was able to join us at the memorial service on Wednesday. We would love to capture your memories and stories about Luke as well. At Luke's service and reception we asked those in attendance to share their favorite memories or thoughts about Luke on memory cards, which we will then bind together into permanent "guestbooks" to allow us to enjoy our memories of Luke into the future. If you would like your memory captured in these books, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a typed memory/thought about Luke and your contact information, and we will be honored to include it.
In addition, at Luke's request we have established the Luke Legacy Fund to provide affordable opportunities for kids to experience Jesus at a Young Life camp. Earlier this year Luke received a $10,000 gift to use for anything he wanted, and he decided to use it as seed money for this camp scholarship fund. Our goal is to raise $200,000 by January 1, 2018, and that money will then be invested through the Young Life Foundation (all gifts are tax deductible!) and distributed to kids who need help funding their trip to camp. The response has already been overwhelming! For more information, you can visit lukelegacyfund.com, or you can make checks payable to "Young Life" and send them to P.O. Box 818, Mason MI, 48854. We are so excited to be able to remember Luke through helping kids hear about Jesus.
Thank you for everything you have done, and continue to do, to help us honor and remember Luke.
James & Lu
(for Sam, Jay, & Luke)