Steve Strauss's Journal
Written Dec 6, 2013 3:41pm by Marcia StraussI've had a few people ask about updating Caringbridge. I have moved my updates to www.marciastrauss.blogspot.com You can sign up for notice of new posts at the bottom of the page where it says, "Follow by Email."
Thanks and have a very blessed holiday season!
My bags are packed, I'm ready to go...well almost.
Written Oct 29, 2013 10:42pm by Marcia StraussI have a few things to tidy up, but I'm in good shape for hopping continents tomorrow - Dallas>Frankfurt>Cairo>Addis Ababa, door to door about a 31 hour journey. As I read through your notes, I feel so blessed. Your comforting words and assurance of prayers replace the apprehension with expectation of God's goodness in these coming weeks.
I'm very hesitant to do this, but since this site is intended for those in health crisis, and since Steve is now healthier than he has ever been, I feel it is time to make this my final entry. BUT for those willing (and curious to see how God will lead in these coming months), I will continue to give updates on www.marciastrauss.blogspot.com I've written my first entry about one of the tough "firsts" I walked through on Sunday. You can receive automatic updates when I write a new post by submitting your email in the box on the left, lower side of the page.
When I look over these last 18 months, I awe at God's moving to raise up a community of prayer warriors such as you to walk with us. Your gift of love to us/me as the Body of Christ is extraordinary.
I met with a small group of staff and professors at the seminary this afternoon for prayer. They prayed for me, but the primary focus of our gathering was to ask God's blessing on a scholarship endowment fund newly expanded as a tribute to Steve with the desire to see men and women trained for missions. I include the letter from the seminary below.
Thank you again. With a very grateful heart, Marcia
Letter from the DTS Foundation:
On June 11, 2013, Dr. Stephen John Strauss went to be with the Lord. He had faithfully served the Lord as Professor and Chairman of the World Missions and Intercultural Studies Department at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) for three years, as President of SIM USA for 8 years and as a missionary to Ethiopia for nineteen years. Most importantly, as a husband and father, Steve lived a life of integrity before the Lord.
Steve was from a family of Bible teachers, including his father, Dr. Richard Lehman Strauss, who was a DTS graduate in 1980 and served on the Board of Regents of the seminary. His grandfather, Dr. Lehman Strauss, was a pastor and Bible teacher on the "Radio Bible Hour" for many years. He also often spoke at churches around the country as a Bible teacher. This legacy of Bible teaching is something we do not want to forget as our seminary motto "Preach the Word" is fulfilled in all three generations of this family.
We are pleased to announce that as of this past summer, a new scholarship fund was created from a previous (1993) fund in the name of Richard L. Strauss. It is the Richard L. and Stephen J. Strauss Scholarship Fund. Many of you have already contributed to this fund as designations for DTS at Steve's memorial service. The beneficiaries are Th.M students who are in either the pastoral or missions emphases, which honor both Richard L. Strauss as a pastor and Stephen J. Strauss as a missionary. The recipients of this scholarship are selected annually by the DTS scholarship committee.
The Richard L. and Stephen J. Strauss Scholarship Fund is a permanent endowment that will have an annual reminder of these two men of faith and that "God honors those who honor Him."
Your tax deductible gift to DTS will help insure their names are remembered as "faithful unto the end." It will also help a future pastor/missionary follow in their footsteps. Thank you very much for helping DTS fulfill its mission to glorify God by equipping Godly servant-leaders for the proclamation of His Word and the building up of the body of Christ worldwide.
Stephen M. Golding
Dallas Seminary Foundation President
Heading out Soon
Written Oct 24, 2013 9:03am by Marcia StraussMy parents are with me now. They graciously drove down from Michigan and are helping me tackle projects. Mom is busy inside with me, and dad delights in crossing off items on the long list I had waiting for him of projects both inside and out. It's very encouraging and wonderful to be with them as well.
Early Wednesday morning, I leave for three weeks in Ethiopia. Though many gathered for a memorial service for Steve in Addis Ababa a few days after our service here in Dallas, I feel the need to grieve with them. I'm anticipating joy-filled reunions with many people I love, but I need your prayers. After 19 years of life and ministry there, I know it will be a soul-rending experience as well. I'm grateful for the privilege of travel (thanks to Steve's many air miles!), and I know this is both good and necessary in grieving well.
On the way home, I will stop off in Detroit to be with my parents and extended family through the Thanksgiving weekend. I'll be sending my winter coat and boots home with my parents to await my arrival! :-) Thank you for your prayers. I will post again on Tuesday before I leave.