Final Call from the Founder of Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ)

VonetteIt is with a heavy heart that I report our beloved Vonette Bright’s homegoing. She died at home on December 23 due to complications from acute leukemia. We do not grieve as the world grieves, but we do experience deep sadness and will miss her so much. It is not hard for me to imagine her in the welcome embrace of her Savior and of her beloved husband.

As you know, Vonette and Bill founded this ministry on prayer and faith in God. And she has led us very well by her example and encouragement. She was always so enthusiastic and positive. Judy and I and all of us as staff around the world have been so blessed by her.

Of course, we aren’t the only ones who have been blessed by Vonette through the years. Join me in praying for Zac and Terry, Brad and Katherine, and the Bright grandchildren as they process this difficult moment in their lives.

We haven’t finalized a date for her memorial service, but we have set up a website where you can get details about that and about a memorial fund – as well as where you can share tributes to We also plan to stream her memorial service for those who cannot join us in Orlando.

Thank you for your prayers and partnership in gospel.

Yours in Christ,


Steve Douglass

P.S. If you haven’t heard her last charge to our global leaders, I encourage you to listen to this special conversation.

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