OWENSBORO, Ky. (8/1/13) -- Cheryl Kreke began her leadership for Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) in her freshman year of college at Eastern Kentucky University. Not only did she make her closest friendships, but she also found it was good for her spiritual growth.

All throughout her college years, she was challenged to lead teams of girls in bible studies, and weekly music meetings and she loved playing the violin while serving Jesus Christ. In 2010, she went to Milwaukee, WI for eight weeks to serve God and the poor in the inner-city. The trip gave her real insight on what life is like in a diverse community; she learned the lingo, about poverty, and more.
 
“I found what it really looked like to walk with the Holy Spirit,” Kreke said.
 
 After she graduated from EKU, Kreke wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her psychology degree; she wasn’t sure she was ready for the work force or a graduate program. An internship with Cru, “Here’s Life Inner City”, sparked her attention when she realized she could go back to Milwaukee to help serve those she helped before.
 
Kreke became very close with sisters who were 15 and 16 years-old and were part of a family of 13 children. She was excited to be part of their lives and get them excited about their futures. She would “walk beside them”, helping them make decisions for college and careers.
 
Last summer, Kreke earned the amount it took to send her to Milwaukee for the second time through family, friends, church members, and local Owensboro residents. She said that people with less money tended to give more as a “matter of heart”.
 
“It‘s really cool to have people interested in wanting to give,” Kreke said.
 
12 percent of the money raised goes administration costs and 88 percent goes to personal costs like living expenses. The funds make it easier for her to reach out to other young girls, funds bible studies that Kreke leads, and helps local churches and outreaches for the community to find Jesus.
 
Kreke is now raising money to go to Milwaukee for a third trip for Sept. 2013 to July 2014.
 
“It’s hard to be back here when I know there’s so much to do back there,” Kreke said.
 
If you would like to help Kreke in her crusade to Milwaukee, you can give gifts at www.give.cru.org and use her account number: 0660177.
 
“Prayers would also be appreciated,” said Kreke.
 
Kreke is the daughter of Kathleen Kreke and Mike Kreke.
 
Taylor Riley
SurfKY News
Photos provided by Cheryl Kreke
e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Posted on 2/2/14
3/13 - 16
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

May 22, 2015 7477

Madisonville Man Charged with First-Degree Rape

by SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 7154

Missing 5-Year-Old Boy Found

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
May 20, 2015 3590

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park Holding Beach…

by Gil Lawson
May 21, 2015 3360

Police Charge Madisonville Man with Harassing…

by SurfKY News
May 25, 2015 3292

Can Sunscreen Save Your Life?

by Melissa Patrick

Most Read This Month

May 15, 2015 10768

New Madisonville Business In Full Operation Soon

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 15, 2015 7574

Investigation of Local Barber Shop Leads to Drug…

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

May 25, 2015 3292

Can Sunscreen Save Your Life?

by Melissa Patrick
May 25, 2015 2220

Hopkins Man Injured in Muhlenberg Motorcycle…

by SurfKY News
May 25, 2015 1882

UPDATE - MPD Seeks Three in Residential Robbery

by SurfKY News
May 26, 2015 1876

Large Necklace on Rearview Mirror Lands Driver in…

by SurfKY News
May 26, 2015 1846

Mandarin House Gearing Up to Open Soon

by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
May 26, 2015 1619

Governor Announces Hopkins County as Kentucky…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
May 25, 2015 1227

Seniors Celebrate with Cook-out, Games, Fellowship

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 25, 2015 1204

Damascus Road House Leads Young People to Christ

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 26, 2015 1017

Veterans Honor Veterans

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 25, 2015 1011

Muhlenberg District Court Fines Handed Down

by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News