As a freshman in college, Cash first volunteered at a small rescue mission in downtown Seattle and has been serving in full time mission work ever since. Both overseas and in the inner-city of the U.S., Cash has been walking alongside the hurting and the broken for 32 years – sharing the Good News of the Gospel while reaching out to those whose lives are defined by pain and problems.
Cash and his wife Lisa have four children and reside in Redmond, Oregon. The Lowe family have, at various times, lived in Africa as missionaries – most recently returning in 2003 from a two and a half year term in Botswana.
Cash is a graduate of Puget Sound Christian College and went on to receive his Masters in Ministry from Hope International University. The Lowe family raise support in order to serve with the poor of this world full time.
In answer to the question: “Cash, how did you get started in this work?” I would have to begin my answer with a year, 1979.
My freshman year in Bible College I was immediately befriended by an upper-classman 10 years older than me. We played together on the school’s basketball team. Within a month, Bob was dragging me into downtown Seattle where he worked at a small Rescue Mission. Wow! Here I am, an 18-year-old kid from Tinytown, USA, wide-eyed at the skyscrapers, the Space Needle, and all the people. Bob keeps asking me to help in the kitchen, help clean up, speak in chapel, stack the chairs, mop floors . . . I didn’t know any better – I just kept saying; ‘Okay.’
I still remember the first time I stood before a room full of “Street People.” Mostly men. A few women. The strong smells. The dampness of Seattle in the lungs and the coughing, coughing, coughing, the clearing of throats, the few who blatantly settled in for naps, their snores accompaniment to the message I had nervously prepared and was now nervously delivering.
One night after cleanup, Bob says, “Come on Cash, check this out.” We crawl down through a trap door to the old burnt out city of Seattle that sits underneath the present-day city. It is creepy, dark and dirty, and really cool if you are an 18-year-old kid and all of life is an adventure. Here I am, 31 years later still living in the adventure of it all – poking around inner-city Rescue Missions and walking alongside people through the wreckage of life towards hope and healing in Christ Jesus.
Training at Rescue Missions / Recovery Centers; providing counseling for individuals who are struggling with addictions, abuse, abandonment, etc; preaching; teaching – The uniting focus that drives all that we do as a missionaries is evangelism (seeking and saving the lost), and, nurture (walking alongside of others towards maturity in Christ).
When a person comes to me for help because of long-term addiction and they end up accepting Christ as their Savior, that is the best!
Sharing with people the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus is what being a missionary is all about. THAT is the focus of my life for the past 25 years. That is what took our family to Africa to preach the Gospel and it is the same mission that has me diving into inner-city mission work yet again.
That others may know.
Thank you for partnering with us as we minister and take the Gospel to the homeless and the hurting in our society. We need your prayers and your financial support to continue laboring in this mission field.