Thursday, October 14, 2010


Dear Friends,

Dave Ohlerking said many times that if he could choose, he wanted to die in Africa. Wednesday morning at little after 3 a.m. in Johannesburg, South Africa, he went to be with the Lord. All indicators are that it was a heart attack that caused his heart to stop. Mom was at his side as he took his last breath here on Earth and opened his eyes in Heaven.

There is no question that this is a painful thing for those of us he left behind, but we know that he is in the presence of the Savior he loved so deeply and served so passionately during his 70 years. Ben and Susan and their family are with Mom now, and will be bringing her back to the USA along with Dad’s remains. Memorial service arrangements will be announced as soon as we are able to finalize them.

Mom is a rock. Full of faith and hope despite the painfulness of this temporary separation from her husband of 52 years. And as a family, the Ohlerkings are all certainly feeling the loss of our dad and husband, but we are not without hope. Dad said it all the time, “Hope’s name is JESUS.” We have felt the support of those who have prayed for us and ask you to continue to pray for peace and strength. We are so thankful and honored that through Dad, God has given us such a great heritage of hope.

Children’s Cup is strong, too. Our entire staff, leadership team, and board are fully engaged, continuing to carry out the mission God birthed in Dad and Mom’s hearts in 1992 - to go to the hard places of the world, bringing hope in Jesus’ name.

Please keep us in your prayers. We’ll be posting updated information about Memorial Service arrangements on our website at and our facebook page at - please be sure to check these sites over the next few days.

Your heart, your love, and your prayers are invaluable to us as together we continue to carry forward the vision of Children’s Cup - delivering HOPE to the children of the world.

Hope’s Name is Jesus.

The Ohlerking Family