Saturday, February 11, 2017

So Many Blessings This School Year!

Snapshots from three of our four urban Omaha campuses ...

A first 'hayride' for international students from Omaha Central High ...

S'mores, singing, and personal sharing of a 'changed-life' story ...

Weekly Lunch and Gospel Talk with Omaha Accelere students every Friday ...

A powerful half hour in the middle of an otherwise typical school day...

Maybe 40 Omaha Marrs middle school boys at this Cru after-school club, with as many girls in another room...

It can get a little crazy :)  Pray for the faithful volunteers!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Middle School Cru Movements

It has been another great fall season as middle school students have started meeting together again for another year of Cru. Most of our Cru groups are focused on high school students, but we are blessed to have two middle school groups, as well!

Our amazing Cru volunteers at Marrs Middle School in Omaha started up another school year of weekly meetings with students in mid-October. Forty (and even up to seventy) students flood into a classroom after school once each week for fun, snacks, and the opportunity to learn gospel truth and how the love of Christ can be real, personal, and life-changing. 

Some days it can be chaotic corralling them, but other days the students are really listening and absorbing truth that impacts the way they look at life. These Hispanic and Latino students are a delightful blend of sweetness, laughter, and mischief, with hearts hungry to know how to make sense of a world where things don't always make sense. 

Three Marrs teachers are our Cru volunteers who passionately work to feed that hunger with the life-giving message of the Gospel.  God has called them to this very unique opportunity which they are fully embracing. Please pray for energy, passion, and love for them as they minister to these students after a full day of teaching in their classrooms.

Middle school is such a perfect time for students to be impacted for eternity. Fort Calhoun Junior High girls get special focus at an all-girls Cru group filled with the creativity and love of two local moms and a college coed. Though a much smaller group than at Marrs Middle School, the impact on these girls is huge.

This group was created by moms years ago when their daughters at the time begged for a Cru group of their own because they saw how cool it was for the high school students who were part of high school Cru.

The momentum that was created has carried over year after year as girls from each new crop of Junior Highers want to be a apart of a group where the life of faith is shared in ways specifically molded just for them.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Cru Summer 2016

Students from Blair and Fort Calhoun high schools gathered weekly over the summer for what has come to be known as "Cru Summer". This tradition is made possible with the incredible leadership of a core team of local college students who work together to plan and lead these high school gatherings. Many of these college students were involved in Cru in high school and are anxious to rejoin the Cru high school scene when they are home for the summer. They met an extra night of the week with Jake Loftis, Andy Petersen and Abbie Farrand to plan the weekly high school gatherings.

The photos above are from the "Tournament of Champions" event on the last night of gatherings for Cru Summer 2016. The faces of these students reveal the fun, bonding, and camaraderie experienced together over the summer.  The evening concluded with a moving personal testimony from one of the college students and a challenge of commitment to walk with Christ in the upcoming school year.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Growth at Marrs Middle School

Cru after-school club at Marrs Middle School is growing every week!

More than 55 students filled the classroom at a recent meeting. It took every ounce of my (Gary's) energy to keep their attention as I shared the Gospel with them. But God was obviously at work because they stayed with me ... even asking good questions along the way!

Many of them raised their hands saying they wanted to believe in Jesus! We then asked those students to pray along as I led a prayer to receive Christ. Although we didn't get a count, the level of interest and understanding was high, so we believe that many were genuinely praying to believe and follow Jesus!

Please pray for these students to continue to grow in Christ as Heidi and Nathanael continue to lead them week after week. We thank God for these volunteers. 

Please pray also for more volunteers as the group is growing fast!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Renewed Interest at Cru Accelere

It has been a semester of renewed interest in Cru at Accelere!

Accelere is an alternative school in north Omaha for 18-21 year olds who are coming back to get the diplomas they missed out on earlier. We are seeing exciting interest and interaction with 25 or more students often joining us for our Friday lunches.

Their spiritual interest is definitely a step ahead of previous years. They are asking great questions and it's evident many are really thinking about what a relationship with Christ would be like.

Please pray for the students and our Cru volunteers 
who so faithfully and passionately minister to them.

Friday, August 28, 2015

A New School Year of Cru

The summer has flown by, and another year of Cru ministry to high school and middle school students is here! You can see the excitement of these students at South High as they gathered together again the end of August for their first Cru meeting of this new school year!

There were familiar faces, and new faces ... each one full of potential, and each one loved deeply by God. Please pray for many students to come to know and follow Jesus during this new school year at South, and also at each of our other area campuses. 

All signs reveal that God is preparing us for a great school year ahead. Thank you so much for your prayers as we reach out to so many active, impressionable youth!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Cru Volunteer Gathering

We love our volunteers! And it is always such a treat when we can gather them together in one place. They are busy people, many with full-time jobs or full-time college classes, while also volunteering of their time to reach high school and middle school students for Jesus! Cru Omaha could not exist without them; they are an integral part of what God is doing in the lives of students here in our area.

The group above (a portion of our volunteers) met with us recently in our home. We shared hopes, dreams, ideas, and plans for the various campuses we each work with this school year. We then prayed together for God to anoint movements for Christ among students at each of these campuses.

Please join us in these prayers! Pray for all our volunteers. They are such a dedicated group. They love teenagers so much and passionately want them to know the joy of following Christ! 

Please pray also for more volunteers. There are some campuses where volunteers led ministries last year but where we won't be able to have Cru groups this year unless we find willing capable volunteers!