Saturday, September 9, 2017

Cru Central Fall Kick-Off

Time for another school year of Cru! Schools started up in August, and on Friday, Sept. 8th, students from one of our seven campuses, Omaha Central High School, held their official Fall Kick-Off event! 

This Cru group focuses on international students, and the students who attended the kick-off event represented five countries of origin: Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Nepal, Thailand, and Burma. 

After enjoying good food, and taking part in some fun games, they heard the amazing story of a guest from India (left in photo above), as she shared how she came to know Jesus while she was a college student in India. Her impactful story touched all of us, and was very motivating for each of our students at the start of another school year of following after Jesus.

A few more photos to capture the fun and the inspiration of our time together:

Friday, September 1, 2017

Summer 2017 with Cru

Sharing a few photos for a short little glimpse into summer activities that happened with Cru Omaha ...

Our Cru Summer program ... college student volunteers, coached by Jake, led weekly meetings with high school students in Washington County. 


Eight students (from four different Cru campuses) traveled to Estes Park, CO, for the Summer Conference in June.


Our Cru Omaha staff team traveled to Fort Collins, CO, in July for the biennial conference for all Cru staff. This photo was taken on the 50th Year Celebration Picnic for all Cru High staff!

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.