Thursday, August 23, 2018

Wrapping Up Summer

Officially, the calendar still says it's summer for awhile yet, but in reality, the season has already made a change. The focus is now a new school year, both with our families, as well as for us who work with Cru. So here is one last post wrapping up some of our summer memories ... with family, and also with Cru.

We had a very special treat the first week of July ... a visit from our daughter Cristy together with her husband Mark, and the younger two of their four children, Luke and Brianna. Our grandkids are growing older, so two stayed behind: Crystal, with her summer job at DBU where she attends college, and also Abigail, who is now married and preparing for her first year of teaching after college graduation this past May! It's hard to keep up with everyone growing up and that also means that we are growing older, as well.



It was a wonderful time with family home! Then mid-way through the month, we headed off for Chadron State Park, in the northwest corner of our state, for a week of v-a-c-a-t-i-o-n. Our bigger trip of the year does not come until the fall season this year, but we knew that we needed a "week off" during our busy summer. We decided to stay fairly close to home, and reserved a cabin at one of Nebraska's state parks.



Our week away was just what we wished for, and more. Just the two of us ... resting, enjoying the beauty from our cabin deck, reading, extended devotional times ... it was glorious! And another special treat was driving back home to Omaha/Fort Calhoun via a stop in McCook. It was very fun to stop to see Carrie & Tyler, Cruz and Eva just three weeks after they moved into their new home there. We loved our visit with them, and getting acquainted with their new life there in McCook.

July and August have also been filled with Cru activity, as our involvement with students continues throughout the summer ...


Just a few days after our trip to Chadron State Park, we, together with some of our students, had the opportunity to partner with a group who serve the homeless in downtown Omaha once a week throughout the year. It was eye-opening, and heart-breaking, and such a joy to serve together providing a meal to nearly 175 of Omaha's homeless. You can read more and see photos by reading "Cru Summer Update" at CruOmaha.com.


Then at the beginning of August it was such a joy to have Jake & Chelsea, Eleanor and Audrey, over for a mid-morning breakfast gathering just five days after they returned from their month-long Cru mission to Tanzania, Africa. They, together with three other Cru staff, led a group of 16 college and high school aged students to love and serve students in Tanzania. We loved to hear many of the exciting things that happened, along with hearing about the challenges that were also present. You can read more and see photos of their trip by reading "Tanzania Summer Mission" at CruOmaha.com.


And now, as we near the end of August, schools have started up again, and we are very much involved meeting with our volunteers, our student leaders, and on campus in student meetings. On one of our campuses (Omaha North) a few of the students (above) joined us in a prayer walk around their campus at the start of this new school year.

Would you join us in praying for each of our campuses this year, as well? We desire to keep in touch often this school year, alerting friends and family to prayer needs, and also sharing what God is doing! You can check back here at GaryandCherry.com, as well as at CruOmaha.com for updates throughout the year.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Highlights from June

Continuing on with our desire to keep in touch with family and friends, we thought we'd keep on with sharing some updates from our summer. If there were a theme that we would pick for the month of June, it could be ... that it was a time for farewells. 

It was a time to savor times together with a daughter & son-in-law & two grandkids before they made a big move. These photos capture the special overnighter we had with Cruz and Eva before they moved from Omaha to McCook the end of June.



It was a blessing to be able to help our daughter and son-in-law, Carrie & Tyler, through the month with preparations for their move ... caring for the kids, providing freezer meals for their use, etc. A bittersweet time to have family move away; yet, we are thankful for how God has directed their move. And it is not as far away as it could be!


And June was filled with Cru ministry, as well. Though our regular Cru meetings on campus do not take place during the summer, we continue to still be involved with students throughout the summer. Our Cru Summer program provides an opportunity for students from our various area campuses to continue meeting. Students met in two different locations: a group in Washington County met in various student homes, and a group in Omaha met in a meeting room at Scooter's coffee shop. Each group of students used the Summer Connect video discipleship material provided by Cru. 

In addition to the Cru Summer gatherings during June, Jake & Chelsea (staff on our team) prepared to lead a team of high school and college students on a mission to Tanzania, Africa. In the photo below you see them with their two young daughters, as well as three high school students from our area. They left from Omaha's Eppley airport on June 27, joined a group of about 16 others in Chicago from across the nation, and flew to Tanzania for their month-long mission with Cru.


Bittersweet farewells, but a joy to hear news throughout the rest of the summer of how God used the team in Tanzania in amazing ways, and also of how our daughter and son-in-law, Carrie & Tyler, and two grandkids Cruz & Eva, are right where God wants them to be.

Monday, August 6, 2018

A Few Snapshots from the Month of May

Desiring to keep in touch with family and friends, we're sharing a few memories and snapshots from our month of May. As Cru staff, the month of May can often be one of the busiest months of the year. And it probably is the same for others, as well, with all the events that May can bring!

In the midst of finishing up another year of Cru on our seven area campuses, the month held a very significant event for our family! Our oldest granddaughter, Abigail, was married to her fiance, Addison. We couldn't have been more excited! They met at DBU (Dallas Baptist University), and both sense a deep calling to serve long-term overseas with World Venture to the country of Japan! With my (Cherry's) background as an MK (missionary kid) from Japan, this is especially exciting for me to have a granddaughter and her husband headed for that country!

We traveled to Dallas/Fort Worth for the beautiful wedding on May 20th. 



An added blessing for us was that all six of our (grown) children were able to be there for the wedding, as well ... a mini family reunion!


When we returned home from the wedding, we jumped right back into Cru responsibilities with finishing up the school year. Besides wrapping up student meetings, we took part in the big area fundraising program called Omaha Gives. We are so grateful for the funds that were brought in to help with funding our Cru Omaha Operating Account for the coming 2018-2019 school year.

That same week, we, together with Jake, the other full-time staff member here in the Omaha area, held the Cru Summer Kick-off event ... a fun time for students from various campus groups, and the start up of the summer program for students.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Our March 2018 Newsletter


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We've been trying out various formats for sending out our Cru Communique newsletter ... sending by postal mail, by email, or a combination. Our most recent choice has been to send our news in the format of a large-sized two-sided postcard. We hope that it is easier to read, as it is very visible when it arrives in the mail. 

We greatly appreciate the prayers and financial support that we receive from churches and from individuals, and want to keep in touch with you! 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Memories of Dad Siebert

Just 2 1/2 weeks after our wonderful Family Christmas, Cherry's 96 year-old father passed away after a fall and a heart attack. These pages taken from Cherry's digital scrapbook, share part of the story of Dad Siebert's passing.








It was a sudden passing, and though we are grieving our loss, we are also celebrating that our father received his wish of seeing his Savior and being re-united with our dear mother who passed away in 2007. It was so special to have Cherry's three brothers and two sisters-in-law here (from the east and west coasts). Along with other family and relatives, we had a sweet, memorable time together sharing memories. The Memorial Service on Jan. 18 was filled with tributes and memories from the 38 years that Cherry's parents spent in Japan as missionaries with SEND, Int'l. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Our October Newsletter

October 2017 Newsletter

Gary & Cherry Warrick / Cru Communique

Summer is past, and a new school year of Cru on high school and middle school campuses is in full swing!


Sharing a collection of photos from four of our seven Cru Omaha campuses where students are gathering for another school year - choosing to grow in their faith in the midst of their studies and other school activities.
Students from Omaha Central High School gathered at our home for their kick-off in August. It was an impactful evening as the students (representing five countries of origin) came together for food, fun and games, and to hear our guest speaker from India (left in photo) share her very intense story of coming to trust in Jesus while still in India.
PLEASE PRAY for these Cru students who meet together weekly after school on Thursdays as a school club on their campus.
Accelere Alternative School students gather together on Fridays over their lunch hour where we offer them a free lunch, and an opportunity to interact, share their stories, and hear about how Jesus can make a difference in their lives.
PLEASE PRAY for these courageous students who are returning at ages 18-21 to earn needed credits for their high school diplomas that they missed out on earlier.
Twenty-five students attended the first Cru weekly meeting of the new school year at Omaha South High. Here a student who came to know Christ at our Cru Summer Conference in The Rockies is eagerly sharing his story.
PLEASE PRAY for a fruitful year for the South student leaders who play a big part in leading the after-school club on their campus each Thursday.
Cru Fort Calhoun High students kicked off the school year in the Nebraska countryside with a hayride and line dancing. They meet each Monday in the evening at a students' home.
PLEASE PRAY for Jake, and volunteer Abbie, as they disciple and coach several student leaders who play a big role in leading their peers each week.
For more photos, news, and updates, go to:

cruomaha.com

Family Snapshots ...

Photo on left: A special day last month when our three daughters (who live nearby) and their families came over to celebrate September birthdays! It's always a treat for Cherry to share the same birthday month with daughter Carrie. Carrie & Tyler live in Omaha, along with their two children, Cruz (8 years old), and Eva (5 years old). Always a blessing to spend time together with family!

Photo on right: Our oldest granddaughter, Abigail, was recently engaged on August 26, to Addison Zody! Addison and Abigail are both seniors at DBU (Dallas Baptist University), and plan to be married in the spring of 2018. We were so blessed to meet Addison when he came up with our TX family (Cristy & Mark, and their four children), last Christmas, and we couldn't be happier about this big news!
Thank you 
for your prayers and financial support
as another school year has started up!

We are also thanking God
for the amazing gift of having
Jake on as full-time staff,
and for the 25 volunteers
who are also a huge part of reaching students
through Cru Omaha!


Gary & Cherry
Gary & Cherry Warrick / Cru Omaha
Home/Office 402 468-5345 / Cell 402 659-3340
PO Box 184, Fort Calhoun, NE  68023
cruomaha.com
garyandcherry.com
pursuingheart.blogspot.com
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Friday, October 6, 2017

Fall 2017: Updates and Changes

A new name, and an updated purpose!

Fall 2017 This blog has been silent for over a year, and now we are entering back into posting! 

Welcome to our "new" online home ...
an online location where we will post our "Cru Communique Newsletter", and stay in touch with friends and family as we serve through Cru. Our newsletter is titled "Cru Communique", and this blog will be called the same. These are all avenues for us to communicate what God is doing through Cru Omaha.  This blog is also a place where you are welcomed to comment or ask questions at any time. You are also invited to visit us here for other ministry and family news that we may post periodically.

Thanks so much ...
for your interest as we serve together as Cru staff - you are an encouragement to us!