Gary & Cherry Warrick
News and Prayer Update - February 2015
Greetings to our Friends & Family!
The year is flying by already, and we are grateful that spring will be with us before too long! We were blessed to spend a week in Florida the beginning of this month, which was a welcome break from the cold of winter. Our annual Cru Leadership Conference (for city directors) in Orlando was a refreshing time for us in many ways. We thank God for the privilege of serving as Cru staff, and were encouraged as we heard from our leaders, and as we connected with other staff.
After our conference, we also enjoyed a few days of rest along the beautiful Atlantic coast, a gift from Cherry's Siebert family, as a thank you for the care we have given our Siebert father as he has gone through difficulties in recent months. We thank God for our time away on Amelia Island - it was just what we needed!
Thank you for your prayers for our time away! And God has also answered prayers for even more volunteers with Cru! Since our newsletter last month, three more college students have contacted us with a desire to help reach high school students! How exciting! The nearly 30 volunteers here in our Cru Omaha area are amazing, and are what make it possible to be impacting students on nine campuses now. And very soon it will be ten campuses ...
We will be re-opening Cru at Marrs Middle School in Omaha in the middle of March ... thanks to Heidi (a teacher there), and Tim (one of our new college volunteers)! Please pray for them, as well as the many students at Marrs who are ripe to hear about a personal relationship with Jesus.
Another one of the campuses we work with is Accelere, a north Omaha school for 17-21 year olds who are returning for the high school diploma they missed out on receiving earlier. A graduation ceremony is held several times a year for students as they get caught up with the credits they need. Here you see one of the December graduates with Vicki, one of our Cru volunteers who also substitute teaches at the school. This young woman went through a lot to get her diploma. She lived in a homeless shelter, and had no support from family. She pushed through because she wants to go on with her education and become a nurse. She loved the encouragement from God's Word and from the personal interaction with Cru volunteers.
We hold weekly lunch Bible Studies during the school day with Accelere students each Friday. Another Cru volunteer, Ron, shares a Gospel message each week at these lunches. We are thankful for the great rapport and interaction we have with these urban students who experience life a lot differently than most of us. Please pray for students to volunteer for the mentoring/discipling strategy we are putting in place, and for the mentors who are stepping up to meet with them.
Our Granddaughter's Transplant Update
Crystal is ready and waiting for her kidney transplant, as she continues on with school (half days now, due to all the side affects of her failing kidneys) and activities. There have been delays and detours all along the way, and Crystal, her parents, and siblings (and all of us as family!) have been learning a lot about endurance, and about trust as we wait on God for His perfect timing for transplant.
We had thought that maybe the time would be in February, and now we are praying for a possible mid to late March transplant. We trust God to care for Crystal as she waits, and for all the details regarding a donor kidney. Currently Crystal is listed through UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing) for a donor kidney, as well as anticipating that Amy (our oldest daughter) will still be approved to donate. The transplant team will meet next on March 9th, so we should know more at that time. Please click here to read regular updates on Crystal's CaringBridge site.
Update on Cherry's Father
Thank you to those who have been praying for Cherry's 93 year-old father, Johnny Siebert, as he has been going through various difficulties since last fall. We praise God that he was able to move into an Assisted Living apartment at Skyline the end of January. And we are filled with thanks for Cherry's brother & sister-in-law, Lee & Cheryl, who flew here from Oregon to help with the move, and also to stay here for a good portion of the time we were in Florida for our conference.
Please pray for Dad Siebert as he settles into his apartment, in the midst of some of the physical losses he has experienced in recent months. He is always encouraged by letters from friends and family. If you wish to share with him in this way, please send his mail to our address, as all his mail comes here now. Johnny Siebert P.O. Box 184 Fort Calhoun, NE 68023
We cannot thank you enough for your prayers and financial support as we serve through Cru! You are a blessing to us! And we pray that you will be filled up with God's love and grace as you walk through the remaining days of winter, and into the coming days of spring!