"YAY! THE GETAWAY WAS SO HELPFUL AND INSPIRING!" This is a text we received from one of our Omaha South girls who attended the Cru Rocky Mountain Getaway. Her life was transformed in many ways! She was one of two van loads of students who traveled with Jake and Andy to this life-changing 5-day conference recently.
At the same time, students who didn't make that trip continued with our weekly Cru Summer gatherings with our college student volunteers. Omaha students gather at GAMe Omaha in the Old Market, while Washington County students gather at the Blair Depot / Lyons Park. The college students are full of energy and enthusiasm as they also meet with us an extra night of the week to plan and prepare for the student gatherings. Click here to see a few photos from Cru Summer. As you can imagine, all this means the summer is fleeting by quicker than we really desire!
In addition, we, as well as Jake, Chelsea & family will attend "Cru15", the every-other-summer Cru All-Staff Conference in Fort Collins, Colorado, July 10-21. (The photo above is from Staff Conference 2013.) This is a fun, worshipful, inspiring, and encouraging time for staff from all across our nation, and also some from around the world!
As you pray for God to use this conference to refresh and recharge us as well as the many other staff, would you also pray for us as we raise the funds that are needed for us to attend? We need to raise about $4,000 to cover the tuition, travel, lodging, and meals. These extra expenses, which are above our salary, hit our personal staff account during the summer months when contributions to our account are often low. Would you consider making a donation by giving to our staff account online - click here ... or by sending a check made out to "Cru" to our address listed below? Thank you so much.
All donations for this need are tax-deductible, and are an investment in lives of students as we reach out to high school and middle school students here in the Omaha area. Thank you for your part as you pray for this need, and as God leads some to invest.
We have great fundraising news concerning our other Cru account, our Cru Operating Account. As many of you know, we participated in the May 20 "OMAHA GIVES!" one-day fundraising opportunity for area non-profits sponsored by the Omaha Community Foundation. Thanks to those who prayed and contributed, and with the generosity of local matching donors, we raised $6,480 for the local operating expenses incurred as we work with students on the 10 campuses in our Cru Omaha area!
We are praising the Lord! Some of these funds made it possible for the Omaha South High student, mentioned above, to attend the Getaway where she was so significantly impacted.
We hope that you and your loved ones have a memorable summer! We continue to praise God for the healing He has brought to our granddaughter, Crystal, and our daughter, Amy, after the kidney transplant this past April. Both are doing well! There are continued doctor visits and lab draws for Crystal as all the meds are kept in balance to prevent rejection. Please pray for continued good results, and also for wisdom regarding her one remaining diseased kidney. It has been causing some problems, and it will likely need to be removed if this continues for very long.
Please let us know how we can pray for you - your replies will come directly to our inbox.