Greetings amidst this beautiful fall - we trust you are loving it, as we are! Along with the great weather, we're having great times with family.
Seth was home from San Francisco on a recent weekend, and Cristy & Mark & family from Dallas surprised us all by showing up for trick-or-treating on Halloween! And we are looking forward to Thanksgiving when all of our kids and their families will be together here at our home ... all 22 of us (plus a few others)!
We are also having great times with Cru this fall! We have active groups on eight high school and middle school campuses at this time with the help of our amazing volunteers who work with us!
Cru at Accelere alternative school in north Omaha is one of those campuses with a great start to this new school year!
This is a school 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 the 25 or more students who often join 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 them, and for our Cru volunteers who so faithfully and passionately minister to them!
And we can hardly keep up with what God is doing through Cru at Marrs Middle School!
This after-school Cru club 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 invite Jesus into their lives. 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 in and follow Jesus!
Please pray for these students to continue to grow in Christ as Heidi and Nathanael lead them week after week. We thank God for these two gifted volunteers - and please join us in prayer for more volunteers to help them as the group continues to grow.
Can you believe that it has been six months already since our granddaughter, Crystal, had her kidney transplant?
How we praise God for how well Crystal is doing - and also for how well our daughter, Amy, the generous donor for Crystal, is doing! We thank God for good labs and good doctor reports! And we ask for continued prayers!
This photo of Crystal and her Aunt Amy was taken just this past weekend when Crystal's family surprised us and drove up to NE, from TX, over Halloween!
We continually thank God for you - for your encouragement, prayers, and financial support that make this ministry to students a reality!
Would you also pray for us as we are meeting with other interested individuals during this season, as we are seeking to add more monthly or annual financial partners to our team? As is the case with all of Cru staff, we need to continually keep our support up. We have had some short salary checks in recent months, and need to raise an additional $1,500/month of financial funding. Thanks for joining us in prayer for this need!
Have a wonderful and memorable Thanksgiving season with your family and friends!