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.