Welcome to the Crusader Crux where we can read about how Jesus is alive in the alumni of MLHS.
This month’s servant is Gary Truwe from Indianapolis, IN. Gary is a 1965 graduate from MLHS, and is married to Faye. They have three kids; Dana, Holly and Gregory. After graduating from MLHS, Gary attended Concordia University of Seward, NE, where he earned a B.S. This afforded him working as a teacher, principal and DCE in six different locations. Gary is currently retired and enjoys being a grandparent to ten grandchildren!
When thinking about all he has accomplished, and how MLHS helped him be successful, Gary says:
“Watching young people grow in their faith and maturing as Christian servants is what I enjoy most. My roots, which are partly from going to LHS Mayer, gave me a great start in serving God and my fellow man. In my retirement, I enjoy being active in my congregation, without any particular job description. I can serve in whatever capacity I feel is needed to support the ministry at my faith home Trinity Lutheran Church, here in Indianapolis.”
Memories come easily for Gary and he has a unique image in his mind. He was part of the first group of students who started in the Mayer City Hall!
“We were very close, and we all got to know each other very well. We were like family, and many of us are still very close, even though we may not live anywhere close to each other. Our faith foundation, and the challenges we faced together back then, gave us the strength and courage to go forward to serve our God, and love those we have served these many years. I made it back for the special 50 year celebration a few years back, and assisted in helping the early alumni celebrate our heritage by getting together and sharing our special times from back in those early days.
Those early faithful starters, which my parents were a part of, had a tremendous and difficult task. Starting MLHS in a rural area was not typical, and pulling together the resources to begin that task was tremendous. Believe it or not, back then the tuition was about $250, and that was a lot back then. Those early folks blazed a trail that many have appreciated and followed, and MLHS is now a shining example of what God can do when we just trust and go forward to do what His will is, and not our own. My own children had similar opportunities where we lived as we raised them, and part of it was because we saw what it did for us, and the legacy it leaves for the future. We made the sacrifice needed to provide it for the next generation.”
This experience with MLHS also transfers to all the volunteering that Gary does for his church family.
“I am now an advisor to our pastor. Because of my many years of experience in various areas of the country, he values my input and is happy to have someone he can trust, who has been down the road of life, so to speak. I volunteer to assist with various fellowship events at our church, and help teach some youth and adult classes, as time allows. Since my wife is the organist and choir director, I do find myself one of the few male voices in the choir on a seasonal basis. We do live very close to our church, so I find myself over at the facility, helping in whatever way I can.”
Gary also has words of wisdom for everyone that believes Jesus is the way;
“Just keep lighting the candles of Christ and His love wherever you are and in whatever situation you find yourself. Don’t follow the culture and the world’s guidelines. God’s Word must be your guide, and Christ your ROCK. When I now see my children, raising our grandchildren to love Christ, and serve Him, I am just very thankful. It is only by the grace of God, that this is happening. The devil is devious and powerful, but he cannot stand up to the power of Jesus and His Love. Continue the legacy of faith!!!!”