Walter and Pearl Olszewski were servants. Mr. and Mrs. O were daily volunteers at CE National doing anything that needed done to help others with their work. At the time of their home-going, their family established a fund to encourage this “putting others first” mentality by establishing an annual award to the Operation Barnabas student who most exemplifies a lifestyle of servanthood.
CE National is pleased to announce the Olszewski Award recipients for 2015 are Jase Gentry from Team Ohio and Abbigail Floom from Team Indiana!
Jase, the son of Danielle Sloan, attends Calvert County Grace Brethren Church in Owings, Maryland. When asked why Jase was deserving of receiving this honor, here is what the Team Ohio leaders had to say… “From the very first day of tour, Jase was a genuine and thoughtful servant. He was always around helping in any way he could and asking what else he could do. He never complained nor looked for recognition. He was a great addition to the team, and a wonderful example to the rest of the students. Jase served with a selfless attitude. He simply saw things that needed to be done and would do them. Whether it was helping tear down the puppet stage or helping carry luggage or just seeing the room and helping clean up dinner at a church, he just did it. He was always one of the last ones to come to group meetings because he was away helping serve someone at the different churches we visited, which was awesome!”
Abbie, from the Canton Grace Brethren Church in Ohio, is the daughter of Norman & Stephanie Floom. Her Team Indiana leaders were excited to share why Abbie was chosen as their team’s Olsweski representative…”Abbie has a God given ability to know how to serve people, not only in a way that meets their physical needs, but in spiritual and emotional ways as well. She sees a need and is driven by her relationship with Jesus to meet that need and beyond! Abbie has such a joyful spirit and recognizes that her joy comes first and foremost from the Lord. She frequently sees opportunities to serve people and does so with a positive attitude. Abbie would bring teammates alongside of her and understood that before you are a leader you need to be a servant. Abbie is truly deserving of this award!”
Along with this recognition, both will receive $100 scholarships to be used for ministry opportunities. Congratulations to Jase and Abbie for demonstrating the spirit of servanthood through their summer on Operation Barnabas!