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Team Hally Bible Study on Job Begins February 1

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Few books of the Bible cause us to pause, reflect on our level of faith and understanding of God’s word quite like the book of Job (pronounced Jōb). Throughout Old and New Testament, we meet individuals that exemplify the miraculous work of Christ. Why, then, many ask, would we look to Job for hope and encouragement? Often when I am feeling bold in Christ and become confident in my own faith, I remember Job. It is then that I examine my heart for God and whether it is worthy of my boasting. Sadly, I am humbled by Job’s tenacity, unwavering faithfulness, and commitment to God; trusting him in hopeless situation after hopeless situation.

My prayer for you (and me) over the next few weeks as we study Job and his commitment to God and his trust in God’s plan, is that we recommit to a deeper trust than we have been willing to enter before. My prayer is that we experience a Job-like faith and strength regardless of the past, current, or future trial. Join us for Job! Please click for moreinformation.

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“If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” Proverbs 24:10

The January Bible reading was from the Old Testament book of Proverbs. I have learned so much this month and have had so many opportunities to share (mainly via text) some of these precious words with family and friends. I would encourage you to do the same as we begin our Job Bible Study in February and March.  As I look back over the past four years since Hally went to heaven, I can see how true this proverb is. So many days I fainted from the pain of grief and had no strength to even take my daughters to school. Then, other days I chose to live in hope and joy and could see God using me in spite of my weaknesses: to love people at the Medical Lodge, to laugh and tickle Zoey, to celebrate birthdays and weddings, to give Bibles, to teach my Spanish class, to go on walks with my friends, to enjoy a snowball fight, to truly sing praises to my God and Savior.

Adversity is part of this life. Jesus tells us in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.  In the world, you will have tribulation.  But take heart; I have overcome the world.” The truth of this life is that we live in a broken world. Because of the sin each of us has, all of us will face adversity of some kind during our lives. The question is: will your strength be small or will you trust in Jesus to give you peace to face the adversity? Resting in the peace Jesus gives us doesn’t necessarily mean that your circumstances will change or that it will be “all good” as everyone seems to say these days. However, it does mean that you can choose the eternal hope that God promises through His Son, Jesus, “who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession who are zealous for good works.” Titus 2:14

As you join us in February and March to read Job’s story, I pray that you will see God’s loving hand through the adversity that Job faced. Please send us your favorite takeaways from your Bible Study!

Prayer Requests for February 2019

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  • Praising God for all Bibles distributed in 2018
  • Praise for K-State game; continue to pray for the coaches and players this season
  • Pray for Medical Lodge residents and staff, and Team Hally’s visits with them
  • Pray for God’s leading and direction in Bible distribution and pray also for the hearts that will be receiving them this year
  • Pray that many would be reading and obeying God’s Word

Choose Team Hally for Your Amazon Smile Donations

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amazon-smileAmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Team Hally every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as at Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Team Hally.

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To shop at AmazonSmile, simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?
Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.

How do I select Team Hally to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?
On your first visit to smile.amazon.com, please select Team Hally Fund to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation. Thank you for your support!

Snowfall is No Match for Team Hally at K-State Women’s Basketball Game

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kstate-jumbo-tronOne morning, a woman was curled up on her couch with a soft fur blanket draped over her lap.The only noise was the flicker of the fire dancing beside her.Her neck was bent in prayer and soft tears dripped down her cheeks as she poured out her heart to the Lord. She silently prayed for the Lord to send the snow she hadn’t seen for much of that winter. Her daughter had loved the snow and sledding. Snowball fights had been her all time favorite — but now her daughter was with Jesus. And so the woman prayed for the quiet, soft winter snow to come.

Fast forward to a week later: a snow storm hit Kansas and Missouri like never before. Piles and piles of snow descended over the wheat fields and countryside, so much so that the branches of trees snapped under the weight. What a blessing from the Lord to show His attentiveness in even the smallest detail of our lives. And He sent the refreshing, pure white blanket of snow the day before the Team Hally K-State women’s basketball game.

On the morning of the Team Hally game, two hundred precious friends and family of the Yust family drove to Manhattan, Kansas to attend the fourth annual K-State women’s basketball game in honor of Hally Yust, whose dream it was to play basketball in college.The Yust family greeted everyone as they arrived at Bramlage Coliseum to watch the game. It was such a great time of fellowship (even though K-State lost); the day was filled with the joy of believers gathering together and encouraging one another.

One of the most encouraging aspects of the whole day was when Team Hally members mingled with the players after the game. At the beginning of the basketball season, everyone from Team Hally was given the opportunity to adopt a player from the team to pray for and write letters to. At this post-game event, they were given the chance to meet the players they were praying for every day. The looks on the Lady Wildcats’ faces when they were told that they were being personally prayed for every day was impactful. The power of prayer is real!

Overall, the Team Hally game was a blessed day, and we can already begin praying for the 2020 basketball game!

Team Hally Makes New Friends at Medical Lodge of Gardner

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Medical Lodge of GardnerTeam Hally volunteers had a new opportunity at the Medical Lodge to sit with one of the residents who had had surgery and needed extra care. Spending two full days there gave several of us the blessing to really get to know not only individual residents better, but also to encourage and visit with staff.

The Medical Lodge of Gardner staff definitely gives love and care to the poor, needy and hurting — above and beyond their normal job descriptions. I was also so proud of our young people from Team Hally, who blessed the residents by reading to them, pushing them in their wheelchairs, bringing batteries for broken radios, playing and singing songs like Amazing Grace, playing cards and bingo, and spending hours simply chatting and loving.

Kari from the Medical Lodge keeps telling us what a blessing we are, but I think we would all agree that we are the ones who are eternally blessed! Please consider joining us as we continue to love on these precious ones!

Your next opportunity to join us is at 2 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, February 14! We are helping the staff with a Valentine’s Sweetheart Dance and party. We will help the residents feel beautiful by putting on makeup, boas, giving them flowers, dancing, building ice cream sundaes, and making a craft.

Please message us on Facebook or email us at teamhally2015@gmail.com if you can join us or are interested in getting involved at the Medical Lodge!

February 2019 Newsletter

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We are so excited to see what God is going to do with Team Hally in 2019!  We have a goal of distributing at least 5,000 English, French and Spanish Bibles. Team Hally is praying that we expand the churches, communities, states and countries where these Bibles go. We also look forward to more people reading God’s Word on a daily basis as Team Hally is offering a daily Bible reading every day in 2019!

Newsletter Topics

  • Team Hally Makes New Friends at Medical Lodge of Gardner
  • Snowfall is No Match for Team Hally at K-State Women’s Basketball Game
  • Gearing Up for Dirty Dash 2019 >>> Are You Ready??
  • Choose Team Hally for Your Amazon Smile Donations
  • Prayer Requests for February 2019
  • Team Hally Bible Study on Job Begins February 1

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Vision for 2019

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As we look forward to 2019, we are so excited that God is opening new opportunities for Team Hally to partner with several new ministries, as well as to continue many relationships we’ve had for several years.

Global Orphan Project

  • Potential of giving Bibles around the world through Global Orphan Project, but in particular to orphans in Haiti
  • Potential Team Hally members participating in these mission trips to help distribute Bibles

KVC

– An international leader in behavioral healthcare, child welfare, and community health and wellness: Knowledge, Values and Connections 

  • In January, Team Hally Bibles in both English and Spanish will be available in the KVC –  Olathe location for families and foster children in our community
  • Potential for more distribution to Kansas foster children

Rowanda Mission Trip

  • Team Hally Bibles will be distributed in Rowanda orphanages in March through a mission trip with Grace Community Church in Spring Hill

Vacation Bible School Bible Distribution

  • Continue our partnerships with area VBS groups
  • Reach out to more small town and urban churches for Bible distribution

Prayer

  • Continue our twice a month prayer time to lift up prayer requests/praises

Medical Lodge

  • Continue our monthly involvement with Gardner Medical Lodge residents
  • Adopt Medical Lodge residents for Christmas 2019

Fourth Annual Team Hally Dirty Dash

  • Host our fourth annual Dirty Dash to raise money for Bibles and enjoy more mud and fun!

Goal for Bible Distribution

  • Distribute at least 4,500 English, Spanish and French Team Hally Bibles

Bible Study

  • Continue Team Hally Bible study
  • Possible Bible study teams

Hills and Valleys

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Remembering Jacob Kosowsky

God recently reminded me that “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”  Deuteronomy 29:29

Friday morning, October 18 Shon received a phone call early in the morning from our dear friend Steve Kosowsky that would once again shake our family.  Steve and Sharilyn’s 21 year old son, Jacob, was tragically killed in a car accident during the night. As I sat on my couch trying to process the news, I felt God reminding me once again that He numbers our days and that His plans are definitely not mine. And yet, He is good even in suffering. God didn’t reveal to me why He decided it was time for Jacob’s life on earth to end but He has revealed to me the past two months what an impact this young man made not only on his own family, but also to our family, his friends, and even the world.

Jake was such a gift to all of us! His love and compassion for those around him made many think of him as their best friend. His hugs made everyone feel his love surrounding them. His smile warmed our hearts. His thoughtful words made us see the beauty of the world more clearly. His love for God’s creation inspired us to love and care for the world more. His wisdom made us think more deeply on important subjects of life. His kindness encouraged many hearts.  His love for adventure made memories that will never fade for his family and friends. His life gave us hope, joy, faith and love. Thanking God for the 21 years He chose to put Jacob in our lives.

Please pray for Steve, Sharilyn and Jake’s sister, Mia, as they continue to walk through this difficult journey. Your words of love, hope and encouragement may be sent to our FaceBook page or the Team Hally email.

Look at what God did in 2018!

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Vacation Bible Schools

On June 1, 2018 we hadn’t heard from any of our usual Vacation Bible School (VBS) groups or any new ones. So as I write this article to share about the amazing things God did this past summer, it seems like a miracle to me!  We not only had the opportunity to partner with many of the churches we have given Bibles to the past three summers but added several new churches:

 

  • Heartland Camp 84 Bibles
  • Lenexa Baptist Church 96 Bibles
  • Fellowship Bible Church 36 Bibles
  • Westline Christian Church 36 Bibles
  • Louisburg Baptist Church 72 Bibles
  • LifeSprings 36 Bibles
  • Fontana 48 Bibles
  • Grace Community 36 Bibles
  • Michigan Valley 36 Bibles
  • Countryside 24 Bibles
  • Baldwin United Methodist 84 Bibles
  • Williamsburg 48 Bibles
  • Antioch 36 Bibles

That’s 672 Bibles given out just in our local communities!!!  Thanking God that His Word does go out mightily, allowing us to be used as His instruments to distribute His precious Word!

Other Bible Distribution Opportunities

We have so many exciting opportunities to continue partnerships that started in the past couple of years as well as answered prayers to finally get some Bibles into the hands of orphans in Tanzania.  So thankful that God protected Parker Yust and the Bibles to get them safely there! Also, we are super excited that God opened doors in Florida through our sweet friends the Kosowsky family to distribute both French and English Bibles to this precious church.

 

  • Brookside Church in Indiana 192 Bibles
  • TCRC in Tanzania 40 Bibles
  • Puerto Rico Mission Trip 40 Bibles
  • Haitian Church in Florida 108 Bibles
  • Mission Southside 60 English Bibles + 48 Spanish Bibles
  • TLC 36 Bibles