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Bible Reading with Team Hally

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During these unknown days, the one steadfast, unchanging thing for all of us is God.

“for all flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass.  The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.”  1 Peter 1:24-25.

He wants us to know Him, to spend time with Him, to worship Him, and to trust His goodness so we can glorify Him to the world. He will give us love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23) when our lives are rooted and grounded in Him. Just as we spend time with those we love, if we love the Lord we should spend time with Him. One of the best ways to spend time with Jesus is by reading your Team Hally Bible.

We are currently reading I Chronicles from the Old Testament. The Bible reading for Team Hally is as simple as the following steps:
1.    Pray and ask God to reveal Himself to you in the reading
2.    Read the chapter given in the Bible Reading Plan
3.    Take notes in a journal on three to five observations you have as you read
4.    Choose a verse that meant the most to you and write it out as well as a short prayer to God about that verse
5.    Share what you read each day with someone you love, and encourage them to read also

Please click to access our current reading plan and post your thoughts on the Team Hally Facebook page.

KSU Students Love Team Hally Bibles!

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Written by Parker Yust

Giving Bibles at K-State has blown my mind the past four years!

I came to college not really sure how many students would want Bibles. God continues to amaze me at the hunger he placed in college students’ hearts. Many of the students I gave Bibles to still read them to this day and use them in their personal time with God.

One student saw me working on the Team Hally Bible study (during class…).  After class we chatted a bit and he said he didn’t have a Bible and had been wanting one. He also revealed that he struggled with anxiety and had just gone through a tough breakup. He wanted to find something more in life. The next class period, I brought him a Team Hally Bible and he thankfully received it. I told him to start reading in Mark, and if he ever wanted to meet, I would love to! The next class period I asked him if he had read the Bible and he said he had. He had started in Genesis and had lots of questions already. We have been talking before and after class each day, and I’m hoping to meet one-on-one with him soon. It’s so encouraging to see what God is doing here at KSU!

Pictured above are Parker and Macy Yust

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WELCOME TO 2020 WITH TEAM HALLY!

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The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23

As God has revealed a brand new ministry year for Team Hally, we are so excited to see what He will do with each of us, where He will send Bibles this year, and what new opportunities to share Hally’s story with the world will arise. I’m amazed already how God has shown us some open doors this month that we didn’t expect!

Our prayer team was diligently seeking the Lord in how to share our story with the crowd at the annual Team Hally game which took place on Sunday, January 19. Who would have thought that a beanie would be an open door!

This year several Team Hally members helped distribute beanies (hats) that read “Team Hally” on one side and had a K-State powercat logo on the other. The fact that K-State allowed this to happen is almost a miracle in itself, and then God allowed it to be a very cold, windy day so when fans arrived inside the gates they really wanted a warm beanie!

We distributed all 500 beanies in about 15 minutes and had many, many fans who were disappointed they didn’t get one! However, God didn’t stop there! This was the first time that many, many fans were asking what Team Hally was and why we were giving away free beanies. Then when the Yust family attended the Lady Wildcats next home game, there were several fans wearing the beanies. Please continue to pray that some of the fans who received a Team Hally beanie will look us up and maybe even get excited about partnering with us to give out Bibles!

Some other awesome opportunities that we all can look forward to in 2020 are:

  • Delivery of Bibles to a new Spanish-speaking church in Olathe
  • Partnering with new churches for VBS in the Kansas City area, Wichita, Manhattan and Topeka, as well as many churches with whom we already partner
  • Bibles being provided to several mission trips (including Romania and possibly Rwanda)
  • 2020 Dirty Dash – September 26
  • Continued prayer partnership with K-State women’s basketball team
  • Continued Team Hally prayer ministry

Prayer Requests for October

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  • Praising God for His Word!
  • Praising God for His provision in money raised from the Dirty Dash for bibles and for all the volunteers
  • Pray for K-State Coach Carr, and for players Jada Thorpe and Peyton Williams
  • Pray for Parker Yust, who along with a friend is going to Tanzania in November to TCRC to take Bibles to the orphanage
  • Pray for Bibles going to the homeless in Indiana

Team Hally Partners with Street Crusaders

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By Team Hally Supporter and Hally’s Aunt, Stephanie Barrett
July of 2019 was exciting for the Indianapolis Team Hally Family. Allow me to set the context:

We all know God works everything together for His good and His glory. This story is just one of many examples of how he orchestrates so many details, and the importance of trusting His upper story. About four years ago, Team Hally began partnering with Brookside Church in the inner city of Indianapolis, providing Bibles for their entire congregation. At that time, Howard Bellamy served as pastor at Brookside and had the opportunity to preach from the pulpit with the Following Jesus Bible in his hand!  I never got to meet Howard in that brief period, but he remembered that Bible. Shortly after Team Hally established the partnership, Howard left Brookside to become Sr. Pastor at The Caring Place Church in Indianapolis while continuing his role as Transportation Manager at Heritage Christian School.

Fast forward to 2019 – I took a job at Heritage Christian School as HR Manager, and my office sits directly across from… you guessed it… the Transportation Office. So, through general conversation and relationship building, I mentioned to Howard that I was involved with a non-profit organization that gives bibles and would his church need some? He asked for more information, and it was in that conversation that he shared with me about his time at Brookside and how he had preached out of THAT VERY BIBLE! He knew Hally’s story and vividly remembered reading about her.

In July 2019, we gave our very first box of Bibles to The Caring Place Church for their group, Street Crusaders. Street Crusaders goes out on foot two to three times per month witnessing, caring for, and now GIVING BIBLES to the homeless on the streets of Indianapolis. Since July, Street Crusaders has given more than 250 Bibles (both English and Spanish translations) to Indianapolis residents!

We are thrilled with this partnership, and continue to pray for changed lives in Central Indiana!

Pictured are supplies used by the Street Crusaders as outreach to the homeless population in Indianapolis.

Team Hally Provides Bibles to Children’s Mercy Hospital

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Hello Jenny and Yust Family,

We remain so grateful for your family’s kind generosity.

Families are very appreciative when they ask for a Bible and their eyes light up when they are told it is theirs to keep. Earlier this week, a Spanish-speaking father asked me if we had any books in Spanish and when I showed him the books in the library, his choice was a Spanish Bible. I can’t fully describe the look on his face as he sat down on the couch – it was like he was relieved to see an old friend who would offer him great comfort.

Today one of the chaplains came to the chapel to get a Bible to give as a gift to a family who was being discharged after a long stay. I enjoy reflecting how Hally and your family’s gestures of love continue to cascade on many.

Many blessings to you all in this season of autumn!

Take care,
Lisa Blevins – Children’s Mercy Hospital (pictured above – far right, along with Parker and Jenny Yust)

New Opportunities in June for VBS Bibles

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“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”  Isaiah 55:10-11

This summer Team Hally has had some new opportunities to partner with local churches to give Bibles. We’ve also been able to give Bibles to churches we’ve partnered with the past four years. I’m thanking God for all of the precious children and adults who have received His Word so far this summer. We’re praying that each of them will begin reading His Word so their faith may bring forth and sprout.

Here are some of the churches that have received Team Hally Bibles this summer:
New Life                        Gardner             150
Grace Community         Spring Hill            24
Countryside                   Spring Hill            28
Life Spring                     Spring Hill            36
Paola Lutheran              Paola                 108
Freeman Presbyterian   Freeman, MO      36
Connecting Pointe         Lincoln, NE          36
First Baptist Church       Ottawa                 35
Ruhamah Baptist Church   Ruhamah        60
Wordan United Methodist   Wordan         125
First United Methodist         Garnett           30
Burlingame Federated        Burlingame     56
Heartland Camp                 Gardner          48
First Baptist Church            Maize             24

Bibles have also gone to Uganda, France, Kenya, Texas, Washington, Alabama and North Carolina!  Please contact us if you are going on a mission trip, need Bibles at your church in the children’s program, want to keep some Bibles on hand to distribute as the Holy Spirit leads you, or for any other ministry need!

We are so excited to see what God is going to do the rest of the summer.

More Bibles

1000 More Bibles Arrived

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God’s Word continues to be spread through the Team Hally ministry as we were down to only four boxes of Bibles in May. We are so thankful for each of you who faithfully gives funds so we can purchase more Bibles.

The day we placed stickers in the 1000 new Bibles we ordered, we had an amazing turn out. Psalms 13:6 says, “I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me.”

As I was watching the stickers being placed in the Bibles, it overwhelmed me how bountifully my God deals with me. He uses a broken and disorganized mama to send forth His Word to share the hope and love He has for each of us. We have distributed more than 900 Bibles in the past month, and we already need more Spanish Bibles.

We are so excited to see what God will do with our ministry the rest of the summer!

New Bible Study has Begun

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We are so excited to be reading in Leviticus for the Team Hally Bible Study.This book of the Bible shows us just how much Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross means for us as believers today. Before Jesus came to earth, when the people sinned, God required a blood sacrifice and a priest to pay the penalty for their sins. Leviticus explains the different types of sacrifice, and in detail, the requirements for the sinner as well as for the priest. Jesus changed ALL of these requirements for everyone! He took all of the sins of every person upon His shoulders so that we have a way to His Father and He became the only sacrifice needed. Hebrews 7:27 says, “He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for His own sins and then for those of the people, since He did this once for all when He offered up Himself.”

If you haven’t started Leviticus yet, just jump in on the current day, pray for God to speak to you, and read through the chapter. Choose a verse that stands out to you, write that verse (along with a prayer) in a journal, and then share what you are learning with someone close to you.

We will continue reading through the next five books of the Old Testament (Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges and Ruth) until November. The reading takes about fifteen minutes each day and will allow you to learn more about the God who loves you so much and desires to spend time with you every day!

We’re praying that each of you will join the Team Hally Bible Study!

Job Bible Study Continues

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As our family gets ready to “celebrate” Hally’s birthday on March 14, I am filled with such a mix of emotions. Sadness, loneliness, grief, and disappointment bubble up from this mama who loves to give my children gifts, make their favorite foods, tell them how much they are loved, and just spend time with them on their birthdays each year. Thinking about “celebrating” the fifth birthday we haven’t had her here can seem overwhelming.

HOWEVER…..God in His infinite mercy and grace has also shown me joy, love, peace, patience, goodness, and kindness since Hally went to be with her Savior. Reading Job this past month has reminded me that even in the midst of losing all your children, having your wealth stripped away, receiving the wrath of family and friends, and experiencing terrible physical pain — we can hold fast to the Lord. Job 23:11-12 says, “My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and not turned aside. I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.”

Just as Job held fast to the Lord’s steps even when the path in front of him seemed like a mountain, I pray that you and I will choose to hold fast and not depart from the Lord when this world gives us heartaches and trials. My precious friend who recently lost her son has chosen to “choose joy” every day! I love this act of obedience. Even when her flesh wants to give up, she tells herself to “choose joy.” During this time of suffering for Job, he didn’t know what the end of the story for him would be, or why God allowed him to suffer – yet he held fast anyway! Job 5:8-9 says, “But as for me, I would seek God, and to God I would commit my cause-who does great things, and unsearchable, marvelous things without number.” As I look through the Team Hally pictures from the past four years, I can definitely see the great and marvelous things God has done without number.

If you haven’t started the Job Bible Study, it’s not too late to join in! The end of Job’s story is full of hope and blessings. Following in my friend’s footsteps, and Job’s, I will choose joy and continue to hold fast to the words God has spoken. One of the ways we are celebrating Hally’s life each year at her birthday is by making pies (since her birthday is “Pi” day!  LOL) so this year we will make 14 and give them away. She loved blueberries, so we always try to make a few blueberry pies.

Praying you will hold fast and trust in Him. Job 13:15a, 16a, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him… He also shall be my salvation.”