- 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
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!
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!
Lisa Blevins – Children’s Mercy Hospital (pictured above – far right, along with Parker and Jenny Yust)
“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.
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!
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!
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.”
- Praising God for His Word!
- Pray for Bible distribution at area VBS this summer, and for hearts that will be receiving Bibles
- Praise for a wonderful visit on Valentine’s Day of sharing God’s truth and love with Medical Lodge residents and staff; please continue to pray for them
- Pray for many transformed hearts and a desire to obey His Word while reading the book of Job
- Continue to pray for K-State players and coaches as they finish their basketball season
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.
“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!
- 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