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WINTER TESTIMONY: A PERSONAL REFLECTION

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This year has definitely been a time of change in my life. It seems like every single part of my life has changed! I’ve found that just when I think life has changed enough or is going back to normal, something else changes! As most of our normal way of giving bibles was shut down, I decided to start praying that God would show me new opportunities to give bibles and for me to share God’s Word right where I am.

I have the blessing of teaching elementary Spanish at a private school called Mighty Oaks Enrichment Center. Each Christmas I like to give my students a gift, and as I processed through what to give each student, I decided to give each of them a Team Hally Bible. Honestly, I thought the students might not be super excited or that they all had a bible of their own. God really proved me wrong! Almost every student was overjoyed to receive their bible and said they couldn’t wait to read it on their own. Then, one of my fifth graders asked if I would start a bible study with them.

Once again, I wondered how many of my students would truly give up their recess time to do a bible study with their Spanish teacher, but decided I was willing to try! Of course, God had such a perfect plan that I shouldn’t have been surprised when around 25 third through sixth grade students showed up to study Jesus’ parables from Matthew 13. Most of the students are using the Team Hally Bible and it is so helpful to say, “turn to page 1041” and everyone is reading and studying the same version! I’m so excited to see in a few years how God grows these faithful young believers into mature men and women of God!

TEAM HALLY IN 2020

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What an amazing year it has been for Team Hally! God has proven his faithfulness and steadfast love in so many ways to our little ministry team. “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.” Deuteronomy 7:9

As we reflect on the year, it truly is overwhelming to see how God continued to give us abundant opportunities to distribute bibles, to have both our Team Hally game, as well as our annual Dirty Dash, to grow the ministry in new ways using social media, and to answer so many prayers.

As the year began, more than 100 faithful friends and family gathered at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan to cheer on the Kansas State University women’s basketball team for our annual Team Hally game. Each year we try something new for the game and in 2020 we distributed more than 250 beanies to fans, in support of the team, as well as Team Hally. Those hats can still be seen around Hally’s school, as well as at K-State football games! It was also such a joy to have many of the coaches and the team join Team Hally fans after the game for a meal and to cheer on the Chiefs as they won a playoff game! Go Chiefs! God’s continued blessing over our partnership with the KSU women’s basketball team is truly heartwarming!

The opportunities we had to give bibles in 2020 were completely dependent on God and His direction. “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9) Looking back, we could never have imagined the doors that would open and how not having control was actually a much more fulfilling year! As vacation bible school after vacation bible school was cancelled, our prayer team cried out to the Lord for Him to show us how, where, and when to give bibles. The emails, phone calls, and random opportunities came flooding in! As a result, Team Hally has distributed more than 2,000 English bibles, 600 Spanish bibles, and 250 French bibles (which are headed to Haiti). Bibles have gone to the Philippines, Nicaragua, as well as Ethiopia, War Eagle camp in Arkansas, In His Wakes waterski camps, Heartland Camp, Bread of Life ministry, to KSU students, Dream Center, local churches and youth groups, Jenny’s Spanish students at Mighty Oaks, and to our very special bible-giving partner Howard in Indianapolis.

These bibles wouldn’t be possible without the faithful and sacrificial giving of so many! Our annual Dirty Dash not only saw more than 400 runners and spectators, but was also a day of giving! Our goal was $25,000 and we raised more than $30,000. We truly cannot express the depth of our gratitude for everyone who made the Dirty Dash possible this year. In addition, even the KSU women’s basketball team showed their continued support by creating their own fun run in Manhattan to encourage our ministry! I am thanking God for giving us a beautiful day, venue, and opportunity to run for bibles.

Finally, as the year draws to a close, we see how each month as our prayer team gathers to pray over individuals, churches, the K-State women’s basketball team, specific ministry needs, and the ministry in general, that God not only hears our prayers, but delights in answering our prayers. Phil 4:19 has definitely proven true over and over again. We all have been reminded this year that “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

Discovering the Peaceful Generation in Ethiopia

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Written by Team Hally Supporter June Duehring

In March 2020 a group from Gardner Fellowship Bible Church spent 10 days experiencing God’s work in Ethiopia. They held a mini-Vacation Bible School at a school called Peaceful Generation. At this school, children from surrounding tribes – which have historically been in conflict with one another – come together and are taught of Christ’s love for all people.

The team brought suitcases of supplies, including 24 Team Hally Bibles. The kids are then able to return to their tribes and are beacons of peace and hope in their communities. Although time in this area was short, witnessing the huge work of reconciliation that God is doing through Peaceful Generation made an incredible impact on the entire team. The Bibles are used to teach the word of God, and are also their primary textbook for learning English.

Seeing how gratefully the gifts were received was extremely humbling to the team. They prayed that the presence of God’s word in these tribes will continuously promote change in the hearts of these people.

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Cole’s Special Easter Gift

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Written by Cole’s Mom

I wanted to give our nine year old son Cole a new Bible for Easter.

Mrs. Yust is his Spanish teacher at Mighty Oaks Enrichment Center, and he and Zoey are classmates, so I knew a Team Hally Bible would mean something extra special to him.

He received the Bible Easter morning and when he saw it, he got a huge smile on his face! He opened it and read the front inside cover about Hally’s legacy. He said, “This is so cool!” He loves to read his Bible! We are thankful for this special gift.

Team Hally is inspired.

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These are tumultuous times.

Instead of being afraid, at Team Hally, we have recommitted ourselves to our cause.

We’ve chosen to be inspired by the good work going on around us. These are some resources we are turning to to stay calm, focused and continue to look forward in this time of crisis for our country. We’ve found hope through these resources (and others):

The Gospel Coalition

The Desiring God

Instagram Inspiration

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Please reach out with prayer requests or other ideas you have for staying strong and inspired during these trying times. We’re with you.

Thank you for YOUR commitment to Team Hally. You’re our inspiration.

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What’s New at the Medical Lodge?

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Our June visit to the Medical Lodge of Gardner once again gave several Team Hally members the opportunity to shine Christ’s love and compassion to these precious residents.

We enjoyed doing a craft, having a snack, playing a game and reading God’s Word together. Our next visit is at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, July 22. Please email us if you are interested in participating.

Inspiration from Team Hally Supporter Denise Stout

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Do little things or little actions really matter?

A little thing changed the course of my life. A little action first changed my brother’s life, which then changed my parents’ lives, which then changed my life. That little thing was a Vacation Bible School (VBS) flyer left at our front door in a suburb of Chicago.

My mom read the flyer and was so excited to hear about a church providing a free two-week program for kids, as the Catholic church my parents attended didn’t offer many activities for kids. So, she sent my older brother and sister to VBS at the Bible church that left the flyer.

Through that two week program, my siblings heard the Bible taught. My brother was the first to respond to the message of the Gospel and the saving message of Jesus. My mom went to the VBS closing program and became involved in a Bible study. Within a few weeks, my mom became a follower of Jesus too. Not long after, my dad became a believer too. (I was only two at the time, but at the age of nine, I also trusted Jesus as my Savior. A few more sisters were born, grew up and accepted Jesus too.)

So, yes, little things do matter. To reach my family, God used “little” things: a VBS flyer, a church building, a VBS volunteer, a church bus driver. He used other things too, like prayer, a pastor’s message, and God’s Word. My brother was the first to follow Jesus. And the first to see Jesus face-to-face. Little did we know that less than 10 years after he became a Jesus-follower, that he would be in heaven. What a difference that little flyer, faithful believers, and God’s precious Word made in so many lives!

Be encouraged because God weaves all the little things and all the big things together for His glory. Keep being a faithful Jesus follower; keep sharing Jesus; keep sharing God’s Word. It matters for eternity.

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.

Newsletter: July/August 2017

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Team Hally Verse of the Month – Psalm 150:1

Praise the Lord.  Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.

Broken Things

Psalms 147:3
As I have prayed the past couple of weeks about what to share with all of you my soul has been torn between the human feelings of sadness, loss, and disappointment and the heavenly feelings of joy, peace, and hope.  This morning I heard the song “Broken Things” by Matthew West (video below) and immediately God flooded my mind with all He has done with my brokenheart and our broken family the past three years.  So today I would like to share with you the joy and hope that we have because of what Christ did for all of us 2000 years ago.

Team Hally Welcomes 2017

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Welcome 2017!!!  The new year is always hard, but it is exciting to look back from the beginning of Team Hally and see what our group is blossoming into.  As we start the new year, we are taking time to reflect on who Team Hally is and where to continue our focus.

Who is Team Hally?
If you are reading this, YOU are a part of Team Hally!  We want to make sure that we make it clear that everyone who has any connection to Team Hally, IS Team Hally!

What is Team Hally’s main purpose?
Our main purpose is to continue what Hally started by putting Bibles in your hands to look for those who need God’s word.

Where do we give Bibles?
Any opportunities that arise where we see a need.  So far, Team Hally has given Bibles at VBS’ (for 3rd graders and up), to students from Hally’s school, to homeless, at birthday parties, to youth groups, to people who are facing tough times, to cousins, friends, family…

Because EACH of YOU is a part of Team Hally, and our purpose is to give Bibles, our hope is that you will pray about who you could give a Bible to.  Also that you would be willing to keep one or two of the Team Hally Bibles in your car, and pray for an opportunity to give it.  We pray that if you see someone in need, you will get some Bibles from Team Hally and put a Bible into those hands.

We have a wonderful opportunity brought about by a tragic loss.  We have Bibles!  We have the hope that Jesus gives us.

Please pray for God to show you opportunities to give a Bible and also consider keeping a Bible or two in your car for when opportunities arise.