Christmas Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
This has been a busy year for Jacob’s Gift and the Hall family. First of all Jacob’s Gift has regained our nonprofit status to receive tax deductable gifts that will further the kingdom of our awesome God. There has been an ongoing process for the last two years of several phone calls and sending in more paperwork all a little stressful but thank the Lord the government decided to reinstate us as if we had never lost it. Designing a new Jacob’s Gift website and inputting all the stories/projects and many pictures, hoping to be up soon. Our mission trip to the Philippines and we added a new family member. Wow!!!
Deb and I are still riding a high from our mission trip to the Philippines this last February 2014, it definitely was an emotional roller coaster. Seeing and building the relationships with those special and precious people cannot be put into words. We finally were able to put real people with the pictures that we have been receiving over the years from Alex Malanday of Church Builders Ministry. We would like to thank all those who helped to make this possible thru your prayers, donations, for Deb’s mom, dad, brother and our children and spouses for taking care of everything at home and on the farm, for those in the Philippines that hosted us ( they treated us like royalty). It was a blessing to meet everyone and being able to be a part of your missions work. If you would like to read more on our trip, ANM’s magazine has featured an article on Jacob’s Gift, we have enclosed one for you to keep. (Read Newsletter Philippine Trip 2014)
I also have another opportunity to go back to the Philippines to visit another missionary that we partnered with on a project, Wilson & Cora Landigran. I am going as part of a team called Construction Team Ministry, which teaches carpentry and welding skills to the local people this coming February 2015. Can’t wait!!
Projects so far this year include: adding a kindergarten extension to the Jacob’s Room 2 - that the government had required, also adding a kitchen and bathroom to the Jacob’s Resource Center for Church Builders Ministry, Guimaras, Philippines and sent power hand tools with funds for convertors to the graduates of the carpentry class at Camp JeLoY, Negros, Philippines.
This year we lost a family friend Bobbi Forbes whose request was to have memorial funds given to Jacob’s Gift. Our love and prayers to Bobbi’s family, one more added to the great reunion in heaven in knowing Jesus Christ as our Savior.
We are in the process of deciding what our next project will be, (sent $3,000 toward the Birthing Center for Tom & Helene Malande of Kenya, Africa) there are so many to choose from just alone in ANM’s Christmas Catalog section besides the stories we hear of from missionaries – would you please consider sending donations to Jacob’s Gift or ANM directly to help children from around the world.
To catch you up on the Hall Family – Josh & Kimberlie have made their home in Ottumwa (only a few miles from us), Josh is still at the credit union and Kimberlie teaching high school. Katlynn & Kody are just 30 minutes away; Kody is a computer programmer along with being a new dad, and Katlynn a new mom and doing a little substitute teaching. With Katlynn being a new mom makes us grandparents to Konrad Jacob, which we highly enjoy. It has been a great year of blessings, praying you all have a Blessed Christmas.
Thru Him (Jesus Christ) I can go on,
Richard, Debbie, Joshua, Kimberlie, “Jacob”, Katlynn, Kody and Konrad
The Board of Directors of Jacob’s Gift
Gifts to Jacob’s Gift are tax-deductible and should be made payable to Jacob’s Gift
The purpose of Jacob’s Gift is to honor young Jacob Hall’s dream of becoming a
missionary by raising and receiving memorial donations and funds and distributing
those funds to qualified Christian ministries that emphasize the evangelization of
children around the world. 95% of all gifts received will go toward ministry projects.
20814 Highway 34
Blakesburg, IA 52536
Tel: (641)777-1108 – Debbie’s Cell (641)226-4033 – Richard’s cell (641)799-1335 – Josh’s Cell
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