Dear Pastor and Friends,
Today is the one month mark since we arrived on furlough. Busy is an understatement. I have already given updates and preached 16+ times. We just finished up with two great missions conferences. The first one was with a church that is very near and dear to us, Vision Baptist Church. This church is like a second home church to us. We were super encouraged to see how God is blessing them. Their faith promise missions commitments increased to over $222,000!
The second conference was with Connect/Oakland Heights Baptist Church. It was another great conference. They treated us better than we could ever deserve. One of the things they did that was really cool was that they honored the missionary wives as the “Unsung Heroes.” They gave them gifts and ask us husbands, before the conference, to write about our wife’s strengths, accomplishments and sacrifices, which was read in front of the congregation.That made me realize I do not praise my wife enough, so I decided I want to share with you all what I wrote.
Rebekah is the smart one in our family. She makes us all look better! She should have married a doctor, but instead she got me (inside joke :-). She went to school to be a nurse; graduated with a BS in Nursing. She speaks three languages. She has built a thriving women’s/children’s ministries in two foreign languages. She also works as my personal secretary (definitely the most over-qualified personal secretary in the world).
Rebekah has given birth to 5 children abroad, 3 totally naturally with no epidural. She had to deal with 3rd world circumstances surrounding those births that would have caused the average woman to break. Not Bekah! They just made her stronger and more prepared to serve. Not to mention, most women begin to look worn out after having kids, but I can honestly say she has gotten hotter with each kid. She really is more beautiful today than when I met her.
Rebekah is not fearless, but she is not controlled by her fears. She ministers in places that most men won’t enter. She trusts in the Lord and, as a result, she gets to experience things most will never experience. She has been used of God to lead dozens of women and children to the Lord. Many girls consider her to be their spiritual mother. Just recently, one young lady who she led to the Lord while in Peru (now an assistant pastor’s wife) called to let us know that she named their daughter after her.
Bekah is an incredible mother and wife. She takes care of everything we need, not only in our home, but also in the church. She is not my assistant pastor, she is my wife, but she probably does twice as much as him. The last ten years of my life with her have been the best years of my life. Only Heaven will reveal how many lives Rebekah has impacted for God’s kingdom. — I am one blessed man!
Other Prayer Requests:
- Remember to sign up for the 2017 Our Generation Summit. We get to attended and participate this year. We hope to see you there!
- While we are in on furlough, we are hoping to raise some additional personal and ministry support.
- Remember our people back in South Africa as they lead the church; Mxolisi and Milisa Dama, Matthew Olwethu, Aphiwe Mabomba, and Missionaries Stephen and Ashlee Underwood who are all doing an incredible job in our absence.
I wish I could list all of those who have been a blessing to us since our arrival, but space won’t allow. I hope you know how grateful we are for your partnership in the Gospel with our ministry. We pray God blesses you richly for all that you do!
Jeremy and Rebekah Hall