June 2013

Monday, September 1, 2014

Halls' Summer 2014 - still in USA!

 
WOW!! One whole year now in the States, it's been a long time since that happened! 
The girls ask from time to time when we are going home. Jette and I are asking the same question; Africa is still home to us...
God has us here for this season and it is good; we are learning and seeing a lot.
 
Suitcases:
We were in the Portland, Oregon area, over the summer at my (Lyle's) dad’s farmhouse, with lots of space, lots of work, lots to see. It was great to spend time with Grandma and Grandpa too. They celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary while we were all there.



We drove the long way from Florida, a four week drive, visiting along the way. Still living out of suitcases but this will likely never really end in our lives... Every weekend we were out sharing in different churches throughout the NW. A lot is happening in this nation but at the same time we sense a deeper hunger for the Lord.
 
Danish Visitors
Jette’s brother and his family from Denmark came to visit us for two weeks in July, what a joy to see them! This photo is from Cannon Beach, Oregon Coast, where we got to spend a couple of days. Hearing the Danish language (great for the girls), sightseeing many different places,  and spending lots of quality time together was wonderful.
We look forward to seeing all of our Danish family and as many Danish friends as possible when we go to Denmark for Christmas

Emergency:
We were on our way to Boise ID. last month from Portland  OR. and on the way I began having serious cramps which eventually led Jette to taking me to the nearest emergency room in a local hospital. The reason we were given was that some kind of virus (?) had caused intestinal swelling leading to blockage. After groaning like a dying animal for what seemed like hours I was finally given morphine and two days later I was released from the hospital but only after having a tube up my nose and down my throat for 48 hours. That was not a pleasant experience...
Many people all over the world were praying for us, we are so thankful to have friends from around the globe. The whole experience has helped me to have a bit more understanding of those who are working with medical issues.
 
What is next?
We arrived a week ago in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina after another USA crossing by car and will be here till the end of the year running a Discipleship Training School for YWAM.
Jette and the girls will be busy with home school for the most part these next four months, but will also be a part of the YWAM activities as much as time allows.
  Click here for info. YWAM Myrtle Beach DTS
 
 It is very possible that I (Lyle) will be taking a trip back to Africa in the spring of 2015 for 4-5 weeks with some pastors from here in the States.

4M – The Fourth Musketeer: 
A 72-hour character challenge weekend for men. Here men are challenged to become warriors for their marriages, homes, churches, communities as God intended. I have seen men truly  transformed before my eyes. The 4M office receives letters from wives saying "thank you; my husband is a new man."
I am part of the 4M USA team, which runs camps in Oklahoma, Kentucky, California, and opening up in North Carolina and Washington in 2015.
It is not only an adventure, but a great experience; life-changing testimonies at every camp.
Men, check it out on-line, click link below.
The 4th Musketeer

Thank You!
In closing  a big thank you to all, stay encouraged in the Lord, stay in prayer and in the Word. We are always encouraged by any e-mails we receive, sso drop us a line and let us know how your summer has been!

Blessings,
from Lyle and Jette,
Rachel, Acacia, Mikaela and Naomi

Friday, June 6, 2014

Road Trip USA May 2014

We have been on the road almost 6 weeks, stayed in 11 homes and 3 motels so far. Some would say that is a very long time for a field trip, but we have our school books with us and squeeze in as much school as possible while on the road.
We have seen so many beautiful and interesting places and people, feeling very blessed!

Colorado
We celebrated Acacia's birthday together with
the cousins in Colorado Springs
Fun hike in the Rocky Mountains

Brothers :)
There was a snow storm on Mother's Day, and the kids
made the most of it, built a fun snowman.

Poor Naomi broke her leg jumping on the trampoline,
but she is a trooper and very good on crutches!
Lots of fun things to see along the way....
Wyoming,
Yellowstone National Park


Hiking in Yellowstone Nat'l Park


We saw lots of bison, but not many this close....
Old Faithful, "Thar she blows!!"
Amazingly beautiful landscapes
Idaho
We found a place called Craters of the Moon Nat'l Park
There were lava tubes (lava caves) that we could explore


Reunion with YWAM Friends
We got to see our friend Kevan, who fights forest fires, do a
practice jump with his parachute and all his gear
Fun with friends


Washington State
Our friend showed us around the fire station, then took us up the
tall, tall ladder, 100ft in the air!


Sunday, April 20, 2014

HAPPY EASTER 2014

"Amazing love, how can it be,
that you my King should die for me?
Amazing love, I know it's true,
it's my joy to honor you in all I do,

"I'm forgiven because you were forsaken,
I'm accepted, you were condemned.
I'm alive and well, your spirit lives within me,
because you died and rose again."


What a beautiful truth we get to celebrate at Easter!May we be given the courage and grace to live it every day of the year!



We are in Florida until the end of April, staying very busy with homeschool and with another theatre production that the girls are very excited about: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. See the photo above, and see if you can find us all... These shows will run on Easter weekend and the following weekend. Then we will start our journey west again, visiting friends along the way. We look forward to spend time over the summer with friends and family in the Northwest.

We wrote earlier about going to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to help out with another YWAM Discipleship school. We still plan to do that, but the course has been postponed from April to September.
As far as our return to Africa, we are constantly praying about when that will be.  Sometime in 2015, we hope...
Some of you may remember Simba Ulanga, Shilingi, Mark Masai and others that we talk about from time to time. They all send their greetings. We regularly support these men and women of God, so far from us here, but so close to our hearts.
Those of you who support us, we hope you realize that it is not only us, but also every people and nation that we are involved with.
Thank you for believing in us!

"The 4th Musketeer"

A 72-hour character challenge for men. 
Lyle has been helping this organisation out with their special outdoor weekend events for men. 
A fantastic experience!
One more is coming up in May.
Guys, click here to check it out! the4thMusketeer

Friday, April 18, 2014

Philippines Outreach Report

"Sorry, sir! Two of your kids will not be able to go to Philippines..."
Just before getting on the airplane in New York headed for a lay-over in Korea,  we were told that two of our girls could not go, because their passports were valid less than 6 months and Philippines immigration would not let them in. “Get new passports, then they can go.” We flew on to Seoul, Korea and were able to deal with the passport issue there, while Jette and the other two flew on to our destination. After 30 hours, the passport issue was sorted and off we went to meet the others in Cebu, Philippines. We are glad the girls have passports from two countries, and that we had team members coming a day later, who could bring the other passports!




Philippines Culture and Statistics

Philippines is made up of 7,107 islands, with the population reaching 100 million at the beginning of 2014. We went to three islands, so I still have a long way to go to see them all. 


Filipinos are exceptionally hospitable; they love to fellowship and love to cook for their guests. They love their roast pig: Whole pigs are roasted over an open fire and 6 hours later - it’s time to eat!

Filipinos are a gentle people and very servant-hearted, and also a very scattered people. You can find Filipinos all over the world working, looking for ways to send money back home. This also means that either a mom/dad, sometimes even both are away, at times for several years, leaving kids behind to be raised by others, making unstable families in desperate situations. One would ask if money is really worth it. My personal worldview and situation says no, but I must be careful not to judge.

On a sad note; it is said that Philippines is quickly becoming the second highest nation for human trafficking. One can buy slaves in secret markets for $200 - $500. Certificate of ownership is issued along with counterfeit passports etc. Legal or not, it is being done. Let us increase in prayer and intercession for this situation!

Philippines is known for mangoes, pineapples, coconuts, white sand beaches and seashells.
Selling coconuts, "buko"
The girls enjoyed their time so much, reminded them of home in Africa in so many ways. They continue to ask when we are going home. We took several trips out to the country side, enjoyed the white sand beaches but also the fresh green mountain sides, coconut water and lots of rice to keep us full. Of course we had to eat the local delicacy “balut” once again, a boiled fertilized duck egg. It is a mind thing really, but it does taste just like an ordinary egg; it is the little feathers and the beak that is harder to swallow…

Ministry:
Performing the Judah Ben Hur Musical in a mall in Cebu city!

We were so excited to meet two Kenyan ladies after one
of the shows, and be able to speak Swahili! They are in
Philippines studying to become nurses.
In short, we had 7 Judah Ben-Hur Musical performances throughout several islands; with wonderful prayer times following the shows. The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus is powerfully portrayed and serves as a wonderful testimony to everyone watching it. 
The practical aspect of the musical was a challenge in most venues due to small stages and various electrical problems. 
One venue, a sports complex, had lost most of its roof during the typhoon. It rained during one of our shows there so that night ended with a new musical called ‘Dancing in the Rain’, in which everyone participated, great fun!
Naomi had many fans...










There were several trips to a local prison for ministry and our kids especially enjoyed the weekly trips into some of the slum areas for children’s programs. Also visiting homes of some desperate people. My “pen” can tell you the story but it is unable to give you the soul and heart of their reality. Losing their homes, and now even 3 months later basically living in grass huts and hoping they will soon be able to afford re-building their homes. But always welcoming us with a smile and offering us a bite to eat…

Acacia loving on the kids in the slum areas
The YWAM team headed back to Florida USA while I, Lyle, stayed on for an additional 2 weeks. I spent time with my mom who had brought a team from their church in Japan. We had a great time of ministry on the island of Bohol. Then my dad called and said “That’s not fair, come and see me in Japan, since you’re already in this part of the world.” So I flew to Japan for a few days and had a great time with my dad and in the church there. My parents have now been pastoring in Japan for 20 years. I have amazing parents, love you mom and dad… After almost 50 hours of sitting in planes and airports I too arrived back here in Florida. (On the parent note, Jette’s parents just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, Congratulations! We were sad that we weren't able to be in Denmark to celebrate with them.)
On Bantayan Island, we took our team kids with us and went to a village by the beach
and had an un-announced time of games and ministry. God really touched the lives
of these children through the testimony of God's love given by a 16-year-old boy
on our team! Here they all are making silly faces....


On one of our last days there, our hosts took us Island Hopping
and the snorkeling was amazing! Here's Mikaela showing a starfish
she picked up from the bottom (and later returned to the water).
These trips, though a bit costly, will benefit our girls the rest of their lives, and the few souls that we touch with the heart of God, bringing a smile to the Filipino people, often mixed with the tears of life, makes it worth every penny.

Thank you to everyone who stood with us in prayer and support for this outreach!
God bless you!!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Philippine Outreach Coming Up!

Dear wonderful friends,
The January weather here in Florida has been nice and warm, in contrast to the rest of North America and Europe, but not as hot as some of you in Africa have it....
Our time with YWAM Tampa Bay has been good and we are now in full swing with the Judah Ben Hur (JBH) Musical performance. We all have part in this production and enjoying it. They tried to give me (Lyle) a singing and dance part, but that wasn’t such a great idea, so I have the part of a tough Roman soldier and also responsible to move all the sets for the right time and place. Jette and the girls are enjoying their roles and also recently auditioned for ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, to be run in March and April.
It is Outreach Time!
Together with 17 others we will be heading off to Cebu Island in the Philippines from February 2nd to 26th. Most of you may know that this nation has suffered great destruction with ongoing earthquakes and tremors since October, in November the largest typhoon in recorded history and most recently flooding and mudslides. 
Our opportunities will be diverse; we will be doing some rebuilding and cleanup, as well as ministering to kids in the slums and also doing 5-6 JBH performances; a theatre has been rented for this show, which has a strong message of redemption.
We are looking for people to get behind us in support and prayer for this Outreach. Not just for our family expenses but also to help several Filipino families rebuild their homes, buy new seeds for their fields, a few footballs, shoes for street kids etc.
We do have our airfare all taken care of, but still need to see some funds come in for our food and accommodation while in Philippines. Would you be in prayer to see how you can be involved? 
There has been so much devastation and it will take years to get things in order once again and we are in hopes that God will use this team to reach out in love, to speak life and bring a smile to many faces in the time that we are there. Please pray with us that we'll have all the physical, financial, and, most of all, spiritual resources that we need to minister to this devastated area.

After our time in the Philippines our family will be heading to South Carolina to run a Discipleship School for YWAM in Myrtle Beach with our good friends Kel and Kristyn Steiner from April through end of June.

Blessings to you all and keep the heater on (those of you who are in the season of winter wonderland). 




Friday, June 28, 2013

June News from the Halls



June 2013: Goodbye to Kabwe



How does one say goodbye? Goodbyes are big part of mission life. Many come and many go and then one day it is also time for you to go. We have had to learn that if you are sad at goodbyes it is a good thing because it proves that you have loved. Zambia has been a great time for us all. We have met and worked with some great people these past five years.

            But now the house is full of boxes and piles to sort; rooms to paint and pets to give away; a car to sell and a house to rent out. By the time you get this update we pray that this is all in place.

Transition:
How do you prepare yourself to enter into a different phase, a different culture, a different worldview and a different people; from driving on a different side of the road, from single lane roads to six lane roads; from being a novelty and a hope for many to being just one in the crowd. Ready to go, yet not ready to leave.
Ethiopia
This is not at all a goodbye to Africa, albeit a temporary “see you later”, as we now take time for a type of sabbatical. My times among the Masai, in the swamps, in the bush with some great men and women of God who still cook over an open fire with smoke in their face, kids with no shoes and snotty noses. Working in Ethiopia, Congo, Kenya and Tanzania have all been incredible times seeing people hungry for God, for many all they have is faith to live on for they have nothing else. There is so much that we can learn from them.


Goodbye and Hello:
Goodbye to the sweet smell of the African rain, as well as the dusty roads and potholes.Goodbye to Africa’s open plains and the challenges that Africa brings. Goodbye to the late afternoon sun that gives its beautiful deep red tint on all it touches.
But with every goodbye there is a new hello. New people, new places, new challenges and new adventures. We have been working and ministering to the people of Africa for many years and now we come to work and minister to the people of a different land, to be a blessing where we are and to those  whom we are with. And this, perhaps, is what we look forward to the most.



The way forward:
            We arrive in Seattle on the 3rd July and off to the fireworks of Independence Day. The schedule is busy as we will be visiting family and friends until mid-August; then off to Florida where we will be working with YWAM Tampa for about six months. The girls are registered in the local ACE school and of course there are a lot of mixed emotions wrapped up their hearts. There is the look of excitement and worry all in the same smile. It is easy to think that they are Americans, but what are they? American dad, Danish mom, both raised in Africa, they have lived in Africa 90% of their lives; there will be a lot going through their minds. Excited about new gadgets and “stuff” in America, but will miss the simplicity of life here.

Thank you all for continuing to stand with us in so many different ways. Please keep us in your prayers during these next few months of great transition. And don’t hesitate to drop us a note and let us know how we can be praying for you.

Love and blessings,
From Lyle and Jette, Rachel, Acacia, Mikaela and Naomi

Our new prayer card



Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April News from the Halls


Dear friends and family,

After many miles of road and air travels and many great hours of ministry here in Zambia, in The Democratic Republic of Congo and in Ethiopia, Lyle is now back in Kabwe for a month of sports discipleship training. Jette was able to join him for one week in Ethiopia.
 
 

Sports Disciple School:

Now I am back home in Kabwe again. My friend Joe Anderson flew in from the States to help with our 2nd Sports Discipleship School which is happening this month.
Learning to trust in the tube and the life jacket...
To guide and to trust
    I set up an experiential outdoor course in the bush on a lake last year and it has been a powerful tool for ministry. Last year we had  about 90 participants go through it. In the 8-day course there are many activities: Swimming, which for many Africans is a really big deal, fear of drowning and of spirits in the water. Rock climbing, many problem-solving challenges, team building activities, a 24-hour solo time and a 32 km hike to a waterfall deep in the forest. The theme is always the cross and each team carries a wooden cross throughout their activities; here they gain a deeper understanding of the cross and its power. For many of them, this becomes a real life changing experience.

     A few weeks ago 24 coaches from 8 different nations went through this. These coaches are going through a 30-day high-level training. Training these coaches to become life coaches to use sport as a tool to reach the youth with the gospel. 55-60% of Africa is below the age of 18.
Outreach with the sports team to a local school
   The following week we took 40 college-age students through a very similar 3-day bush experience and will do yet another group in May.







Rock climbing and rappelling, having to trust the rope as well as the people below
Team building exercise



Rachel did really well, despite just having had malaria.
Here she is with her team on "Vision Rock"





Team decided to stay together and cross over
instead of trying to take the canoe over twice


Praying and singing around the camp fire



Soup Night every Tuesday

A full house:

The Hall’s house is an open place to people from all over the world, at present we have 2 German and 1 Danish volunteer staying with us and every Tuesday is “Soup Night”; our doors are always open, so the house is full from every tribe and nation.


Farewell party for our German friends




 Our friends Roy and Sarah are taking care of all these kids(plus a handful or two of deaf youth),
here we had them over for a little swim and a snack.


Sabbatical:

There are many invitations opening up for us here in Africa, but we are in need of a bit of a break. It has been about 16 years of ministry for us; of course we are always ministering, but now we look forward to a change of scenery for a season. We will be flying into Seattle on July 3rd this year. We will be in the NW area for about 5 weeks and then we head to Florida for 5-6 months to work with a YWAM discipleship school.

This next season is a needed time for Jette and I, also very much for our girls. Africa is in our hearts and a part of who we are, so this is by no means a good-bye; we will rent out our house here and take a good look at the future. We believe that the Lord has a wonderful plan for our family but not sure what all that means at this point so pray with us.
We hope to come to Denmark in March 2014 when Jette's parents have their 50th wedding anniversary.

My Little Ladies:

 
Rachel, 14, had a serious bout of malaria a month ago, but thankfully bounced back quickly after getting the proper medication. She is not so sure about leaving her friends behind but also looks forward to going to the States.
 
Acacia, soon 12, whose passion is close-up nature photography, is somewhat concerned, mostly because Rachel is.

Mikaela 10, who has recently become an avid reader, is excited somehow, trying to save up pocket money to buy herself some cool stuff in America. 

Naomi, 6, who is in the wiggly teeth stage of life, is just loving it all, as much as we try not to spoil her, we are all victims…. What she looks forward to the most is to fly in an airplane again!!
 

Lots to do:

  Still lots to do in the next 10 weeks as we prepare to leave. Sorting, packing, cleaning as well as keeping up with the usual activities of life. Please pray with us that we find good renters for our house while we are away.
 
Some of the deaf youth at church
saying goodbye to their friend Harrison

Praise Report:

As you may remember, we (esp. Jette) are involved in helping in a deaf ministry here in town. Jette teaches in their cell group once or twice a month. On Good Friday the church showed the Jesus Film, and at the altar call, about 10 of the deaf youth came forward and gave their lives to the Lord! What an answer to prayer!! Jette had been struggling with the dilemma of trying to teach them Biblical values for living, but knowing that there would be no true transformation unless their hearts were changed by the power of the Gospel!
Please keep these young people in prayer as they continue to grow as followers of Jesus!

 

 
 

Thank you:

To all those who have and are supporting and praying for the Hall family we so do thank you! We don’t always know how, but there seems to always be enough. Please continue to stand with us; even though we are in the US, we’ll need God’s provision there as much as we do here, medical check-ups, school books and fees, transport etc. For those who know, furlough can sometimes be more overwhelming than being here at home....

My challenge to you:

Continue to reach out to the world around you; you are Jesus to your neighbor. Yes, we are all busy but be Jesus in your busy-ness. Remember that we will be more discouraged because of the things we did not do in life rather than the things we did do.

Many blessings, and thank you for taking time to read this!