Monday, February 18, 2013

1/4 of the way there! Support update and news from the Hallams

We are officially 1/4 of the way to our monthly goal!  I am so excited to see God move, but we still have a ways to go before we are Alaska bound!

Thanks to everyone that has joined our support team! Things are moving quickly here in the Hallam house. We spent this past weekend moving out of our Arizona home. Every time we move I forget just how much work it is! This time was especially difficult because Noah was sick while we were trying to move out, and then I (Lindsay) got strep Sunday night, so Steve had to finish the moving by himself. I am so blessed to have such a hard-working husband!

We are now living with Steve's parents until it is time to head up to Alaska. Currently there are 7 of us staying here until Granny heads back to Missouri next weekend. It is tight, but everyone has been so helpful and supportive! Marsha and Curt have been so kind to let us fill every extra space in their home with all of our daily necessities! We are supposed to be in Alaska by June first, but we cannot make any permanent moving plans until we know that we will be fully funded by June. Which brings me to this next section:

We have had several people  ask us about the giving time-line. We created this flyer to help answer the two most common questions about giving: 
  • When should I start giving? 
  • What type of giving do you need?
Take a moment to read this through and let us know if you have any questions!

After we finish with all of the moving we will be focusing on support raising again. If we mailed you a support packet with information about what we will be doing in Alaska we will be giving you a call in the next week or two to answer any questions you might have. 

We have set a date for our fundraising lunch, Saturday March 30th at 1pm at the McCormick Ranch Golf Club. They have graciously offered the use of their facilities and staff free of charge! I am working on setting up a way to purchase tickets to the lunch online, so watch for that information soon. Tickets will be $15 to cover the cost of food (which we are getting at-cost from the golf club). We will be sharing more about what we will be doing in Alaska, and presenting the opportunity to join our team if you have not already done so. There will also be donated entertainment and some fun auction activities. 

Steve and I will be heading back up to Alaska mid-April  for a fast weekend of house hunting. It will be great to check in with the students and talk to them about how their semesters are going!  

I think that is all that is going on for now. Please keep praying for the students and staff at ACC,  our family, and the support raising process!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

A great giving option you might not be aware of!

We just received a very generous gift from a couple in our church. They gave utilizing an option that some of you may not be aware of. The company where they work offers "Employer Matching" for charitable gifts. Alaska Christian College participates in these Employer Match programs. Many larger companies offer this option, including Shell, Bank of America, Exon, IBM and Intel. The amount of donation the company is willing to match varies, but many are very generous. Intel, for example, will match up to $10,000 per organization per year.

If you are considering joining our support team, it is worthwhile to check to see if your employer participates in this type of program, your giving could be doubled! If you can't set up monthly giving with this type of matching, consider doing a re-occuring annual gift. As long as you let us know that you intend to give some amount (doesn't necessarily have to be the same amount) each year then we are able to count your gift towards our monthly support!

We are so excited to see how God is moving hearts for these Alaskan students. We are extremely grateful for every gift we receive. Thank you for your involvement in these student's lives!