We all want to leave a legacy. Gail did too.

Gail Hamilton was part of a great legacy of strong women and also helped grow 4 daughters who are all leaders in their churches and workplaces. Her and her husband, Don, shared a ministry in Harrisburg, PA, as well as working on their own individual ministries, for more than 34 years.

When Gail was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in 2016, she spent a lot of time thinking of her legacy as the sense of urgency surrounding her choices was heightened.  She realized that her daughters were her legacy and would carry it on, along with those she had helped know Jesus. But, she found herself asking “What else do you want me to do, Lord?” “What else can I do for your kingdom?” Around this time is when Stadia had called Gail and shared the church planting opportunities happening with a partnering organization called *Enhance in Southern Asia.

Stadia started partnering with *Enhance in 2017 to plant churches. There are over 500 million people in Southern Asia that have never heard the name of Jesus, around 26 million children are unwanted, calling the streets homes, and most of the population live in extreme poverty. These staggering stats motivate Stadia and Enhance as they help support and fund church planters in Southern Asia. As Stadia works to raise funds for men and women in church planting here, Gail, and her family, started a campaign to specifically raise funds for the women in Southern Asia, who experience even stronger oppression in addition to the extreme poverty they live in, calling it “Gail’s Girls.” These women go through a center for training and then these graduates, who are first generation Christians, will work in an average of three communities each in their first five years of ministry.

When Gail heard about this ministry, she felt as though God had answered her, “What else?” question with extreme clarity. Gail’s family are still serving as catalysts, promoting awareness of and raising funds for this great need.

Gail Hamilton

My name is Gail Hamilton.

I’m part of a great legacy of strong women. I have 4 daughters who are all leaders in their churches and workplaces. My husband, Don, and I have shared a ministry in Harrisburg, PA, as well as working on our own individual ministries, for more than 34 years. God has been good to us in so many ways.

At the end of 2016, my life changed when I was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer.

Don Hamilton

At one point during the sessions I looked across the aisle to see one of the most beautiful sites I’ve beheld in a long time.  There, on the front row, sat a beautiful young Gail’s Girl about to graduate.  She was dressed in a beautiful golden traditional garb and there on her lap was her open Bible.  Taped on to the inside cover of that Bible was a photograph of my wife, Gail.  Though this young lady had never, nor would she ever meet Gail in this life, Gail’s affect her life was demonstrated in that she would accompany this young woman everywhere she went and every time the Words of Life were opened.  I broke into tears and sometimes still weep when this picture comes to mind.

Andrea Hamilton

Everyone wants to leave a legacy. That’s what Gail did, but she handed us the baton and has given the opportunity for all of us to keep running with this, to leave a legacy, impacting thousands of lives. If you have ever had someone speak into your life, telling you that you have value and are capable of many things, you know the power those words can have on a person. This is the opportunity we get; to provide this kind of empowerment for these women in Southern Asia, who are experiencing the opposite- oppression. And even better, we get to do it in the name of Jesus; a Savior who is always with them, will give them peace and hope that changes their lives, and provides strength to help change the lives of those around them. Let’s keep that legacy going.

Lauren Jones

Gail’s Girls is an opportunity to change a life and save a soul. And then another. And another after that, because every time you support Gail’s Girls, you are empowering women who will directly impact their communities. Those communities will impact villages, impacting cities, impacting regions, and saving nations. When you support Gail’s Girls, you help make disciples of all nations, just as God calls us to do.

Kristin Russell

Gail’s Girls exists to transform the lives of many, starting with building up women in leadership who otherwise would not have the opportunity to use their talents and gifts in such a way. It was my Mom’s passion to teach others their worth and identity in Christ. She had a special place in her heart for these young women in Southern Asia and she wanted to see them do amazing things in the Kingdom of God. Gail’s Girls equips them to do just that. She may not be with us here today, but her legacy lives on through these “world changers”. One day she will see all who she got to impact as they line the streets of heaven with our Lord Jesus. What a beautiful picture of how God can use someone to impact His Kingdom! Gail’s Girls impact is undeniable as lives are changed each day. Anyone and everyone can be a part of this impact! We hope to see many join the legacy and join the movement. Let’s keep making a difference together!

Rachel Mullelly

Gail’s Girls is an opportunity to empower women in a culture where they are often disregarded.  They are taught trades that enable them to share life and connect with other women in their villages.  Through these friendships, they have the ability to share their hope and faith in Jesus to people who have never been reached.  Our mom shared her life with people.  Her faith was evident to anyone she cared for.  Gail’s girls is an echo of her passion to share Christ with people by showing them they matter to God and encouraging them in their gifts.

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Gail Hamilton

My name is Gail Hamilton.

I’m part of a great legacy of strong women. I have 4 daughters who are all leaders in their churches and workplaces. My husband, Don, and I have shared a ministry in Harrisburg, PA, as well as working on our own individual ministries, for more than 34 years. God has been good to us in so many ways.

At the end of 2016, my life changed when I was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer.

With my diagnosis, the sense of urgency surrounding my choices heightened. I spent a lot of time thinking about my priorities and the legacy I will leave when Jesus calls me home. I’ve realized that my daughters are my legacy and will carry on my legacy, along with those I have helped to know Jesus. Relationships and bringing more people to heaven are the only things that really matter! With that in mind, I found myself asking, “What else do you want me to do, Lord? What else can I do for Your Kingdom?”

About that time, we received a call from our friends at Stadia, who has been instrumental in starting hundreds of new churches. Stadia partners with Enhance*, an organization that seeks to fulfill the Great Commission in Southern Asia, where the largest concentration of unreached people groups live. In our conversations with Stadia, we learned that over 500 million people in Southern Asia have never even heard the name of Jesus, and around 26 million children are unwanted, calling the streets their home. I cannot even wrap my mind around these numbers and the sever poverty that exists!

Enhance and Stadia are just as impacted by these staggering numbers. Starting in 2017, Stadia began partnering with 25 young women who are receiving training and support in a transformation center in Southern Asia through Enhance. These graduates, who are first generation Christians, will work in an average of three communities each in their first five years of ministry.

When I heard about this ministry, it felt as though God had answered my, “What else?” question with extreme clarity. My family and I are now serving as catalysts, promoting awareness of and raising funds for this great need. We have been blessed to be in a chain of godly women leaders and are now extending that chain into Southern Asia!

Don Hamilton

A few weeks ago I had the great honor of traveling to southern Asia to spend a few days with two groups of graduates from transformation centers.  Along with my daughter Andrea and an awesome team of Gail’s Girls supporters, I had the opportunity to teach these excited young graduates, who are presently taking the Gospel to several dozen towns throughout a large region of that country.  Within three/four years, in the neighborhood of 200 new churches will established. My time spent with teaching culminated with the opportunity to deliver the graduation address for these students.

At one point during the sessions I looked across the aisle to see one of the most beautiful sites I’ve beheld in a long time.  There, on the front row, sat a beautiful young Gail’s Girl about to graduate.  She was dressed in a beautiful golden traditional garb and there on her lap was her open Bible.  Taped on to the inside cover of that Bible was a photograph of my wife, Gail.  Though this young lady had never, nor would she ever meet Gail in this life, Gail’s affect her life was demonstrated in that she would accompany this young woman everywhere she went and every time the Words of Life were opened.  I broke into tears and sometimes still weep when this picture comes to mind.

This is the third graduating class Gail’s fund-raising has supported and I know there will be many more.  Now seventy-five young women are planting churches and God is transforming communities by the dozens.

We only have so many resources and so much time to make a difference for the Kingdom of God in this world.  When you generously support Gail’s Girls, you know without a doubt that thousands of lives are being drawn to God.  I know this is true, I’ve seen it with my own eyes and heard it with my own ears. Please pray for and give generously to this ministry – Gail’s Girls.

On October 18, 2019 my wife, Gail, passed from this life and into her eternal life to be with her Lord Jesus.  This was the culmination of a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.  Though this has been such a difficult journey for myself and my children, we have taken great consolation in the fact that Gail’s death was indeed a passing from one life to the next.  She is no longer in pain and has more life now than she could ever possess on earth.

But there is another consolation from my wife’s passing – Gail’s Girls.  We all leave a legacy, footprints if you will, when we pass from this earth.  God decided to leave many footprints in Gail’s legacy. In southern Asian there are millions upon millions of people who have never heard the name of Jesus, much less had the opportunity to learn how much God loves them.  God is using this partnership with Stadia and Enhance to change those facts.  The ministry of Gail’s Girls is reaching thousands of people in this most unchurched area of the world. Thank you for sharing your resources so that the Gospel will reach these wonderful people.

 

 

The Family Fun Fest and 5k is a fundraiser for Gail’s Girls, a campaign raising money to empower oppressed and impoverished women in Southern Asia. The mission of Gail’s Girls is to provide opportunities to encourage and empower women in Southern Asia by teaching them life skills, leadership skills, and a specific trade, equipping them to lead community transformation around them.

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