On Thursday, October 18, 2018, Gail Hamilton passed into Jesus’ presence. We mourn with her family, but we also rejoice that she is healed and celebrating with Jesus. To read more about the celebration of her life, click the button to the left.
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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!