Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Hallum Family

I met this amazing family a couple weeks
ago in Texas when I went to speak at a
State All-Star Tournament. I was sad that
I had to meet them under hard circumstances,
yet so blessed by their faith in Jesus.

This is a SOFTBALL family! Chad is an umpire,
his wife, Christy, is the President of the Seminole
softball league, and daughters, Krislyn (13) and
Karlee (11), both play softball. They were not
supposed to be at the tournament because they
were at church camp earlier in the week.
While riding horses, a storm blew in and lightning
struck and Christy Hallum finished her race here
and went to be with Jesus.

At the tournament, they talked about this family
and let balloons fly high into the sky in honor of
Christy Hallum. I was able to pray with this family
and talk with the girls a bunch. They are normal
teen/preteen girls. Krislyn wants to play softball
at Arizona or Texas and Cat Osterman is her favorite
softball player! Their grace is amazing. I believe
and they said that God has really given them a "peace
that surpasses all understanding" like the Bible tells
us. Krislyn was telling me that Jeremiah 29:11 ("For
I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord.
"Plans of peace and not of evil, to give you a future
and a hope.") kept popping up everywhere for her mom.
She also told me that Christy is reunited in heaven
with her mom. Thank you Jesus that this is the truth!
We have hope and people that don't know you need to
understand this truth and trust in you!!

It's a reminder of how short life is! I've had a
number of people pass away that I know and I desire
to live every day to the fullest, which to me means
living out God's will and following Him. This family
has blessed me. Krislyn already wrote to me and
told me how God has already used her to show her
faith with another person.

Chad, Krislyn and Karlee: I will pray for you!
I am so sorry for your loss and so thankful for
the bond in Christ. You will see your mom/wife
again. She is worshipping our Lord face to
face and I look forward to the day when all
God's children will be doing the same!


  1. Leah,
    We were one of the families with the Hallum's on that horrible, violent stormy ride the day it took Christy's life.. BUT..PTL we know where she is spending eternity!.. And for sure how she had lead such a strong christian life for her daughters to model! You saw first hand how strong they were!.. WOW.. Didn't you just feel the strength that ONLY Christ can give at such a horrible tragic time in their lives? This strength and love can ONLY come from our Godly father that gives us that peace beyond all understanding! Yes.. we are still mourning her loss.. and so very sad that Christy, our friend, is not here on Earth with us.. but we rejoice in the day we will meet her again!.. What a day that will be!..
    Thanks for your ministry to the girls that day, and continued prayer. Chad spoke in Sunday School that next Sunday about how you touched them with your amazing love for Christ, and how you came right up and asked if you could pray with them! WOW.. What a testimony you are to so many! May God Bless you in a special way today!
    Thank you again,
    Riki Jones
    Seminole Texas

  2. HI Riki,
    So amazing the friends like you that they are surrounded by! This is an amazing family and God's light shines so brightly through them! So hard to even imagine, yet they persevere through it with God's power. Thankful for brothers and sisters in the Lord like you!