We recognize that our world is better off when we practice the art of giving.
As a company, we believe that we should be profitable but with those profits should be good stewards to our local community. That being said, we are going to feature a charity spotlight that our employees pick on a monthly basis.
Without further ado – meet our October Charity Spotlight – Gail’s Girls. You will recognize this charity from our February charity spotlight. This month, Gail’s Girls is hosting a 5k to help raise money for the organization. That is the focus of the spotlight for October.
Q & A with Lauren Jones – Streamline Event Agency Project Manager
Lauren Jones, Project Manager for Corporate Events, selected this month’s charitable organization as it is one to which she is personally connected and invested.
1. Tell us about the organization you chose.
Gail’s Girls, through Stadia Church Planting and Enhance, was started in 2017 to create a legacy for Christ. Gail Hamilton was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in December of 2016. Gail was part of a great legacy of strong women. She had 4 daughters who are all leaders in their churches and workplaces. She and her husband, Don, shared a ministry in Harrisburg, PA, for more than 34 years.
After her diagnosis, Gail was called to live out her final days creating a legacy for Christ. 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. 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.
Starting in 2017, Stadia began partnering with 25 young women to receive training and support in a transformation center in southern Asia through Enhance. Women are one of the most disadvantaged groups in all levels of society in southern Asia. Gail’s Girls’ seeks to empower these women to lay the foundations for change. Women who attend these Training Centers receive an education, discipleship training and mentoring. Through Enhance’s ministry to women, key women are trained to address the social and spiritual needs of local women. These graduates, who are first generation Christians, work in an average of three communities each in their first five years of ministry. A total of $170,000 is needed to support all 25 young women for 3 years, which equates to $6,500 per woman.
Gail Hamilton passed away on October 18, 2018. To continue the legacy she started for Christ, her husband and four daughters continue to support a new class of 25 women in southern Asia each year, changing lives and transforming communities.
2. Why is this organization important to you or how has it impacted you personally?
I am an original Gail’s Girl. Gail was my mother. I wholeheartedly believe in the legacy she set in motion. Her love for these women and their communities, along with her passion to see change in their lives through Christ, will live on.
3. Tell us about the 5k that is going on at Gail’s Girls.
The Family Fun Fest and 5k is a fundraiser for Gail’s Girls, a campaign empowering 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.
The 5k takes place in Mechanicsburg, PA – my hometown. The goal is to raise $25,000 to help empower women in Southern Asia. I can’t be there to run in person but am running virtually. Anyone can run virtually and help raise money for Gail’s Girls!
4. What do you love most about this organization and why?
This organization is very close to my heart as it was also very close to mom’s heart. I have seen firsthand the impact Gail’s Girls has had on these women. I had the opportunity to spend time with the first class of Gail’s Girls and learn how much their lives were changed. I have so many opportunities as a woman living in the States; opportunities that many women living across the globe are never afforded. I want to change that. So did my mom, Gail Hamilton. Even after she passed away on October 18, 2018, her legacy lives on as Gail’s Girls strives to make a difference in the lives of women in Southern Asia and throughout the world.
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