Personal Journal

December 2018 Newsletter

2018 is Over!

It’s hard to believe that 2018 is already over. It has now been two full years since I launched out into full time evangelism! Wow! God has been very good to us and has faithfully supplied all our needs. I can say like Samuel: “Thus far, the Lord has helped us.” (1 Samuel 7:12). I thank the Lord for being so faithful to us. And I thank you, also, if you have helped us in any way. Every gift and prayer is truly a blessing.

As the year draws to a close and I reflect on what’s to come, I feel like Paul: “without are conflicts, within are fears.” There are many difficulties that we face. I have confidence, however, that the Lord, who ‘began a good work in me, will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.’ I often pray: “Lord, I am yours to use of as you will and to dispose of when you are finished. My life is in your hand.” There’s no better hand to be in than the Lords. This I know by an abundance of experience

Opening the Scriptures

Besides being out on the streets, I’ve been spending a lot of time studying. I recently finished a LARGE systematic theology book that was very difficult to drudge through (mainly because it was written over 100 years ago). It was very eye-opening for me. I put the book down several times because I had so much trouble understanding it, but I felt the Lord nudge me continually back to it. I read several chapters over and over and with some things I just had to move on. However, as I moved through the pages, things began to click. I’ve been praying for a better understanding of the things that I’ve been called to preach and I believe the Lord has answered me through some of these books. These theologians were not only great thinkers, but very fruitful ministers in their time. It’s such a blessing to peer into their minds and partake of their understanding of the scriptures. I wish I had learned some of these things earlier in life.

(I’ve written a few blogs on what I have learned. Click on “Hal’s blog” in the menu to see my posts)

New Year, New Chaffee

2019 is going to be a year of adventure! Not only are we launching into another year of ministry, but we are expecting another child! Yes, Chaffee Child number five! I really love children and I am excited about having another one. I would keep having an endless number of children if I could! The amount of joy my children bring me is innumerable. Please pray for us as we prepare for our new little one’s arrival! He/she is due in July.

Thank YOU

If you have supported this ministry, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Your obedience to the Lord is what has enabled us to continue to work in the harvest fields of salvation. I pray that the Lord would increase you and multiple you so that you may continue to abound to every good work.

Please pray for us as we begin this third year of ministry. Pray that 1. The Lord would lead me to the places He wants me to go. 2. The Lord would empower me to be more influential and fruitful in the preaching of the gospel. 3. That the Lord would provide all of our financial needs.

If you are not a partner with us and you’d like to be, we would be grateful to have you come along side of us. You can give automatically by visiting our giving page on our website: halchaffee.com/partnergive, or you are always welcome to give by check. Please make your check out to the address below.

Hal Chaffee Ministries

PO Box 1546

Elkton, MD 21922

7 comments

      1. I have a list of questions that teens from our church have about the Bible, life, etc. I’ll email it to you if you give me your address. It would be a great way to come up with some messages.

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  1. my email is currently down, I was going to email you but my email is not working. Is there another form of communications. On here would work too, just until my email gets fixed

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  2. Now that I’ve gotten the chance to head into the new year and get settled I wanted to update you on what’s going with me. My diagnosis has been extended. I now suffer from severe depression, MPD, ADD, anxiety, PTSD, ODD, and major angry outbursts. I know that we’ve stayed in touch and I would love to continue. 2019 is going to be an incredibly hard year for me. I was in the hospital over Christmas, and New Year’s. Talk about a depressing time! I was thinking Hope Hill would be my last residential, but I was wrong. While in the hospital I was told that I couldn’t go home. My dad had abused causing a major break in our relationship. I mean, a 16-year-old female who has been raped, and beaten is going to naturally have a fighter’s instinct. There are times when I have an anxiety attack, my body goes into “fight or flight mode” which was the exact reason why I had to stay in the hospital. While in the hospital, my mom walked out of visitation and hung up on me over the phone several times. Things were unbelievably hard and I tried to commit suicide. I’ve always thought that the world would be better off without me and all I wanted was to be in Jesus’ arms safe and sound. I found myself praying that God would just take me home. But the night that I tried to commit suicide, I laid in the bathroom floor with a bloody arm and a sheet wrapped around my neck; the lord told me he wasn’t done with me yet and a staff walked in just in the nick of time. Had that staff walked in 30 seconds later, it would’ve been too late, I would’ve been dead. If I had died, I would have wanted the people I care about to know that I fought long and hard and I wasn’t hurting anymore. Fortunately, I have literally been given a second chance at life. I am now in a new residential group home where I do feel comfortable. The situation isn’t ideal but at least I can continue fighting.
    Thank you for staying in touch with me through these difficulties. Now that you know sort of what’s been going on, is there any advice you can give to help me continue fighting?

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