2011 Year End newsletter

Click here to see our 2011 year-in-review print newsletter .

(It will download to your computer as a Word document.)

Listen to the song mentioned in the newsletter here.

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Jeff’s Memorial Services

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.

His Place Community Church, 1480 South Burlington Boulevard, Burlington, Washington

All are welcome to join us as we gather to celebrate the life of Jeff Harter.
RSVP requested here.

There will be a 2nd memorial service for Jeff in California.

Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

North Hills Community Church, 10601 Church Street, #118, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. ~ Helen Keller

An update on Robin

On behalf of Robin, we want to thank you for your continued prayers and support.  She feels each one of them and is encouraged!

We wanted to give you all an update:  Robin has been released from the hospital and has been taking care of some final logistics in Honduras.  They are getting ready to go back to the States.

Please continue to pray for Robin’s body to heal, for her heart, and for her spirit and mind as well! You can also be praying for Jeff’s family and the community that was so touched by his life.

Here are three opportunities to contribute during this time:
 (in addition to continued prayer!)

Share a Story. If you have a memory or story you would like to share about Jeff please post them here.

Share a Photo.
 We are working on a slideshow.  If you have any photos of Jeff you would like to share please e-mail them to joypfanner@gmail.com .

Share Your Resources.

(Click on the links for more information about each.)

“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” (1 Corinthians 12:8)

With hands lifted high

Dear Signs of Love Friends,

Like you, I am stunned by the recent tragic events in Honduras. The deaths of Jeff Harter and Steve Holtrust  leave us feeling like the oxygen has just been sucked out of the room and most of us have spent hours tearfully praying and wrestling with it before God.

I suspect we all have spent considerable time in the last few days seriously reflecting on the impact Signs of Love has had on countless lives, not just in Honduras but on our lives as well.  I have a beautiful mental image of one day standing before the throne of God and Jesus asking everyone who has been touched by Signs of Love to raise their hand and a vast multitude of hands go up.  Both of my hands will be raised in that moment.  Yours will be too.  That will happen only because people like Robin and Jeff Harter and Steve Holtrust dared to boldly follow their God into the world to share His love, grace and hope.

The day before Jeff died, he posted a quote by Jim Elliot on his Facebook wall.  It says, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”  These were not mere words on a page to Jeff and Steve.  They were a battle cry that prompted them to love and serve others with Godly passion.

Jeff and Steve, it has been our honor to have known you.

Many people have asked how they can help. As you can imagine, the expenses incurred as a result of these horrific events are staggering.  There are many unexpected costs, such as those related to Robin’s hospital stay, legal fees, transportation and getting the bodies prepared and shipped to the states for the memorial services.  Just as Signs of Love has richly blessed our lives, it is time that we join hands and return the blessing.  Robin has an incredibly difficult journey in the days ahead.  Let’s make that journey a bit easier by relieving some of the financial pressure.

I believe with all of my heart that one day when we are standing in Heaven with our hands raised, we won’t be sorry.

If you would like to help, you can send a donation to:

Signs of Love

P.O. Box 3852

Apple Valley, CA  92307

 

or through PayPal at this link.

 

With hands lifted high,

Signs of Love staff

Steve’s Memorial Service

“In life we come across few genuine servants—people who continually give generously and unselfishly. At North Hills, Steve Holtrust was our genuine servant. He demonstrated extraordinary generosity to so many people. He was unselfish all the way to the end.

Our church grieves over the loss of our beloved Elder Board member, our passionate missions man, our gracious listener, our role-model husband and father, our good friend, our pillar, and fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ.

Thanks Steve for modeling the way of Jesus to us. Your Leader, Teacher, Savior and Friend has been honored by the way you lived your life. May even your death bring goodness and glory to the One you lived for and died for.

Well done, good and faithful servant.”

For more information on Steve Holtrust’s memorial service see the North Hills Community website.

more tragic news…

Robin’s mother, Steve Reed, and Steve Holtrust (2 close friends and Signs of Love board members) arrived in San Pedro Sula Sunday.  Joy and Jessie (Signs of Love staff) returned to La Ceiba that night after beign with Robin in the hospital.  Monday morning we went to our first Christmas village program with somber hearts but knowing that what Jeff and Robin wanted is for the ministry that they so deeply loved to go on.  As we were returning from the village, we received a call informing us that as Robin, her mother and the 2 friends were driving to Tegucigalpa when, Steve Holtrust (who was driving), was shot and killed.  The car spun out and everyone else in the car was left uninjured but are extremely shaken.  They are currently working on the logistics.

We don’t understand these horrible circumstances and our hearts ache for the loss of these two amazing men.  We are praying for trust in God and for these two families and communities.  We would appreciate your prayers for these families as well as the communities that love Jeff and Steve so dearly!

Thank you.

With great sadness….

Dear friends and family of Jeff and Robin, (Directors of Signs of Love)

It is with great sadness that we write this email to you all. As some of you
may have already heard, Jeff and Robin were in a car accident in Honduras on
Friday evening, December 2^nd, at approximately 6pm. They were on their way to
Tegucigalpa from La Ceiba, when a large truck passed into their lane and hit
them head-on. Robin is currently in the hospital and is medically stable. She
is awake and alert. We are so broken-hearted to tell you that Jeff was killed
on the scene. We are devastated that we have lost our incredible friend,
brother, mentor, pastor, husband and father. We know he has touched so many
lives in very special and God-breathed ways. He was a man of much wisdom and
incredible faith. We know that Jeff’s legacy will live on through many.

Jeff leaves behind his three sons and his wife, Robin. Please keep his
family in your prayers and surround them with love as they persevere through
the days, weeks and months to come.

Robin’s mother and two very close friends will be arriving to Honduras
today and will be with Robin to help make arrangements. Robin is likely to
be released from the hospital this evening. We will let you all know once
memorial service arrangements have been made.
Please share a story, photo, or memory about how Jeff has impacted your
life, please post to this site.
With heavy hearts, but firm trust in Jesus,

Signs of Love Staff

More info to come at this website.