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Institute for Missions named in recognition of Jo Ann Walling Halbert

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Feb. 19, 2005

Abilene Christian University's Institute for Missions was officially named the Jo Ann Walling Halbert Institute for Missions, in honor of an ACU alumnus and longtime missions supporter and missionary.

The institute was officially named at a ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 19, with the family of the late Jo Ann Walling Halbert and guests on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 3:30 p.m. in the Hall of Servants in the Biblical Studies Building.

Halbert supported a worldwide mission vision through her service as a board member of Missions Resource Network, a group formed to assist and train missionaries. At the age of 65, she fulfilled her lifelong dream and became a missionary herself in Sydney, Australia.

For five to six months each year, for the last five years of her life, Halbert lived 6 months of the year in Sydney, where she mentored younger women and taught at the Northwest Church of Christ. She also made her mission work in Australia a family affair by taking seven of her ten grandchildren to Sydney with her.

 "Her family wanted to honor the memory of this extraordinary woman who was a friend to so many," said Dr. Royce Money, ACU president. "Through their generosity, the Institute for Missions received a large endowment that will ensure its continuation of motivating and educating ACU students to prepare for missions throughout the world."

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