We serve a mighty God!
This has been a tough year. We had a goal of raising 20% of our support in 2019. I know that it is only September, but it does not look like we are going to hit that goal.
The good news is that we have learned a lot this year. First, deputation is hard. Contacting pastors is not an easy task. And only having one day a week to contact them makes it even harder. This has been discouraging at times.
I would have liked to have made more contacts and to have presented in more churches this year. It hasn’t happened as I would have planned, but despite this, God has been working.
Recently my wife and I heard a couple of sermons that greatly impacted us. One was about making decisions for Christ. Here’s a quick takeaway:
In Matthew 8:22 Jesus says, “…Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.” He told his disciples that they needed to make a decision.
The word “decision” starts with the prefix ‘de’ which means off and ends with “cision” which relates to cutting. Thus, a decision could be defined as cutting off.
We realized that we need to “cut off” some things and getting moving on deputation.
We made a decision to join Baptist Mid-Missions and serve at Missionary Acres. We made this decision because both my wife and I felt that God was calling us there. We prayed, met with our pastor, and the office staff at BMM.
There have been trials and challenges along the way. But when we look back, we can see clearly how God has been in it.
- We needed to get our debt lowered before we could go to Candidate Seminar. God provided.
- We needed help with childcare for our children, so we could be gone for two weeks. God provided that as well.
- This year God has provided opportunities for extra income, and we became debt-free. God did that!
- We haven’t been in as many churches to present our ministry as we would have liked. But we have seen our support slowly creep up. God has done that too!
So when we heard this message recently, we knew it was from God, and we knew we needed to act. With that in mind, we sat down and picked a date to quit my full-time job and officially move into full-time deputation. October 11th will be my final day at work.
But the story of God’s faithfulness doesn’t end there…
The day after Lisa and I made this decision, we had another pastor reach out to us and invite us to come to speak at his church! What a blessing, and we felt like it was confirmation that we’d made the right decision.
Then Lisa got another freelancing opportunity that will be steady for a while, to help cover the loss of my income.
Then something really big happened. God bought us a 15-passenger van.
If you’ve been reading our newsletters, you know that since we first started this journey, we have been praying for a van. And recently I was told by an individual that when we were ready to purchase a van, they would like to help.
With that in mind, we have been keeping our eyes open.
The day after making the decision to quit my full-time job, we found a gray 2011 Chevy Express 3500 15-passenger van nearby. And it only had 35,000 miles on it.
So, I contacted the individual mentioned above and asked if they were still willing to help. And…they said yes! The van was purchased – cost, tax, licensing, all of it – by a third party and given to us. And yes, God did that too!
We have been so blessed these past few weeks, and we are excited about how God is working.
Last year, before even attending Candidate Seminar at BMM, we were told that for us to make it to Missionary Acres, it would take a miracle from God. Well, we have already seen more than one. And I suspect that God is not even close to being done yet.
Thank you for your continued prayers!
Bryan & Lisa Tanner & Family