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Prayer Letter
January 2020

Happy New Year!

I have been noticing on some social media sites that churches are focusing on having a 20/20 vision in 2020. I must say, I like how the year and the focus line up nicely.

Anyway, as we stop and think about the coming year, one passage comes to mind: 1 John 5:14-15.

"And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him."

We have some lofty goals: to present in 25 or more churches this year, and to see our support level above 50%.

Since we're currently at 14.5%, this might seem like an impossible goal...but we don't think so. We serve a big God who does impossible things with ease. If it is His will, we will see our support level rise to 50% or more. 

I am reminded of James chapter 4 verse 2 where we are told that " have not, because ye ask not." We know that we are asking God to do some big things for our ministry this year. But we trust that He can do them.

Missionary Acres saw two couples retire or step down at the end of 2019: one staff and one volunteer. There is an urgent need for more staff and more volunteers at Missionary Acres.

God has called our family to this field of service, and we are excited to go. But we need some help from all of you along the way.

Please pray with us, that we would get more meetings scheduled for this year, and that God would see our support level raised above the 50% mark. We are also praying for a bunkhouse/trailer to pull behind our van and safety for our family as we travel. We have $1200 saved right now and are hoping to use our tax refund to increase that number by a few thousand.

We thank all of you who have joined our team already; some in prayer and others financially. We have seen God do some amazing things in our lives the past year. We are praying that He does even more in 2020. I want to leave you with two more verses: 

Mark 11:24

"Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them."

Matthew 19:26

"But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible."

Thank you for your prayers.

Bryan & Lisa Tanner & Family

A Quick Family Update

We ended the year with a big medical scare with Owen. As those of you who follow us on Facebook probably already know, we were heading home from Ellensburg the last Sunday in December after presenting at Independent Baptist Church, and Owen started having his worst seizure to date. Thankfully we were able to turn around and get to the hospital where, after multiple doses of an emergency medication were administered, Owen's seizures stopped. 

Click to read more about that here.

After arriving home, the family has also picked up and been sharing some type of sickness. However, it does seem like everyone is getting better and recovering nicely. And we are praising God for His mercy towards us during these past few weeks.

Even in trials, we can trust Him. 

  • We ended 2019 with a praise: Liberty Fundamental Baptist Church in Lynden WA will be joining our support team!
  • We started 2020 off with another praise: an individual also joined our team. Our support is now at 14.5%. 
  • Owen's health has been a lot better this month and he has stopped pulling out his g-tube.
  • Lisa's business is growing, allowing Bryan to focus on the ministry more. 
Prayer Requests
  • To continue to connect with Pastors and fill our schedule for 2020. We are praying for 25+ good meetings.
  • For continued safety on the road, we have several trips scheduled in February including one trip that will take us over a mountain pass twice.
  • A dependable and affordable bunkhouse (trailer) large enough to sleep our family - to reduce lodging and food expenses.
  • For continued health for our family. 
  • That God would raise our support level to 50% or more this year. (We are currently at 14.5%)

The Latest from the Blog

About once a month we publish a new blog post. This offers a behind the scenes peek at our journey to become missionaries. Here is our latest blog post: 

Setting Goals for Deputation

January is the time of year when many people focus on goals. After spending time in prayer, we also set goals for our ministry in 2020. 

Read the Post
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