As 2021 comes to an end and we start to focus on the new year coming, it is fitting that we would have the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior.
Christmas is an amazing time of year. The days are short, the weather colder and yet in all of that, we have the hope of Jesus Christ. Our God, who left heaven, and was brought to earth through the virgin birth. Born a man, to live a perfect sinless life. To one day, die on the cross for our sins.
In our family, we spend a lot of time talking about the latter part of Christ’s life, and maybe forget to focus as much on the birth. But as Christmas comes this year, we find ourselves talking a lot about just how Christ came to earth: in such a humble way.
He could have come on the wings of angels, or there could have been trumpets sounding for the whole world to see. There could have been such celebrations throughout the land. And in today’s world, that is almost what we would have expected to see. Just look at what happens when a world leader comes into a room: they play a special song, everyone stands up and claps, the news media covers the event, and all the focus is on this one person stepping up to the podium to speak but a few words.
Jesus came to earth with none of that. He was born in lowly means to a family that couldn’t even find good lodging. The announcement was not to the journalists, or the ruling class of the time, but to shepherds, in the fields at night. And what should have been a very special event for the religious leaders of the time, was missed.
I wonder if there isn’t a lesson here for us. Maybe we should care a little less about what the world deems important. Perhaps we should stop and focus more on our Lord. And of course, we know that is what we should be doing. So, we’re thankful we get this opportunity to be reminded of where our priorities should be at the end of each year.
It’s Christmas time. Our family hopes and prays that each person who reads this letter is spending time with their loved ones and enjoying some good Christian fellowship during this season. May God bless this time to you. We pray for opportunities to witness to others, that this time of year could be a celebration for some of not only the birth of their king but also their own second birth.
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. ~ 2 Corinthians 8:9
Tanner Family Update
Tanner Family Update
This past week was a good reminder that plans change. We received a call from our oldest child at college, saying she had been exposed to someone with COVID and needed to quarantine for ten days. Since those ten days will end on the last day of the semester, it was decided she would come home and quarantine here.Bryan was able to drop what he was working on and drive across the state to get her and bring her home. Praise God, she has not gotten sick and is doing well. We are thankful for the extra time we are getting to spend together.
The family has been spending a lot of time working on our future house. And we learned that no matter how many tricks or products you find to help remove old vinyl floor adhesive, it really does just take good old-fashion elbow grease and time. After a long night, all of the adhesive has been removed from the subfloor in the bathrooms. In the kitchen, we decided just to pull the quarter-inch plywood that was used as a subfloor. It should be much quicker and will make the floor level with the rest of the main part of the house.
Some folks have asked about helping our family. If you would like to help with our house, we are still looking to raise some funds for an addition on the front to expand the living space. Our hope is to complete the repairs to the rest of the house first and move in, then we will work on an addition to the front of the home. The addition will include a small basement to be used as a tornado shelter as well. We currently estimate needing about 15 to 20 thousand dollars to complete that addition.
We will also be looking to replace our 2002 Suburban in the coming year. It has over 268,000 miles on it and is starting to show its age. This has been the most reliable vehicle we have ever owned, but it is time to look for a newer one. If you would like to help with these needs, please make donations to our Outfit and Passage fund at Baptist Mid-Missions. You can learn more about how to do that on our website: https://tanners2ma.com/support... or send us an email: email@example.com.
If you would prefer to donate your time instead of funds, please let us know. We would welcome anyone who wants to come and work on any project here at Missionary Acres.
Missionary Acres Update
The staff has been working on Lot #7 over the past month. There is a newly retired family coming in January. Bryan has spent most of his time working on a deck and ramp on the front of the house with Ken Moon. Praise God, the work there is almost complete.
We still have many other homes to get ready for new residents. Please join with us in prayer that God would provide some much-needed help to complete these other projects.
Work completed at Missionary Acres & our future home.
Homeschooling is going well and the kids are working hard on their learning.
Our support level increased as additional churches and individuals joined our team.
Ezra learned how to crawl and sit up, and is continuing to grow.
For additional work teams to come to the Acres.
For wisdom as Bryan balances working on our home, helping at the Acres with other projects, and our deputation ministry.
For patience as we’re all currently living in a small temporary home and quarters are tigt.
That our family would grow closer to God and continue to grow spiritually as we adjust to being on the field and finish the last bit of deputation.
For salvation for our children who are not yet saved.
That God would raise our support level to 100%. We are at 91%. We need to raise $510 per month.
For continued safety on the roads.
For continued health for our family.
This is our first Christmas spent away from extended family, and we’re definitely missing them.
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We know that not everyone is in a place to give financially. If that is you, but you still want to help, we ask for your prayers. Please pray for us every time the Lord brings us to your mind. We know that your prayers are equally, if not more important, in our success in this ministry. We praise God for your continued support in prayer.
To learn more about our ministry we have uploaded a video presentation to our website: https://tanners2ma.com/virtual-deputation/. We would be honored if you could share this video with others who may be interested in learning more about our ministry.
If you would like to know more about how you can volunteer at Missionary Acres, please send us an email or contact Ken Moon at firstname.lastname@example.org.