Ever since Thanksgiving, we've been having an odd conversation in our house, asking...When will winter come this year?
As most of the country is now facing abnormally cold weather, and covered with snow, I think it is safe to say winter has finally arrived.
Prior to this, our home in eastern Washington had only gotten a few small snowstorms. I did have the opportunity to use the tractor, and even the church's snowblower in late December. But since it didn't last long, and we could see the grass in the field for most of season, it never felt like winter to me.
Then I loaded up two of the girls and headed to Missouri for three weeks of meetings.
I was told that normally one should expect it to be in the mid-40’s this time of year at the Acres. According to one weather website, the average February temperature in Silva, MO is 49 degrees.
Instead, for the past couple of weeks, we have seen the coldest weather of the year. It’s been below zero a couple of times. Our high temperatures have not been above freezing in two weeks, and the snow is falling. Back home, it's warmer and they don't have as much snow.
Now, as you read this, please don't think I'm complaining about the weather. As I write this and I look out on the early morning snowflakes falling from heaven, I can’t help but be reminded that God is in control. One of my favorite books in the Bible is the book of James, and we read in James 4:15
“For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.”
When I made plans for this trip to Missouri, I honestly thought I would be leaving winter behind me, not driving straight into it. But God had other plans. And I praise God for it.
Oh, it is presenting some interesting challenges as we drive on these winter roads. But our God who is greater than all, has kept us safe. We haven’t had any major breakdowns, and the highways have been well cared for, making our winter pathway relatively easy to drive.
“Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.” ~ Psalm 150:6
As mentioned above, we made it to Missouri safely. We left our home in Washington on February 3rd, and arrived in Missouri for our first meeting in Ava on the 6th. I was able to present the Missionary Acres ministry and preach at Bethany Baptist Church on the 7th. Then we drove down to Missionary Acres that evening.
The following weekend we went to Brown Street Baptist in Alton, Illinois. We had also planned to attend a mission conference at Fosterburg Baptist Church in Bethalto, Illinois, but it was cancelled due to the weather. Thankfully, again God blessed our travels, and we were able to head back to Missionary Acres on a beautiful sunny day – in fact the only such day between two snowstorms.
This weekend, we are heading north again to Gafton, Illinois. We will present our ministry to First Baptist Church there. Then on Monday, we start the long trek back to Washington.
Looking ahead at the weather, it looks like things are going to clear out, and as James reminds us, the Lord willing, we should have a relatively normal drive home. We are praying that we can make the trip in two days but will be prepared for it to take up to four if needed. Please pray for our safety as we drive back to the northwest.
Please also keep the folks down a Missionary Acres in your prayers. As we mentioned last month, the coronavirus did make its way onto the property and a few more of the folks have contracted the virus. Thankfully, everyone that has gotten it has either recovered, or is on the road to recovery even now. God is so good!
We didn’t get to meet with many of the folks at Missionary Acres this trip. The cold weather is keeping most people bundled up in their homes. The staff here has done a good job of keeping the roads open, and has made a trip or two to town for supplies for the residents, allowing these dear saints to stay home.
The remodel of one of the apartments is coming along nicely. I was able to help do some mudding on this trip. There is also a foundation that has been laid that need some concrete poured in what will become the crawl space, and then a lot of work to build the house up from there. We are praying for some good weather and the needed volunteer support to get that project completed this year. That might be a big goal with everything going on this year – including our desire to move to Missionary Acres in June or July – but I am reminded of Luke 18:27
“…The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”
Thank you for your prayers,
Bryan and Lisa Tanner and Family
Our current committed support level is 88.7%
Owen's VNS battery replacement surgery went well and he recovered nicely. The incision site has finally healed all the way.
Our schedule is filling up for the first quarter of 2021
Jayme was accepted to College of the Ozarks, and is looking forward to studying graphic design there this fall.
We have visited five churches already this year.
God has given us protection as we have been driving in the winter weather.
For a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery - Tanner Baby #10 is due in spring 2021, and Lisa currently has a complete placenta previa. We are praying that this would move up and out of the way. If it doesn't, a c-section will be needed in late March.
For a fully-funded outfit and passage account so we can quickly get our home at the Acres ready and make the cross country move later this year
That our family would grow closer to God and continue to grow spiritually during deputation.
For salvation for our children who are not yet saved.
That the residents and staff currently at Missionary Acres would continue to stay healthy -- Pray that no one else would get COVID-19 and that those who have it would recover fully.
To continue to connect with Pastors and fill our schedule for 2021.
That God would raise our support level to 100%.
For continued safety on the roads, we will be driving many miles on winter roads.
For continued health for our family.
For Lisa's freelance writing business - she lost a client in December and is praying about finding new ones after the baby joins us.
Jayme has applied to the summer work program at College of the Ozarks. If she is accepted, this would allow her to work this summer to completely cover the cost of her room and board during the upcoming school year.
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