The packing process is well underway. It's amazing how much stuff accumulates after 14 years in the same house.
And while we're so excited to pick up the moving truck next week, a little hiccup in the plan came to our attention this week.
To explain, a little backstory is needed:
Several years ago, when we first started talking to Baptist Mid-Missions about serving at the Acres, one of the concerns we discussed was Owen's medical needs. He has Angelman Syndrome, and in addition to global developmental delays, he has severe epilepsy. Medication helps keep his seizures controlled, but they aren't cheap. Between his monthly medications and fairly regular visits to the ER for medical emergencies, we were concerned about insurance options.
After many discussions with BMM, we came to the conclusion that keeping Owen on Medicaid was the best route to ensure his medical needs were cared for.
Fast forward to last summer... in an effort to get us to Missionary Acres more quickly, we worked with BMM to adjust our support estimate.
Part of this adjustment included Lisa continuing her freelance writing and virtual assistance work, so we could self-fund about half our our monthly needs.
The other big change was deciding to keep the whole family on Medicaid, instead of the BMM insurance plan, to cut over $1000 a month in the amount of support we had to raise. At this time, Missouri had just voted to approve the Medicaid Expansion. The new eligibility rules were supposed to kick in on July 1st.
However, this week, a state judge ruled that the expansion was unconstitutional. It's being appealed directly to the state Supreme Court. But for now, it looks like while the majority of the kids will be eligible once we move, Bryan, Lisa and Jayme, won't be since we're adults.
We have some other options for insurance for the short-term, but it looks like we may need to adjust our support estimate again to allow us to join the BMM plan once we're fully funded.
And while the idea of raising even more money was a definite set-back, we are also excited to see how God works it all out. He has provided for every single one of our needs throughout deputation, so we know He has a plan for this as well.
There's still a lot of unknown, but we know that we can trust God through this.
So, we are still picking up our moving truck next week and heading down to Missionary Acres. The need for workers there is great, and we are eager to get there and start helping.
The plan for now is to continue contacting churches in the Missouri, Arkansas, and Tennessee area to finish raising our support.
We will have more details in July, after Bryan meets with the home office, and will share the information with you as soon as we are able.
For now, we ask that you join us in praying for God's will to be done in this situation.
Setbacks and curveballs are never in the plans we make, but we know that they don't take God by surprise.
Thank you for your prayers,
Bryan & Lisa Tanner & Family
Tanner Family Update
The past few weeks have been full of doctor and dentist appointments, trips to visit extended family, and packing.
We're so thankful that Brynna got the cast off her arm. Unfortunately, her arm isn't completely back to normal yet. Her elbow is very stiff, and her skin is irritated because of the cast.
The doctor said that the healing process can take up to a full year. He anticipates that she'll be able to start using her arm soon without any problems. However, some kids do need physical therapy to help get the elbow moving again after a break. So, he wrote us an order for PT that we can fill in Missouri if she needs it. Finding a new doctor is definitely at the top of our to-do list once we move.
During these past few weeks, we were also able to spend much time with extended family. After living so close to them for most of our adult lives, it's going to be strange living across the country. So we were thankful for these last visits together. And we're thankful for technology such as FaceTime that will help us stay connected once we move.
Missionary Acres Update
The to-do list at the Acres is growing. An apartment remodel is almost complete, and a new house build is underway. There are also new residents who will be moving to Missionary Acres. This means more remodeling projects are in the near future. As mentioned above, the need for more help at the Acres is very real. If you'd like to take a mission trip this year, consider coming to the Acres. There's plenty for everyone to do and we'd love to have you.
In other news, some of the residents have some medical concerns. We'd appreciate your prayers for their health and safety.
We were able to visit grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts and uncles, and other bits of the extended family
Owen has really good seizure control right now. His balance is better and he's walking a lot more. It's a definite blessing.
Jayme is making friends and adjusting to life on campus.
We pick up a moving truck on June 29th, so our move to Missionary Acres is quickly approaching.
The majority of the packing is done.
Ezra is beginning to sleep for longer periods of time each night. Sleep is a very big praise!
Brynna's cast came off.
For a clear path forward with the unexpected change in plans regarding insurance.
For more meetings.
We are looking to get meetings scheduled in the south beginning in August. If you know of any churches that might be interested in our ministry, please let us know
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 this summer
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.
That God would raise our support level to 100%.
For continued safety on the roads.
For continued health for our family.
For patience as we tear down bunk beds and fit everything into the moving truck next week.
For Brynna's arm to completely heal.
Help Support the Tanners
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Please consider joining our financial support team as well. If you would like to make a one-time tax-deductable donation or join our monthly support team, please visit our web site at https://tanners2ma.com/support-bryan-lisa-tanner/ to find out how.
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.