Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. - Proverbs 3:5-6
"There will be days when you will want to give up..."
We were told many times that there would be some tough times on the mission field. Some felt the need to question us even coming to the field with a large family in the first place.
But for us, we always have to come back to "But God..."
It was God who brought the idea of serving at Missionary Acres to our minds in the first place. It was God who moved mountains to even get us started on deputation. And it was God who made so many things happen last year, that we are in Missouri now.
I am sure there will be some hard days in our future. But God brought us here, and He will keep us here as long as it is His will.
This week was a good reminder of why we came here. It is not just the "normal work" that goes on. Since our arrival at Missionary Acres almost two months ago, we have done a lot of "normal work."
I (Bryan) have helped dig up two septic tanks. One needed to be pumped, and both had blockages between the house and the tank and we were able to clean out the blockages. I have also helped the staff with other wastewater repairs: fixing pipes and changing toilets for example.
There has been a lot of work on an apartment here on site. It was a complete remodel, and the finishing touches are about to be completed. With the help of a church youth group, we moved a lot of blocks in preparation for building a new house. We have completed some yard work around the property. The list goes on.
Yet, as I look back on the first two months at Missionary Acres, these completed tasks are not the things that put the biggest smiles on my face.
At heart, I am a troubleshooter. "Final checker/troubleshooter" was my favorite role in the Navy. I was first qualified in that role as an E-3, something that was not very common at the time. And I still love that kind of work.
So when the call comes in at 8 PM that there is a water leak in someone's crawlspace, or even later at night, when an AC unit has stopped working (while we are in the middle of a week-long heat advisory) and it needs to be fixed now, I go back to work.
Thankfully the water leak was simply a failed brass valve, that was easily replaced in just a few minutes. The AC took a little longer to troubleshoot, but with the help of another staff member, we got that working in about an hour. And those two events put the biggest smiles on my face while working here so far. The reaction of the folks you are helping is priceless.
Both repairs may have been small to me, they may even seem small to you. But to the residents here at Missionary Acres, they were huge. And that is why we are here...to help these dear folks who dedicated their lives to serving God.
Tanner Family Update
It has been a hot and humid month here in Missouri, but we are slowly getting used to it. Praise God, some cooler days are predicted in the forecast.
We are still working to get our children's insurance finalized. Thankfully, the old insurance we had in Washington allowed us to fill some of Owen's prescriptions into August, but we are now to the point where we really need the new insurance to kick in. Please pray that this will happen in the next few days.
The kids are starting school next week. We are trying a new curriculum this year, and everyone is excited for school to start up again.
Unfortunately, we have not had the opportunity to work on our house. Bryan has been focused on helping complete the apartment remodel for residents that have been on-site in temporary housing for the past year. Thankfully that project is wrapping up, but there is also another house that needs to be built as fast as we can build it. Please pray that we would have some groups come out to help with that next project. Better yet, if you're able, come on down and lend a hand. We'd love to see you here.
Bryan is going to be on the road a lot in September and October. He is heading to three pastoral conferences over a two-week period in September, and then the whole family is making a quick trip to Idaho/Washington for Bryan's older brother's wedding and a church meeting.
Missionary Acres Update
It was with some sadness that we attended the funeral service of Russell George this past week. Russell served as a missionary to Argentina for 37 years before he and his wife retired to Missionary Acres. But they never stopped serving God. One of his favorite past times was witnessing to people. He would use any opportunity, including stopping random people in a park or wherever else he might be to proclaim Christ to the lost. Although we did not know him well, we have really enjoyed getting to know some of his family, and look forward to getting to know him better some day in heaven.
The apartment that has been a work in progress for some time is almost complete. We are working on some finished work outside of the apartment, and the residents should be moving in shortly after this letter goes out. Praise God for that!
We do have another house that needs to be built. Please pray with us that we could get someone in to help lay the foundation block in the coming days. We have a group coming in October that will likely be helping with the house as well, but we need to get the block finished before then.
If you are interested in coming to Missionary Acres for a mission trip please let us know, or reach out to Ken Moon (email@example.com), the Missionary Acre Administrator.
As always, we thank you for your prayers. We know we would not be here today without all of the prayer support that you all provide.
Bryan & Lisa Tanner & Family
The apartment build is near completion.
Owen got into something when we were playing outside -- we think poison ivy -- and has a rash all over his face. Praise God though, it is healing.
Jayme is making friends and adjusting to life on campus. She just started the fall semester and is enjoying her new classes.
Ezra is beginning to sleep for longer periods of time each night. Sleep is a very big praise!
Brynna's arm is continuing to heal, and she almost has the full range of motion and use again.
For the changes in insurance to get finalized so we can fill Owen's meds in September without any gaps.
For wisdom as we seek new doctors in the area, especially for Owen, who has unique medical challenges.
For more meetings.
If you know of any churches that might be interested in our ministry, please let us know
That our family would grow closer to God and continue to grow spiritually as we adjust to being on the field and continue the last bits of deputation.
For salvation for our children who are not yet saved.
That God would raise our support level to 100%. We are currently at 83.8%. We need to raise $943 per month.
For continued safety on the roads.
For continued health for our family.
For Lisa and the kids as our homeschooling year starts up.
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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.