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Prayer Letter
November 2019


Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ~ Phillippians 4:6-7

Learning to trust God has been a theme of our deputation ministry thus far. This section of scripture is one we meditate on often. Sometimes following the directions in these verses this is easier said than done. Other times it is simple. 

For instance, we scheduled a meeting earlier this month that required us to go over a mountain pass. Normally it would have snow on it this time of year. My wife and I both prayed about the trip, and we asked our church family, and prayer letter readers to pray about the trip. And we truly had peace about it. When the time came, we made it up and over the pass both ways with only a little bit of rain.

That might not seem like a big deal to a lot of people. I myself in years past would not have put much thought into a trip over a mountain pass in November. I have driven mountain passes with 10 feet of visibility in the middle of the night. Yet this time, when we got home late Monday night and woke up Tuesday morning to see it snowing outside, I could not help but think "Praise God" that is waited to snow.

We prayed about a trip, and God answered our prayers. It was a small blessing, yet it really did make a huge difference to our family.

As I have stepped down from my full-time secular job, we are now focusing on 2020. We are looking to schedule more churches to speak in. And we are praying that God would direct our paths to the churches and individuals that He would have support us. I know that the national average for missionaries raising support is about five years now. Yet, we are asking God to help us do it in half that time. 

In James chapter 4, the Bible says that " have not, because ye ask not..."

This is a big ask. But we serve an even bigger God. So we pray that all of you would join us. Pray that God would bring the support that He has for us, and pray it happens in the next two years.

And then we hope that we can look back in two years and praise God for the mighty work He will have done.

Thank you so much for your prayers!
Bryan and Lisa Tanner and Family

Giving Tuesday Is Coming Up

We are quickly approaching Thanksgiving, and our family has a lot to be thankful for. One of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions occurs the night before the holiday. Our church has an annual Praise and Pie fellowship. We gather as a church to - you guessed it - eat pie. But we also stop and take the time to go around the room table by table, person by person, and count some of the blessings that God has given us over the past year. 

We have a lot of blessing this year, and on that list is everyone who takes the time to not only read our prayer letters and blog posts but who also take the time to pray for our family. We are so thankful for you! We would not be able to take this journey without your continued prayers.

We also want to say thank you to all of the churches and individuals who are supporting us financially. Your gifts and monthly support are what made it possible for me to step down from my full-time time, and you are the people who God will use to ultimately send us to Missionary Acres.

With that thought in mind, we are approaching 'Black Friday' and 'Cyber Monday'. These are two days when millions of Americans purchase a lot of goods for their friends and families, hopefully at a discount. 

But there is a less popular day that follows: 'Giving Tuesday'. It's a day that is set aside as a reminder to give to your favorite charities, ministries, and missionaries. 

We are currently saving money for a travel trailer, and are always looking for new financial partners for our ministry. If you would like to make a one-time gift or a reoccurring monthly donation to our ministry through Baptist Mid-Missions, you can do so as a tax-deductible gift. We would greatly appreciate your support. 

If you would like to make a donation to help us purchase a travel trailer to reduce our travel expenses, or if you would like to take us on for monthly support, please go to our website at

Thank you for your consideration and continued support.

  • At the direction of his neurologist, we reduced the dose of two of Owen's seizure medications. He is doing a lot better and is getting his energy and spunk back. 
  • We have made two trips with the van the Lord provided for us, and it has performed well. Being in one vehicle on a day-long drive was a blessing.
  • Starting our full-time deputation ministry.
  • The opportunity to present Missionary Acres in a church in December. This was scheduled just this week and is a blessing as we did not think anyone would have us in around the Christmas season. 
  • The Lord providing for our needs - financially, health, everything. It is amazing to see Him at work in our lives. 
  • Our sending church voted to increase our support level. Our sending church has been so encouraging on this journey!

Prayer Requests
  • To continue to connect with Pastors and fill our schedule for 2020.
  • For continued safety on the road as we travel more next year.
  • A dependable and affordable travel trailer large enough to sleep our family - to reduce lodging and food expenses.
  • For continued health for our family. 

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: 

Deputation: A Kids' Perspective

Deputation is a time for the whole family to serve God. We recently asked the kids to answer several questions about deputation and recorded their answers in blog post form. 

Read the Post
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