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 "...ye 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