One area of discouragement for us has been in our deputation schedule. We simply do not have as many meetings scheduled for this year as we would have liked.
That being said, it was a blessing to have a light schedule for the end of March and April, as we only had to cancel two meetings so far. I am sure other missionaries on the road have had to cancel meetings as well. Please keep missionaries in your prayers right now as these times are difficult for everyone.
We are hopeful that the country will start to open back up and churches will again be able to meet in person. Right now all of our April meetings have been canceled, however, we still have two scheduled in May, and two more in June. Based on the current information coming out of both Washington D.C. and the states we are scheduled in, there is a good chance one or both of the May meetings could be canceled as well. We are praying that this is not the case.
In the meantime, the Lord willing, Bryan and three of the older children are going to leave our home and drive to Missionary Acres for the month of May. Owen is at high risk because of his medical condition and thus it would not be wise for him to travel at this time. Lisa will be staying at home with six of our children.
We have been in contact with Ken Moon -- the Administrator at Missionary Acres -- and there is a real need for some extra help right now. They have multiple building projects as well as the normal summertime maintenance that needs to be completed. And unfortunately, with the current stay-at-home orders, they have missed out on some volunteer help that would normally come in. It is our goal to go and be a blessing to the staff and residents by helping in any way possible.
We ask that you would pray for safety for this travel.
Thank you for your prayers,
Bryan & Lisa Tanner and Family