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Prayer Letter
April 2020

Greetings from the Tanner Family,

We want to start this letter off by saying thank you to everyone who has been praying for our family and for the folks at Missionary Acres. Praise God, both our family and the Missionary Acres community have been safe and healthy these past couple of months. 

COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders have kept us at home since the beginning of March, but we have not been sitting by waiting for something to happen. When we are at home in Washington, we live in an old home on an old homestead.

There is always a lot of work to be done. We started cutting firewood at the end of March and have a good-sized pile built up. Over the next two weeks, we plan on splitting and stacking the wood we will need for this next winter. This will be a huge blessing as we we plan on being on the road a lot this fall, and will not have a lot of time then to get the wood in.

We have also been working on some ministry tasks as well. In March, Bryan was still making calls to churches with the idea of scheduling meetings. However, the uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus on our economy and the questions of when churches will be able to open again presented some scheduling challenges. We had been praying about what to do when our home pastor suggested recording our presentation to send to the folks in our church as an addition to one of his Sunday sermons. That suggestion led us to the idea of not only recording our deputation presentation, but to then also send it out to pastors via email. We are calling it Virtual Deputation.

We have uploaded the presentation to our website and you can view it at: https://tanners2ma.com/virtual-deputation/

We are praying that this video would help us to spread our ministry and the ministry of Missionary Acres. With today's technology, this video could easily reach more people then we will ever be able to talk to in person. And although we hope this will help us to gain some support in these hard times, we are also praying that it will educate more people about the need for the ministry of Missionary Acres. 

Planning For the Future

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

Praises!
  • We were home when the self-quarantine mandates began rolling out. 
  • We have 10 more churches/meetings scheduled so far for 2020.
  • Our current committed support level is up to 16.3%. 
  • Lisa's business hasn't yet lost any clients during this pandemic, and continues to provide the income we need so Bryan can focus on contacting churches and preparing sermons. 
  • We have been able to stay productive during this down time.
  • We updated our prayer cards with a new family picture
Prayer Requests
  • That the residents and staff currently at Missionary Acres would continue to stay healthy. All of the residents and some of the staff are in the "at-risk" categories. 
  • To continue to connect with Pastors and fill our schedule for 2020. We are praying for 25+ good meetings.
  • That God would raise our support level to 50% or more this year. (We are currently at 16.3%)
  • For continued safety on the road, we have many miles to drive in the coming months.
  • For continued health for our family. 
  • Pray for a cure to Angelman Syndrome (what Owen has). There are some promising clinical trials being conducted right now. To learn more about Angelman Syndrome check out our blog from last year: Preparing for Deputation with a Child with Angelman Syndrome 
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 During a Pandemic

Learn about our ministry efforts during the current pandemic. This post offers an update on the things we've been working on. 

Read the Post
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. And we praise God for your continued support in prayer.

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 missionaryacres@semo.net

Tanners to Missionary Acres

PO Box 353, Valley, WA 99181
www.Tanners2MA.com

tanners2ma@gmail.com

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