Dear Co-laborers in Christ,
It has been 5 years since God, in His great mercy, allowed Jan and me to become affiliated with To Every Tribe (TET) in Los Fresnos, TX. What an adventure it has been! We have had the privilege of working alongside some of the most amazing Christians that we have ever known. We have had the privilege of meeting many of our missionary heroes as well as some of the greatest pastors and educators living. We have been blessed to travel (primarily to Mexico but I also got to spend almost a month in Papua New Guinea) and rub shoulders with TET field missionaries. These are men and women who are willing to sacrifice all, including their very lives, for the gospel. To them, Jesus is worth it!
Most importantly, I was able to fulfill a lifelong dream of training young men and women for the mission field. We got to mentor and love these young missionaries in training as they prepared for a life of missionary service. I had the blessing to lead them into “under-reached” areas of Northern Mexico where they were involved in hands-on church planting efforts. Many of these are presently on the field, preaching the saving gospel of Christ to people who have had little or no access to it.
Also, I was able to go into Mexico almost every Sunday for three years and preach to believers in two villages where there was no one to preach to them. This was one of my greatest joys. A couple of the TET staff members and several missionary trainees are continuing to serve these dear Mexican saints.
We have had a few struggles. We are older so, health has often been an issue. Sometimes we struggled financially but our Lord, through faithful saints like you, supplied every need. Sometimes we were face-to-face with some very dangerous, heavily armed guys in Mexico but, again, our Lord protected us. All in all, these 5 years have been fulfilling and joyous.
However, we have come to the place where we believe that we will need to resign from our present work. There are a number of reasons for this but these are the main things: Jan is no longer able to travel with me into Mexico for extended periods of time. This would make it difficult for both of us. I really don’t do very well traveling alone and it would not be right for me to leave her alone for extended periods. Also, I am uncomfortable being active in mission one month three to four times a year while receiving a salary every month made up of financial gifts from saints who are sacrificing to give.
Therefore, as of the end of July, we will resign from full time ministry. We are not breaking our ministry connection with To Every Tribe. I (Garry) will be teaching from time to time at the Center for Pioneer Church Planting and will be on campus for other events. Words could never express the gratitude we feel toward all of you who have prayed and given so generously to us. Please know that we have tried to be faithful to preach the gospel and help prepare others to preach it over these five years. Your love, prayers and generosity have made this possible. Your prayers and gifts were not wasted. There will be souls in heaven as a result of your sacrifice.
Again, I want to emphasize the fact that we are not quitting! However we would ask that you channel your financial gifts to other To Every Tribe missionaries (all TET missionaries and staff must raise their own financial support). As of the end of July, my full time employment with TET will end. Then at the end of August, I will receive a final disbursement of any donations left in my TET account.From that time on, To Every Tribe will no longer receive donations designated for us. Please keep this in mind as you plan your continued mission giving.
As for Jan and me, we will be actively involved in Faith Reformed Baptist Church in Titusville, FL. Also, I plan to continue to be involved in missions. I am trusting that the Lord will open other doors of ministry for us as well. Please keep us in your prayers as we will be praying for you until we meet at Jesus’ feet.
Garry and Jan