Monthly Missionary Update 

Brett & Monica Garner

Always Opportunity

Even in the midst of trials & adversity God still presents opportunity’s….

Brett’s Mom was moved to rehab after two surgeries.  We were with her the night she arrived at rehab and things weren’t going very smoothly.  There was a mix up with her room.  She was supposed to have a private room but she was put in a room with a woman. (I will call her Sally.)  There was only one television & it was extremely loud (just like Brett used to listen to our TV.)  It was turned so only Sally could see it and the curtain was pulled.   Brett went on the other side of the curtain to ask if she would mind if he pulled the curtain back a little & turned the television so his Mom could see it too.  It was the night of Trump’s Inauguration!  Brett’s mom wanted to watch the Inaugural Balls.  Sally responded, “That’s my television & she will have to get her own.”  I was with Brett’s mom on the other side of the curtain and we were listening!   All of us were a little shocked at how she responded.  Then  she said, “The reason I have it so loud is because I can’t hear out of my left ear.”  Brett said, “I used to not hear out of my left ear either, but I have it back now.”  She perked up and asked, “How did you get your hearing back?”  Brett said, “Funny you should ask.”  And God presented an opportunity…

Brett shared his testimony about how God restored his hearing.  After they talked, Brett prayed with her and asked if he could come back and talk with her again.  She said she would love to hear about his Church.  Brett told her that he didn’t want to tell her about his Church, he wanted to talk to her about a relationship with Jesus.  She said she wanted to hear more.  Then Sally said, “You turn that television so your Mom can see it and pull the curtain back too !!”   Brett’s mom said, “God works in mysterious ways.” And we all SMILED!!

A couple of days later Brett visited with Sally again and was blessed to shared the Gospel with her.  No decision was made, but a seed was definitely planted.  Sally told Brett that God put his mom in her room for a reason.

Isn’t it amazing how God still works in the middle of swirling events in this ever-changing world we live in!

‘He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation”‘– Mark 16:15 NIV

A few days later, I was visiting my mother-in-law one morning at rehab. A woman that works there came up to me and she wanted to talk to me.  I had never met her before but she had met Brett.  So before I left, we were able to talk for a few minutes.  She shared with me some things that she was struggling with and going through.  She was a believer and even though she was working, we had time for a quick prayer together.  Hopefully it was an encouragement to her, as it blessed me.

“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.” — 1 Peter 3:8

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people.”  —  1 Timothy 2:1 ESV

Ministry Update

We are learning that even in our daily lives when we are not traveling with revive IN or at an outreach, God still presents opportunity’s we just have to be ready.

Brett and I now know our role for reviveTX.  We will be discipleship leaders for the yellow region. (See map below.)  We have been in training to learn more about discipleship and working closely with our yellow team.  Our team consists of IN,TX, FL, & OH people.  We will be traveling to Texas on March 12 for one week, to meet with Pastors and other leaders, as well as for discipleship training. We will be at an outreach for all ten regions on the March 17 & 18.  This will get us prepared for the 50 day outreach.

We will be leaving for Dallas, TX again on April 3, right after our grandson’s birthday party!  We will return home on June 6.

This map shows the 10 regions that will be part of reviveTX.  We would love to have you come join us some time during the 50 day outreach in the yellow region.  If the Lord puts on your heart to come and be a volunteer for a couple of days, a week or all 50 days, please contact us.

Prayer Requests

  • My (Monica’s) Step-Dad Bill had a stroke and is in rehab.  Please pray for Bill and my Mom Shirley.  This has been difficult and a big adjustment.
  • Pray for Judy, Brett’s Mom, as she is still recovering from 2 surgeries. 
  • Please pray that Brett & I stay healthy for all of the traveling and 50 day outreach coming up. 
  • Pray for revive TX that this will be mighty move of God
  • Pray for our families as we are apart for long periods of time. It is hard to leave with so much going on. 
  • Pray that Brett & I retain what we are learning so we can be serving the way the Lord wants us to.

Praise Report

  • Brett’s Mom Judy is home and doing much better. 
  • Local outreaches are going out weekly in Shipshewana, Elkhart, Goshen & Nappanee.
  • Brett attended an outreach in Elkhart and his team led a young lady to the Lord.  This young lady wants to be discipled.