Saturday, August 17, 2019

You Will Go Out With Joy


"You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands."  Isaiah 55:12 NIV

The next step of our journey with the Lord is fast approaching and our anticipation and excitement is growing.

Much like Christmas Eve as a child. The anticipation of what Santa would bring to my sister and I was always heightened.  We knew that Santa would never bring us underwear and socks. (Only our parents did that!)  Under the tree we found things that would thrill us.

That’s how it feels as we prepare for the Great Asia Adventure.  We know the Lord has gifts waiting for us to unwrap during the next four months and we excitedly anticipate what He has in store!   Each new development in our schedule causes us to rejoice and thank God for His amazing plan.

Your prayers, encouragement and generous support are a vital part of this trip being a success.  Thank you!  Our hearts' desire is to fulfill the purpose of God for this trip.  And to enjoy every part of it.

Blessings - Gary


Tuesday, July 30, 2019

I left my heart ... Montana Reflections


As Tony Bennett’s classic song intones, a piece of our heart, our essence, remains behind in the places where we feel at home and secure.  (I Left My Heart ... by Tony Bennett)

Each return to Montana's Bitterrroot Valley increases my sense of home and belonging.  There is a comfortable sense of knowing this place, and yet not knowing what new wonders await discovery.  Changeless - yet always changing.   Revealed - yet never fully known. 

We were so encouraged during our recent visit.  We were able to reconnect with family, friends, and the beauty that is Montana.   The weather was perfect, the air was clear (no forest fires), we were well-fed, and well-loved.  We so appreciate the Pastors and churches that invited us to share the Word of God and what He is doing as we travel around the world. Thank you to each of you!

It was especially important that Gary and I have this time of refreshing and rest before we embark on our next great adventure!!!  

On August 27, 2019 we will be packed up and journeying to Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka and India for a four month mission trip. Our life-long dream has been to pursue the direction and calling of God for our lives and serve Him on the mission field.  We've been able to do that on a limited basis.  At the end of June, I retired from my job, so now we are full-time for Jesus.  This frees up our schedule to travel more, and for longer periods of time.

It's exciting! It challenges our faith and definitely disrupts the status quo.  Is it uncomfortable at times? Absolutely!  We wouldn't have it any other way.

Your love, prayers and support is what makes this journey possible - we hope you will continue to pursue your Journey with God.

Blessings -  Pat


Early Morning Reflections 


The Beauty of Montana


Sunday, June 23, 2019

Trunkfuls of Eyeglasses!

What would you do with a trunkful of used eye glasses?
What about several trunkfuls of eye glasses?



Why not host an "Eyeglass Sorting Party"?  Invite a few friends over, offer to feed them lunch and put them to work.

A friend from church generously donates the excess eyeglasses from her business.  Our crew sorts out the single vision glasses (lenses for both eyes are essentially the same).  Then we label them, bag them by strength, and they are ready to go on our next mission trip.

Eyeglasses that we are not able to use are donated to two other non-profit organizations that are able to replace the existing lenses with new prescriptive lenses.

Thank you to the crew - you know who you are!
Sorry to the workers who left before photos were taken!




Click on any of these links to see reports from some of the eyeglass clinics we do in developing nations:

Sri Lanka Eye Clinic          Mexico Eye Clinic        Ghana Eye Clinic

"... and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it." Malachi 3:10b

We can't wait to see the lives that will be changed for good, touched by the love of Jesus, through these eyeglasses.

Stay tuned for reports as the journey continues.....


Thursday, May 30, 2019

HOME TO MONTANA!

Each year Pat and I look forward to July, because that means it is time to come home to Montana!  It's a perfect time for us to escape the excessive heat of Las Vegas and visit family, life-long friends and share in times of ministry.  Since I am on staff at our church, Pat will be heading north a few days ahead of me to enjoy some extra time in Montana, and a family trip to Canada.  She will be flying into Missoula on Tuesday, July 2 and I will be follow on Friday, July 12.  We both return to Las Vegas on July 22.

There are a few open dates in our ministry schedule.  If you would like us to come and share with your small group or church about what the Lord is doing in Southeast Asia through "Greater Works Unlimited", please email us at gary@gwunlimited.com. You will not be disappointed!

Here is our schedule so far:

  • Sunday,  July 14 - 10:30 am at "House of Praise", Victor, MT
    with Pastors Jim and Lorraine Andrusky
  • Wednesday, July 17- 6:30 pm at "Crosspoint", Victor, MT
    with Pastors Scot and Shelly Colwell.
  • Thursday, July 18 - 10:00 am at "Women of Worship," Missoula, MT
    with Pastor Lorraine Andrusky
  • Sunday, July 21- 10:30 am at "Barnabas Ministry," Hamilton, MT
    with Pastor Nancy Pendergast

God is leading us into a new season of change and transition.. We're excited to share with you the next steps in this amazing journey of  faith.  Ministry opportunities have opened to us, and God  is freeing up our time to do more for his Kingdom. In addition to Southeast Asia, India and Ghana, - doors also have opened for us in Mexico and Guatemala, where we will be going to in the Spring of 2020.  More details will be coming!

Pat and I want to thank each of you for partnering with us through your prayers and financial gifts.  We want you to know that each and every one of you is important to us.  Words cannot express how grateful and thankful we are for you!

Our pray for you is found in Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,'says the Lord, 'plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future
and a hope."


Blessings on your journey with Him - Gary


For more of Montana's beauty visit our Sister Cyndy's photo blog www.Montana1aDay.com 







Monday, April 29, 2019

A Productive Weekend


Team Triple M. (Meadows Mexico Missions) Teamed up with the Foursquare Church at Hacienda Los Venados, Mexico and a church team from San Bernadino, CA to reach out to the community of Los Venados to celebrate Mexico's Day of theChild.

An estimated 300 children and parents joined in the fun - games, prizes, clowns, food, gospel and glasses!

Eye exams were given to 60 people, 30 received eye glasses. All were prayed for.  Ministry in the prayer tent was steady all day, with 8 known commitments to Christ.  Many children and parents raised their hands when Pastor Rojas gave the salvation call. 

Praising our faithful amazing God for His plan and purposes as the Body of Christ works together to share His love.

Your love, support and prayers makes it possible for us to continue sharing Jesus' love wherever He sends us.

Mucho Gracias.  Gary and Pat




Tuesday, March 26, 2019

When God Throws Wide the Door . . .


We must choose to walk through it. 

Our home Church, Meadows Fellowship in Las Vegas, sponsors missionaries to Mexico, Scott and January Wilson. We made a weekend trip to visit them in the Baja California state of Mexico.  Our purpose was to plan short-term mission trips from our church. We thought we were along for the administration side of it.

Unexpectedly we were presented with an opportunity to conduct an eye vision clinic in Mexico just 6 weeks from then. Our first hesitation was the shortness of time; company scheduled to arrive that same week; and all the logistics involved in planning our schedule and getting a supply of eye glasses.

The very next morning, the daily Bible verse confirmed to our hearts that this was God's will. “We will show mercy  to the poor and not miss an opportunity to do acts of kindness for others, for these are the true sacrifices that delight God’s heart.”  Hebrews 13:16 (TPT)

So here we go again! Another new country, another new adventure sharing God's love with those whose hearts are hungry and seeking for love and truth.

We return to Mexico April 27 - 30th.  The trip has multiple purposes:  to show Jesus’ love to the people who come to the community outreach – in a practical way through the eye-vision clinic as well as the ministry of the Word by local believers: and to begin training local believers who have a desire to do eye vision clinics in other parts of their Nation.

We covet your prayers especially during these next few weeks as we plan and prepare.  Please agree with us that all the logistical items will fall into place – provision, resources, physical strength. Pray that all the purposes that God has for this Outreach will be fulfilled in Jesus name.

Thank you for sharing this great adventure with us. Blessings - Pat & Gary

PS - it's a beautiful area on the Coast of Mexico, with delicious seafood and tacos!