June 2016

“The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.”  Habakkuk 3:19

This June finds us fully in the midst of transition. Our house has been on the market for a month and Carmen ended with her youth ministry position at Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church at the end of May. We are savoring the last few weeks of our life in Ohio as we also prepare for our move to North Carolina. We have our move date set for the last week of July. This will help us get settled into our new surroundings before Nathan begins school August 18. When we visited Burlington in April we were pleased to settle on a bilingual preschool for Lilliana. We are excited for her to start learning Spanish at an early age and the cross cultural connections  will be helpful for us as well as one of her teachers is from Honduras.

As we prepared our home to be ready for sale it felt like the painting and cleaning would never come to an end. But we got all the projects done just in time for the real estate photographer to come and do his job. As we keep up the work of showing our home and working on support raising the “finish line” of this season can seem hazy, but we continue to set our hearts on Jesus and His timing in all these things. We recently had the opportunity to take a support raising trip to CT, NJ & PA.   While we were staying with friends in northern CT they were excited to show us around town. One of the area’s attractions is massive ski jump. They declared that the view is amazing and their kids raced out of the van to lead us to the top. As we got half-way to the top we discovered that part of the stairway had fallen out and it was not possible to make it all the way. The view from half-way was nice, but nothing like the vista from the peak. We are thankful for God’s assurance that the view from the “top” is amazing. We don’t have to worry about broken staircases preventing our assent. Our faithful Savior leads the way to Burlington and the ministry that He is calling us to do.  He cares even more than we do about all the details of our lives. So we continue to put our trust in Jesus, not in all of our life details being tied up on our timetable. We are so thankful for all the wonderful prayer and financial partners that God is bringing into our lives to partner with us in our ministry with Missionary Air group.

As we have wrapped up our ministry in Ohio we have been so blessed by many precious send-offs. We were able to enjoy a special cook-out celebration at Sugar Creek with youth and their families. Even a number of former students came to say good-bye! We also enjoyed a time on Sunday morning to be sent-off in prayer and fellowship. The congregation prayed Psalm 121 over us which was really powerful. Carmen also had the opportunity to share with the Presbytery as a whole about our ministry with MAG and was sent out in prayer there as well. We thank God for a chance to celebrate the ministry that we have done with others and for the many prayers.

News from the field:
In our Gu
atemala field program construction on a new strip has begun to better facilitate ministry at the Kekchi Bible Institute. This will be the new base of operations for the MAG air ambulance program in Guatemala. It is an incredible opportunity to partner with others missionaries in Guatemala to show compassion and cultivate ways for the local church to flourish there.
  Kekchi Bible Institute

In Christ's love,

Sean & Carmen Garrigan

Prayer Requests

That God would continue to raise up supporters for our work with MAG so we will begin our time in Burlington fully funded.

For God’s provision of a buyer for our home.

For Jesus to shepherd our family’s hearts as we move and in all the big changes taking place.

For the other MAG families who will be moving to Burlington at the end of the summer and that the Holy Spirit will knit us together as a team.

About the Garrigan's

Sean is a graduate of the Aviation Maintenance Technology program at Miramar College in San Diego and attended San Diego Christian College. Carmen received her B.A. in Spanish from Pepperdine University and went on to Princeton Theological Seminary for her Masters in Divinity. Sean is excited for the opportunity to prepare, train, and mentor Pilot/Mechanics for Kingdom work through aviation. Carmen looks forward to encouraging the apprentice families during their time in Burlington and mobilizing the local church to fulfill the great commission.

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