September 2016

Dear friends in ministry,

We made it to Burlington! 
We praise God for all the prayers and support that have enabled us to move to Burlington NC to be a part of what God is doing in growing the ministry of Missionary Air Group.  We have been in North Carolina for 6 weeks now.  We are learning our way around and both kids have started in the respective schools.  Nathan is in 1st grade and Lilly in her three morning s a week bilingual preschool.  We are currently living in Siloam Missionary Homes which is about a 30 minute drive from the airport and the kids’ schools.  We are having some of the same adjustments as if we were serving in one of the field locations- poor cell coverage, choppy internet and needing to take our cooler on grocery store trips because of the longer drive and heat!  There is a small farm on the property with sheep, goats, chickens, alpacas and ducks.  Lilly enjoys getting to help feed the goats.

Our favorite part of being in Burlington so far is getting to know our local teammates.  There were 2 other families who moved in within 2 weeks of our arrival.   The Straws have arrived from our field program in Gabon Africa.  Stephen Straw is the Chief Pilot and Alace is focusing on Member Care.  The Grotes also came from Ohio (Coshocton).  Scott is the Director of Maintenance and Jessica is working on book keeping.  We anticipate 2 other families arriving in the next month.

As we have begun our ministry in Burlington Sean has been doing some flying and helping finish construction on the office addition on the hangar.  It is a good thing he is so handy!  Sean has also been deemed the IT guy of the group and helping setup the new network and phone system. Carmen is beginning to familiarize herself with pastor training material used in Honduras and starting to make plans for a ministry trip there in January.  MAG has been using the EMPTY CASKET material to help familiarize the pastors in Honduras with the scope of the Old Testament and how it all leads to Christ’s ministry in the New Testament

We are praising God for the many ways He has provided for our move.  While selling our house wasn’t a seamlessly easy process we are glad that it did sell and closed earlier than anticipated.  It closed 10 days after the last of our belongings were packed up.  We miss our Ohio home and neighborhood but are glad that we are fully able to invest in the new place that God has us. We were also blessed by many hands to help with the physical part of the move.   We also thank God for providing for the ministries we moved out of in Ohio.  Among other things, Sean was managing 2 church websites and was the financial secretary for Corinth Presbyterian.  We are so glad that God provided people to pass the batons to while we were in town to train them.   We also enjoyed engaging in some new ministry even in the transition of the summer.  One of the prayer ministries we are a part of has a Mommy and Me prayer time that Carmen has participated in over the last year.  The usual leader was on sabbatical so Sean offered his guitar skills and worship leadership to connect the littlest ones and their mommies with Jesus.  Lilly enjoyed having daddy there.  There were more kids present than the picture shows, but you get the idea…

We are excited to see how God moves as we continue to get settled into our new location and ministry.

Blessings in Christ,

Sean & Carmen Garrigan

P.S. Our cell numbers are still the same and our new mailing address is:
1053 Quakenbush Rd Unit 1029A
Snow Camp, NC 27349

Prayer Requests

We have a lot of big decisions ahead.  Please pray for us as we discern the Holy Spirit’s leading.

We are still visiting different congregations to see where God would have us land.

Please pray we would know where God wants us to make our church home.

Thank God for all He is doing as we move into this new season of ministry.

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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