Garry was born in the Philippines in 1983. When he was 4, his family migrated to Australia where he spent the rest of his childhood. He attended Queensland Baptist College for his first year in college and moved to the United States in 2003 to attend Hyles-Anderson College. In 2007, Garry graduated from H.A.C. with a Bachelor’s in Pastoral Theology, and in 2008 he graduated with his Master’s in Education for School Administration. Garry has been on staff as a Pastor’s assistant and school teacher since 2009 at Lakecrest Baptist Church.
Mindy was born and raised in Michigan. She has been a part of Lakecrest Baptist Church all her life and has even served as a part-time teacher there. Mindy graduated from Hyles-Anderson College in 2013 with her Associate Degree in Elementary Education. Garry and Mindy were married on July 25th, 2009. They have three children: Rhys, Elin, and Gwen.
Garry has always known the need in Australia. It has only been recently that he knew God was calling him back to Australia to serve Him there. He has dual citizenship in Australia and the United States. This is a great advantage to entering Australia as missionaries. Other American missionaries wanting to enter Australia must enter through other avenues besides religious visas, as they are no longer available.
Garry was commissioned at First Baptist Church of Hammond on March 15, 2017, by FBMI. He was ordained into the ministry on July 16, 2017, at Lakecrest Baptist Church, the Tingsons’ sending church.
Please pray for the Tingsons as they seek to win souls, plant churches, and train nationals in Australia. Pray for them while they are on deputation to raise support from churches and individuals who share the same vision to reach the world for the Lord Jesus Christ.
Thank you for your prayers for my wife Mindy during her pregnancy. This pregnancy proved to be a more challenging one, but after all the hard work, we are excited to announce that our baby Isla was born on June 8 in the wee hours of the night. This is our first Australian-born baby. Isla was born prematurely at 2.5 kilograms (5.5 pounds), but she was heavy enough not to have to spend time in the NICU. Mum and Baby are doing very well now. Thank you again for the prayers in this matter!
Life continues on with all the excitement. The children are continuing on with their homeschooling. All of them are getting good grades. Gwen says “thank you” for all the cards and gifts sent for her birthday on July 4! We got to celebrate it up North during the winter school holidays. Rhys has been extra helpful around the church, helping where he can. It’s not unusual to see him with a vacuum cleaner in his hands.
Please pray for our Bible college ministry. Many of them are in a transitional time in their lives, and it’s important that they make the right decisions. Please pray for wisdom as I continue to teach and train these young men and women. Please pray also for our soul-winning efforts. Many Australian people are hesitant about “religious” things, but every now and then, the Lord blesses us with visitors in church who are seeking answers. Please pray for a newcomer, Jay, as he is deciding to get baptised. This is a man I’ve been counselling. We’ve also had a couple of new families coming regularly. The work on the church auditorium has progressed rapidly. All the Gyprock (drywall) is up and is awaiting plaster work. Please pray for this project, as our funds are quickly depleting. However, the Lord has been miraculously supplying our needs.
We’ve been praying about where to get our tracts printed for a reasonable price. The first week of July, we attended a Leadership Conference in Brisbane (seven hours north of us). The hosting church has a printing ministry. Because of a contribution that our pastor is making towards their ministry, they’ve committed to printing our materials free for a year. Praise the Lord for answered prayers! Their pastor also heard about our future church plant and has committed to supporting our ministry financially. Amen and Amen! The Lord worked greatly in the conference, and there will be more news that I’m excited to announce in the future. Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support!