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.
It’s full steam ahead with our building project! We’re so blessed to have a group of men in our church who possess a variety of handy skills. This past month, our church has laid flooring in the new auditorium, framed up the new Sunday school rooms, put drywall on most of the walls, and upgraded our sound system. We’re excited to announce that we’ve now moved into our new auditorium! There’s still some more work to do, and we’re hoping to have everything finished this next month. Please continue to pray for our building project and that God will continue to provide the necessary funds to finish it.
We’ve been tract distributing in Forster, and we were able to have our second meeting there on the last Sunday of September. We had a good crowd and a great time of fellowship afterwards. Please pray, as we will be having two churches from Sydney come up this next month to help distribute tracts and invite folks to church in Forster.
In Taree, we’ve continued with our ministries. Bible college is almost finished for the year. I have two more doctrines to teach the students. One of my students has been putting into practice what she’s learned in college. Very burdened for her friend, she shared with him the plan of salvation, and he trusted Christ as his Saviour! Praise the Lord! I’ve been talking to him about baptism. Please pray that he would take that next step. Please also pray for a man named Michael, whom I’ve been witnessing to. He’s still struggling on the fact that Christ is God’s Son. I’ve given him some materials to study over. Please pray that he would be persuaded and that he would believe.
This past month, we had the privilege to attend this year’s National Baptist Fellowship conference in Sydney. I was reconnected with some old acquaintances and met many new ones. We were challenged once again to “Contend for the Faith.”
Our family is starting to feel more at home here in Australia. We feel like we belong here, and we’re so excited that God has placed us here where we are. The children are enjoying church and homeschooling, my wife is getting more comfortable with the culture here, and I’m sounding more Aussie each day! Thank you for all the birthday greetings and cards. It means a lot to me. We thank you for your love, your continued prayers, and your support!