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 & 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 at Hyles-Anderson College in 2013 with her Associates in Elementary Education. Garry & Mindy were married on July 25th, 2009. They have three kids: Rhys, Elin, & Gwen.
Garry has always known the need in Australia. It’s 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 Tingson’s 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.
December was a bittersweet month for our family. We knew that this could very well be the last Christmas we would have with them. In true Christmas fashion, the children were spoiled beyond measure! But one extra special moment for us was to gift Mindy’s parents with tickets to visit us in Australia once we’ve settled in. They have helped us through the deputation trail by allowing us to stay at their house for free these past three years!
We had the privilege to be home for the month of December. This gave us the chance to prepare some things for our tentative move in the summer. We were able to serve at our home church. I had the honor to preach in Junior Church, high school chapel, and also a Sunday evening service. It was nice to be able to get behind the wheel of a bus again and to knock on hundreds of doors. I was encouraged to go door knocking with a couple of new members of our church. One of the young men, Tom, who had gotten the assurance of his salvation at our church and had only been with our church for six months, felt the Lord’s calling for him to go to Bible college. He believes the Lord is calling him to the mission field. Please pray for Tom as he begins college in January.
One apartment complex where we were knocking doors proved challenging to me. We had met people from all walks of life, but we were knocking on the last doors of the complex, and I still hadn’t seen anybody saved. I know the Lord gives the increase, but it’s nice to be part of the harvest from time to time. I got to my last door of the entire complex and met a man in his late seventies. I thought, Surely, he’s not going to listen. But he listened graciously, and at the end of the presentation, he bowed his head and trusted Christ as his personal Saviour! I was immediately reminded about the value of one. It was worth not giving up to see this dear man come to know the Saviour!
In 2020, we traveled enough miles to circle the earth. Our last meeting was our 100th scheduled meeting. Our schedule in the spring will be another busy time for us. Please pray that we fill every available date. We will be gradually traveling from the East Coast to the West Coast. Thank you for those who gave extra for Christmas! We hope you all had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!