Here is your January - March/April 2019 Missionary TECH Team Newsletter
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We are excited to celebrate and unfold 50 years of His story through Missionary TECH Team. Our newsletters for this year will celebrate each decade of ....

ne great benefit of celebrating a milestone like 50 years is it causes us to take a significant pause and reflect. What jumps off the pages of our rich history of serving like-minded organizations is the diversity of projects, which reflect the magnificence of our God. We intend to take the next six bi-monthly publications to pause, remember, and praise the Lord, by decade, for the good work that has been done through Missionary TECH Team. It’s great to look at old photos and scan through the many projects. Some are pretty humorous. Our goal with these issues is to connect the big story that hundreds of thousands of people will share eternity with us as a result of our labor. Our desire is that we will be encouraged to run the race set before us and marvel in God’s goodness and faithfulness.
Incorporation papers were prepared by a lawyer and presented to the State of Texas on March 5, 1969. Within 24 hours Birne Wiley received a phone call saying that Missionary TECH Team was accepted as a non-profit organization.
Much of what took place in this first board meeting set in motion the structure that would guide TECH to have a significant ministry. Little did these men know what God had in store for them or how He would bless the days ahead.
September 1969 was a big month in the history of TECH. Wilson and Martha Brown joined the full time staff and the LeTourneau Foundation offered a house on the LeTourneau Corporation grounds for the use as an office for an indefinite period of time.
That month newlyweds, Dave and Randi Carnahan, resigned from Wycliffe Bible Translators to be with Missionary TECH Team on a permanent basis.
By October the new office was completely rewired and painted. Bookkeeping supplies were ordered and receipts were designed. We were ready to serve!
The desire to assist missionaries that started in a young boy’s heart at the dining room table was becoming a reality. It was really happening! God was providing in a terrific way. We had a facility and a staff. Organizations had heard about what we were doing, and the project list was growing. We were seeing our prayers answered and living out what we had only dreamed about. These were incredibly exciting and encouraging days! The Lord was faithful! And He was meeting our needs.
The first official project for Missionary TECH was Teens Inc., which later became Camp Ray Bird located in South Bend, Indiana. Teens Inc. is a camping facility for lower income children. Their main facility was a 50-year-old dormitory/dining hall and needed to be replaced. Birne and Dave had gone to the camp in October of 1968 to do a survey of the grounds and to submit a topographical map to be used for future development.
Today, Camp Ray Bird is celebrating 100 years of ministry. The original 40 acre campus has grown to 149 acres with 90 – 95% of the summer campers coming from St. Joseph County. Camper fees are based on family income and some campers pay as little as $30 for a week of camp.
Dave Mui, the current Director, shared about the history of Camp Ray Bird where tens of thousands of children have heard the Gospel message. Countless thousands have put their faith in Jesus Christ. Dave Mui also said the facility TECH designed 50 years ago has hosted thousands of people and is still in service today. In the fall of 2018 Birne Wiley was in northern Indiana and stopped by the camp. It was a treat to see that they are still effective in ministry and going strong. They are in the midst of a capital fund campaign with their eye on future ministry and are trusting God to continue to bless their efforts.
When you look through the project list of 1969, it would be hard to measure the eternal impact TECH has had. It is very reassuring to know that being faithful to God’s call to start this type of service mission instantly fulfilled a very specific, unmet need in missions
In 2018 we had three major upgrades to our facility:
  1.  Electrical, plumbing and site work in our RV Park
  2.  New floor in the Graphic Services work room
  3. 14 stall carport for our Vehicle Leasing fleet
The cost of these projects totaled $70,600. Contributions toward these projects were $57,700 leaving a balance of $12,900. If the Lord would nudge you to give toward any of these projects, we would be grateful for your gift.

We look forward to this next year of service as we reflect back on our 50 year history. We have much to give God glory for, and we are thankful to all who have walked this path for many years. Thank you for your interest in the ministry of Missionary TECH Team!
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