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Here is your May-June 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.
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ull time staff applications began coming in from all over the United States. As churches and mission organizations became aware of the service we were providing, project requests came in at a steady pace. TECH was most definitely meeting a need in the mission world even though many had doubts that professional people would be able to raise their own finances to serve other organizations with technical skills. Several missions took advantage of the Long-Range Planning services. TECH's services also reached beyond the U.S. borders with projects in Guatemala City, Guatemala and a hydroelectric plant in Macuma Ecuador.
 

The hydroelectric plant for Gospel Missionary Union (AVANT) was to replace diesel generators that were used to power transmitters for Radio Rio Amazonas radio broadcast to the Shuar of southeastern Ecuador. By design the radio broadcasts were pre-evangelistic in nature. They were also a major contributor to allowing many isolated communities to contact missionaries. This unique project helped reach a people group with the Gospel that until recently did not have adequate roads, and much of the 10,000 square miles of the Shuar was navigated by trail, canoe or airplane.

As project loads increased, the number of applications to join our staff also increased. In the 1970’s the Board of Trustees approved 30 family units to serve.

About the time we get a boost in project load, more staff are already in the works. God strategically provides at just the right time.
 

The initial idea of building the plant was Frank Drown's who, in 1962 had started a radio station in Makuma principally for broadcasting to the Shuar of Southeastern Ecuador, which was also listened to by related language groups in Ecuador and Peru. The first transmitter of Radio Rio Amazonas was a 500 watt unit which was replaced in 1971 by a 5 KW transmitter. Electrical power for these transmitters initially was generated by diesel electric plants and as a transmitter power. As broadcast hours increased, so did the need for fuel to be flown in. At it's peak they were flying in a ton of fuel weekly so the need fro a plant taht ran on water, there in the tropical rain forest of Ecuador, was obvious.

Missionary TECH Team has been very reactionary in nature. Organizations come to us with a specific need, and we work to create the solution. One need that instantly came to our attention was that organizations needed help to communicate and to tell their story. A new department, Graphic Arts, was created with an emphasis on printing including art work, layout, and design. Surveys were sent out to numerous mission organizations to see how we could help. The results of the survey led to adding audio visual communication and slide show presentations with audio recording. Once again, God led several key people to Longview to fill the gap. Graphic Arts changed its name to Communications. Project load went from 45 projects in 1974 to 146 in 1975.

With the growth of staff, the need for a permanent office became a top priority. At the Annual Board Meeting in 1974, the board approved to purchase 150 feet of frontage (2.72 acres) on FRJ Drive from the Longview Chamber of Commerce for $8,160. Plans were approved and ground breaking took place on March 1, 1974. The 6,000 square foot building was completed in August 1975.  In 1978 we purchased an additional 150 feet of frontage on FRJ Drive giving us a total of 300 feet along FRJ drive totaling 5.44 acres.
 

The Staff was growing in numbers as well as the board of trustees and advisory council. God continued to assemble a group of men that would give terrific guidance in the days ahead as new ministry opportunities continued to appear. One main desire for board participation is that those who serve have expertise in a variety of technical skills yet be passionate in their walk with the Lord. His voice is the most important to hear in making decisions to fulfill His purposes! We are grateful to have a rich history of people who have served well in that capacity.

Volunteers joined our efforts as people heard what TECH was doing, some desired to get involved on a volunteer basis. The volunteer program was organized in 1976 with eleven volunteers. This program continues to be a key element to the success of project completion today.

Special Ministries was created in the mid 1970’s with Harry Wiley developing Essential Life Seminars, Wisdom for Women, and Man to Man. Mr. Wiley also provided pre-marital and marriage counseling for many folks in East Texas.
 
A good amount of time was focused on the future ministry of TECH. Much discussion took place concerning strategically positioning TECH for future ministry opportunities. The world in which we serve is rapidly changing. Persecution of Christians and those of the church are at an all-time high. Ministries are under attack from governments and outside radical forces. Our goal is to graciously face those challenges and see them as opportunities for service. We don't want to blindly walk into unstable situations but desire to be as crafty as snakes and innocent as doves.

Thank you for your prayers!
 
One humorous thing that took place was Lynella going before the board to be approved to serve on our staff since she and Birne were getting married. Makes you wonder what our history would have been if her application had been declined.
 

It is impossible in a few pages to tell the vast number of stories for a decade in our history. Only eternity will tell of the impact we have had on the kingdome of heaven. Thank you for your interest in the ministry of Missionary TECHTeam! To God be the glory!
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