Dear Prayer Partners,
This is my first Monday Memo of 2010 because we have been very busy through the holidays and first few weeks of the new year. God blessed during the Christmas season. We had several parents come for the children's Christmas program which had the theme: Christmas around the world. Each child was dressed in the attire of different countries and shared a bit about how Christmas is celebrated there, but always coming back to the truth that Jesus is the reason for the season. We also held our choir concert on 2 consecutive nights, which allowed room for more visitors to come.
On New Year's Eve, we had the teens from our church come to our home for a 2-day retreat. We played games, ate lots of good food (and junk food, too), and had 4 teaching sessions. There were 18 in our home. It was a blast and the teens have shown a greater dedication to the Lord and the church so far this year.
This past week we were blessed to have Rick and Kathy Houk with us from Lancaster Baptist Church in California. Brother Houk preached to our church on the End Times on Sunday, Jan. 10th; then on Monday and Tuesday, he preached a series of challenging and helpful messages on servant-leadership at our 5th annual Church Planters Conference. There were over 70 in attendance on Monday night and we used every chair we own! I have received messages from several of the 57 pastors, missionaries and workers who came from other areas of Romania and there was a common expression that God used the messages in a powerful way to challenge them in their labors for the Lord.
On a personal note, we have had several special blessings. Rebekah came home for Christmas with her boyfriend, Travis, and they were a great help and blessing. We also learned that Derrick and Darci (our oldest daughter) are expecting our first grandchild this August! John got to spend Christmas with Grandma and Grandpa Tyler in Missouri. God also provided financially in a wonderful way over the holidays. We were able to pay off some debt which we have incurred over the past few years due to college costs, home improvements and airfair expenses. We have been also able to purchase a few special items for the ministry, such as a guitar and tracts. This was truly a timely provision from the Lord through his people.
Thank-you so much for your faithful prayers and support, and especially for the special Christmas gifts!
Your servant in Christ,
Tim J. Tyler
Missionary to Romania