2010-12-18

2010 Tyler Christmas Praises

Dear Prayer Partners,

First of all, we want to wish you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a BLESSED NEW YEAR!

Speaking of the new year, it gives us occasion to recall some of the many blessings of the present one…
January 2010 – Our church in Timisoara hosted our 5th annual Church Planters Conference with Bro. Rick Houk and 77 in attendance (about half of them national pastors and missionaries in Romania)
February 2010 – The teens of our church put on a Sweetheart Banquet for the adults in our church with the theme, “An evening in Venice”.
March 2010 – Bro. Gabriel Rivera preached a family conference for us. Zoli, the husband of one of our faithful ladies, was also saved during this month.
April 2010 – Rebekah got engaged to Travis Garza with our blessing. Zoli was baptized (he also brought 10 visitors to see it) and began discipleship lessons.
May 2010 – Reprinted 10,000 copies of the “Done” book in Romanian. Rebekah arrived to help us for the summer.
June 2010 – Pastor Troy Dorrell and 28 adults and teens from Eastland Baptist Church in Tulsa, OK, came for an unforgetable 10 days in which thousands of tracts and Done books were distributed, special services were held in Romanian and Gypsy churches and whirlwind siteseeing tours were conducted of Roman ruins, medieval castles and Budapest landmarks. (GREAT FUN! But I think we slept a week afterwards.)
July 2010 – VBS was held earlier than usual, but had great results and the help of 2 girls from West Coast Baptist College – Sarah Cook and Rebecca Furlong. John came home for 2 weeks at the end of the month and we made a wonderful family trip to Rome.
August 2010 – Our church sent 25 children to Camp of Joy (divided into 3 age-appropriate weeks). During this time Debra was Stateside for the birth of our first grandchild on August 12, 2010: Titus Evan Williams. She and Rebekah were present for the event, and I was on the phone with them to hear the cries of a newborn miracle. AWESOME!
September 2010 – Debra returned with Sarah Helwig, a 2010 Masters graduate of WCBC, who came to work with us for a year-and-a-half or more. Praise the Lord for her musical talents and servant spirit.
October 2010 – John asked Pearl Choi to marry him. Dr. W.A. Smith from Oklahoma City, OK, was our guest speaker for the 5th anniversary of the Timisoara Independent Baptist Church.
November 2010 – I preached at 2 mission conferences in Hungary, and our church held our “By Grace” Mission Conference.
December 2010 – Here we are, ready for special Christmas concerts and making plans for 2011!

All of these things were possible “Because You Gave” (see below)

Your servants in Christ,
Tim & Debra Tyler and family

Because You Gave
by Tim Stephens

We worked today.
Ordinary jobs were accomplished because of you.
We composed lessons and letters on a computer you bought for us.
Necessary errands were run in a dependable vehicle you purchased.
Our children were schooled from books you paid for.
We have lights, water and a home
Because you gave.

We relaxed today.
An outing you provided refreshed our family.
We turned aside from the routine and enjoyed a meal out.
Thank you.
We laughed and played together and had a restful time
Because you gave.

We worshipped today.
Your sacrifice paid for believers to travel to church.
They gathered in a building that you rented and remodeled.
They read from the Bibles you bought
And sat in chairs you donated so they might hear God's Word.
They praised their Savior from songbooks in their native tongue
Because you gave.

Someone was saved today.
You stood with us as we proclaimed to him the everlasting gospel.
A disciple whom you helped us train led him to Jesus.
He will follow his Lord in a baptismal that you helped purchase.
He will grow in grace and in the knowledge of Christ
And his life will be forever changed
Because you gave.

Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.
2 Corinthians 9:15

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