Event after event and project after project...days race by, then weeks and even months. I will attempt to share both the blessings and some details of our activities over the past few months. Because so much has been going on, I will break it all down in monthly intervals.
June I was still recovering from arthroscopic surgery on my hip, and then returned to Spain for a joint infiltration followed by physical therapy. At first it seemed to be helping, but honestly the arthritic pain in my hip never went away and continues to grow worse.
The Valley Forge Baptist Temple instrumental ensemble came to minister in our church. We got permission to have them perform in two public outdoor concerts, one in the center plaza and the other at the main Children's Park. Many stopped to listen and also took Gospel tracts.
Then the VFBT group helped us with our second annual Music Camp at The Baptist College International, and also shared special music at the Conference of Fundamental Baptists at Camp of Joy before returning home. Our family was with them the entire time and all were greatly blessed by fellowshiping and ministering together.
PUBLIC CONCERTS require a permit from the mayor's office which is verified by police in the very location where the Romanian Revolution of 1989 began.
July Three camp weeks and the BIMI field conference filled up the month, but there were some wonderful memories made in the ministry and for our family. There were 2 adolescent girls saved this summer, both led to the Lord by our daughter, Bethany, who is in her second year at The Baptist College International. Eugenia was the first to trust Christ when she came with one of our faithful teens, then she brought another friend, Andrea, who also trusted the Lord after going to camp. (They are both still faithfully attending our church in Timişoara - Please pray that their parents will allow them to be baptized soon.)
The BIMI Field Conference was held near Interlaken, Switzerland, and we met many wonderful missionary families from all over Europe, several planting national churches and others ministering to our military. The scenery was breathtaking, the fellowship was sweet, and the preaching was encouraging to all. It was helpful to talk with other families who feel the intense loneliness that living in the old world (Europe) since there are so few missionaries and we are all so very far apart. I feel the need to reach out through our Bible college and minister to them as the Lord makes it possible. (You can read more about that when I get to the month of November!)
While all these events were going on, the work on the church building in Timişoara was being finalized under the leadership of the Romanian assistant pastor, Cosmin. The front of the building looks warm and welcoming with new windows, doors and paint job.
Camp of Joy 2015
Making modifications to the church building
Teamwork makes the dream work!
August Debra and I celebrated our 31st anniversary on August 10, which fell between camps and VBS weeks. While our Vacation Bible School had smaller numbers this year, we had a faithful group of kids present every day as we took them on a virtual journey to "the Land Down Under" (Australia). We also had a good number or parents who stayed around during the VBS activities. There were a few decisions and several new kids began coming to church on a regular basis. The last week of August, we held our first ever Family camp up in the mountains and had 37 in attendance. It was only a 2 day camp, but God used it to knit hearts together around His Word. Brother CosminandIdid most of the teaching, and our wives had sessions with the ladies while the teens took care of the little kids. Can't wait to do it again next year!
I believe this is a good place to stop for now, but I will send another letter about events and blessings of September and October next week with the Lord's help. Please pray for more workers and for wisdom for all the ministries and families we are working with here in Romania. There have been many who have abandoned their posts in God's service, and I know of 3 churches in Romania that are without pastors at this time. We are seeking help, but there is a need for called men of God to rise to the challenge!
I once again wish to express my appreciation for your patience and for your faithful prayer and financial support. We are busy about the Master's business, and your partnership is a great encouragement!
Your servant in Christ, Tim J. Tyler Missionary to Romania
"For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake." 2 Corinthians 4:5
Some have asked for a PDF of our latest Praise-letter. It can be downloaded at: Dropbox
Your servant in Christ,
P.S. Thank-you for your prayers...my surgery went well and I am returning to Romanian on Monday, May 18. Pray that the arthroscopy will take and give more freedom of movement without the pain.
You are receiving this as a Prayer Partner with us.
SPECIAL PRAYER REQUEST FOR TIM, who will undergo arthroscopic surgery next week (May 14) on the right hip to relieve the constant pain and hopefully stay-off a full hip replacement for a few years. Our insurance through BIMI will fully cover this medical procedure, which will be done in Spain, but the travel and lodging are an extra expense.
The Tylers to Romania
Top 10 Blessings so far in 2015
New 2015 theme: Thirsting after God
We began this year with a new theme, "Thirsting after God", based upon Psalm 42:2 – "My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?" The image in the background is of a unique waterfall found here in Romania – Bigar Falls. It is a natural phenomenon of a mushroom-shaped, mossy formation that grows continually under the flow of pristine waters. All year long, it is a picture of our need to depend upon the Lord for our life and growth.
Brother Dan, the man in our church who drives people to church though he lost a leg in the 1989 Romanian Revolution, accompanied me last year to the Spiritual Leadership Conference at Lancaster Baptist Church. The Lord used his testimony, and our need for a church van with an automatic transmission, to provide the finances to purchase a late model passenger van in excellent condition with an AT. The full amount of purchase was provided, and we had enough to pay the taxes and insurance, too! We are so thankful to all who helped with this project.
Church growth & visitors
This year began with 2 young families joining our church and with a steady flow of visitors to church and participants at our monthly ChristianChildren'sClub. One family is from Germany, so now we find ourselves ministering in several languages each week! It is really exciting to see how the Lord works across ethnic and language differences. Then just 2 weeks ago, I had the privilege of leading Francisc, a 40-year-old man, to the Lord in my office before Wednesday night services. He had been visiting for more than a month, primarily as a result of the invitation and testimony of one of our most faithful families! PRAISE THE LORD!
Men's breakfast with Dr. David Bennett
We had about 20 men at our Men and Boys Breakfast in February, including new members and 4 guests. Dr. David Bennett, director of Silent Word Ministries International, was our guest preacher. He challenged us to a greater involvement in reaching the deaf lost in Romania. He is also helping Nichole Condra prepare for her ministry with us as soon as she raises her support. We have several in our church who are desiring to learn from her how to minister effectively to the deaf, and we are praying for a man to lead this ministry as it develops.
Debra and Ioana, our assistant pastor's wife, have held a couple of ladies meetings already this year and the women and girls of our church are truly encouraged by the fellowship and messages.
Spiritual Leadership Conference with Dr. John Goetsch
In March, Dr. John Goetsch, executive vice-president of West Coast Baptist College, came to minister to pastors, missionaries and full-time Christian workers at The Baptist College International, and to announce the supportive relationship between our two schools. We have a full curriculum for 3 majors:
Pastoral Theology, Church Ministry and Church Music. The courses are taught in English and are available in Romanian, as well. Several online courses from WCBC are also used to provide a greater variety of academic studies.
Dr. Bill Smith returns
Dr. W.L. Smith spent about a week in Romania and preached in our church and 2 other Independent Baptist churches, as well as at our college. He has a burden for planting churches and training workers on the field; so we are planning to have him return next year for a lecture series at TBCI which will be of help to pastors and workers from several nations.
Finish of the church
Pastor Cosmin, the assistant pastor of our church in Timisoara, has put in a lot of extra hours and provided leadership for the insulation and finish work on the church building and the apartment where they live. The completion of the project requires a new garage door and main entrance to the church, and replacement of old metal framed windows with thermal-pane windows across the entire street-side of the church.
The guest preacher was Pastor Kovacs from Hungary, and he preached from 1 Peter on the theme of "Standing Firm on Common Ground". There were a dozen from our church in Timisoara who attended. Please pray for the Lord to call more labourers for His work.
2ND PROPERTY PAYMENT RECEIVED
LAST BUT NOT LEAST, as the saying goes, we are so excited to share that the Lord has provided the 2nd of 4 installments for the purchase of our church property in Timisoara. The Lord enhanced the power of the donations received by reducing the gap between the dollar and the euro, so that there was enough to also pay the property taxes from the first 2 years and to take care of the monthly interest payments through the summer. Please join us in thanking the Lord for His provision through such generous donors, and pray with us that the remainder of the debt will be taken care of for His Glory!
As you can see, the Lord is working; so we have been busy in the Master's service. Your faithful prayers, support and patience are all greatly needed and appreciated.