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.