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