Tim and Christa Simmons2022-05-25T10:28:18-05:00

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TIM SIMMONS FAMILY

SERVING IN URUGUAY

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Tim Birthday 12/19
Christa Birthday 07/08
Tim & Christa Wedding Anniversary 12/14
Ethan Birthday 10/17
Evan Birthday 08/08

Tim’s Testimony

I grew up in a Christian home, and my dad is a pastor. When I was three, my mom showed me how to go to Heaven, and I prayed to trust in Jesus for Heaven.  I can remember going out soul winning and inviting people to church on a weekly basis with my dad from a young age.

When I was 15, I went with my dad to a pastors’ conference. During a Wednesday evening service on March 22, 2006, I surrendered to go into full-time ministry. I surrendered to do whatever the Lord wanted me to do with my life. I wasn’t sure what it would be, but I decided to be yielded to whatever He wanted me to do. In the fall of that same year, the Christian school I went to was having a missions conference. The Holy Spirit got a hold of my heart at the conference, and I surrendered to go to the mission field.

I started at Hyles-Anderson College in the fall of 2010 and finished with a missions degree in 2014. In the first week of my sophomore year, Pastor Rick Finley came and preached a salvation message. I had been struggling with doubts about my salvation. That night I trusted in Christ and got the assurance of my salvation on September 1, 2011.

I met Christa the first week of college on a bus route. We dated throughout our college time, and in December of my senior year, we were married. Ethan was born the following October, and Evan Was born in August of 2016.

After getting counsel, I decided not to go right into deputation from college.  I did an internship at First Baptist Church with FBMI and Keith Cowling, which I completed in May of 2017. As I was nearing the completion of the internship, I started praying about where we should go as missionaries. The Lord directed my heart specifically to the need in Uruguay. After my family took a three-week trip there in the fall of 2017, the Lord’s leading was confirmed in our hearts.

Christa’s Testimony

I grew up in a Christian home. I am the third of seven children. I was the first child born after my parents accepted Christ as their personal Saviour. For that, I am named after their faith in Christ—Christa Faith. I was three when I first heard the Gospel. Honestly I don’t remember much except that when my father came home from work that day, I ran up to him and jumped in his arms saying, “Daddy! I got saved today!” I don’t remember praying or any of the other details, although my mom does, as she was there.

I do know I became a soul winner at the age of five, when my mom would take me out on the streets and hand out tracts and give the Gospel clearly to other people. My parents had our whole family become part of the Bus Ministry; my father faithfully drove the bus to pick kids up for church.

However, at the age of eleven, our lives changed drastically. My mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease with no cure. My mom was told that soon she wouldn’t be able to operate as a normal person and would most likely be put in a nursing home, as the demands of life would be too much to handle, especially with little kids in the house. My siblings and I no longer could be homeschooled, as every little thing could trigger an attack and leave her bedridden. We were put into a new school, where we had to learn a new way to live and act. As hard as that was, being put into a place where I wasn’t completely liked or accepted was harder still. It was a lot to put on the mind of a young eleven-year-old girl.

I also became a teacher for our Bus Ministry, as the teacher I was helping came down with cancer. Our program director on our bus left, and my father said it was now my job. At eleven, I was now in charge of the five-year-old department and a program director for our bus! Not only had my life changed in my family and my schooling, but now I was teaching and leading others! I remember crying at night after tough days and asking God if He really cared. I struggled with wondering if God really cared and if He was real, then why wasn’t He helping me?

I began to doubt everything I was taught. I wouldn’t say it out loud to anyone, as I was someone people were starting to see as a leader. It became something I would internally debate and question . . . until one Wednesday evening service. My pastor started preaching a Bible study on the parable of the ten virgins. Five were ready when the bridegroom came, and five were not. I don’t remember anything else during that sermon except that all of my doubts were suddenly exposed. I felt the conviction of the Holy Spirit saying, “Are you ready? If Jesus came right now, would you be accepted?” As soon as the invitation time came, I went to my mother and told her I needed to be saved. Taking her Bible, she once again gave me the Gospel, and I settled my salvation!

I can’t say all of our problems disappeared. In fact, I was soon given even more responsibilities, and it was several years later before we could find out what actually triggered my mother’s MS attacks. I can’t say life was easy, but I can say I saw God work so many miracles. God became so very real to me personally. Ministry and church work became my desire. I knew God wanted me to give my life to serve Him. I knew He would one day send me away to another country as a missionary. Everything became focusing on how I could one day serve in a different field, a different country. It is something I have continued all these years later, and it’s my greatest honor to serve such a wonderful God!

Faith Baptist Church
faithbaptistmilw.org
8519 S. 13th St.
Oak Creek, WI 53154
(414)301-931

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(419) 370-8207
Tim Simmons
8519 S. 13th St.
Oak Creek, Wisconsin 53154

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Tim and Christa Simmons Prayer Letter: Planting Gospel Seeds

Tim and Christa Simmons Prayer Letter: Planting Gospel Seeds“We’re with a Baptist church,” I replied hesitantly, expecting her not to be interested any longer. Our family was inviting people to church, and I had just given a lady an invitation, when she asked me that question. With an inquisitive look she responded, “So you’re not with a Catholic church?” I confirmed to her that we weren’t. With a smile on her face, she replied that she was glad to hear that. This experience a few weeks ago shows me that there are people searching for the truth, and I pray that they will hear the truth of the Gospel.

Planting Gospel Seeds

We’ve been going soul winning as a family near our apartment building. Our kids have been doing a good job helping us pass out the invitations. People, for the most part, have been willing to take an invitation and even thank us for it. The pastor of a church plant in an area called Piedras Blancas organized a Saturday to canvass the area around the church. Four of us were able to pass out about 250 invitations. This is a poorer area, so most people have guard dogs to help scare away criminals. I nearly got bit several times as I put invitations in mailboxes, which is legal here, or attached them to a fence. We are thankful for the seeds being planted. Please pray for souls to be saved and for people to come to church as a result.

Resurrection Services

We enjoyed our first Resurrection Sunday here! We started the day with a 6:00 sunrise service. We went to the roof and read Luke 22 & 23 as the first rays of sun were becoming visible on the horizon. We had to be quiet on the roof because we didn’t want to disturb the neighbors in the apartments around us. We then went back down for the rest of the service. Afterwards, we had our normal service in Piedras Blancas. Christa and a few other ladies made chocolate eggs and sock bunnies to give out to the kids there. Many kids were told about the special day the week before, so there were many kids who came for the first time. Praise the Lord for several professions of faith at that church and others as well! That evening, we had the regular 6:00 service in the main church, where Christa and I enjoyed the opportunity to sing “Calvary’s Blood” during that service. I’m glad we serve a risen Saviour!

Two Survey Trips

We were able to take two short survey trips just outside of Montevideo. One trip was to a neighborhood directly north of the city known as Puntas de Manga. I was amazed how close the homes were to each other and also to the street. We had to drive very carefully to avoid hitting dogs or people. The other trip was to a neighborhood known as Paso de Carrasco northeast of our city. I thought there was a lot of potential for a church plant there. Based on our research, we did not see any Baptist churches in either place. Please pray for the Gospel to be preached in those areas, churches to be planted, and wisdom for how we should be involved.
Thank you for your prayers and support.

Praise

  • Many church invitations were given out.
  • We took two survey trips.

Prayer

  • God to work in the hearts of those who received the Gospel invitations
  • Wisdom as we work through the process of buying a vehicle
  • Our language classes

Your missionaries to Uruguay,

Tim, Christa, Ethan, Evan, and Emmalynn Simmons

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