Tim & Christa Simmons2023-10-06T13:51:29-05:00

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

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(419) 370-8207
Tim Simmons
8519 S. 13th St.
Oak Creek, Wisconsin 53154
Email Address
tim.simmons@fbmi.org

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Tim and Christa Simmons Prayer Letter: New Focus in Our Ministry

Tim and Christa Simmons Prayer Letter:  New Focus in Our MinistryVacation Bible School

The church we have been helping in held their summer Vacation Bible School the second week of January. It is a great time to invite new children to church. Last year, our family brought close to 30 new young people to the VBS, about half of whom still come faithfully, but on the last day of VBS, there were about 90 in attendance. This year, there were around 60 to 70 in total who participated in the VBS!

Even though this is less than last year, we still are thankful for the many visitors who came. We praise the Lord that many of those visitors trusted in Christ to save them! Please pray that these children would be faithful to church. On January 14, we said goodbye to the church we have been helping in. We will still see them, just not on a regular basis, since we are focusing on our own ministry now. We praise the Lord for the teens and children we’ve reached there who are still coming faithfully and growing in their Christian walk.

First Bible Study

We started our first Bible study with Maria and her mom in January. We’ve been in contact with this family since shortly after arriving in Uruguay. Maria’s brother had contacted us through Facebook and asked us to visit them, which we have several times. We are meeting every Friday afternoon. We started with the discipleship series, Foundations of My Faith. Maria has a heart for reaching the rest of her family and neighbors with the Gospel. She has four adult sons who live with her, along with their families. A few are saved, but none of them are in church. Please pray for Maria’s family members—Nicolás, Pablo, Matías, Samuel, and Rodrigo—to be saved and follow Christ. We are working on planning another Bible study with a family in a different part of the city. Please pray that we can start more Bible studies in homes or parks.

Residency Update

We finally received our permanent residency on January 30! We have been in communication with the Uruguayan government on and off regarding our residency for more than two years. We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to those of you who have been faithful to pray for this, even when the only news we had at times was, “We’re waiting to hear back.” We now are able to stay here indefinitely since it doesn’t expire. We have the option to become citizens here as well in the future.

Praise

  • Many visitors and salvations in VBS!
  • Bible study started!
  • We received permanent residency!

Prayer Requests

  • Salvation of Maria’s family members
  • The Lord to open hearts as we talk with people
  • For us to be able to start more Bible studies
  • Wisdom as we prepare to start a church

Thank you for continuing to give and pray! We love you all so much.

Your missionaries to Uruguay,

Tim, Christa, Ethan, Evan, Emmalynn, and Elizabeth Simmons

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