Tim and Christa Simmons2020-03-31T10:11:40-05:00

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TIM SIMMONS FAMILY

ON DEPUTATION TO URUGUAY

ABOUT

Tim Birthday 12/19
Christa Birthday 7/8
Tim & Christa Wedding Anniversary 12/14
Ethan Birthday 10/17
Evan Birthday 8/8

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, Wisconsin 53154

414-301-9319

faithbaptistmilw.org

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

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Tim Simmons Prayer Letter: Giving the Meat That EnduresThank you for taking the time to pray for our family! That means so much to us.

Going the Distance for Meetings

We drove just over 5,000 miles during the month of August. Thankfully, that is not the norm! We had the privilege to present our ministry in 11 churches in 6 states. I was with two churches in Wisconsin: Faith Baptist Church in Plymouth and Stoughton Baptist Church in Stoughton. I then had the opportunity to be a part of a Missions Conference at Roanoke Baptist Church in Roanoke, Indiana. Praise the Lord that they are partnering with us to reach Uruguay! I was then with two churches in Michigan: Lighthouse Baptist Church in Plainwell and Harvest Baptist Church in Grass Lake. Next, I enjoyed two meetings in Indiana at White River Baptist Church in Princeton and Olive Branch Baptist Church in Linton. I also had the privilege to be a part of the Missions Conference at Solid Rock Independent Baptist Church in Corriganville, Maryland. Right after that, I presented our work at Franklin Road Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The next day, I began the long drive to California, but Christa and our children flew there on August 22. We had a great Missions Conference at Central Valley Baptist Church in Manteca, California! I’m so thankful to have my entire family together in meetings again! I had a Missions Conference scheduled at the end of August, but the church needed to cancel. I’m thankful that Victory Baptist Church in Brentwood, California, was willing to have us in on short notice! Praise the Lord for safe travels! I’m so thankful for the many of you who pray for safety and protection in our travels. Praise the Lord for a great month presenting our ministry!

Giving the Meat That Endures

I stopped at a gas station right after being a part of a Christian school chapel in Manteca, California. As I was filling the gas tank, a man named Nevin asked if I could get him something to eat. I didn’t want to help him at first, but then I told him I would get him something to eat inside the gas station. On the way out, I told him I wanted to give him something. I gave him a Gospel tract and asked him if he knew if he was going to Heaven. He said he was trying to go to Heaven. I explained that no matter how hard we try, we can’t get to Heaven on our own. I asked him if he understood the Gospel, and if he would like to be saved. He then mentioned that he wanted to get baptized first, so I took the time to explain what baptism was. He then decided to completely trust in Christ to save him! John 6:27 says, “Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life . . . .” I’m glad Nevin accepted the meat that endures—not just the temporary meat!

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  • Another supporting church!
  • Nevin’s salvation

Prayer

  • Safety in September as we travel to the Northwest
  • Our family as we adapt to traveling with Emmalynn

Your missionaries to Uruguay,

Tim, Christa, Ethan, Evan, and Emmalynn Simmons

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