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

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

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8519 S. 13th St.
Oak Creek, Wisconsin 53154

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Tim and Christa Simmons Prayer Letter: Fruit from a New Area

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In October, we started going to a new area to soul win and invite people to church. We had asked for prayer for God to work in that area. We realize that without God’s help, nothing of lasting significance will take place. But, as we see in Acts 5:38-39, if a work is of God, men cannot overthrow it. Thank you to those of you who have prayed, and continue to pray, for this area. When we first began going to that area, we found many children who were interested in coming to church, but when I followed up with them, I found out that many of them have soccer games on Sunday mornings. Soccer here is basically a religion for many people. Of course, that was discouraging to hear, but we decided to pivot and focus more on inviting the kids to the Thursday evening Bible School since most families are home around that time. The first kids who came on a Thursday evening were Brandon and Vastian. I had the privilege to lead them to the Lord after the service! Afterwards, their mom Janette told me, “Their cousins want to go as well, and soon you might have the whole neighborhood at church!” I didn’t tell her, but that is our goal! Praise the Lord that we are starting to see fruit there!

New Children’s Class

We always appreciate more opportunities to teach and preach in Spanish. Because there are more kids coming to church, the children’s class was split into classes for older kids and younger kids. Christa was asked to teach the class for the younger kids, with the goal of training another young lady to teach the class when she leaves. Christa is enjoying this opportunity to teach God’s Word to these children every Thursday and Sunday. Please pray for Christa and also that the class would grow. I also enjoyed the privilege to preach several times in adult services and in the Bible School in October.

Two Survey Trips

We took two survey trips recently. One was to Sauce, a town north of our city. There are about 13,000 people who live there. We talked to several people there and gave out Gospel tracts during our visit. From our research and visiting the churches that we could find there, we believe there are no Baptist churches there. There is such a great need there! We also visited a neighborhood in the capital city called Villa Española. I wanted to visit that area because I thought it was a very centrally located residential area in the city. The ministry that we are working in now has a main central church, along with several church plants. If I decide to follow that model for our ministry, I think this area may be a good area to establish the main church. There are around 40,000 people in this area, with no independent Baptist church there. Please pray for us as we continue to survey neighborhoods and towns, while working towards completing our Spanish classes.

Praises

  • Visitors and salvations from new area
  • Christa’s new class
  • More opportunities to use our Spanish

Prayer

  • Our move to a home in November
  • Wisdom in dealing with issues in our permanent-residency application
  • Visitors and salvations at the upcoming Christmas program
  • Our Spanish classes

Thank you for your faithful prayers and support.

Your missionaries to Uruguay,

Tim, Christa, Ethan, Evan, and Emmalynn Simmons

November 6th, 2022|Tags: , |

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