Tim and Christa Simmons2020-10-05T16:16:42-05:00

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

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Tim Simmons Prayer Letter: Reflecting on 2020

Tim Simmons Prayer Letter: Reflecting on 2020Last year was full of unique challenges for us, but also unique blessings. In I Thessalonians 5:18 we read, “In every thing give thanks . . . .” I think a year filled with a pandemic, rioting, an election, and numerous other headlines is included in that word everything, don’t you? We are so thankful for God’s provision and grace in 2020. We had a safe and healthy delivery of our daughter Emmalynn in July. She is getting so big and now has a new favorite food—ice cream! The only sickness our family experienced last year was a short flu and a few minor colds, but thanks be to God, we didn’t miss any meetings due to sickness. We ended up having 17 of our meetings canceled last year due to COVID-19, but I’m so thankful we didn’t have any more get canceled, which is what I was anticipating. We ended up with a total of 83 meetings last year, bringing our total meetings on deputation to 211 so far. We’re also thankful for the 10 meetings we had in December, 2 of which have already taken us on for support. Praise the Lord! God watched over us last year as we drove approximately 41,850 miles with no accidents. God also doubled our financial support last year. We started the year with about 45% of our support committed, and we finished with 90% of our support committed! Glory to God!

Uruguay News

We were able to cross off some of the steps in preparing for our move to Uruguay while we were home for most of December. We are still planning to move to Uruguay in April, Lord willing. As of now, the border will be opened for us to move after April 4, but that could still change because the president of Uruguay, President Luis Lacalle Pou, is planning to make a statement on January 10 concerning the border reopening. Please pray that the number of cases of COVID-19 in Uruguay will go down and that the border will be reopened soon. Please also pray for wisdom as we continue to look for a place to live in Uruguay.

First Salvation of 2021

My son Ethan and I had the chance to go soul winning in Milwaukee on January 2. It was a cold day, so I drove to an area looking and praying for an apartment building to go soul winning in. We rang the buzzer for the first apartment, and the door was then unlocked so we could go inside. We walked in and met a man named Chris. He listened intently to the Gospel for around 25 minutes and then gladly put his complete trust in Christ to save Him! Afterwards, I asked him if he would be willing to do some Bible studies with me, and he replied, “I’d love to.” So before we left that building, we were able to give him a John & Romans and the first four lessons of a discipleship series. Please pray that he will come to church and grow as a Christian.

Upcoming Travel Plans

We are leaving Milwaukee on January 7, and we plan to be away from home for meetings through the end of March. We will be in the South for the majority of that time. Please pray for our safety as we travel and that we can be a blessing to each church we visit. Thank you so much for your prayers for our family.

Your missionaries to Uruguay,

Tim, Christa, Ethan, Evan, and Emmalynn Simmons

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