Tim and Christa Simmons2021-08-25T13:03:27-05:00

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TIM SIMMONS FAMILY

ON DEPUTATION TO URUGUAY

ABOUT

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

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Tim and Christa Simmons Prayer Letter: We Are Leaving for Uruguay!

Tim and Christa Simmons Prayer Letter: We Are Leaving for Uruguay!We Are Approved!

After several months of our application to enter Uruguay being started and stopped, along with the entire process for applying for entry into the country being changed, we are overjoyed to report that we are finally approved to enter Uruguay! Our family has gone through a roller-coaster of emotions these past few months. I must admit that I was frustrated at times during the last few months. On August 19, I read Job 23:10, which states: “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” I was reminded that waiting time is not wasted time. I am thankful that during this waiting time, we’ve been able to care for our daughter Emmalynn’s health needs regarding her asthma and allergy issues. I am also thankful for the opportunities I’ve had to lead people to the Lord, which would not have happened had we left when I had originally planned! Thank you for being patient and understanding with us as we’ve tried to do our best to wait on the Lord’s timing. We have tickets to fly out of Chicago on September 14! Please pray that we will be able to leave on time and that we will test negative for the PCR COVID test that we need to take 72 hours before our flight.

Soul-Winning Fruit

As I mentioned in our August letter, our church’s Spanish Ministry is doing a summer campaign. I was able to spend four to five hours a week in August going soul winning in Milwaukee. God gets all the glory for the 12 people saved, 4 of whom I was personally able to lead to the Lord! I want to highlight a man I met named Darrell. My wife and I knocked on his door on a hot and humid Saturday. He invited us in (what a relief!) and listened to me explain the Gospel. He said that he had “a dark cloud hanging over him,” mostly involving the problems with his home. I jokingly responded, “We can step outside to get out of the dark cloud!” We laughed, and he listened to the rest of the Gospel. He responded to the Gospel and trusted in Christ to save Him!

School Has Begun

Ethan and Evan started back to school on August 3. Ethan is in second grade, while Evan–who turned five on August 8–started kindergarten. They are working on the Abeka Academy Video School, along with the written assignments. Christa does a great job balancing the schooling while also caring for Emmalynn and her other household duties. We do rejoice also that Emmalynn’s asthma issues are doing much better.
Thank you so much for continuing to pray for and support us as we endeavor to begin preaching the Gospel and planting churches in Uruguay.

Praise

  • Approval to enter Uruguay!
  • 4 souls saved!
  • Ethan, a 7th grader who first came to church in June, is continuing to ride the church bus!

Prayer

  • Spanish Ministry to grow
  • Negative COVID tests before our flight
  • Our family as we make this transition

Your missionaries to Uruguay,

Tim, Christa, Ethan, Evan, and Emmalynn Simmons

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