P.O. Box 184
Mill Creek, PA 17060
Dear Friends and Co-Laborers in the Vineyard
It is our prayer that each of you experience a joyful Christmas season this
year. It is in Christ that our joy is full and at this time of the year we
try to remember this great truth. It is also our prayer that you and yours
have a tremendous New Year as you contemplate the open doors that God has
for you in 2007. May His richest blessings be yours.
At this time of year we want to share with you who have had a part by prayer
and gifts what has occurred in the past year and look forward to the
opportunities for the new year. I trust that you will rejoice with us at
the great things God has done and that you will pray with us in the new year
that these blessings will be multiplied for the glory of God and the
expansion of TNTI Ministries.
The purpose of TNTI Ministries is that as the local church grows, it should
be constantly be looking for the opportunity to reproduce itself creating
other local churches. It is our desire to encourage local churches to take
this responsibility seriously and to expand themselves in their own cities,
counties, and states in this great endeavor. Our first goal was to help
young men already called and trained to plant new works by going with them
and teaching them on the field of service how to do the work. Many times it
is hard to take the first step and to even know what the second step would
be. However, the Lord has opened a more effective door in these past six
years. He has opened doors into these established churches and He has
allowed us to teach the necessity, the opportunity of, and the how to of
beginning new works in their own vicinities. The testimony of 2006 is a
testimony of God�s open doors.
I have been visiting Chinampa since 2002 when we had the opportunity to
present a series of messages on �Starting New Churches�. In 2002, 2003, and
2004 we had the blessing of ministering in the Maranatha Baptist Church on
several occasions. In February we had the chance to return and speak in a
Leadership Conference they have every year. It was a blessing to see the
good folk there again. We greatly enjoyed our fellowship and we saw God
bless as some accepted Christ as their Savior in the evening services.
Pastor Ranulfo is now 83 and still pastoring the church. He is a great man
of God and has a desire to be used still in His service. He invited I back
in April for the anniversary of the church. Also, while in the conference
in February, we met pastor Ignacio Caraveo from Paraiso, Tabasco. Hen
invited us to come to Tabasco for evangelistic conferences in August. It
was pastor Ranulfo�s desire to see other works in his area that caused the
first invitation for us in 2002. What a great man! What a great time!
WHAT A GREAT GOD!
In April we returned to Chinampa and God blessed us tremendously as He began
to let us in on His direction and blessing in this area. Pastor Ranulfo and
several people from the church sat down with me and began to share what God
had done in the time since we were first there in 2002. Immediately they
began to pray that God would open doors to plant new churches. The next
summer 40 young people dedicated themselves to the service of the Lord and
the church decided to begin a Bible Institute. In 2004 the training was
begun in earnest and in April of 2006 there were seven new churches being
started in the surrounding area. What a blessing to our hearts. These
churches average around thirty and each are being lead by one of the young
men in the church and in the Bible Institute. They work and pay their own
way. Others go each week to help them in visitation and church services.
The main church in Chinampa is watching and caring for them as they grow and
at an appropriate time they will be fully Independent, Bible-believing,
Bible-preaching, local churches. Praise the Lord! Pastor Ranulfo has a son
and a son-in-law that in the ministry. His son-in-law, Nacho, pastors in
Linares and was present in the first conference. He also invited us to his
church where we encouraged them again in the responsibility we have to
expand the church by starting new ones. He now has begun a new work in his
area. WOW! What a thrill!
In May we had the opportunity to return to El Salvador. We went to Playa
San Diego with the Morningside Baptist Church. We had coordinated together
and with a church in San Miguel to start a new church in Playa San Diego.
We were returning to see the good work and to speak in other churches in the
country. It was a great trip. The church in Playa is growing and has a
pastor now ready to move into the area. The church was averaging about 100.
The great thing here is that there was no church preaching the Gospel and
about 90 to 95 percent of the members are new converts. These folks love
the Lord and just want to serve Him. They are looking for property and a
home for their new pastor. It is our desire that in the next year they may
be able to extend themselves and start a new work maybe in the capital city
of their state, La Libertad, or some other town nearby. While in El
Salvador we had the opportunity to visit San Vicente, the capital of the
state San Vicente. We were with Pastor Armando and his wife Juventina. It
was there that we saw the tragic results of the civil war that had occurred
in El Salvador and the devastating earthquake that happened in 2001. The
greatest tragedy was the children. Teresia was with me on this trip and her
heart was broken by the need. There were about 32 children in the church
that were not receiving adequate care in their homes because of the absence
of parents or parental supervision. We decided to do what we could and on
the 1st of December we shipped about 1,500 pieces of clothing to begin to
help in this need. The church there is doing a good job with the spiritual
needs and the majority of these children are saved but have a great physical
need. The clothing was mostly used with some new socks and underwear also.
We received $850.00 for shipping and through Men for Missions at Hampton
Park Baptist Church in Greenville, SC, these items should be shipped within
the first week of December to arrive before Christmas. God is good! What a
thrill it is to serve our God and to participate with you all in this great
work He has left us to do.
As I mentioned, I met Pastor Caraveo in Chinampa in February. I went to
Paraiso in August for a series of Evangelistic meetings. I was there 11
days and preached 18 times in 5 different churches. I was exhausted but
greatly animated by the work that I saw through Pastor Caraveo. His church
in Paraiso averages 120. A full-time pastorate anywhere. Yet he travels to
5 or 6 other churches with videos of Bible Institute classes and he mentors
the young pastors in these works. Some of these he and his church have
begun and others just simply need his experience and maturity in the work.
At least two of these works are more that two hours away in a car. He has
no car so most of the time he goes by the local bus system which takes all
day to go and come. We saw God work greatly as folks were saved and others
dedicating themselves to more faithful service. One 50 year old man who had
been hard and mean to his family came and was saved. It was the last night
in Paraiso and he did not want to leave and asked me to stay. He wanted
more of the Word. He then told me of his teen son who was following in his
own footsteps and asked that I pray. Three weeks later I was told that his
son was also saved and the both were baptized together. Praise the Lord!
Pastor Caraveo told me of his desire to start even more churches and asked
us to return in May of 2007 to hold a type of city-wide conferences in three
different cities with the purpose of beginning new churches in those areas.
He has saved people in each location and needs to see new works begun. Pray
with us about this new open door.
Michael has been burdened by the Lord to come alongside and help in the
ministry. He has surrendered to full-time service and will be traveling
with me and helping in the areas of music and youth outreaches. He is under
the leadership of his pastor, Dean Taylor and the Calvary Baptist Church,
and is following his direction in further preparation. We are excited about
this and pleased at the Lord�s leadership in Michael�s life. Please pray
with Michael as he gives his all to Christ. If you would like us to come
and present this ministry together we are available and can be contacted at:
Our web site is <www.tnti.org> . There you can see our doctrinal
statement, purposes, goals, and other information. You can also reach our
blog. We will use this for presenting news, short messages on missions,
review of trips and family information. You can also respond to anything on
that site and we encourage your participation. Please pray with us about
all the opportunities God is presenting that we might be able to step
through those open doors to greater service for Him.
TABASCO In May we will return with a team to hold these conferences in
three different cities. We are asking God for souls to be saved and that a
good base of families can be reached and churches begun there.
EL SALVADOR We need to return to El Salvador to check on the children,
to see the development of the work in Playa San Diego, and to investigate
the possibility of beginning a new work in that country.
HONDURAS We are working on several open doors in Honduras to see the
need and to open our hearts to the people of Honduras. These are viable
doors and we are praying for the provisions needed in order to step through
these doors. The first door is in March when we have the opportunity to go
with the Calvary Baptist Church in Simpsonville, SC, to minister. The need
is $2,500.00 for Teresia and I.
For the last two years we have had indications from the Lord that there is a
need that He wants us to have a part in meeting. Nothing has fully
developed to this point but the knocks on the doors are becoming more
frequent. Please pray that when God opens this door we will financially be
able to immediately respond.
This may seem odd since we don�t speak french but in truth we want to reach
the french-speaking people including french-speaking Muslims. Michael wants
to be in France in the fall of 2008 for a year of language school. This
will open for us a whole new language group for the ministry.
Our need is great. We need additional personal support. We need about
$20,000.00 extra for the needs of the office and travel. Michael will need
personal support and begin to collect for his language school in 2008. As
we did last year we would suggest that those churches that support us and
individuals that are interested in our ministry make a one-time gift to
defray the costs of the ministry. If 100 churches and people gave a gift of
$200.00 the need would be met. However, anything that can be done to help
will be a great encouragement to us and it will be used to further the
ministry of TNTI. Please pray as we ask for meetings in new churches that
they would be interested in supporting this needed work.
We simply ask that you go personally to everyone that you can reach.
We ask that you pray earnestly for TNTI Ministries.
We also ask that you give generously to further the cause of Christ.
Merry Christmas and may God richly bless you personally and in His Service.
Tim, Teresia and family
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