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Cycles of Ministry
By Tim Tyler
If one stays in a place long enough, one begins
to observe a ministry cycle. Summers are full
of plans for Vacation Bible School, children
and teen camps, and warm-weather outreach.

As families regroup for the new school year,
fall events take shape with new Sunday school
and Bible study themes, ladies’ Bible studies,
Children’s Clubs, organized soul winning, and
the beginning of discipleship times. Things
really get rolling with the missions conference,
the holiday season, and the theme for the new
year. Adding the parallel schedule of a Bible
college makes it easy to see how missionaries
or pastors can get into the routine of keeping
up with what comes next while forgetting to
soberly consider the purpose of each message,
activity, and event.

The Tyler family has been in Romania for over
16 years—not so long in comparison with other
European missionaries but long enough to see
fruit begin to ripen on the vine with potential
of a great harvest. There are many demands for
attention, but three factors help keep things in
balance. important to keep ministry centered on the will
of our Heavenly Father. There may be personal
trials or seasons of seemingly fruitless efforts,
but these should drive us to depend more and
more upon our gracious Lord. Likewise, close
communication with Him must be maintained
when we become busy about the Master’s
business. In 2005, the Timişoara Baptist Church was
started in an auditorium once used for
communist youth assemblies under Nicolae
Ceauşescu. Over the years other locations were
rented and much work has been done to reach
people in the fourth largest city in Romania.

Today, the church has her own property on
a main boulevard and has a multi-national
congregation made up primarily of Romanians
but also with German-speaking and English-
speaking members. All are a result of God’s
answering the prayers of others, as well as
those of the church families.

Priorities And it came to pass, that, as he was praying
in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his
disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray
(Luke 11:1) .

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and
of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching
them to observe all things whatsoever I have
commanded you: and, lo, I am with you
alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen
(Matthew 28:19–20) .

This is not a cliché or an over-simplified
spiritual duty—IT IS IMPERATIVE! Both the
personal practice and the teaching of prayer are
Soul winning and discipleship have been and
continue to be the priority of the local church.

Tens of thousands of tracts, Gospel of John
Prayer 12

and Romans booklets, and other evangelistic
materials have been distributed over the
past 14 years, and the result is evident—God
blesses! There is relative freedom to share the
Gospel in public, but the greatest opposition
is the spiritual darkness and fear that control
the majority of people who adhere to the
Romanian Orthodox religion. However, their
respect for the Holy Scriptures continues to be
the best avenue for opening blind eyes to the
saving faith in Jesus Christ alone.

Preaching and teaching from God’s Word are
also a priority in the local church. Church
services, one-on-one discipleship, Bible
studies, Sunday school groups, and the
Christian Children’s Club are some of the ways
the life-changing principles of the Bible are
taught to those who assemble.

The training of servant-leaders is also an
important part of the Tylers’ ministry. The
Timişoara Baptist College International
(TBCI), located 30 miles east of Timişoara,
was started nearly 20 years ago under the
leadership of Dr. Ron White (BIMI ARM
Missionary) and Missionary Ed Hembree
(now BIMI Europe Director). Tim Tyler is
the Executive Director of the school and his
wife, Debra, is one of the professors alongside
national pastor Florin Stanca (2006 graduate)
and Miss Charity Shambaugh. The two major
courses of study are Pastoral Theology and
Christian Ministry. A Church Music minor is
available for those who wish to add it to their
major. The curriculum is taught in English and
there have been students from other European
countries such as Germany, Ireland, and even
the United States. The three-story college
building provides classrooms, library and
computer learning center, dining facilities, and
dormitory rooms to house up to 50 students
and participants of annual Youth Conferences
and other local church ministry events.

People Someone has said, “The most important things
in life are not things.” They are people! More
specifically, other people. During the 15 years
in the pastorate in Wyoming prior to coming
to Romania, the Tyler family learned the
importance of fellowship and encouragement
for the brethren in the Lord’s work. There is
a great need for this as well in Europe due to
the often isolated location of those serving the
Lord here. By participating in events in other
parts of Europe and touring with the TBCI
choir, as well as hosting several large church
planting conferences, many relationships have
developed with a desire to hold up one another’s
hands in prayer and practical encouragement.

One common observation comes out in every
part of Europe: MORE LABORERS ARE
NEEDED! Therefore said he unto them, The harvest
truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray
ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he
would send forth labourers into his harvest
(Luke 10:2). W
Tim and Debra Tyler, along with their five children, went to Romania as BIMI missionaries in June 2003, sent by the
Lancaster Baptist Church, pastored by Dr. Paul Chappell. Prior to that, Tim was the pastor of a church in Douglas, Wyoming,
for over 15 years. Their four oldest children are now married and serving in the ministry, and they have eight grandchildren.

In October 2005, they planted the Timisoara Baptist Church and were joined in ministry by Cosmin and Ioana Todoran
and their two sons in 2009. In 2018, the Lord miraculously provided the current church property on one of the main
boulevards in Timisoara. Throughout their time in Romania, Tim and Debra have served on the faculty of The Baptist
College International where their youngest daughter is now a second-year student. Their ministry verse describes their
passion: For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake (2 Corinthians 4:5).

Number 1, 2020