News from the Tyas family
Serving in Washington among the Hispanic community
From the notes of Ed and Gerry…
Summer is a memory as we head into the Fall season. Looking back, these are memories that we will remember and cherish.
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Tyas summer-fall 2018
Every year in the spring many of the churches come together for D-Now. We come together in one central location to hear a great praise band and a guest youth speaker. Then we break up and go to our church localities where guest homes put up our youth on Friday and Saturday nights. Then they do small groups with questions that relate back to the main speaker. It starts back up on Saturday where we all come together for another main session. That afternoon each church is on its own. Our church played Nerf Wars in our sanctuary. Then we all come together for the final session Saturday night. Afterward, we head back to our host homes and wrap-up Sunday morning.
This year was our largest D-Now with 16 different churches and over 200 students. This allowed us to bring in a great youth speaker and praise band. Our speaker this year was Chip Luter who used to be the youth minister here in the city. The praise band was the Stephen Michel band, a local band who does D-Nows all over the south. I feel that this year’s D-Now was the most successful
since I have been doing them here in New Orleans. D-Now really gives our youth a spiritual boost for the end of the year.
The kids have been in school for almost 7 weeks now and for the most part, it’s going well. They have all made some friends, which is exactly what we were hoping for. It is definitely challenging, especially for Jolie, whose homework sometimes takes hours to complete. And having to give presentations in front of the class is very intimidating for Jolie and Ivan. Once again, we are so thankful for Marlin, who helps the kids every afternoon with their homework.
To save on tuition costs, Ben started teaching English at the school’s afternoon English immersion program. He teaches 7-8 year olds, and it has been very challenging. Here, kids aren’t taught to sit still in school and listen, and it can be very frustrating at times. It has been a cultural experience for our kids, as well, to try to learn in an environment that is often chaotic. This is probably not going to be a long-term solution for our kids’ education, but for this year the main purposes are for them to become fluent in Spanish and to make friends.
I want to share a cool story to encourage you to share the gospel as you go through your week…
I was at Dunkin’ Donuts studying for the message this week. I overheard the girls who worked there talking about the Bible and different religions. Just FYI, whenever you are made aware of a spiritual conversation going on around you, that is the Holy Spirit at work, and He is inviting you to join Him. 🙂
As soon as the customers cleared out, I went up to the counter and introduced myself. I told them I was a pastor who came there to study every Wednesday and that if they ever had any questions about Jesus, the Bible, God, or anything like that, I would be happy to help. They seemed very glad at the offer and we talked for a few more minutes about a world religions class one of the girls was taking in school. I gave them a White Stone Fellowship invite card with my email written on the back and told them to feel free to email me with any questions they had.
Be One Together missionary, Rachel Rhoadarmer, published “Mend: Journey to Sexual Healing” in September 2017. This inspirational study of God’s Word focuses on women who have experienced sexual assault and the process of healing and interacting with God’s plan. A biblical understanding of suffering—as well as the process of relearning to trust—will comfort women and facilitate a better understanding of sexual assault. Women will be encouraged that the journey toward healing starts with the belief that they are beloved daughters of God—even in the midst of the grief of trauma.
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For the past 3 weeks, I have been thinking a lot about truth. It would seem truth has become subjective in the eyes of many. It has become the truth according to themselves or the particular person they agree with. At a recent graduation, the graduates were told, “Never lie to yourself and it is OK to lie to others. I asked the graduate how that would play out in her personal life. She replied, “Not very well.”
I have seen the news media questioned and heard people say they do not know when to believe the news media. I hear them say they cannot trust politicians. I also have heard, “I have a problem of knowing the truth and it has crept into my personal life.” This is not healthy for relationships. I have appreciated the last two Sundays at our church. The messages brought by both pastors spoke about truth. Truth is addressed in God’s Word and how to know truth. I, for one, am thankful for God guiding us in the area of life.
We need a fresh look at ministry in the United States. In fact, we need to see the ministry challenges here through the eyes of a missionary. Here are some of the ways that missionaries look at ministry and the contexts where they work which could change the picture of how we approach ministry in significant ways.
Missionaries do not assume that there is one way to approach ministry. In fact, they are usually very flexible in how they see their context looking first at where there are pockets of people who are open to the gospel and secondly to the methodologies and strategies that might be effective if tried. In other words, most missionaries are not locked into a single paradigm of ministry but need to be highly flexible and entrepreneurial in their approach.
Last Sunday at the Nespelem Convalescent Center, WA, a Tribal saint graduated to glory.
As missionaries, Bob and Mina Twitchell, approached the center staff came outside to greet them, saying “Thank God you’re here now!”
“**** is close to passing and the family is here. Will you come pray with them?” **** was 95 years old and Tribal. She had 13 siblings, Mother and Father all of whom have gone on before her.
We passed the year end large gift giving season. We found ways to give gifts to our friends, our family, and even sometimes we gave to others in need. Our culture is all about giving the gifts whether it be for Hanukah, Christmas celebrations, parties, and the Day of Epiphany (celebrating when the Kings brought gifts to the child Jesus.)
We got all caught up in the whirlwind and expectations. Many of us have already started planning for next year. So here is my question … Did you forget a gift?
As the Day of Epiphany approached I thought about the many cultures who celebrate this day and give gifts to their loved ones on that day. Some place their shoes under the Christmas tree in hopes the Kings will leave gifts in their shoes. Others place their shoes outside the door for the passing of the Kings. All of this became tradition in remembering where the Kings and their entourage came bearing gifts to the child Jesus.
The American church long characterized as the Anglo church meets on Sunday morning marginalizes other Americans. Many American churches congregants are of many ethnic backgrounds. They desire to reach out their communities.
Prayer opened the meeting in seven languages. Pastors and leaders gathered together to discuss weaknesses their congregations had in reaching out. Many expressed the same weakness – how to reach out to another people group, different from themselves, not Anglo, and with a different language. The conversation is not much different found in majority culture (Anglo) churches.
The group decided they would like to gather more often; begin to understand each other and culture. They desire to be trained in better reaching their neighborhood and collaborate together.
Also being explored are resources for the Chinanteco people who attended.