The Drylies to the U. S. Military in Vicenza Italy, April 2013
Blessings from Italy! Thank you to all who prayed for our Easter services. We had 79 in attendance, including four new military families.
One family promised to return after their time of leave in the States and another returned the following week. A third family who visited the church while we were on furlough also returned the week after Easter and both families have been regular in attendance since then. Part of our ‘Easter drive’ was to review visitor cards and attempt to contact people we hadn’t seen for a while.
Not long ago I met a soldier named Matt at the base running track. We struck up a conversation and I invited him to visit the church. He immediately asked if I was the pastor of a friend of his named Fred. Fred and his wife Becky have been faithful to invite Matt and others to church and Matt not only visited but continued to attend faithfully.
Matt had recently come through some rough times in which he saw that alcohol couldn’t help him; that he needed a Saviour and that Jesus is the only One Who can meet that need. He turned himself in to the law; accepted the consequences of some serious things he’d done wrong, and is now serving a prison sentence.
We’re keeping in touch with Matt and praying that he doesn’t become discouraged and fall away from trusting God. So far He is remaining faithful and intends that this will serve as a starting point for a new life in Christ. Please join us in praying for Matt.
On a more personal note, for those who don’t know, we’ve learned that our next child will be another son, the due date is July 20th. We are leaning toward the name Nathan, but not firmly decided yet.
John (4) and David (3), are involved in ‘T’ ball now and this provides opportunities to meet a lot more people. As you can imagine, these to toddlers keep me VERY active, which is one reason for going to the gym in the mornings.
Another reason is that it provides the opportunity to meet men like Matt. We are grateful for the opportunity to minister to men like Matt but pray we might reach others before their situation becomes so serious. We earnestly treasure your prayers in this endeavor.
May God richly bless all who give and pray for this ministry.
Yours’ in Christ, Tim Drylie