The Drylies to the U. S. Military in Vicenza Italy, February 2013
Hi to family, friends and all who pray,
We hope you all had a very Merry Christmas; we had some special times of fellowship on Christmas eve; and a Watch Night Service on New Years Eve.
The Thanksgiving and Christmas season always provide us with special opportunities to reach out to people.
We had several visitors for Thanksgiving Dinner as we all gathered at the church for a time of celebration, worship, testimonies, and of course dinner. Everyone found plenty of ham and turkey with all the traditional trimmings. The ladies of the church organized things so that we had more than enough of everything and folks were able to take home plenty of left overs.
Many of the soldiers have been able to come back early from deployment. We were very happy to be able to welcome Berry and Andre home right around Thanksgiving. Some are still deployed and many deploying. We continue to send out Care packages to those ‘down range’. They are only small packages, but a few essential items, (such as baby wipes and waterless hand cleaner) plus snacks and tracts can be a great blessing.
We try to send along enough items for the men to share with their friends. We like to think that not only they, but all of their buddies will be looking forward to care packages from Vicenza Baptist.
At our home church in Chesapeake Virginia, the rebuilding has finally been completed after the fire over a year ago, (see our October 2011 prayer letter). With the reopening the name has been changed from Tidewater Baptist Temple to Tidewater Baptist Church.
Here in Vicenza we’ve begun a Saturday morning men’s Bible study. The focus is looking at marriage from God’s perspective. It has been very profitable. We will look at doing some other things on the family such a Biblical look at raising our children. Military families have always suffered the strains of numerous moves and prolonged separation; the past ten plus years of war have been especially hard.
With more soldiers returning to the area, we are seeing more visitors in response to our invitations and greater opportunities to present the Gospel. We treasure your prayers as we continue to minister the Word of God to soldiers and their families here in Vicenza Italy. May God richly bless all who give and pray.
Yours’ in Christ, Tim & Isabella Drylie
“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:” 2 Thessalonians 3:1.