The Drylies to the U. S. Military in Vicenza Italy, October 2012
“I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.” Psalms 118:17.
One year ago, the above verse was on the ‘marque’ of our home church, Tidewater Baptist Temple in Chesapeake, VA. It was in the early morning hours of September 27th 2011 that a fire destroyed the church. Since our family was staying in the prophets chamber, and since we did not die but have indeed lived and have had many more opportunities to declare the works of the Lord, this verse has had special meaning for us; and how much more now that the Lord allowed us to return to Italy to carry the gospel to soldiers, their families and many others.
Our LORD is indeed gracious and has given us many more opportunities to serve Him. While still in the States we had the opportunity to minister to sailors and their families in the Virginia area. Isabella established several lasting friendships while ministering to Navy wives and being ministered to by them as well.
The Lord continues to bless with opportunities to speak to soldiers and their families on and off base. Isabella has begun weekly ladies meetings for Bible study. Many of these ladies are temporarily experiencing the burdens of being ‘single parents’ while their husbands are ‘out of town’ for an extended period.
Tim has the opportunity to meet and talk with many while ‘working out’ at the base gym in the mornings. Most listen and talk politely, but lack any conviction of being sinners in need of a Savior. Please pray for Holy Ghost power and conviction. We have both the privilege and the duty to tell others the truth of God, but only the quickening power of the Holy Ghost can make it real and alive in someone’s heart.
Ministry to soldiers and their families involves many things. In a addition to evangelism, preaching and teaching we visit the sick; take meals to mom’s with new infants; and Isabella is available to assist with translation needs. One very important activity is to do outings with the boys whose fathers are deployed. Usually, this involves Tim and another man going for a hike in the hills where they have a meal, a devotion and a time of prayer. We treasure your prayers for every aspect of the ministry mentioned above.
We continue to invite those we meet to come out to church. While few of them actually show up, we find that as we are faithful in outreach, God brings others to visit whom we had not met. He is indeed faithful, and our verse going forward is I Cor. 16.9; “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.”
We began this letter mentioning the fire that occurred at our home church one year ago. The church is still enjoying the hospitality of Providence Baptist while the rebuilding continues. The construction is going smoothly and it is hoped that services in the new building will be possible by Thanksgiving.
We have received word from a few more churches that have taken us on for support, bringing us to a total of nine with others promising to vote on us in the future. We are indeed very grateful to all who give to support us in taking the Gospel to soldiers and their families and we especially treasure your prayers. May God bless all who pray and give,
Yours’ for souls in Christ,
Tim and Isabella Drylie