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Monday, 12 December 2011
Tinkel Family Christmas Newsletter

Sarah's done it again! She's created another great newsletter. For those of you who are on our email list, you will be getting one via email soon. I wanted to share what's going on with our family and Good News Mission with everyone though. So, here is our Christmas 2012 newsletter.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

Ephesians 1:3

Dear Friends and family,

It is so hard to believe that another year has come and gone….where is the time going? Around our house we have been very busy with family, ministry, church etc. God is and has been so good and faithful! He has blessed us with wonderful prayer and financial partners, a wonderful church, great Bible Studies, great friends, awesome family etc.

Our boys have been doing very well. John Allen is a 6’ 1 fifteen year old young man who is starting to ask if we would teach him how to drive!! We are SO not ready for this!! LOL!! On a serious note we are concerned about teaching him to drive and him being blind in one eye. We knew this day was coming…but time has gone by so fast that it is now here and we are a little bit jittery about this new phase in his life and in ours. Please pray with us that God would give us wisdom and discernment in this new season. This month our middle son Joshua turned 11 yrs. old! Again time is flying by way too fast for my liking. It just seems like yesterday I was holding him in my arms and now he is a tall inquisitive young man who loves Jesus.  Jacob, our blue eyed boy who thinks he can do anything that his big brothers do, is growing like a weed. Pray for us this month concerning Jacob. Three months ago the eye doctor found a freckle in his eye. Because of our history with eye cancer for the next year we will be going every three months for the doctor to take measurements just to make sure that it is not growing. The doctor doesn’t think anything will come of it but it does bring back memories of another time with John Allen.

Tim and I are staying busy with the Mission. One of my ladies went into preterm labor in November and had to have an emergency C section. Little Chioz Jean weighing in at 3 lbs. 13 oz. is our newest member at Good News Mission. I love this part of ministry…being able to hold the babies and counsel young mothers on good and Godly parenting skills. We have started our Bible Clubs and are averaging about 12-18 children and adults. Here lately God has laid it on my heart that the people need to know the heart of Jesus. We have been learning how to pray for each other and learning how God loves our praise and how He loves to hear from us…and forus to listen to Him. They are learning to recognize His voice and most importantly of all learning Truth!!!

On December 17th from 12:00 – 2:00 PM we will be having our annual Holiday Meal at the Mission. (We call it our Holiday Meal because it is in between Thanksgiving and Christmas.).  Last year we were able to feed 250 individuals. The majority of this was take-outs to the shut-ins. This is one of the bigger events of ministry that the Mission does during the year. Pray for the volunteers and for the hearts of the people to whom we will be serving. This is such a wonderful ministering opportunity for my ladies who help deliver and help serve. They look so forward every year to being able to be a part of what the Mission is all about…being Jesus’ hands, feet and voice. If you would like to help in some way….PLEASE let me know. We would be so blessed and honored for your help!!!

We would like to thank you so much for all that you do for us!! We don’t tell you enough how blessed and thankful we are for each one of you…we are tremendously blessed!! May God richly bless you over Christmas and in the New Year to come!!!

In His Service,

Sarah & Tim Tinkel

Tim & Sarah Tinkel                                                   BCM Intl.

829 Hi Tech Drive                                                     201 Granite Run Drive Suite 260                                       

Livingston, TN 38570                                               Lancaster, PA  17601

931-823-9320                                                           1-888-226-4685

931-319-2551 (Tim)                                       

931-319-3113 (Sarah)

Acct. #0642

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Wednesday, 17 August 2011
Tinkel 2011 Summer Ministry Newsletter
Mood:  a-ok
Tinkel 2011 summer ministry newsletter
When we walk with the Lord in the light of His word what a glory He sheds on our way...when we do His good will He abides with us still and with all who will trust and and obey for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.

What a summer it has been. In June we started our day camps at the Mission. I prayed for 40 children and adults and we averaged about 32!! God did amazing things this summer! He brought back families who had not been here in a while and one of John Allen's friends accepted Christ as his Savior. Please pray for him as he is struggling right now with things that are going on at home...Satan is already attacking. This year we had some teen aged volunteers who got to experience what ministry is like here at the Mission. They were such blessings and were such a great help. My ladies loved them and were impressed by the patience and love they had for the children...especially the very young ones. My prayer for these young teen aged volunteers is that God would bless them in their future endeavors in serving Him. They had such sweet hearts. You don't see to many young teenagers giving up their summer to volunteer their time being in charge of games, listening and teaching verses to at times, very rambunctious children. They were such a light of Jesus to children who are hurting and just needing someone to take the time to love them. The Bible lessons that Tim taught this summer were from our Mission BCM's (Bible Centered Ministries) God Gives us Victory. It talks about the Giants that we face as children of God such as Fear, Unbelief, Disobedience, Discouragement, Revenge, Pride, My Own Way, Self, Selfishness just to name a few. The kids soaked it up!! One Sunday Tim did a review and had the kids tell the adults about the different giants that they had studied about over the summer. With little prompting they were able to quote the corresponding verse that went with each story/giant!! I was very impressed as were the adults. When it came to singing songs there were two that the kids really loved. They were Faith is Just Believing and Trust and obey. I cried while the kids were hear their sweet voices raised to God and knowing what they are going home to blessed me so much. Its funny because I was wondering "God are they getting it." Is the getting up early in the morning, buying stuff out of our own pocket and not sure if we will get reimbursed because of lack of donations coming in, is it really worth it? God showed me in a very humbling way that yes this is where I need you to be....stay faithful and keep your eyes on the prize. It has been a very good summer of blessings and growth. On July 22nd our oldest turned 15!! Where did the time go?? Just yesterday he was a baby in my arms and now he is growing into a very neat young man. He has been such a sweet blessing to me and his dad. The love that he has for his brothers and the concern that he is getting for his friends and others to know Jesus is so precious to me. When John Allen was born Tim and I prayed over him...that God would use him for His glory and that he would become a mighty man of faith. My prayer for all of our boys is that God would use each of them for His glory and that God would give Tim and I the wisdom and discernment to raise them to love, obey, serve and worship God with all their heart soul and mind. There have been a lot of bumps along the way but to see the fruit when you least expect it has been precious.
Please pray for:
1. Our support
2. That God would give Tim and I discernment for our children and for Good News Mission
3. The people we minister to
4. Good News Mission
5. Our extended family

1. Salvation of John Allen's friend
2. A good summer of ministry
3. The volunteers we had this summer who were such blessings
4. Unexpected donations of items and financial
5. His provision in all areas of our family and ministry

Thank you so much for your support and for being our Mission partners. The prayer and financial support have blessed us to no end and we praise God for your faithfulness. The fruit that we are seeing is a testament of God's blessing over this ministry. May God richly bless you in your endeavors of furthering the kingdom.

Hearts greatly blessed,
Sarah & Tim Tinkel

Sarah & Tim Tinkel
829 Hi Tech Drive
Livingston, TN 38570

BCM International
201 Granite Run Drive Suite 260
Lancaster, PA 17601
Account #0642

When making a donation make checks payable to bcm intl. On a separate sheet of paper put our name and account number and amount.

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Wednesday, 23 March 2011
February Tinkel Prayer Letter
Mood:  a-ok

 Well done, good and faithful servant!

Matthew 25:21a

Greetings in Jesus,

Tim and I just want to praise God for each of you. You have been such a sweet blessing to our family and we don’t thank you enough for all the prayers, encouragement, support etc. that you show to us. In my Bible Study I have been studying Acts and Paul’s missionary Journeys. All throughout the scriptures the churches love on Paul; they pray for, encourage and support him in his missionary endeavors. Paul is so thankful and touched by the churches in their love for him and their desire to be a part of his ministry. We are touched and honored to be blessed by the love you show us and for your desire to be a part of our ministry. May God bless you in your giving, in your love, prayers and encouragement. We are blessed!!!

The month of February has been a month of praise, LOVE and goodbye. On Valentine’s Day Tim’s mother went to be with the Lord. Even though you know the end is coming you are still not ready when it does come. Our kids took it so well. We have been praying for Mom Mom, as the kids called her, over the last few months. When we told John Allen, his response was “Mom Mom is telling Pop Pop it is her turn to hold Peter now.”  (Peter was our stillborn son) and Joshua’s response was “Mom she is holding Peter and she is with Pop Pop, Jesus, Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin.” LOL…Can you tell what he has been studying in homeschool?  Tim has been having a hard time. It has hit us that the only parental unit we have left is my mother. Tim’s mother was cremated and we will have a grave side service sometime this summer when the ground in Indiana is not frozen. We were going to get away for a little while until I got a call from my mother saying that the doctor was putting her in the hospital due to heart problems. We are here in Oak Ridge, TN helping my mother and grandmother. We thought that Mom was going to have a pacemaker put in but the doctor has opted to try a drug regiment first. She has been in here almost a week and we are still sitting here. God is in control and we praise Him for good doctors and such caring nurses. I also praise God for such a Godly mother in law who was such a blessing to me. The love she had for her husband, children, grandchildren but most importantly the love she had for Jesus have been such a testimony to so many. Even when dementia set in she could still quote scripture. When she didn’t remember her children she knew Jesus and talked to him daily. When she passed away hymns were being played by her bedside. What a way to go Home with hymns of praise to escort you. I have been so blessed by this special woman and she will be missed.

Please pray for Tim as he adjust to a different phase in life one without his parents. Pray for mother that the doctors will get mom back on the road to recovery. Pray for our kids, our ministries and especially our support. God is so good and faithful. Thank you once again for your faithfulness but especially for your love. It has meant so much to us and you are greatly appreciated. In the next couple of weeks I will be sending out a more informative newsletter about our ministries and what God is doing. We love you and pray God’s blessings over you.

In His Hands,


Sarah & Tim



Sarah & Tim Tinkel                                                     BCM International

829 Hi Tech Drive                                                       201 Granite Run Dr. Suite 260

Livingston, TN  38570                                                Lancaster, PA  17601

931-823-9320                                                            1-888-226-4685

Account #0642                                                  (Sarah) (Tim)


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Tuesday, 21 December 2010
Christmas Newsletter - 2010
Mood:  a-ok

"The king will answer them, 'I can guarantee this truth: Whatever you did for one of my brothers or sisters, no matter how unimportant [they seemed], you did for me.'        

                                                                                               Matthew 25:40 (God’s Word Translation)   (1995)


Greetings in Jesus,

Praying that this finds you being blessed and having a great day!! The Tinkels have been doing pretty good. It is hard to believe that another year is almost gone. When I think back over this past year I am amazed at all God has done for us and how big He has shown himself. It has been a great year of ministry. Our numbers have increased with new families and the spiritual growth of my ladies has blessed me in their understanding of who God is in their lives. This past weekend we had our Holiday Meal in which we served 210-230 individuals! When we delivered food to the shut ins the look on their faces made our day. We were so blessed to be able to be Jesus’ hands, feet and words. One of my ladies, who helped deliver the food, kept saying what a good time she was having and how she loved seeing the look on the people’s faces.  We want to say a special thank you to all of those who helped, donated, gave, etc. toward our Holiday Meal. God blessed it and He especially blessed Tim, me and my ladies. Thank you for co laboring with us in this endeavor. You reap the blessings as much as we do.

We have had a lot of health issues with Jacob over the last few months. We found out that he has a type of bone degeneration on the bone that fits into his hip socket and that one leg is longer than other (come to find out all three boys have one leg that is longer than the other). This is what is causing him to be in so much pain, especially at night.  We were supposed to go to Vanderbilt to see the orthopedic on the 14th but a major snow storm came and we had to cancel. Our new appointment is 1/25/11. Please be in prayer with us that we can find out what needs to be done with Jacob to alleviate the pain that he is in. Pray that we can get in sooner to see the doctor and get something done quickly. John Allen and Joshua are getting excited about the new year of competitive BB gun shooting that will start in January. Tim and I are busy home schooling, Bible studies, running the Mission and taking kids to therapies. God is so good and faithful and we praise Him for allowing us to serve Him where He has placed us. We are greatly and richly blessed at what God is doing in our lives and the part you have in it.

Please be in prayer for our extended families. Tim’s mom has had some major health issues and at one point we thought we were going to have to take an emergency trip to New Jersey. She is doing better now and we pray that within the next month or two we will be able to go and visit with her. My mom has been in the hospital twice in the last month due to heart issues. I have had to make trips to Oak Ridge, TN in order to help her and my grandmother, who she takes care of. My sister and niece in the last year have gone through some major life changes that have been very difficult for both of them. With Tim and I being the “spiritual leaders” in our families, when things fall apart or go wrong, we are the ones that everyone calls. Not only do we have our ministries here in Livingston but our families are our ministries as well. We at times get overwhelmed and tired with so many pulling us in different directions but God has blessed our obedience and our faithfulness.

Please be in prayer for our support. Over the last year we have lost some supporters. We have also gained a few, but not enough to fill in the gap. Pray that God would raise up a remnant of faithful financial and prayer supporters in addition to the ones that He has already provided. We are in need of an extra $400+ a month. Any money that is sent in to BCM Intl. for us is tax deductible. If you would like to know more information about our ministries please contact us. We would love to share our hearts with you at what God is doing in our lives and different ministries. If you would like to know how you can become a prayer or financial supporter we would love to share that as well.

Thank you for your prayers, giving, encouragement etc. We are blessed and greatly appreciate what you do on our behalf. May God richly bless you this Christmas and in the New Year.

Hearts GREATLY blessed,

Sarah & Tim Tinkel

Sarah & Tim Tinkel                                               BCM International, Inc.

829 Hi Tech Drive                                                 201 Granite Run Drive Suite 260

Livingston, TN 38570                                           Lancaster, PA 17601

Tim –                           1-888-226-4685

Sarah –                   


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Monday, 26 April 2010
Tinkel Spring Newsletter
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I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Psalm 34:1

Greetings in Jesus,

I pray that this finds each of you doing well. In our family we have had a busy few months. I apologize for it being so long since our last newsletter. We have had some health issues going on with our youngest son, Jacob, that has taken all of our focus. As I am writing this letter Jacob is home recovering from having his tonsils and adenoids taken out. He is doing pretty good except he does not want to take his antibiotics and pain medicine. We will see how the night goes. Over the last few months we have noticed a change in behavior in our youngest. We have had him tested for Occupational Therapy, which he is now going once a week for an hour at the same place that our other son Joshua goes. He has been tested for speech and will be going 1-2 times a week for that once it is cleared with our insurance and in the upcoming months we will be going to Vanderbilt to have him tested for Aspergers (autism) which is the same thing our son Joshua has. This past week we went to Vanderbilt because of concerns of scoliosis which turned out just to be posture. In June we were scheduled to go to the pediatric neurologist at Vandy due to an abnormal MRI, but it has been bumped back to August. Right now the poor little guy has so much going on and it is hard at times to keep up with everything. Please pray that God would give us wisdom, discernment, and stamina to do what needs to be done concerning Jacob.

Our other 2 boys are doing pretty good. Joshua has had some excitement this past week. He stepped on a broken bottle that went through his shoe and required a trip to the ER and a tetanus shot. When all was said and done I don’t know who was more tired…me, Joshua, the nurses or the doctor…LOL…He has hobbled around the house for the last few days and has been a ham. He is such a blessing and it is exciting to see how God is working in his life. He has such deep spiritual insight for a 9 year old Aspergers child. He is doing good in home school and reading everything that he can get his hands on. John Allen is your typical teenager. Oh will Tim and I make it through this season in our lives! My oldest has been such a blessing to us. He has such a sweet and tender heart for Jacob. He helps out with Jacob a lot and entertains him when Tim and I have other things we have to do. John Allen just finished another season of competitive BB shooting. He had a pretty good season but due to other family happenings and circumstances, will not be going to Nationals this year. He was very disappointed but understood the special circumstances. God is teaching John Allen patience, and how to handle unexpected circumstances that are beyond his control.

Tim and I have been very busy taking the boys to therapies, doctor’s appointments, practices, home schooling, the Mission and other things. Our lives are so full to overflowing and at times we are so overwhelmed, tired and misunderstood. There are some areas that suffer due to our busyness and we try to do the best that we can. God has granted grace in abundance and has blessed in ways that make us weep at His goodness and faithfulness.  Please continue to hold us up in prayer. At times when you are overwhelmed it seems that is when Satan attacks full force. Pray for our children and their different health issues, pray for wisdom and discernment for Tim and I as we lead our family and the Mission in the way they should go. Pray for our summer ministries that God would bring the children, adults and helpers we need in order to make it a success for His glory. Pray for our support during these hard economic times, we have had a drop in support and God in His goodness has provided for our needs.

Thank you so much for being such sweet blessings to us. You have encouraged, supported, listened, prayed etc. for us and it is very much appreciated. We are humbled and blessed to have you as co laborers with us. May God richly bless each of you in His grace and faithfulness.

In His grip,

Sarah & Tim Tinkel                BCM Intl.
829 Hi Tech Drive                309 Colonial Drive
Livingston, TN 38570
                PO Box 249 (Sarah)            Akron, PA 17501 (Tim)  
931-823-9320                    1-888-bcmintl
Account #0642
(Please make checks payable to BCM Intl. and on a separate sheet of paper put our name and account number)

Activities at Good News Mission

During School we have Bible Club from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM on Tuesdays.
    During this time we have Bible stories or a Missionary     story, music, verse memorization, games and we also     provide a meal. The ladies of the Mission help out with the different activities during this time.

The summer is our time when we do mini day camps.
    Our day camps are along the same lines as our Bible clubs. The exception being that they are from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.  The Overton County summer lunch program provides food for the children. On Fridays of our day camps we have water day. We try to get volunteers from     the local Church youth groups to come and help us but again the ladies of the Mission help out with the  different activities except for the Bible/Missionary story in     which Tim does the teaching.
The teaching material that we use is a conglomeration of BCM Intl., Child Evangelism, Lifeway, and self made materials among others.

Our mission BCM Intl. also has Teacher training called “In Step with the Master Teacher”  and “Sharing Christ with kids.” Tim and I, when asked, go into the local churches and teach these very effective teaching tools.

Tim and I also do children’s revivals and missionary conferences.

At Good News Mission we also have the following classes…women’s cooking classes as well as children’s cooking classes. We have craft, movie and game nights for the adults and food as well….

On Sundays from 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM we have a Sunday School type teaching. We have a meal, singing, and Bible teaching. Tim will do the children and Sarah does the women. At times we will combine both women and children and either Tim or I will do the class. On occasion one of the ladies will bring her guitar and will play/sing gospel songs. We are so blessed when she does this.

In the summer we have started a new program with our community garden. Last year was our first year and it was a great success. This year the garden has been plowed and we already have tomato and potatoes planted. Whoever at the Mission (or in the community) works in the garden gets to benefit. from the fruit of their labors.

All throughout the week it is not unusual to find something going on at Good News Mission. We are also a place where the local Families First program sends women to do their community service hours. Right now we have a couple of ladies who come and help clean, organize, supervise and do other things around the Mission. Usually in the evenings we will have children who will come and hang out at the Mission with our kids. This has opened a lot of doors in the community and has presented a lot of opportunities to pray and talk about Jesus.

As you can see we are very busy at Good News Mission. We do all of this on top of home schooling our children, going to therapies, doctor’s appointments and trying to minister to extended family members who are having a rough time right now. Our sole desire is to share Jesus with others through whatever means the Lord presents us with at the time. God has been so good and faithful and we give Him all the glory, praise, service and love that are due Him.

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Saturday, 5 December 2009
December 2009 Prayer Letter

We are blessed….

Greetings in Jesus,

I love this time of year….the lights, the music, the decorating and especially the chance of snow, but the one thing that I love the most is the celebration of our Savior’s birth. God has been so good to our family and to Good News Mission over the last year. He has blessed in ways that have left me speechless one moment and in tears the next. Here is a glimpse of what God has been doing.

In October we had an Halloween outreach in which we served food and had carnival type games. My ladies ran the games and we had about 60+ kids and adults to participate in the different activities. We also had our first girls cooking class. We had 12 girls to attend and we made and decorated cupcakes. The girls were so excited and had such a good time. In November we had another girls cooking class and we expanded our menu a little bit. We fixed pizzas using hamburger buns and we made dirt cake…this has definitely been a big hit… even with the boys. The boys wanted to have a cooking class as well and so we had our first boys cooking class the middle of November. Who would have thought that just a simple thing as a cooking class would be such a big hit with all the children. I think the big attraction is getting out of the house, eating and being with people who care about them and who will listen and pray with them. We are still doing the women’s cooking classes once a month and brainstorming about different service projects that the Mission can do. These ladies are such sweet blessings and it is neat to see how God is using them for His service and glory. They have such servants hearts and want to be a blessing to others. I love to see their eagerness and see how God is working in their lives. Upcoming events that the Mission will be having in December is our annual Holiday Meal on December 13th from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM. We will be asking local churches and organizations to help with certain parts of the meal. The ladies will be helping to serve, decorate and do whatever else needs doing. If you would like to come and volunteer or donate things please let us know. We can always use the help and it would be greatly appreciated and such a blessing.

Our family has been doing ok. We have had a bout with the H1N1 virus that knocked us out for over a week. We all came through that OK. Tim was the only one who didn’t have it and he was a great nurse. Joshua is still doing his therapies and is doing great in home schooling. He is getting so big and we can see big improvements in his behaviors and attitudes. John Allen is your typical teenager with the attitudes and mouthiness that comes with it. I am not liking this stage of parenting to much….LOL….but he has his good days. He is such a good big brother and such a blessing to his parents. Jacob is another story…please be in prayer for Jacob. We have to go to Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN to see a pediatric neurologist on January 29th. Jacob has had some major changes in his behaviors and we had an MRI that showed some asymmetrical abnormalities. Our doctors have said that it is not a tumor or cancer but would feel better if a specialist checked it out. Our doctors are thinking that maybe Jacob has Asperger’s like our other son Joshua. Please be in prayer for us. We are going to have Jacob tested at the Centers of Development for occupational, behavior and speech. We have started the paper work for testing and it looks to be a long process. This road is a familiar, long and challenging one and we ask that you please be in prayer for us that God would guide and direct our steps in every move we make.

We want to thank each of you for being such a sweet encouragement and blessing to our family. We are honored to be co laborers with you in this God centered ministry. God is doing great and mighty things and He is blessing ALL efforts being made on behalf of this special ministry. May God bless you in ALL that you do for His glory and for His kingdom.

In Christ,

Sarah & Tim Tinkel

Sarah & Tim Tinkel BCM Intl.
829 Hi Tech Drive 309 Colonial Drive
Livingston, TN 38570 PO Box 240
1-931-9320 Akron, PA 17501 1-888-bcmintl
Account #0642

Please make checks payable to BCM Intl. and on a separate piece of paper put our account number and that it is for Tim and Sarah Tinkel‘s support. Please do not put anything on the memo line.

Prayer Request:
1. Our support…this is a serious concern to us
2. Jacob and his doctor’s appt. on January 29th
3. Our children John Allen, Joshua and Jacob
4. Good News Mission and its various ministries

1. God’s blessings
2. Our prayer and financial supporters
3. Our children and the growth that we are seeing
4. Good News Mission

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Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Fall 2009 Prayer Letter
Mood:  a-ok
By faith Abel…,By faith Enoch…, By faith Noah…, By faith Abraham…, By faith Sarah…, By faith Moses…
Hebrews 11:4,5,7,8,11,23

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…
Hebrews 12:1-2

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus,

Wow…how time is flying by…all the colors of Fall that will soon usher in Winter. I love this time of year…I love the changing of seasons period. A lot has been going on with us and I would love to share my heart with you at what all God is doing. First of all back in September we went to our mission’s (BCM) annual conference in Spring City, PA. The kids loved it and the time spent with fellow missionaries was such a refreshing time for us. Tim was able to attend workshops on new teaching materials that are available and I was able to glean from other missionary moms encouragement and direction concerning children and ministry. Next we headed to New Jersey to visit Tim’s sister and mom. We had a good time and we were able to go into Philadelphia to see the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Betsy Ross’ house, Ben Franklin’s grave etc. We even got to see the steps that Sylvester Stallone ran up in Rocky and the Rocky statue. Of course this meant nothing to my children but it was exciting to Tim, my mother and me. The end of September our Regional Director and his wife came to visit for a weekend. This happened to fall on a night that my women’s cooking class was in session. My ladies wanted to be servants and bless Ken & Faith by having a good meal ready for them when they came. How precious my ladies are!! They were able to participate in ministering and being such a blessing in the process.

In October we had a work crew to come in from Columbus, GA. Three gentleman, Tim Remaly, Pastor Don and Richard, came and painted the Mission and our house…one of the guys, Tim Remaly, who at one time was a chef in France, found time to cook all the people of the Mission what I call a gourmet meal. Wow… it was so good and the fellowship was sweet. Pastor Don, brought his guitar and lead in praise and worship…and Richard shared his heart about God breaking his stronghold of drug and alcohol abuse. Precious blessings Royce and Virginia Harris came and painted, built a garbage bin, cleaned the nursery and other outside jobs. The week was such a precious week. My ladies came and we made sure that all the workers were fed and spoiled with good food and especially desserts. We thank all these precious men and women who spent a week helping us and giving Good News Mission a much needed face lift. There is still much work to be done and we ask that you be in prayer with us for the funds to complete what needs to be done.

Our family has been going through some discouraging struggles in the last month. In the last three months we have had two supporters who have had to drop us. Our support is getting to a dangerous level that Tim and I are trying not to panic and try to “fix” it as we humans are so known at doing. We believe that God has called us to the ministry of working with the low income people, Bible clubs, and different women’s and children’s ministries of Livingston and surrounding areas and running Good News Mission. We feel that God is not wanting us to go out and get jobs to supplement our income. In order for us to be effective in our ministry we need to not have this worry of low support. We ask that you please commit…really commit to lift us up in prayer that God would open doors of opportunity of ways for us to raise our support. Please commit to prayer at what maybe YOU could do. If we could get 20 people or churches to pledge $20 a month we would have reached the goal at what BCM is requiring for us. No matter what we will be faithful to the ministry God has called us…God is faithful and He will do it.

In the last few months our youngest child, Jacob, has had some extreme behavior changes. We took him to our doctor who order a round of blood, urine and MRI test. The blood and urine came back normal but the MRI came back abnormal. They are trying to get us in at Vanderbilt in Nashville to see a pediatric neurologist. Our doctors have told us that they are sure it is not cancer or a tumor but that there are asymmetrical abnormalities that have showed up. The probability is that it is nothing to worry about but anytime you have to go to a specialist at Vanderbilt it can be overwhelming and scary. Please pray for us and for the doctors for wisdom and discernment.

Our other two children, John Allen and Joshua, are doing good. We are all actively involved in Community Bible Study (CBS), the kids and I go into Cookeville on Thursday mornings for CBS and Tim does CBS on Wednesday night. I go to a ladies Bible study on Thursday night and Tim goes to Men’s Fraternity at our attending church early Thursday mornings. Thursday seems to be our busiest day except for Sundays and Tuesdays our days of ministry held at the Mission.

We thank you so much for the blessings that each of you are to us. When I think about and see what God is doing not only in our different ministries but what He is doing in our family…I cry at God’s grace so abundantly given. We are so blessed and honored to have you co-laboring with us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for ALL that you do to further His kingdom for His glory and for allowing us to be a part of it.

In His Service,

Tim & Sarah Tinkel                BCM Intl.
829 Hi Tech Drive                309 Colonial Drive
Livingston, TN  38570            PO Box 249
931-823-9320                Akron, PA  17501 (Tim)            1-888-226-4685 (Sarah)  
Acct. #0642

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Thursday, 20 August 2009
End of Summer Prayer Letter
Mood:  a-ok
How we thank God, who gives us victory over sin and death through Jesus Christ our Lord! So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and steady, always enthusiastic about the Lord’s work, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.
1 Corinthians 15:57-58 (NLT)

It is so hard to believe that summer is over! God has blessed so abundantly and we give Him praise glory and honor.

Summer has officially ended and now it is time to home school. John Allen is in 7th grade this year and Joshua is in 1st grade. We will be doing some pre-k work with Jacob as he likes to be involved with  “school” work as well. He thinks that whatever his older brothers do he has to do to. Oh to be the parents of 3 rambunctious boys…it is so exciting and some times frustrating, but we wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Upcoming events for our family are: Joshua will be playing upward flag football. He is so excited and all he has been talking about is going thru the tunnel as Jeremy announces his name. Thank you Jeremy for being so patient and good to our Joshua… he thinks the world of you. Joshua will also start his speech therapy again once the public schools get started and he will continue with his OT/PT therapies. We have had to increase Joshua’s meds and we can see a marked improvement in his behaviors. Joshua’s reading has really taken off but he is having problems in math. Please pray that we can find the right method of teaching him and that it will stick. Joshua is easily frustrated when he doesn’t get a concept and has a hard time staying on task or getting back on task. John Allen will continue his shooting. It is still the off season but John Allen has been practicing in order to improve his scores from last year and hopes to go back to Internationals in Bowling Green, KY. John Allen turned 13 years old in July. My teenager who is no longer a boy. He is growing so fast. Please be in prayer for him as he enters this new stage in his life where hormones are going out of whack and emotions are at a high. Jacob our very rambunctious 3 year old is into everything. It tickles Tim and I at how his speech has taken off. The conversations that we have are precious and we cherish them. He follows his brothers around and is the typical little brother that tries to do everything that his big brothers do. He is aggravating, a pest and is very much loved and watched over by his big brothers. Tim and I are taking a deep breath and getting ready to start up our regular ministries. I will be starting back up my women’s cooking, game and craft classes. My ladies have been such a blessing over the summer. They jumped right in and got involved with ministry of Day Camp. They helped in all areas except for teaching the Bible. They were a joy and Tim and I greatly appreciated all their help and encouragement over the summer. We were able to meet new families and be able to help out in different areas of their lives. Please pray for the children and families we ministered to this summer. Pray for their spiritual condition and for opportunities for us to help them as we are able. In September Tim will be starting up his Bible Clubs. We will again this year provide a meal during this time. Please pray that we will be able to get some much needed supplies, support and donations for Good News Mission. If you would like to help in this area please let me and Tim know. Any money that comes in for Good News Mission (GNM) goes directly into operating cost. Tim and I do not get paid by GNM. Our support is completely separate.

Another area that we are expanding in the upcoming school year is tutoring. We have found that the local children have a very hard time in school….some of them can barely read. At the end of last school year we had started tutoring as needed. This year we will get actively involved in the family unit in hopes of breaking the generational legacy of non readers and being unable to excel academically. Please be in prayer with us that this ministry will be a great help not only to the children but to the parents as well.

August 30th - September 4th is our mission’s, BCM Intl., annual Missions conference. This year, for the first time, BCM will be doing a teen’s missions conference. While the adults and younger children are in their workshops and Bible classes the teens will be in theirs. John Allen has become so excited as on July 22nd he entered that new phase of teenager. Please pray that we will be able to get the remaining cost of conference and the necessary funds to get there and back. The cost of conference for our family is around $385 and right now we have over half.  If you would like to help in this regard it would be greatly appreciated and such a blessing. We get such encouragement, refreshment and joy in the different workshops, Bible studies, worship and share times. We love talking with fellow missionaries and listening to what God is doing in other parts of the world and rejoicing with them at answered prayers.

We thank you so much for your faithfulness and willingness to be prayer warriors, financial supporters and encouragers. At times it gets so tiring and frustrating, but then God blesses by a card, a phone call of encouragement, a hug of gratitude etc. We are so blessed beyond measure to have you on board with us. May God richly bless you above and beyond your expectations.

In His Grip,

Sarah and Tim

Tim & Sarah Tinkel                BCM Intl.
829 Hi Tech Drive                309 Colonial Drive
Livingston, TN  38570                P.O. Box 249
931-823-9320                    Akron, PA  17501
931-823-6513                    1-888-bcmintl  
Account #0642

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Friday, 10 July 2009
Summer 2009 Prayer Letter
Mood:  a-ok
“Clearly you are a God who works behind the scenes.”  Isaiah 45:14 (The Message)
“Come and see what God has done, how awesome his work’s in man’s behalf” Ps. 66:5

Greetings in Jesus,

Wow! How time is flying by! This summer has been such a busy one. To start off the summer we had a week long day camp in which we averaged close to 40 children and adults. My ladies were so excited to have a part in the ministry. They had a part in the game time, verse time and tried to do songs. They have especially enjoyed the water days with the shaving cream and water balloon fights and the water slide. Some of the ladies even experimented with some of the activities and tested them out before the children… LOL.. The following weeks thru July we are doing day camps two days a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays). The kids are having such a good time along with the adults. If you will go to our face book pages you will see different albums full of pictures of our camps.

The end of June we had a fund raising yard sale in order to raise money for our summer ministries. The Mission has been unable to fund the day camps and so Tim and I have done, financially, what we could and with the help of the yard sale we have been able to buy some much needed supplies and other items for the day camps. We still need more supplies and if you would like to help by donating supplies or taking up a special love offering for the Mission’s expenses please let us know. All help would be GREATLY appreciated and considered such a sweet blessing.

The 4th of July weekend we headed to Bowling Green, KY for John Allen to compete in the International BB gun competition. John Allen did such a great job! He scored a 440 out of a possible 500 and his team, the Bend of the River Possums, placed 9th in the nation out of 42 teams! God blessed in such a mighty way John Allen’s hard work and the rests of the teams efforts. Joshua has been doing ok. He goes to OT/PT therapy once a week. Please be in prayer for Joshua… he has been having some major melt downs here lately. We have consulted with the doctor and we have decided to increase his meds to see it that will make a difference. So far it seems to be working… please pray for wisdom and discernment for Tim and I as we try to figure out the best course of action for him. Jacob is a very active 3 year old. He loves being outside playing with his brothers and the other children. On the days we have water day at day camp Jacob becomes our little “helper” in setting up the different stations. Of course he gets to “test” out the different stations and the water slide is his favorite and he tests it over and over and over again to make sure that it is working properly!

We have a young man, Matt, who has come to stay with us this summer through August. He wants to get an idea about different ministries. He is searching the Lord’s will for his life and we ask that you please hold him up in prayer. Pray that God would be with Matt in a mighty way and that God would use him for His glory.

The end of August first of September we will be going to PA to our mission’s (BCM Intl.) annual conference. This is a time of refreshment and a time of getting with other missionaries from different parts of the world to pray and rejoice at what God is doing. This year at conference they are offering a special teen program. John Allen is excited at the prospect of having his own program/conference. It is almost like a graduation to him in which he is leaving the childish things behind and moving on to more grownup things. We have had some precious blessings who have pledged to help out with the cost of conference this year. If you would like to be a blessing by helping with the cost of conference or with the cost of gas/trip there and back, please let us know or send checks made payable to BCM and on a separate piece of paper state that you would like for it to go toward the cost of conference or support. Our kids love going to conference and any help will be greatly appreciated and considered such a great blessing.

We would like to thank each of you for all that you do on our behalf. We are blessed by your faithfulness in co laboring with us in this special ministry that God has called us to. We ask that you please continue to pray for our family and our ministries. Please pray for wisdom and discernment for Tim and me as we minister to our children. We have had some challenges with them, with John Allen turning 13 in July and the hormones and emotions that come with that, Joshua with his special needs that come with his Asperger’s/ADHD and Jacob who is starting to imitate some of Joshua’s bad behaviors, at times it gets a little overwhelming and frustrating. Please pray for our support. We gain and lose some and can’t seem to keep a steady flow. I know it seems that we are always asking for an increase, but BCM has set a goal of $2000 a month for the year 2009 and we are about $300 short of that goal. Although we are only $300 short, we are way below the amount that BCM has set for a family of 5. There will be a new goal for 2010 and we desperately covet your prayers. We are trying to be faithful in doing what BCM has asked us to do and it has become a frustrating challenge. Please pray for more opportunities for us to share our passion and hearts desire for this ministry that God has called us to. I know that God is faithful and that He is with us and that nothing touches us that it doesn’t go through His hands first. Pray that we can keep our eyes on Him when times get frustrating and disheartening. His grace is sufficient during this season in our lives. We love you all and pray God’s special blessings on each of you.

Hearts greatly blessed,

Sarah & Tim Tinkel

Sarah & Tim Tinkel                                     BCM Intl.
829 Hi Tech Drive                                      309 Colonial Drive                
Livingston, TN  38570                                PO Box 249
(931)823-6513 or (931)823-9320             Akron, PA  17501-0249                                                      1-888-226-4685
angel again    Account #0642

For those of you who would like to make a donation to Good News Mission in its operating expenses you may do so by making checks payable to:

Good News Mission
C/O Virginia Harris
108 W. Court Square
Livingston, TN  38570

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Thursday, 2 April 2009
Spring 2009 Prayer Letter
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6:19-21

Greetings in Jesus,

God is so good and faithful!!! A few weeks ago God laid this verse on my heart to share with my ladies at Good News Mission. My ladies are so precious and each one has a unique gift that God has given her, gifts that they don’t realize that they have. Whether it is the gift of serving, encouragement, companionship, listening, creativity, works, music…there is such a wide assortment. A lot of times my ladies don’t realize what a blessing they are and I wanted them to see what I see…but most importantly what God sees. They are like sponges that soak up God’s word and are learning how to apply it and how it applies to them. I love to see how they light up when they get a concept and how they want to stay after class to discuss it further. I was trying to tell them that the little and big things they do like giving their neighbor a can of soup, toilet paper  (and not expecting them to return the favor at some later date), helping each other, sitting in on Tim’s Bible club and helping with crowd control, help serving a meal to the children after Bible club and on Sundays….they are laying up for themselves treasures in Heaven, the kind of treasures that make a difference in eternity.

Good News Mission has been a bee hive of activity over the last several months. The women’s cooking class has been such a joy and huge success! We are at the point now that the ladies are bringing in recipes that they want to try. There have been some successes and some failures….it has been fun either way. We have grown close in our different relationships with each other. It is neat to see how we all look out for each other and how we keep in contact with each other throughout the week. I have been so blessed through the cooking class and to see the inner beauty of these precious blessings….I wished that others could see what I see. The cooking class has lead into various other get togethers. We are now doing craft days, movie days, and game days throughout the month. Each of us bring a snack to share and have a great time. We have also started walking just about every day depending on the weather. There are quite a few of us who need to lose a few extra pounds! In Bible club and on Sunday afternoons we are averaging 20-25+. I get my ladies involved by helping with crowd control in Bible club and help serving meals afterwards and on Sundays. We are also getting ready for the summer. We are planning on having a couple of weeks of half day day camps, a VBS, and having special activities 2 times a week throughout the summer. I have already tagged my ladies to help out with these different ministry opportunities. The are so excited and are looking forward to the summer. A big project that Tim is planning, with other experts, is a community garden. The ladies and others who want to participate will be helping to put out a garden, tend it and reap the benefits of their labors. The ladies are wanting to harvest and take stuff to the Farmer’s Market to sale and earn money to do special activities.

Our family has been busy with sickness, therapies, home schooling and just a busy schedule in general. John Allen has been having a hard time here lately. I sometimes wonder if we will make it out alive in this preteen stage! LOL…..just kidding! On a serious note he is having problems with sibling rivalry concerning Joshua. We are trying to go out on dates with him, spend time with him apart from Joshua and for a little while it works, but then we get right back into the rut of anger, frustration, rebellion….the list goes on. John Allen is such a blessing and big help especially with Jacob. Please be in prayer for us that God would give us wisdom and discernment concerning our children and especially in the new stage of tweenager. An activity that both John Allen and Joshua participate in is competitive BB gun shooting. Every Saturday Tim and the boys go to Bend of the River to shoot and a few times during the week. This is Joshua’s first year and he is doing very well for a first year student. We have just gotten done with pre states and John Allen placed 6th in the competition. He has a very good chance of going again to Internationals in Bowling Green, KY in July. Joshua is doing pretty good. We are still going to therapies 4 times a week, home schooling, shooting, CBS… do we get it all done? He is such a good kid….not to say that he doesn’t have his moments but he is such a blessing (as are all my boys). Joshua had his first experience with the dentist last month. What an experience that was! He had an abscessed tooth that needed to be pulled along with other dental work. Lets just say that the laughing gas did its work. Jacob is growing like a weed! He is growing so fast and losing that baby look. He is growing into such a sturdy little boy with an attitude that needs adjusting at times……and we do adjust it when necessary. He thinks that he can do whatever his big brothers do. All three of the boys are growing so fast and time is flying by.

God is so good and faithful and we give Him the glory and praise that are due Him. We ask that you please continue to be in prayer for us. Pray for our support and for opportunities to share our heart’s desire and passion for our ministries. A praise that we have is that Joshua has been approved for disability. This has raised our support but we have had some of our supporters who have had to drop us. BCM is requiring that for the year 2009 that we have at least a support level of $2000 a month. Right now we are barely there but that leaves not much money for emergencies and extras. Please be in prayer with us that we can maintain that minimum goal that BCM set for us and perhaps even raise more. Please be in prayer for our van. It has over 140,000 miles on it and, as you know, vehicles with this type of mileage start tearing up. Pray that God would provide\bless us with a van that is more reliable and that will require no payments and no fixing up. Pray for our children John Allen, Joshua, and Jacob. Pray for compassion, grace and understanding for John Allen when he becomes frustrated with Joshua. Pray for Joshua that he will learn how to control his anger and frustration. Pray for Jacob that he will learn the importance of obeying. Pray for Tim and me for wisdom and discernment where our children are concerned, for ministry, and our busy schedule.

We thank you all so much for your love and faithfulness toward us and this ministry that we co-labor together in. May God richly bless each of you above and beyond in all that you do for His glory.

Hearts GREATLY blessed,

Sarah & Tim Tinkel

Sarah & Tim Tinkel                BCM International
829 Hi Tech Drive                309 Colonial Drive
Livingston, TN  38570                PO Box 249
931-823-6513 or 931-823-9320                Akron, PA 17501-0249  
Account#0642                    1-888-bcmintl

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