Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Jacob and Heaven

I just wanted to share how good and faithful our God is....I pray for my boys that God would use them for His glory and that they would be men after God's own heart. When you have two children who are on the autism spectrum some times it is hard to know if they really understand about Jesus...and if they get the basics then we are doing good. God really showed me that He is listening to the prayers of this mommy's heart...and that He is using them for His glory. I was away on a women's retreat called the Emmaus walk this last weekend so Tim and the boys were batching (?) it. Tim was in the kitchen making pizza and our  Asperger's autistic 6 yrs old Jacob was helping him. Jacob asked Tim if there would be pizza in Heaven. Tim replied "I don't know Jacob but if there is it will be delicious!" Jacob: "Well I think there will be pizza and chocolate pudding...and John Allen (older brother who is allergic to chocolate) will be able to eat the chocolate pudding and he will have two eyes!! I will have balance because I have problems with my balance you know!!" To those of you that don't oldest son John Allen only has one eye and for our Jacob to be able to understand the perfectness of Heaven astounded Tim and I!! How faithful is our God to reassure parents who are faithful to pray for their children. I want to encourage parents with special needs kids...parents who don't or do pray for their children...God honors those prayers and be encouraged to pray for your children daily. In our world today they need the protection of loving PRAYING parents who will commit them to the Lord on a daily basis. God does answer prayer...look how he answered ours!!

Tinkel's  Spring/Summer Updates 2012

There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens:
Ecclesiastes 3:1

Hi everyone! This is Tim. Usually Sarah writes our newsletters and does a wonderful job. This newsletter is going to be a little different in that both Sarah and I are going to be sharing what’s going on with our ministry here at Good News Mission. That’s one of the reasons why there has been so much time between newsletters. Sarah had her portion written a couple of months ago but I have been my usual procrastinating self. Please forgive me. Anyway, Sarah’s portions will be in regular print while mine will be in italics. Thanks for all of your friendship, prayers and support. Tim

Changes!!! Change can be good and it also can be very challenging causing us to be stretched in ways that are out of our comfort zones. Back in March change came in the form of some of my ladies being arrested for selling prescription drugs. With bad choices came time spent in jail and having to move out of the projects. It would have been so easy to judge them  but I was reminded that I make bad choices as well… only mine were not on display and very public.

As I was praying for my ladies God impressed upon me that He wanted me to go to visit them in jail and tell them He loved them. My first response was “You want me to do what?” Then I asked God “There has got to be more that you want me to tell them besides that You love them...a more profound message than that You love them?” With fear and anxiety I went to visit them in jail. How precious it was to sit and talk with each of them. The first thing they said was I can’t believe you came! They told me how embarrassed they were for me to see them that way. I told them that I loved them but that God wanted me to come and tell them that HE loved them as well. Tears flowed and they asked how could He love them after what they had done? I told them because that is just who God is….and we all make mistakes but God loves us despite those bad choices. We still have to pay the consequences of our actions but God LOVES us.

Little did I know that would be the last time I would see one of my ladies as she passed away a week later in jail. One important lesson that I have learned through this is that when God gives you a burden for someone and a message to deliver there needs to be instant obedience. I had the words of life and hope and my lady needed those so badly….I am so thankful that I was able to minister to her in this way before she died…..God was so good and faithful in allowing me the honor and privilege of reassuring her of His love for her.  God wants us to be His hands, feet, and words… the question is are we willing to be used of God to go out and be Jesus to a hurting world? I love Mercy Me’s song “Won’t you be my love?” one of the lines in that song is won’t you be MY voice calling, won’t you be MY hands healing, won’t you be MY feet walking into a broken world….won’t you be MY chain breaker….won’t you be MY peace maker…..won’t you be MY hope and joy….won’t you be MY love? In other words will we be HIS love and lead people to His cross? By going to the jail I was being His love and leading those ladies to His cross…what a beautiful picture of God’s grace and love and what a blessing to be able to be HIS love to them.

This year has been full of changes for me as well - especially the summer.  Before the summer began I had my schedule all laid out. We were going to hold three day camps here at the mission, help with two out of state VBS’s and take John Allen to a big air rifle competition in Arkansas. I thought we could handle it easily. After all, for 20 years we held six or more weeks of camp at the camp ministry we worked with. Five weeks of ministry and a week of air rifle competition in the months of June and July should be easy! There were still two weeks to rest or even to fill with more activity. No problem!

Then Sarah’s sister was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  Thankfully it was not malignant, but the doctors still recommended that it come our right away. Still I thought we could handle it. Sarah didn’t need to be here for everything. Mrs. Lass (our dear friend and fellow missionary from GA) would be here. We could handle it! Sarah, though, cringed at the thought of such a busy summer. She said she was worn out just thinking about it.

It wasn’t until our pastor sat down to lunch with us one day, looked me in the eye (he’s good at doing thatJ) and said “Tim, have you really prayed about this?” UGH! What a slap in the face of reality! No, I hadn’t prayed about it. So, after much prayer and fasting by Sarah and me… I began to realize that our summer was just a bit full. We both agreed that the day camps were a must. Too many kids were depending on them. The VBS’s were another thing. Reluctantly I canceled one and by God’s grace the other fell through.

As always, God knows best! Sarah’s sister had surgery in June and, although she came through the surgery wonderfully, the recovery was a bit more than expected. It was just too much for Sarah’s mom to take care of Granny and Sarah’s sister so Sarah ended up spending nearly four weeks in Oak Ridge helping out.

Still, through all of the confusion of the summer, God still blessed. I had been praying for open doors in some apartments called “the double deckers” that are close to us. They are low income apartments but not run by the state as the apartments are across the street from our house. Many of our children had to move away because of the drug bust that Sarah mentioned above. In the government run low income housing if you are convicted of a felony you have to move out. On our first day of day camp it appeared that our numbers would be very low. Although we don’t try to base our ministry on numbers, it was still disheartening to me. After voicing my disappointment to John Allen he said, “Dad, I know that God is going to bring more kids. I’ve been praying that he would.” Lo and behold, soon after that an old black suburban pulls up to the mission and out pile 15 kids from , yes, the double deckers. God had opened doors and brought new kids to the mission! He also opened doors for me to help out at a local VBS for one week as well to replace one of the out of state VBS’s that I had to cancel. All in all 3 children were saved this summer and one child received assurance of salvation from the ministries that we were involved with. Praise the Lord!

Now back to Sarah and a little update on our family.

In the last few months we were having behavioral problems with our youngest son Jacob. With much prayer and talking with our doctors we opted to put him on medication to help with concentration and focusing. What a huge difference this has made with him. He is now able to sit through children’s church and pay attention and participate by answering questions and singing. God is so good and faithful!!!

 John Allen is doing very well and getting more insistent that Tim and I teach him how to drive. This is such a change in our lives as parents and we are having a hard time with this. It seems just like yesterday he was a baby in my arms and here he is now 16 yrs. old and wanting to drive. Where is the time going? God is shaping John Allen into such a neat young man. He is such a blessing and is growing up to be a young man who has a desire to see his friends come to know Jesus. This touches a mother’s heart whose prayer for all of her children is that God would use her sons for His glory.

Joshua is excited about upward football and getting ready for when that will start. This year we also signed Jacob up…this will be different and should be very entertaining….LOL… adults.

This next month we are praying about attending BCM’s week long North American Missionary Conference in Pennsylvania to touch base with fellow missionaries and see and share what God is doing in different parts of the world. This is always a fun, relaxing and informative time for our family. The boys, especially, enjoy catching up on old friends. The children’s and youth ministry workers that BCM brings in are wonderful. The boys love them and learn so much.  We also plan to take time to visit my sister in New Jersey for a few days.

Unfortunately, although it is a wonderful and relaxing time, it is usually a financial crunch for us to be able to afford the trip. The price to attend is only $500, and that includes meals and housing and all meetings, but it is still $500 extra (not including gas) that we must come up with. Please be in prayer that God would provide extra for us next month to be able to afford to attend. This conference is only scheduled every other year so if we missed this one, we would have to wait another two years to attend. If you would like to help us financially with a one-time gift please make out the check or money order payable to BCM International and on a separate piece of paper put “For the Tinkel’s BCM conference” along with our number #642. Thank you so much ahead of time.

Thank you for all that you do on our behalf…I know we don’t say that enough but we are very blessed that you give of your resources, your time and of yourselves toward our family and our ministry. We are overwhelmed at the goodness of God in blessing us with wonderful co laborers such as you…and we appreciate each of you so much. We pray God’s blessings and favor over you.

Prayer Request:

1.      Increase in support

2.      The people we minister to including the new apartments that God has opened the door to

3.      Upcoming fall ministries (Tuesday afternoon Bible Club, Sunday Afternoon Bible Study and visitation and outreach)

4.      Our children John Allen, Joshua and Jacob

5.      The cost of conference and traveling expenses this summer


1.      Opportunity to share our ministry which resulted in support

2.      Progress of Jacob in his behavior, John Allen’s spiritual growth, Joshua’s sweet spirit

3.      Wonderful church family

4.      Great Bible studies

5.    Our family’s spiritual growth as a whole

In Christ,

Sarah & Tim Tinkel                                                        BCM Intl.

829 Hi Tech Drive                                                          201 Granite Drive #260

Livingston, TN 38570                                                    Lancaster, PA  17601

931-823-9320 (home)                                                   1-888-226-4685

931-319-2551 (Tim)                                            

931-319-3113 (Sarah)

Acct. #0642

Thursday, December 22, 2011

How Great is our God????

We would like to thank everyone who donated, volunteered, cooked, delivered etc. for Good News Mission Holiday Meal this past weekend. Our God is so GREAT!!! With your help we were able to minister/feed over 400 individuals!! How Great is our God??? He is so great that He was able to make such a tremendous feat possible...and in the process bless me and others!! Our God is so good and faithful and I am blessed to be able to be an instrument for His glory!! Thank you again for all who participated and who pray for this special ministry that God has called us to....we are blessed!!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tinkel December 2011 Newsletter

3 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, homeschool, 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 for us 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 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
829 Hi Tech Drive
Livingston, TN 38570
931-319-3113 (Sarah)
Acct. #0642 (Tim) (Sarah)

BCM Intl.
201 Granite Run Drive, Suite 260
Lancaster, PA, 17601

When sending in a love gift make checks payable to BCM Intl. and on a separate sheet of paper put our name along with our account number.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Good News Mission
C/O Tim & Sarah Tinkel
829 Hi Tech Drive
Livingston, TN 38570
931-319-3113 (Sarah)
931-319-2551 (Tim)
931-823-9320 (office)

To whom it may concern,
Good News Mission in Livingston, TN will be having their annual Holiday Meal on December 17, 2011 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM. Last year, with the help of local businesses and churches, we were able to feed 250 individuals throughout Overton County. We are asking for help again this year in order to feed even more. Would your church or organization be willing to be a part of feeding the local hungry? We have found over the years that this outreach is the only “good” meal that some of the locals will have for either Thanksgiving or Christmas. Please, any help would be greatly appreciated whether big or small. Listed below is the menu along with items we use for “goodie bags” to pass out to the children who attend. If you are able to help with any of the below it would be a tremendous blessing.

Sincere Thanks,
Tim & Sarah Tinkel

Menu: (We need enough to feed 350+)  
Turkey (20 @ 20+ lbs.)
Green beans                                                                          
Mashed potatoes                                                                  
Desserts                                                                                             .
Canned drinks (300)
Take out containers (300)
Take out dessert containers (300)
Tray like Styrofoam plates (500)

"Goody Bag" Items:
Candy Canes
Party favor items: EX: pencils, bouncy balls etc.

If you are able to help out with any of the above items let me know as soon as possible so that I can mark that off the list. Thanks!!!


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

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 theres 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
931-823-9320 (Sarah) (Tim)

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 seperate sheet of paper put our name and account number and amount.

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Dedicated:  wholly committed to something, as to an ideal, political cause, or personal goal.
set apart or reserved for a specific use or purpose.
Over the last few weeks I have come to understand the meaning of dedicated in a whole different way. I have seen a young woman who stood strongly by her husband when he was diagnosed with cancer the week before Christmas and loved and helped him when hospice was called in a few weeks ago. I have seen her give him strong medicines when the pain got so bad that he could hardly stand it. I have seen this woman continue being a great mom to her 1 and 2 1/2 year old little boys and reassuring them that daddy loved them and that soon daddy would be going away. I have seen this woman be strong in front of her husband when the news wasn't good just so that he would continue to fight the cancer that was slowly day by day taking his life. This same woman has a mother who also is a woman among women. What mother in law would put her life on hold to help her daughter and son in law by moving in with them to help with his care and help take care of the grand children. I have seen this mother humble herself to take her son in law to the bathroom and help clean him when he needed it. This same mom made sure that her son in law knew that his boys loved him and she made sure that the grand kids kissed and hugged daddy everyday. Even when it came to the end she was there to tell him that everything would be OK that his wife and kids would be taken care of and that it was OK to go on to be with Jesus. Over the last few weeks I have kind of put my family on the back burner in order to be there for this family to minister to them and help in anyway that I could in order to alleviate some of the day to day burdens. In the end I was blessed beyond measure at the dedication of these two special women that God in His infinite wisdom has placed in my life, in my little flock that He has given to me. I have seen lived out in front of me DEDICATION....what a precious definition my two ladies have given this word. On Saturday these two women along with other family and friends will say good bye to their loved one. I ask that you please pray for them that God would continue to show himself in big and small ways and that His presence would be felt in the days, weeks and months to come.