On the Road again

Robby & Tracy Bradford with ToriAfter Victoria was born in November, the family did not travel with Todd very much.  Trips to Alabama & elsewhere in Florida (Perry, Jennings, Deltona, Ormond Beach, Mayo, Navarre and Pensacola) were nice test trips though.  In late January, they started again with trips from our temporary home base in Florida to Lafayette, IN to see our great friends the Bradfords (founding partners in The Bridge during their missionary years).  Then it was off Memphis and Jackson, TN to see long time supporters and family members.

After doing a few more trips by himself in Indiana (Westfield, Newburgh– family alert!, and Bedford), and a great Missions Convention at Calvary Temple in Springfield, IL, the family is now traveling together full time again.  (Todd really likes that!)  We finally said good-bye to Florida for a few months, finishing with our home church in Niceville and our friends in Valparaiso.

Arriving back in Indianapolis just in time for a snowstorm, we took a few days to catch our breath, and headed up for a super weekend in Middlebury.  As of this writing we are finishing a missions convention in the Washington D.C. area (Manassas Assembly) where Todd’s cousin Stephanie and her husband Dwayne serve as Worship Pastors.  Now they will be part of a missions convention in Morganton, NC and enjoy Calvary Temple Springfield, IL Conventiona Sunday morning in Charlotte (Bridge friends alert!) with new friends and partners Bishop Larry Allen and Rod of God ministries.

The crowning moment of this month will occur March 27 when Todd & Amanda (along with Tori) board a plane for Paris!  We will be part of the Easter weekend outreach at The Bridge, along with renewing their visas for the next year (always a fun pilgrimage through French bureaucracy).

Please continue to be in prayer for the Moffett family from eastern North Carolina, the Peterson family from northwest  Florida and Jeannette Cathey from southern California as they all do the hard work of fundraising to join the team at The Bridge in Paris.  Our next church plant, and countless people, count of them to be THE light in the City of Lights!

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Tyson Thanksgivings & Merry Christmas

From our family, and all our friends at The Bridge in Paris, we wish you a wonderful Christmas season!

Tyson family picture

We are so grateful for your prayers and support as we see Paris truly become the City of Lights!
May your New Year be blessed as God continues to show himself our faithful friend!

Below are some posts that we missed posting here over the last few months.  It has been a tremendous time of re-connecting with friends and partner churches.  Sharing what is happening at The Bridge has been so rewarding. baby Tori

Our family has also grown during this time.  Victoria Hope was born on November 17 at 8 lbs, 9 oz.  We are so blessed by this new addition.

The last half of 2012 has been a great time of growth for The Bridge.  In September, our emphasis called “Open Doors” led many new people to connect with The Bridge from the Paris community.  One hundred and fifty people were in attendance at The Bridge on a regular basis throughout the fall.

Open Doors logo

Here is a link to our most recent newsletter.

Thank you for sharing this  journey with us.   We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Todd & Amanda,
Tessa, Sophia, Luke & Tori Tyson
and the Entire Bridge Team

Itineration has begun

We’re one the road in Amarillo, TX this weekend.  We have been back in the US ten days, and are excited to share in our first service tomorrow morning.  Click here to see our email from tonight.  Every fifth year or so, we will return to connect with all of our prayer partners and supporters.  It is a time to report what God has done and cast vision for what is coming next.

Click here for our most recent newsletter.

Tyson Prayer Card

The Bridge Baptism

This last Sunday was an amazing day.  We celebrated 6 people following the Lord in baptism, representing many different cultures.  See the pictures here– http://www.facebook.com/TheBridgeParis.

We will be leaving France for a time on July 11th.  It is difficult to think about being away, but we look forward to connecting with friends, family, and faithful supporters back in the U.S. for a season.  Make sure to let us know ASAP if you would like us to visit your church.

The Bridge as a church plant has grown to average 125 people each Sunday.  Besides the main international service, we have in addition to that number a diverse Franco-African fellowship and a Romanian church that we’ve had the privilege to see birthed!  God is good.

What's new in the New Year?

We love what God is doing here in Paris.  The Bridge continues to grow & lives continue to be changed.  We say goodbye to people often due to the nature of people’s work that brings them here for a few years at a time; however, somehow God continues to add to our number!  We just finished a prayer, devotions & fasting emphasis early in the year.  It was the first time many people had fasted or had a Bible reading plan.  It’s wonderful to see new spiritual experiences blossom in people’s hearts.  We are preaching a series now on Sundays called “Jesus the Healer.”  Go on over to www.thebridgeparis.com/messages and catch our podcast!  Pray that God opens people’s heart to the miracles He wants to do in their lives.

We have begun a fresh building search; after hitting another dead-end late in the year.  We’ve visited four buildings, and one is a possibility for negotiations.   Pray with us that we find a permanent home before my family comes home this summer for our year of itineration.  Our team here is strong though & will be able to continue to do “portable church” one way or the other.  Our small groups throughout the community have been the true harvest of spiritual growth– we love how relational The Bridge is.  We are starting plans to launch our first additional service in French– it will be an expression of a French/African group that has been meeting in an apartment for the last few years.  Very exciting as we see the vision of The Bridge continue to unfold.  Thanks for your prayers and support!

PS– We are about 50 days from Easter and we are praying at The Bridge for those closest to us in the community to come to know Jesus.  Would you pray with us?  Last Easter someone said to me on their first Sunday morning visit, “I have never understood what the Easter story really meant until today.”  We are praying for so many more people to “hear & see” the message!

Merry Christmas from The Tysons

Christmas Photo from the Tysons 2011

A Wonderful season of Rememberance
We are so thankful as we celebrate Christmas this year! The gift that God sent to earth two thousand years ago has brought life to the city of Paris where we have been ministering. Thank you for all your prayers and support this last year.

Recent Newsletter
Our November newsletter is now available online. Download the PDF here. A wonderful look at what God has been doing at The Bridge International Church, and the wonderful ministry teams who have visited this year.

Still Time of 2011 Contributions
For those of you wishing to make year-end contributions, there is still time. Online gifts can be made securely with debit/credit cards by clicking here. All checks should be marked with “Tyson– AGWM #257333” in the note portion, postmarked before December 31, 2011 and mailed to:

Assemblies of God World Missions
1445 N. Boonville Ave.
Springfield, MO 65802

A Family Note
We have made an unexpected trip to the U.S. to be with Amanda’s family for the funeral of her Grandfather, Rev. Edward Grant. He has always been at the center of Amanda’s world, and we are thankful for your thoughts and prayers. He is just one of the many family and friends that have enabled us to move forward in God’s work because of their encouragement and love. We are celebrating his life and the way God used him in decades of pastoral ministry in West Florida.

All our love and warm Christmas greetings are yours,
Todd & Amanda Tyson
Tessa (10), Sophia (9) and Luke (3)

Seasons of growth

Have you ever gone through a season where everything was changing? We’ve been through that the last 6 months. We’ve had 4 of our team members moving away from France, in bittersweet transitions to their next phases in life (with several more departures on the horizon… be praying for those who are coming to join us in the next year!). At the same time The Bridge has surged forward into fresh, dynamic community life.

The Bridge is an International English speaking church.  But it’s also the vision of a great ministry center raised up in Paris.  There are many goals (building, new church plants, partners for multi-ethnic ministry, etc.) that are still in progress, but so much has already come to fulfillment.  We have over 15 nations represented on any given Sunday.  We commemorated the 1 year anniversary of the church and an incredible Easter celebration back in the Spring, along with our first baptism.  We’ve seen over 100 people at The Bridge almost every week this fall (with 125 on two occasions).  Teams have continued to join our ministry for short trips– enabling us to spread our impact to the community around us.  We just celebrated the opening of a new building of our sister church in Les Mureaux at which so many teams have done renovation work.

Even through the transition of team members leaving, several have joined us– divine appointments with people who had come to France for other purposes, but whose callings brought them to join us working at The Bridge.  God is truly an amazing God & he shows me every day in some way that His plans are bigger than mine.  Feel free to browse The Bridge’s newly redesigned website– www.thebridgeparis.com.  Our “Team” page is not complete with new members yet, but will be soon. We will also have fresh newsletter material this month, so look for that.  Click here if you are not on our email list.

Now we wait to see what the next season brings!  Our prayer requests are for a building for the church, new team members preparing to come, finances to stay strong for the remainder of our first term here in Paris, and for strong lay leaders to continue to rise up here at The Bridge.  Thanks for taking this journey with us.

“Rentrée” & Building update

Well September is the “Re-entry” in French culture. People have spent the last 6 weeks completely checked out of normal life… many on vacation for a month at a time, but now… everyone’s back. School’s started, businesses re-opened, and people look to fill their social calendar. The Bridge is engaging people at different community events, as well as hosting an open house day on Sunday morning, Sept. 19.

We are now going to begin our 4th set of negotiations for a permanent home for The Bridge. This property is affordable, in a great location and has enough space to fulfill our long-term vision of The Bridge as a ministry center. It needs LOTS of renovation though, so when it is finalized start booking your trip to come help!

A summer of change

We appreciate your prayers over the last month. We are very close to finalizing negotiations on space for the church in an office building in Le Pecq– which is in the heart of our target area in Paris’ western suburbs. Please continue to pray about this, as there are still a few logistical hurdles to be worked out.

On the family side, we are finishing language school on Friday, June 25. Hard to believe this year of language study is almost behind us, but we are very thankful for it. We can communicate adequately now in French (still lots of improvement ahead) and understand almost everything we come into contact with. It opens up many new doors for relationships as well as simply navigating life & business here in France!

The children will be finishing their school year (completely French environment) on Friday, July 2. We are so proud of them. We will be moving at the end of July to live among the international community concentrated on the west side of Paris (our school has been 20 minutes south of Paris). We appreciate your continued prayers for this transition as the right location, price and space are a hard combination to find!

Tyson Tidings Prayer Requests– Building Search & Team Members

Bridge Picnic

(click here to see the email version– sign-up for emails in right box)

It has been just over 2 months since The Bridge International Church launched.  In those two months the church has continued to grow, small groups have successfully started, and new people are coming every week!  Pictured is a scene from the first Bridge picnic May 9, with about 50 people in attendance.  Thank you for your continued prayers and faithful support.  Rather than give a full update today though, I have two quick prayer requests.

Please join with us in prayer over two issues:

1) Building possibilities– Tomorrow (May 25) I will be making a follow-up inspection of a building that we are considering for the church (we currently meet in a conference center each Sunday).  We are praying for God’s direction as our most promising building option fell through two weeks ago unexpectedly after several months of waiting.

2) Team members– We have 10 family units as part of our team now (pictured are the “Bridge Team Kids” at Easter).  Bridge Team KidsWe have already had our first “Bridge baby”– congratulations to the Kempermans, our Dutch team members and dear friends.  The 2nd baby is expected within the next week– prayers with The Browns– fellow American missionaries working with The Bridge.  Besides these issues each family needs your prayers.  All face the normal day-to-day challenges of life in a foreign country, but some are facing huge challenges and need God’s blessing right now!

Thank you for reading this, and remembering us in prayer.  Please pray for our family also, as our leadership role among the team will be developing more fully as we finish language school in June.

Your notes and prayers are precious to us each day!  God is moving mountains here in Paris– touching the world through this incredible, international city.

Todd & Amanda Tyson and family

todd@tysontidings.com

P.S.  We are constantly scheduling short-term teams to minister here.  We welcome teams of all kinds, and will have an urgent need for building renovation soon!  Please contact us anytime about bringing a team from your church,  university, etc…