Thankful for a wonderful Easter Sunday

We had a wonderful Easter Sunday with 300 people on Sunday morning, combining after each service the Easter Egg hunt that had to be canceled on Saturday due to rain. Here’s our latest newsletter & some reflections on the past few months, while looking forward to the coming months (hint: lots of transition!).

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Thanks as always for your prayers & support!

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News from Easter & Baptisms

baptism group-webIt’s been a really great 2015 so far. Easter was a focal time for us, and our staff has grown, and will continue to grow through the rest of this year.
Here’s a link to our recent newsletter: eepurl.com/bpA4Uv

Keep our family in prayer, the new team members here at The Bridge, and the choices that face us at The Bridge International Church continues to grow (i.e. 2nd service starting in September and the search for a 2nd location).

We will be hosting a missions team in a few weeks of 21 young people from the U.S. We’ll be trying some new things & our hope is that their enthusiasm connects with other young people here in the Paris region, and they are able to minister to people who are in need all around us (Paris isn’t just want you see on the postcards!).

Thanksgivings, Prayer & a new video

We are thankful to Stephan Hughes for this video he produced about The Bridge:

This Fall in Paris has been a season of discipleship & growth in many ways. We are so thankful for your prayers & support for our family and for The Bridge.

For those in the United States this week, we pray for you to enjoy a wonderful time of Thanksgiving with friends and family. For each of you, we thank God & pray his continued favor and guidance!

Thanksgivings

*120 people have been discipled in groups and a book tied into our Sunday messages this Fall.
*Divine appointments that have led a Palestinian man to Christ & a Pakistani man to our church.
*A new opportunity opened for a 2nd meeting location in central Paris.

Prayers

*Pray for discipleship mentors to multiply.
*Pray for two new leadership teams started in areas of Stewarship & Spiritual growth.
*Ask for us to have wisdom to lead The Bridge as we outgrow the first congregation & location.
*Blessing and support for new team members coming to join us in 2015.

Tyson Thanksgivings & Merry Christmas

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

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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.

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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 Turns Two

Celebrating Two Years (click here for print newsletter)

Back in 2007 when the vision of The Bridge was first birthed, we could not imagine the plans God had in mind for Paris.  The Bridge celebrated its two year anniversary in March, and on Easter welcomed the largest crowd yet of 172 people!

We are preparing next Sunday to launch our 7th round of small groups, and each week on Sunday mornings there are around 120 people from 40 different nations.

Decision Sunday for France

This Sunday is the final vote in the French presidential election.  Please pray for the French people as they wrestle with the common issues of taxation, immigration, education, but also with the vital approach to how God is seen the country and what place is allowed for the church.

For instance, recently France passed a law preventing prayer in public places.  We know that God works in people’s lives regardless of government “permission,” but we pray that God’s name will be proclaimed in France in every way.

The Vision of Growth

As you know the vision of The Bridge has always been much more than a single church plant.  We want to reach every language and culture group in the Paris region, representing the entire world.

After two years of preparation, our first new expression launched last month.  A French speaking service representing many African nations and islands around the world has begun.  It is a passionate and vibrant meeting. We know that this is just the beginning!

Returning to Tell the Story

This July we will return to the U.S. for a year to reconnect with many of you.  We have so many stories to share when we return.  Please let us know if you would like us to share at your church.  We will also be sharing more stories through this newsletter and our website!

We are thankful for the wonderful team God has built here in Paris that allows us to be gone, and for the ministry to still continue to grow!  As our two-year Missionary Associates began leaving, God has been faithful to replace them with wonderful people leading ministries here in Paris.

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)

Growing & Changing at The Bridge

We have wonderful news to share with you! The Bridge International Church is celebrating its one year anniversary this Sunday. You began this journey with us back in 2007 when the vision of The Bridge was first birthed.

(There is special newsletter from The Bridge that we are sharing only by email. Let me know if you didn’t receive it.)

We had the privilege of working with Robby & Tracy Bradford since 2005 in planting our first international church in Holland. Our founding partners here at The Bridge, they needed to return to the US in October, so since then departure we have served as Lead Pastors at The Bridge. Since then The Bridge team of 20 adults (seen here) has continued to move forward with the vision of The Bridge as a dynamic International Church and key ministry center in the Paris region.

The church has steadily grown each month to the point where almost 100 people have been in our services several times recently.

We would ask you to continue your faithful prayers for The Bridge as we move forward to reach greater Paris for Jesus Christ. Much of the financial support for preparing a building for The Bridge was coming through Robby’s account, so we have asked for those supporters to continue to support The Bridge directly through a special account–we know God will provide every resource our team needs.

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about The Bridge or would like to arrange for a personal update for your church!

Sincerely thankful for your years of prayer and partnership,
Todd & Amanda Tyson

Address Change: Some of you so kindly send our family mail.  Please note our new address after having finished language school:

90 Allee Maurice Berteaux
78670 Villennes sur Seine
France

Tyson Tidings Newsletter 6.2– A new Season for The Bridge

It has been just over 7 months since The Bridge International Church launched.  The church is growing & small groups are meeting.  This September started a great new season of growth and building relationships.  Here is a link with our current newsletter.  It’s a downloadable PDF file.

Click here to download the newsletter (PDF)

Please join with us in prayer over two issues:

1) Building possibilities— We have agreed for the purchase of a building for The Bridge, but there remain some hurdles with zoning and occupancy requirements that need to be satisfied before the owner will proceed with the sale.  Please pray for God’s favor as we navigate this process.

2) Leadership Development— As we have passed the 6 month mark in the church, we are praying for insight as we ask people to join in leadership, and wisdom in the training and organization of the church.

Special note: 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…

Tyson Tidings 6.1– Momentous Occasions

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We are preparing for the first public service of The Bridge in Paris this coming Sunday!  Our team is growing, and any day we could receive an answer allowing us to obtain a permanent building for The Bridge.  Momentous occasions indeed!  Read all about it & print one out for your church (or let us know if you need a printed copy).

Click here to view the newsletter.
Todd & Amanda Tyson and family