The Birthplace of T.I.M.E.
by Dick Thomassian
In February, 2011, the T.I.M.E. International Ministry, Inc., will celebrate its 15th Anniversary. Who would have imagined what our eternal Heavenly Father was up to when an uncle and his nephew met at the NEPTUNE DINER (see picture on right) in Astoria, Queens, New York City, at midnight for a piece of pie and a cup of coffee.
The setting was a mission crusade to the BIG APPLE. God was at work doing His mighty things ... multiple souls being saved; Pastors and Christian workers being trained and encouraged; hundreds of Gospel tracts being distributed. The mission was dedicated to carrying the GOOD NEW on to the streets of Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx and Manhattan.
Uncle John Kassab was a mission team member. He invited his nephew, Dick Thomassian, to join him for a little refreshment at the NEPTUNE DINER. The conversation at the table centered around mission evangelism. Uncle John was so blessed to witness the effectiveness of creative arts in open-air street and block party evangelism. He challenged Dick to engage in this kind of ministry in a continual manner. Dick's response was that he wished he could but that he didn't have the financial resources to launch such a ministry. Uncle John took out his checkbook and wrote a check for $10,000 and stated "here is your seed money to get the T.I.M.E. Ministry launched."
That seed money was immediately planted in harvest soil throughout the entire world. What started out as a $10,000 budget has multiplied 40 times in today's budget. The lesson learned is that God is still in the business of multiplication:
over 115,000 Recorded Salvation Decisions
over 10,000 Pastors and Christian Workers trained in mission evangelism
over 1,700 Evangelical churches represented in the training process
50 New churches and preaching centers planted
Funding for the construction of 20 new church buildings
Who knows what the Lord may do the next time you, and someone that you love and respect, sit in a diner over a piece of pie and a cup of coffee. Any takers? Anybody ready to do some serious seed planning for the Kingdom?
The Fruit of the Spirit
Dr. Dick Thomassian, President Emeritus
On numerous occasions pastors and Christian workers refer to the fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5: 20-21…
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
Presently, the T.I.M.E. Trustees are reading a book entitled “Stewards of a Sacred Trust” written by David L. Mc Kenna, EDFA Press, 440 West Jubal Early Drive, Suite 130, Winchester, VA 22601. The question posed is, “Do you, as a Christ-centered ministry, demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit-filled life through:
1. LOVE… sacrificing self for the need others?
2. JOY… communicating a sense of inner gladness?
3. PEACE… remaining poised under pressure?
4. PATIENCE… moving fast, but never in a hurry?
5. KINDNESS… welcoming anyone and everyone with grace?
6. GOODNESS… acting without ulterior motives?
7. FAITHFULNESS… making good every promise and every word?
8. GENTLENESS… handling authority and power with humility?
9. SELF-CONTROL… disciplining natural impulses and desires?
To insure the integrity of our divine commission, our biblical convictions, our sacrificial service, and our redemptive results, the T.I.M.E. Ministry depends on godly character, competence, and spirituality.
May it ever be so!
Why We Believe In Missions
by Dick Thomassian
While a student at Barrington College, Barrington, Rhode Island, I was privileged to receive a full scholarship to represent the college in Gospel Meetings and in student recruitment.
Every weekend and throughout the summer months we traveled throughout the USA and Canada. One of the highlights was to minister at “The People’s Church” in Toronto. Dr. Oswald J. Smith was the Founder and Pastor.
God used Dr. Smith to raise a mission church second to none. Permit me to share a little of his heart with you:
“To me the call to missions is a divine urge, that compelling impulse, that passion within that makes it impossible to resist. There is something within that is calling, ever calling. I am restless. I am like a hunter’s dog on the leash, straining to get away. It is that irresistible “must.”
The divine fire burns within my heart. I rise from my desk and rapidly pace the floor, praying, crying to God. My mind is not on what I am doing. I see the distant fields. I feel that, come what may, I have no choice but to go. I am not satisfied to settle down where I am.
It was that inner Voice (the Holy Spirit) that spoke to my soul, and called me into the ministry and to the mission fields of the world. I can’t explain it, except to speak of it as an “urge” that was with me night and day. That urge I followed, and I have never been disappointed.”
My heart’s prayer is for God to raise up a thousand more Dr. Oswald J. Smiths who will respond to that “urge.” Opportunities abound through Global Missions (at WBC and) through the TIME Ministries. You can do what millions of others have done if you want to. You can settle down to the monotony of American life, get married, raise children, work, retire, die and be forgotten. Or, you can become a pioneer, a trail-blazer, invest your life in a great adventure for God, and be remembered forever.
What is it to be? It is for you to decide. I made my choice and I, too, have never been disappointed.
An Unexpected Visit
Recently there was a knock on my office door from an unexpected African by the name of Vincent Victors. Upon entering Vincent said, “Dr. Thomassian, you don’t know me, but I know you, I am your SON in the faith.” Talk about a surprise blessing!
Vincent went on to share with me his soul-stirring story. He said, 10 years ago you came to Uganda and shared the Gospel of Christ. I was given a flier by a young African boy inviting me to attend an outdoor evangelistic crusade. I was a practicing Muslim from a devoted Muslim family. I came to the crusade out of curiosity. When I heard the music and the Gospel presentation my heart was stirred to action. When you extended the invitation to those who would like to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, I was among the first ones to respond. Forgiveness, peace and love overwhelmed me. I had a life-changing experience with Almighty God.
Excitedly I ran home and shared with my father and family that I received Jesus into my life. My announcement was met with anger, shouting, and physical whipping. My sister jumped on me and bit flesh off of my arm. My father threw me out of the house with screaming, bitterness and hatred.
Not knowing where to go or what to do, God led me to Nigeria. I heard about a Bible School in Nigeria and I entered into 3 years of Bible training. It was my desire to return to my country and share the Good News of Jesus. I camped out in Kampala, Uganda, and began to make friends. We began a Bible fellowship with a handful of Ugandans.
God poured out His blessings. We now have a growing Baptist church where I serve as the pastor. Dr. Thomassian, I’ve come to the USA to invite you to come to our church. I want to introduce you to 2200 of your GRAND CHILDREN in the faith.
When Vincent laid that invitation on my heart I could not refuse such a golden opportunity. The Lord willing, we have set aside the dates of February 2-7, 2011 for such an encounter. Lois and I can’t wait to get there and embrace over two thousand of our GRANDCHILDREN in the faith.
Please pray for this Uganda Mission. Hundreds of Pastors and Christian workers will be gathering for training in mission evangelism and for doctrinal studies. Three outdoor, evening Evangelistic Crusades services, will be conducted. Perhaps God will enable us to usher some GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN into His Kingdom.