Tychicus. Aren’t you glad you didn’t have his name growing up?! No one would ever pronounce it correctly, nor spell it right on any Starbucks cup. Tychicus (tik-i-kus) is one of those Bible characters who isn’t well known, who most people have never paid any attention to, and who doesn’t receive the accolades or the love. There aren’t any Bible studies about him, no Beth Moore or Priscilla Shirer books or videos. Tychicus is only mentioned a handful of times in the New Testament, but the ministry he provided was enormously important.
Tychicus’ ministry included:
This question really stuck in Billy’s head. The immediate answer is that we do – we tell our story back home. We tell it through newsletters and updates and emails. When we are physically back in Texas, we tell our story in person to whomever is interested and who will listen. But that wasn’t the intent of our friend’s question. His intent was, who shares in your work and shares it with others? In your physical absence, who takes your place and tells the story, face-to-face?
We had lots of discussion about this. Can someone else truly tell the story? Can they field the questions? Do they know the answers? Whose story is it to tell? Have we empowered people to do that work, to stand in our place and tell the story, to share news of how we are and what is going on in our lives and in the work?
After a few weeks of continued discussion and consideration, the answer tumbled off the page of my Bible. I was looking up a reference to something else, and, by chance, I happened upon (okay, I know God led me there) Paul’s reference to Tychicus in Colossians 4: 7-9
7 Tychicus will tell you all about my activities. He is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. 8 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts, 9 and with him Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you of everything that has taken place here.
That began my investigation into the person of Tychicus. Who is this guy? What did Paul trust him to do? Suddenly, the question we had been wrestling with was clear. We need Tychicus people in our lives!
But the answer was also already provided. It’s YOU! YOU are Tychicus! We have a team of people around us, a ministry team that does not live in Spain, but who serve Spain and other places around the globe by being Tychicus.
We are blessed to have so many Tychicus’ in our lives! Trusted friends, loyal servants, faithful ministers and unsung heroes. Thank you for being a special part of our ministry team! Like Tychicus, your ministry alongside us is enormously important.
Who am I? In my USA life, I was a teacher in Texas for 15 years. I was also a professional photographer, a Southern Living / Martha Stewart wannabe, a soccer mom, and a short term mission team coordinator / intern director for missions in Mexico... you name it, I probably tried it!
In 2006, my husband Billy and I became cross-cultural workers (CCWs) with TMS Global. For five years, we served in three rural Quechua Wanca villages in the Andes of Peru. And when I say rural, I mean RURAL - like no potty! We have three incredible children... two adult boys who live in Texas, and the Sarah (14) lives with us in whatever country we are serving. I'm still teaching, still taking photos, still leading teams and mentoring, I just do it all in full-time service now! And I'm working hard at giving Southern Living and Martha Stewart a run for their money! I spent my days in Peru learning to live a Quechua lifestyle in a rustic adobe house - cooking Peruvian foods, sewing with Quechua women, raising my chickens and goats and pigs, and planting my gardens. Now I live my life in small town Spain, serving other cross-cultural workers and immigrant peoples, writing, and trying to figure out what life looks like for a Texas girl serving Christ in Southern Europe. Life in His service is AWESOME! I'm happy to share it with you here... Enjoy!