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Oct202011

Making Disciples in Chicago

CBC-Chicago graduates, Tom and Lynn Prybylo, are owners of Integrity Financial Management Inc. in Chicago, IL. Together they minister to some of Chicago's roughest residents. (Click to enlarge)When Tom and Lynn Prybylo were married in 1994, Tom had just started a financial services business in Chicago, Illinois. The couple, who had each been saved for decades, desired to become financially independent in order to have the flexibility and time to serve the Lord as they felt led. For many years Tom and Lynn enjoyed the ministry opportunities which came their way, but eventually they felt God pulling them out of their comfort zone, both spiritually and physically. They now know that their training at Charis Bible College was instrumental in the plan God has for their lives.

The Prybylos became familiar with Andrew's teaching after he had taught at their church on several occasions. Blessed by Andrew's live teaching, Tom and Lynn began watching Andrew’s Gospel Truth television program and purchased some of his teaching materials. Then, in 2004, the couple attended Andrew's Summer Tom and Lynn in class at CBC-Chicago. (Click to enlarge)Family Bible Conference in Colorado Springs, which helped them to realize their desire to attend Charis Bible College (CBC).

Upon their return to Chicago, Tom and Lynn enrolled in CBC-Chicago. They completed two part-time years and one full-time year, went on a mission trip to Belize, and graduated in 2007. Lynn returned to complete a third year internship. Their time at CBC had yielded a deeper understanding of the awesomeness of God’s unconditional love and grace for both of them, and as they were finishing their time at CBC, they looked forward to the opportunities that lay ahead.

Tom, Lynn and three CBC classmates on their second-year mission trip to Belize. (Click to enlarge)Just before they graduated, Andrew visited CBC-Chicago and shared a message about the apostle Peter getting out of the boat and walking on water. Tom and Lynn took this teaching as a word from God to get out of their comfort zone again and go into the city of Chicago. After much prayer the couple transitioned out of all of their leadership responsibilities at their church and went to the city to see what the Lord had for them. Once there, they felt led to attend a church where as Tom puts it, "we were the only “Anglo” couple in a church of about 3,500 predominantly Puerto Rican and Hispanic people. "

Despite the cultural differences, Tom and Lynn were impacted by the caring nature of the people of the church, and their passion to serve the CBC-Chicago Graduation, Class of 2007. (Click to enlarge)Lord. In addition, the two found tremendous favor with the Pastor, who immediately began encouraging them and giving them responsibilities. After two months, Tom and Lynn started teaching Andrew's Discipleship Evangelismprogram to women at a church outreach called the Dream Center, which is a recovery program for women coming out of drug addiction, alcoholism, prostitution, etc.

Soon, Tom and Lynn were invited to be Visitation Deacons, which involved praying for people at the altar during church services, and then following up with them during the week. They were also involved in the Lynn and Tom with their grandchildren... and they appear to be very happy about it! (Click to enlarge)men’s and women’s ministries and started early morning Bible studies on Saturdays, through which the Lord brought forth people who Tom and Lynn mentored into teachers and leaders.

Two years ago Tom and Lynn started Cornerstone Ministry, an educational ministry group at their church. In true 2 Timothy 2:2 fashion, the Prybylos teach and train men and women using the Discipleship Evangelism program and then encourage their students to go out and lead their own DE groups. In addition, the two hold seminars during which they teach topically, covering such subjects as, anger management, God's will to heal, marriage and Biblical finances.

Although they still consider themselves to be in the initial stages of their ministry, they have high expectations. Because of the culture of their church, and its location in a challenging part of Chicago, riddled with gangs and violence, their people face many obstacles in their lives. However, God’s Word is setting people free and giving them hope. Tom and Lynn are grateful to see lives being changed by the Gospel Truth in Chicago.

Reader Comments (5)

Yet another awesome testimony of obedient Children and a good and faithful God.

Janelle

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanelle

I would not be where i am today in my relationship with God if it was not for Him using this awesome couple in my life. They have and continue to disciple me and invest in my life with Christ. They have truly taught me the unconditional love of our God and now I share the same teachings with others.

Annie

October 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie Matyi-Martinez

Praise God Annie! The Word at work 2 Timothy 2:2!

October 31, 2011 | Registered CommenterKevin Bree

I have know Tom and Lynn personally for years. They are faithful friends who always bring the truth of Gods word into every situation. They truly are salt and light. They have encouraged me and discipled me, I too attended CBC Chicago because of their encouragement and have been tremendously blessed. I have traveled to various parts of the world also bringing the truth of Gods Word..I count myself as immensely blessed to know both of them. By the way...They married me and my husband this past June, but not before them putting him through God's test.

I love them both!

Lily

Hi Lynn and Tom,
We are so blessed to hear all the wonderful Things God is doing in your life. You have a zeal for the Lord. And what I love about you is that you always encouraged Dave and me to have faith in God and His Promises, Gods word will fulfill his plans and purpose in our lives.
You are a shinging example of a Godly couple who Love God and love people un-conditionally does not matter where you come from. We are all a family in Christ. I always remember when we sat in your living room in your homegroup and Tom and Lynn would teach us the bible study.
May God Continue to use you in a mighty way for expanding His Kingdom as you make disciples who have zeal for God ! God Bless you! Glory Be To God!

Estela Rosas

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEstelaRosas

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