HOME CHURCH INTERNATIONAL
We are confident you had a blessed Resurrection Day wherever you are. Here in Lake Chapala, Mexico we were blessed with several activities remembering our Lord’s sacrifice on the cross and ultimately His resurrection. Having been in the grave three days and three nights, He triumphantly arose assuring us of our future in His loving arms. This is our hope and assurance when we leave this earth. God is so good!
In this Spring Newsletter we wish to highlight the ministry of Linda Cruz in Boquete, Panama. She is a talented author and minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She does this mainly through her Zoe Bible Study held in her home there. She holds a Masters Degree from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia USA. God is using her mightily in Boquete. Below is a photo of her at a Christmas Party last year.
We were blessed to receive photos from our ministry in the Philippines. It is of a recent baptism held in the ocean there. Much of Rogelio’s work is in a village called Las Nieves. There are many other villages in which he works; however, now that the door is open in Las Nieves, he is spending much of his time there. New converts are coming as he preaches the Word. Praise the Lord! The photo below is baptizing his son.
We ask for your prayers for Netty in Indonesia. Her country, Bali, Indonesia, is bombarded with enemy attacks both real and spiritual. Also, there is much persecution against Christians. Her outreach is to women, bringing them to Christ and giving them a tangible source of income.
Now we are connected with a new ministry in India. Praise the Lord. The nameis “Reach for Christ Mission”. The Pastor is Karmaban Raulo. He asks for your prayers. His website is: www.rfcm.in.
Our Home Group here in Lake Chapala has decided to teach on the Dead Sea Scrolls as there has arisen much interest in this subject. These scrolls and fragments have become available to the general public for observation and translation. Documents other than the Old Testament are found and significant; some even before the flood and read by Noah in the Ark. This is so surprising to many and faith building.
A friend, Rona, from here, Lake Chapala, is now in Morocco helping in a church that ministers to University students who come from sub-Saharan African countries. This is very exciting and we need to pray for their ministry there.
Lastly, but very important, Pastor Paul Allen has written an article in a local magazine called El Ojo del Lago. You can read it on the blog portion of our website; homechurchintl.com.
Blessings to all our HCI faithful partners. We count on your prayers and support.
Paul and Susana Allen, Ministers homechurchintl.com email@example.com
HAPPY NEW YEAR
HOME CHURCH INTERNATIONAL
Greetings from Home Church International to all our friends around the world. We are
praying for you that this New Year 2018 will be your best year yet for reaching out to
those who do not have a personal relationship with our Savior. This is our goal in this New
Year to further the Kingdom of God in our realm of influence. May God help us all as we give
ourselves over totally to the Lord working through us. Philippians 2:13
Our first celebration of the New Year was a party called Three Kings Day in English held
here at our home in Lake Chapala, Mexico. This day is celebrated more than Christmas
in some Latin American countries as well as Spain and Germany. We had the customary
tamales and sweet bread called “Rosca”. Ken Beyer got the Baby Jesus in his piece of Rosca;
thereby earning the right to treat us all to tamales on February 3rd! It was a fun celebration with Pastor Paul giving a history of the day called in Mexico, “Dia de Los Reyes Magos”.
In Panama they enjoyed a gift exchange at their Christmas party. Their Pastor, Linda Cruz,
sent us some photos, shown below.
Pastor Rogelio in the Philippines tells us he has yet another mission village called Las Nieves
and asks for prayer as they minister there. A photo below shows a recent baptism in the
lake. Included is his son, Renzie Joshua. Johnny Rodriguez, in yellow shirt, has been per-
secuted for his newly found faith in Christ. However, he boldly assists Pastor Rogelio. Praise
God for his faithfulness.
Bless you, dear friends. We love you and pray for you daily.
Paul and Susana Allen
MERRY CHRISTMAS to all our dear friends of Home Church International. We are enjoying a lively, colorful and exciting Christmas time here in Lake Chapala, Mexico. There are many festivities to attend celebrating our Savior’s birth in Bethlehem. In 2009 Pastor Susana had the privilege of touring Israel, including Bethlehem. It has remained a significant part of her Christian experience and she treasures the opportunity.
The most popular tradition here In Mexico is called La Posada, a celebration asking for shelter for Joseph and Mary. It can last for the nine nights prior to Christmas where the participants walk down the street holding candles until they reach the home of the host for the evening. They all sing the traditional song asking for shelter. The people inside the house sing their part of the song saying there is no room in the inn. Ultimately, they relent and allow everyone to come inside where they celebrate with food, drink and a piñata for the children.
At last we were able to send our ministry in the Philippines a much-needed monetary gift at Christmas. They keep us apprised of new conversions, baptisms, and sadly, persecutions. We ask for your daily prayers for them as they struggle with these challenges.
We hear from Netty in Bali, Indonesia that she was not affected by the recent volcano eruption. We are praising God for this good news.
Our ministry in Boquete, Panama send their Christmas greetings.
We enjoyed a film called “Father of Lights” at our last ministry meeting here in Lake Chapala which was enjoyed by all in attendance.
Pastor Paul continues to lead our Lakeside Christian Men’s Breakfast at a local restaurant each week which is a blessing to all.
Blessings from Pastors Paul and Susana Allen
Home Church International