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
Hello dear friends and supporters of Home Church International. Much has happened since our early Fall Newsletter (which is still on the blog of our website, homechurchintl.com)
At a recent local meeting we prayed for the growth of our ministry here in Lake Chapala, Mx. To show you how rapidly the Lord answers prayer; in a matter of days we came in contact with a lady named Lois Pelto. She is certainly an angel from God and we call her our angel ambassador for HCI. By the way, she is also a proponent of the “Grace Message” (as we are) having recently graduated from Andrew Wommack’s Charis Bible College in Colorado Springs. She was a former resident of our community here in Lake Chapala and a blessing from God. Please pray for her and the ministry she has initiated again here in Mexico.
What a blessed event on Friday, October 27, 2017. Vivianne Lachaud, our dear friend in Boquete, Panama was baptized by her Pastor Linda Cruz. Vivianne is influential in the Boquete community and has her own meeting welcoming new female Boquete residents. She also is a gifted artist and has a regular weekly class in a special Chinese painting technique which she learned while living in Hong Kong.
Also, we heard from our missionaries in the Philippines, Jojie and Jhing Esguerra. They recently gave birth to another child, a blessing from the Lord. Their ministry continues to flourish as is demonstrated in the photo above. Imagine, this man getting baptized was in his former life a sorcerer! Praise God for this mighty ministry!
We would like to bless the Esguerra family with a financial blessing as the recent birth required hospitalization in a nearby city. Their three ministry groups are in separate villages. He recently had an accident with a minor injury in a taxi motorbike, their only means of transportation. They are believing for a personal vehicle of some kind. Please send your contribution via paypal on our website. Thanks.
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Blessings, dear friends, as we stay tuned to our Lord’s Words and seek His will through our constant prayers.
Paul and Susana Allen
Home Church International
Greetings to all of our friends of Home Church International. It is still hot in Texas and the foliage has not arrived in the northeast U.S. but we are sending an early Fall Newsletter because there is so much happening in our ministries.
Pastor Linda Cruz Gilbert has informed us that her Zoe Bible Study in Boquete, Panama is now on the subject of "heart". She has completed teaching the book of John. This is an ever-growing ministry in numbers and spiritual maturity to the Glory of God.
Also, Netty in Indonesia has sent photos of her Craft Ministry with the street women in a community there in Indonesia. She has opened a locale where the women work and hopefully sell their lovely handicrafts. Let us remember to pray for their success and ultimate faith in our Savior. Photos below.
Our Philippine ministry continues to grow and baptize converts in the river there.
As mentioned in our last newsletter, we have opened a Facebook account for HCI and here is the link so you can follow us on Facebook too:
Praise God that Home Church International is dedicated to reaching the world with Jesus. God bless you and everyone. We pray for you daily.
Blessings, Paul and Susana Allen
CRAFT MINISTRY IN INDONESIA PICTURES: