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:
Hello friends of Home Church International. Much has happened since our Spring Newsletter. We have expanded our media outreach to include a Facebook Page. Our goal is to reach many around the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are committed to changing lives with the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank you, dear friends for your prayers and support for this endeavor.
In our semi-annual visit to the U.S., Pastor Paul preached at our home church, New Creation Church in San Antonio, Tx. The Lord gave him a powerful message to share. You can see the video at our new Facebook Page.
The tragedy in Houston, Tx happened when we were in San Antonio, Tx but this city was spared any devastation. Only heavy daily rain occurred. We Praise God for His protection of our family and friends. We still have family members in the Houston area who are still unable to leave their 2nd floor apartment.
Our prayers are always with our co-ministries in Mexico (our home church), Panama (Pastor Linda Gilbert), Indonesia (Netty Katarina Sitanggang) and the Philippines (Pastors Rogelio and Jhing Bondslave).
May the Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you now and forever…..
Pastors Paul and Susana Allen
The dictionary definition of the term ‘end product’ is ‘Final output or product of an activity, arrangement, or process.’ It is quite probable and is often possible that any one of the three references above can be graded as positive or negative. If you’re wondering where I’m going with this, I can well understand.
If we reduce this to simple material terms, let’s use an I-beam which is a large metal beam most frequently used in constructing buildings and bridges. It is the end product of materials dug from the earth called ore. After its processing to rid of impurities, the iron ore is smelted in a large furnace vat. Then, as contracted, it may be poured into forms, such as our I-beams. It starts coarse, and ends up shaped and refined to what was needed. There it serves its purpose, remaining in its designated form and place where it stays unless the building is demolished or destroyed. In this case, some of it might be used elsewhere after reprocessing.
You may be asking, “How does this relate to my Christian life?” Glad you asked. I would guess that most people would consider life as a journey. That being said, that journey will depend on one’s inward orientation. One might be generally unmotivated, except to satisfy the moment. Others are self-centered in their outlook. Yet, others might seek fame or material success. Then again, we find some who thrive on power and control. And the list goes on.
If a person happens to fall into some godly orientation, they can and should begin to look different than the previous examples. Christians who are actually saved and have been taught the Word will begin to grasp the importance of self-sacrificing love, as demonstrated and taught by Jesus. So, in response to this enlightenment, these persons decide to do what their cohorts are doing as enlightened ones, and start joining them in church attendance. The normal occurrence might be regularity and possibly some spiritual growth with understanding. What they become depends on the source of their instruction, their diligence in studying the Word, which is hopefully their true motivation.
Nonetheless, the usual outcome is that they become comfortable in their setting. “This must be it, what it’s all about. I’m a rather active Christian, and try to be consistent. ‘Church’ must be where it’s really at.” They have reached their goal. The definition of Christian must be a ‘regular church attender’. That’s not too hard. What we see is that this is the ‘end product’. We can answer anyone’s challenge with, “Yeah, we attend weekly down at St. James Believers Church.” Is this measuring up to Jesus’ assertion that we are salt and light to the world?
For the believer, the Christ-led Christian’s end product can’t be mere church attendance. Actually, it might well be part of the beginning, the gathered ore whose processing reaps an end product which moves with the revelation and urging of the Designer, the Creator. He is desirous to use you, and through you to others. He is constantly the end product for His born-again child. A mere meeting is important, but not the end product. In Him, hunger and thirst for what comes next. Be the definition of Christian, a follower of Christ!
“Follow me as my disciples, accepting me as your Master and Teacher and walking the same path of life that I walk, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matt. 4:19 Amplified
Greetings in the Name of Jesus from Paul and Susana Allen with Home Church International,
In a few weeks we will celebrate our Lord’s crucifixion and resurrection. This is the most important time in Christendom. In Mexico, where we live now, this is also a time of vacation. Palm Sunday week and Easter week are usual vacation times. This is also the time for ‘snowbirds’ to go back to the northern U.S. and Canada.
Recently we started advertising our ministry in the local English newspaper. We have already received response from it. As we continue to publish an article each week, we look forward to many more inquiries.
God is moving in these last days, fellow believers. Many are coming to the Lord and many being baptized. Pastor Rogelio, one of our outreach ministries in the Philippines, recently baptized two ladies in the river there (photo above). We have ministries established here, in Panama, in Mindanao Philippines, in Bali Indonesia, and additional inquiries from India and Sweden.
Pastor Susana will be publishing a devotional in The Upper Room magazine on June 22 in the May-June issue. It will be translated in over 45 languages and sent to over 100 countries.
Paul continues to lead the Men’s Prayer Breakfast here in Lake Chapala, Mexico. He is now in the process of publishing his latest book, Pew-sitter Syndrome which you can view on Amazon eBooks.
Thank you for your prayers and support.
God’s richest blessings on you all.
Paul and Susana