Lisa and I are still amazed that two years after we started the AMEN Ministry as our full-time ministry, there are many people who do not understand what it is we are doing. There are still people who think we have lost our minds. Fairhaven was a wonderful church, God blessed in many ways over the eleven years we were there, and we could have stayed longer…”BUT GOD.”
I continue to run into people around town who think that I have retired, or semi-retired. There are those who think that we just lay around the house between mission trips. The all-time best story comes from a friend, who for his sake, will remain unnamed. He called me one day and said, “You will not believe what I heard today.” He went on to tell me that he overheard a group of people talking about us and that they were discussing why we may have left Fairhaven. He said one of the persons standing there explained, “Well, I heard that Bro. Allen left Fairhaven so he could take acting lessons.” I am not making this up. The only thing Lisa and I can figure out is that because Lauren and Faith were in the movie, “Courageous”, we suppose that people think that I am now, in reality, pursuing an acting career. You gotta love it.
So, what are we doing now? We are walking by faith, living by faith, and seeing that God keeps His promises. We have been able to minister to ministers and their wives in a very special way. Lisa is leading a ladies Bible study in our home. I have been able to teach and preach in several wonderful churches and God has blessed every time. Many people do not realize it, but it takes several months to prepare for each mission trip. I will not bore you with all the details, but it is almost like a full-time job unto itself. I have also been able to encourage and counsel several committees and churches that are without a pastor, or concerning other issues within the church. This November, we have mission trips to Romania and Poland. Already for 2015, I have been asked to help with teaching pastors in India, Nepal, Albania, South Africa, and there are other projects that have been discussed. However, we want you to fully understand that these opportunities are only possible when God’s people stand with us.
Yes, in many ways it would be much easier to still be the pastor of a church and maybe take a couple of mission trips or so each year. However, God has called us to this ministry full-time and that is what we will continue to do unless He leads otherwise. Because of this, it is so vital that we continue to have people who will pray for us, encourage us, and support us in this ministry. I can literally sense when people are truly praying for us. You have no idea what that means to us.
Also, please pray that the Lord will lead pastors to invite us for ministry opportunities. An immediate need that we have is for the provision for Bibles and medicine for the November trip to Romania. This usually totals around $12,000 or more. Perhaps the Lord will lead you to help with this great opportunity. The giving information is found elsewhere on this website.
This is just a part of what we are doing now. It is all possible by the grace of God and the generosity of His people. Thank you for standing with us. May the Lord bless each and every one of you.
In Christ’s service, Allen