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Archive for March, 2012

AMEN Ministry

Oct. 30,2012,

God is so good.  We thank Him for all His blessings.  He has truly blessed in the past few ministry opportunities.  We have seen several people pray to receive Christ and quite a few believers have been stirred to a deeper walk with God.  Even though a great deal of our work is overseas, my great burden for our own nation is for spiritual awakening.  Yes, we have millions of lost people in America, but our churches are in desperate need of true revival.  I am thankful that so many believers are realizing this and that they see the need for this ministry.  Please read this recent note that encouraged us so much…

“We are thankful for your ministry and know that God will bless your obedience to Him.  We have such a desire for God to reveal Himself to believers and wake them up, and to open the eyes of some who think they are Christians but really are not.  May God give you the boldness and the words to speak the truth clearly when you are preaching at different places.”

I thank God that this couple understands the need of the hour and they are giving generously to support this ministry.  As we come toward the end of the year, please remember that this ministry is not possible apart from the grace of God and the generosity of His people.  More than anything else, keep us in your prayers.  Pray that God will speak to pastors and open many doors for ministry in 2013.  We love you and we thank God for you.  May the Lord bless each of you in every way.

In Christ’s service,

Allen & Lisa        Psalm 72:19

 

 

 

 

Oct. 9, 2012

Thank you for your continued prayers and gifts.  Recently, I have had the privilege of preaching in three different churches here in Alabama.  In each opportunity, I could tell that you were praying for us.  There is a growing desire and desperation among many of God’s people for true revival.  In the last two revival meetings, the attendance has actually increased after Sunday.

God did a deep work of repentance and reconciliation in one of the churches.  I was not aware of the previous problems this particular church had been through.  During the Tuesday and Wednesday evening services, the pastor told me, “The dam has broken.”  He was referring to a dam of unconfessed sin, wrong attitudes, anger, etc., that had built up over the past few years.  We rejoiced as many got right with the Lord and with one another.  I believe God is going to do great things in this church in the days ahead.

I also had the privilege of being with my good friend, Albert Lyles, and his wonderful church family at Piney Grove Baptist in Tuscaloosa.  They were such an encouragement and a joy to be with.  Bro. Albert also received an invitation for me to speak to the Tuscaloosa Baptist Pastors Conference.  It is always a privilege to encourage those who serve the Lord.  It was a joy to see many of my old pastor-friends and to meet new friends in the Lord.  It is very humbling to preach to preachers!  Nevertheless, I thank God for that great honor.

Several churches are now considering including the AMEN ministry in their missions budget.  Please pray that God will continue to open doors and open hearts for this ministry.  We love you all and we thank God for you.  May the Lord bless in every way.

In Christ’s service,

Allen & Lisa-Psalm 72:19

Sept. 29, 2012

It is amazing to see how God continues to meet the needs of our family, the AMEN ministry, and the House of Hope Children’s Home in Romania.  One night after the worship service in Halmeu, a farmer asked us to come by his house.  When we arrived, he went into his barn and began to load six 40 pound bags of potatoes into Pastor Mihai’s car.  When you are feeding fourteen people everyday as they are at the House of Hope, this is a huge answer to prayer.  A couple of mornings later, we woke up and looked out the front window of Pastor Mihai’s house to see several large boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables.  It reminded me of the stories I have read of how farmers would come by George Mueller’s orphanages in the middle of the night and deliver much needed milk and food.  God never changes.  He is so awesome!  He never fails.

One evening in Halmeu, as we were waiting for the worship service to begin, I was standing in the back of the new church alone, looking around at this beautiful new place of worship.  As I was praying, I was thinking of how quite a few of our family and friends think we have not been wise to leave the security of a great church and step out in faith to serve in this new ministry.  But, as I looked at the new tiles on the floor of the church, and every board, every light, and every window, I thought of all of you who have prayed for us, encouraged us, and have given so generously to further the Gospel and the work of God’s Kingdom.  When I looked at the faces of those who trusted Christ and the faces of those children who now live at the House of Hope, I remembered why we do this.  And, when I looked at the Cross in that beautiful new baptistry, I remembered for Whom we now do this.

We know that God has called us to this new ministry.  We thank God for each of you who pray, encourage, and give.  The need for revival and spiritual awakening in our nation is perhaps greater than ever before.  Also, there are still millions around the world who have never heard the Gospel.  Thank you for partnering with us in this Kingdom ministry.  Pray that God will continue to open doors of opportunity and open the hearts of individuals, churches, and pastors to include us in their missions giving.  May the Lord bless you all in every way.

In Christ’s service,

Allen & Lisa – Psalm 72:19

Sept. 25, 2012

Thank you for your prayers for our most recent ministry trip.  God blessed in many ways.  In Halmeu, over 300 people gathered to celebrate the dedication of the new church building.  There were around 250 crowded inside with another 50-80 standing outside during the two hour service.  I preached a message from John chapter one entitled, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”.  Nearly 30 people indicated that they prayed to receive Christ.  Most of these were from the Orthodox church.

We were also able to meet all of the children at the House of Hope Children’s Home in Satu Mare.  All who have know the children for the past year or so cannot believe the changes they are seeing in them.  That is the power of God’s love!  Please pray for the many needs of this new ministry.

In the next few weeks, please prayerfully consider a gift to the AMEN ministry.  Remember, this is a total faith-based ministry that depends on the gifts of God’s people for it to continue.  Most of all, brothers and sisters, pray for us.  We know that God has called us to this ministry as there is such a need for revival and spiritual awakening in our nation and for the Gospel to be heard by those who have yet to know Jesus.

Thanks to all of you for your love, prayers, encouragement, and gifts.

By His Grace and For His Glory,

Allen & Lisa

  

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