Happy Thanksgiving 2016

Alan, Cheryl, and Joseph Lutz

9841 Zaharias Court

New Port Richey, FL 34655

 

“Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices, who wondrous things hath done, in whom his world rejoices; who from our mothers’ arms, hath blessed us on our way with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.”

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Now thank we all our God:

 

~For our beautiful new home in an established neighborhood in New Port Richey, FL. (Please make a note of our new address above.) This lovely provision is clearly from His hand.

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~For an amazing church family in Palm Harbor, FL. The body of Crystal Cove Community Church has blessed us greatly with love, prayers, and financial support as Alan has taken on an interim position. ~For Alan’s job teaching middle and high school at Grace Christian School. He takes joy in teaching Literature, English, and Spanish. ~For his establishment of El-Elyon Seminary in Bohoc, Haiti.

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~ For Cheryl’s myasthenia gravis flare-up which resulted in her having to resign from her teaching job. (She plans to continue subbing.) Yes, we praise him for all things. The Lord has used the time for her to set-up our home. We are seeking the Lord to see if it is His timing for her to launch her Securely Held ministry. We appreciate your prayers for the Lord’s healing graces.

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~For Joseph’s making good friends and adjusting well to Florida, he is having an excellent senior year and enjoys his job at Chick-fil-A.

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For Hannah and Daniel prospering in their careers in Atlanta, GA. For the Lord preserving Hannah’s life after she developed an internal bleed following what was supposed to be outpatient surgery.

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~For Abigail and Kenneth enjoying married life in Chattanooga, TN.

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~For the home-going of both of Alan’s precious parents and our dear spiritual mother, Pat Vitkus.

“The separation is temporary, the reunion eternal.”

 

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“He has done wondrous things and blessed us on our way with countless gifts of love!”

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Securely held in Christ,

 

Alan (404) 725-7046  alan.lutz@gmail.com

Cheryl (404) 725-7046  clutz40@gmail.com

 

 

Mouth Wide Open! {A Prayer For God’s Filling}

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“Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.” (Psalm 81:10)

“Oh Lord enable me to open my mouth fully and receive what you have for me.”

“May I drink deeply of your ‘living water.'”
“You said, ‘Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a fount of water springing up to eternal life.”’ ~Jesus (John 4:14)

“May I devour your manna from heaven.” {Food that You gave miraculously to the Israelites in the Exodus, after the food they had brought with them out of Egypt had run out.}

“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”
(Psalm 19:14)

“Lord, may I be so filled with your ‘manna’ and the ‘living water’ that is Jesus, that the words which flow from my mouth would be life-giving. May my strength be my Lord and Savior, Your precious Son.”

Guest Post: Pastor Alan A. Lutz

 

Dear Haiti MINTS Team:

Greetings to you in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, King of the Nations! I pray this prayer letter finds you well at the beginning of summer 2016!

I am gearing up to return to Haiti during the second half of July. I will be teaching an Introduction to the New Testament course following up on the Old Testament Intro in April. I trust we will have the 25+ students back and others as well. We had much positive feedback from the students after our first formal course.

I wanted to highlight one of the key leaders in our new MINTS Study Center – “El-Elyon Seminary” – in the town of Bohoc in north-central Haiti. His name is Alexandre, and he serves as the president of the seminary. He is a godly and mature pastor who has labored for several years in the rural village of Lomenis, about a half hour via motorcycle from Bohoc. He is pictured above with his precious children, secondly standing in front of his church/school building – the green board is full of school information, and thirdly in front of his house. The other two men in that picture are Pastors Fred and Georges.

Alexandre has brought excellent leadership skills to the seminary committee, and he is wholeheartedly devoted to the church leaders and courses we’re engaged with. He has, in fact, brought key leaders from his own congregation to our classes. What a privilege it is to work with such a fine man of God! He has very little materially speaking but is faithfully proclaiming the riches of Christ Jesus as he ministers the Gospel in word and deed in his village. I look forward to the day when he is writing his own courses and teaching in El-Elyon Seminary!

By God’s grace, MINTS is bringing affordable and accessible theological education to Pastor Alexandre and men like him.   The fellowship being enjoyed in the work of the committee and courses is a great encouragement to this pastor who faces unbelievable hardships battling the poverty and spiritual darkness of his country. We are called to share one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Please pray for this devoted ambassador of Christ! He is growing in his understanding of the word of God and fulfilling the 2 Timothy 2:2 design of multiplying church leaders!

I covet your prayers for my course preparation, travel, teaching, counseling, and administration involved with my upcoming July trip. If it were only for Pastor Alexandre it would all be worth it, but he represents a host of native pastors that will bring spiritual reformation to the church in Haiti!                              All for Jesus, Alan

Guest Post: Prayer Letter, Alan A. Lutz

 

Dear Friends,

 

Blessings to you in Christ Jesus, the King and Head of the Church! I pray this letter finds you well and enjoying the advent of spring. I am grateful to the Lord for all of you who remembered me and my family this month. My dear mother passed away four weeks ago today, and I am so thankful that I was able to be with her at the end of her earthly life. We held her funeral on the 21st. It was God’s leading to postpone my March 2-8 trip to Haiti so I could go to Indiana. He gave me strength to speak about the testimony of her Christian faith and life. The impact of them on my life and ministry has been huge. Abraham Lincoln once said that “No man is poor who has had a godly mother.” My siblings and I have been very rich indeed.

 

I attended the annual MINTS board meeting March 9-11 in Miami. It was a wonderful time listening to and sharing about the growth and deepening of works around the world. Just a sampling of them includes: 31 groups in 27 cities in Venezuela, and 15 center in Mexico – the country director emphasized the best way to start a church-planting movement is to begin with theological education. The goal of the founding international dean of MINTS is to have national coordinators in every country. There are 160 students in South Africa, and 220 in Brazil – the national coordinator said that 70% of the pastors there have no training. 8 groups are meeting in the Dominican Republic In Santo Domingo and Santiago, with other cities being targeted. We praised the Lord for what He is doing through MINTS in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the U.S. A.! I stayed with a family in Miami whose father directs a MINTS study center in his church!

 

Please pray earnestly for my upcoming April 18-25 trip to Bohoc, Haiti:

  • purchasing French and Creole Bibles and supplies in Port au Prince
  • teaching our first course: Introduction to the Scriptures April 21-23 (15 class hours)
  • meeting with the Haitian pastors who have organized El-Elyon Seminary
  • setting up a new laptop and tablet to be used by the seminary committee

 

In addition, upon my return to Florida, a dear Puerto Rican pastor friend and I are starting a new MINTS study center in Spring Hill (Hernando County) for Hispanic pastors and church leaders. It is amazing how God brought us together at our apartment complex! We hope to have a dozen or more students begin classes in September.

 

The first part of my Doctor of Ministry program with MINTS is writing a commentary on the book of Titus. I shared the glorious passage in chapter 2:11-14 at my mother’s funeral, and I am dedicating the commentary to her. Please pray that I will have this completed by the end of May.

 

May the Lord bless you for your participation in this Gospel ministry! All for Jesus, Alan