Monthly Archives: May 2015

Prayer & Praise Update on the Lutzes

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Saturday, May 23, 2015 Dear Friends, When Christ Jesus saved the Apostle Paul on the Damascus Road, the Lord commissioned him to take the Gospel to the nations.  The Lord had a saving purpose for him: the chief of sinners must proclaim to all His saving grace: “to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.”  (Acts 26:16,18  NKJV) Our exalted Savior’s purpose has not changed!  Pastors and teachers, evangelists and missionaries, and all His followers are under the same Great Commission today.  So that includes you and me!  It is His holy will and unchanging mission to make disciples of all nations.  The end will not come until that is fulfilled. I have read how William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, had a great passion for the salvation of the lost. He once said, “Go for souls, and go for the worst.” One of Jesus’ harvest fields is the Northeast region of Haiti.  There are a host of pastors and church leaders  there who desperately need and desire training to be faithful to Jesus’ calling.  The Lord of the harvest is sending me to establish a MINTS study center which will equip them to reach their own people.  Haiti is a desperately poor and needy part of the world.  I’ve been to the Caribbean island a dozen times and seen it all firsthand.  Conditions in Haiti are the worst, but with God all things are possible! After a dozen years of pastor ministry in North Georgia, Lord willing, we are moving to Florida as our new home next month.  The relocation should be better for Cheryl’s health, puts us near to family and friends and closer to Haiti and other places of ministry in the Caribbean and Latin America.  We are downsizing but gearing up for a new season of ministry with MINTS and seeking ministry opportunities in Florida.  We want you to come visit us!  And in the mean time please pray for us weekly! Prayers of Thanksgiving

  • We got a contract on our house in Georgia last week with the closing on June 26
  • We thank the Lord for several generous one-time gifts and monthly pledges
  • Haitian Pastor Georges Cadet of NW Haiti is visiting the U.S. this month

Prayers of Supplication

  • Meetings with Pastor Georges to lay the foundation for the study center in Haiti
  • Selling of possessions and preparations to move to New Port Richey, Florida
  • Next trip to Haiti this summer to train church leaders leaders & distribute Bibles
  • Doctor of Ministry course that I’m writing – a harmony on Paul’s pastoral letters

All for Jesus, Pastor Alan Cell: 404-725-7045 Email: alan.lutz@gmail.com MINTS International Seminary, 14401 Old Cutler Rd.,   Miami, FL  33158

The Beauty of a Made Bed

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       “…For we walk by faith, not by sight”— 2 Corinthians 5:7

My legs were heavy as lead. My body felt as if it had weights attached to every muscle group. Breathing became more and more of an effort. It was not my first time experiencing these symptoms, and I knew it was time to get to the ER due to a myasthenia gravis flare-up, yet I was the only one at home. I began calling different friends who lived near me, but every single call went to voicemail. My husband was miles away in Ohio performing a funeral for his dear aunt. I thought to myself, should I call an ambulance? I didn’t want to! I prayed one more time and thought of my 16-year-old son, just down the road, working at Zaxby’s. I called his manager and told her I was having a medical emergency and needed my son to take me to the nearby ER. I bumped my way down the stairs in a sitting position, one step at a time. Joey quickly made it home and helped me into the car, and delivered me safe and sound to the ER. I assured him he could leave me to the professionals, and get himself back to work.

It wasn’t long before I was in a room receiving my IVIG treatments. Many were praying that this would be effectual to my healing or going back into remission.

A week later I was back in bed with muscle weakness, then back to the ER to try a plasmapheresis (plasma exchange) treatment at the recommendation of my neurologist.

The following is what I wrote in a previous blog:

 “After 16 years of living with myasthenia gravis (an autoimmune disease), I long for physical healing. This last hospital stay was for five days of plasmapheresis (plasma exchange). Polluted antibodies were removed, and replaced with fresh plasma. I picture the Holy Spirit coming in and removing my sin and replacing it with more of Himself. May I long more for the table He sets before me. The wine representing His cleansing blood, cleansing mine. The bread His body, broken for me, that I might be whole. By His stripes, I am healed, in this life or the next!”

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I felt much better after the plasmapheresis. I began to enjoy the beauty of a made bed again! Those with a chronic illness know what a privilege it is to get up and make the bed, rather than spend the day in it.

My friends, I continue to learn more and more about “walking by faith and not by sight.” I feel my mind and body are being renewed yet I don’t always see it. I continue to experience “unmade bed” days. Days where walking to the restroom seems like climbing Mt. Everest, only much warmer 🙂

I long to SEE my body strong, and my bed made, every day. Please pray I will find joy in walking by FAITH instead.

 “While we are waiting, God is working.” (Pastor Michael Youssef)

What about you? Are you willing to stand on God’s promises and “walk by faith, not by sight?”