Dear Ministry Partners:
MINTS International Seminary
“Preparing Christian Leaders for MinistryThrough Affordable, Accessible Theological Education”
http://www.mints.edu “Investing in Education”
Greetings from New Port Richey, Florida! We drove a UHaul truck down from Georgia a month ago, put things in storage, and unpacked our suitcases at my sister and brother-in-law’s house. They have been most gracious to allow us to stay here until we get moved into our own place. The past few weeks have been jam-packed with getting our son Joseph registered in a new school, finding a new church home, filling out a thousand loan application documents, seeking a tent-making job, getting Cheryl to her “She Speaks” Conference, and celebrating our son Daniel’s graduation from college! I think I even remembered our 26th wedding anniversary too! We have relocated in order to establish a new home base for ministry. This North Tampa Bay Area affords easy access to airports, a low cost of living, proximity to family and friends, and a good climate for Cheryl’s health. Everyone who has moved knows how draining it is, but God has sustained us and confirmed His will for us to be here. It will take time to set down roots and have this feel like home, but we trust that will happen, by God’s grace.
Forty years ago this month my parents sent me off to college. They were investing in my education, for which I am most grateful. Those four years were followed by four more in youth ministry and mission work in New Mexico. When I sensed God’s calling to prepare for pastoral ministry, I invested the next three years in a seminary education at Covenant Seminary in St. Louis. That opened the door to a pastorate in Corpus Christi, Texas, for six years. Then with a wife and two small children, I headed back to Covenant Seminary for another year of studies – once again a profitable investment in education. Twenty years have passed, full of the blessings of ministry in churches in Missouri, Indiana, and Georgia. Now I’ve begun the Doctor of Ministry program with MINTS International Seminary, and joined their missionary faculty, which are another… yes, investment in education!
My calling is the motto of MINTS: Preparing Christian Leaders for Ministry Through Affordable, Accessible Theological Education. In this first phase of ministry my goal is to help establish a new MINTS Study Center in North Central Haiti. I am working with a young Haitian pastor named Georges Cadet whom I have know for three years. We met for two days in June while he was in the states to study the MINTS guidelines. Pastor Georges will be the Coordinator of the Study Center, and on my upcoming trip to Haiti we will form the Study Center Committee and begin registering students. Lord willing, we will teach the first course early in 2016! In the meantime Pastor Georges will begin translating the course into Creole, the native language of Haiti. This formal degree program of study will meet the students where they are educationally, probably at the certificate level. We will then work towards the associate, bachelors, and masters levels. With God’s help, in time students will graduate and begin writing and teaching their own courses, and even start new Study Centers!
This is all about investing in education! That’s what others have done for me – parents, pastors, professors, mentors, fellow church leaders and members. And that’s what I’m called to do in Haiti and wherever else the Lord wills to send me. Furthermore, that’s why I desperately need ministry partners! You are investing in the education of church leaders in one of the poorest countries in the world, but one that can become spiritually rich. Praying week in and week out for my role in Haiti is investing in the theological education of church leaders. Most of them would never be able to afford leaving their home town and church to seek formal education in Port au Prince, the capital city, or Cap Haitien on the northern coast. We are taking affordable and accessible biblical training to them! Without Jesus we can do nothing. He said so. And He has prioritized prayer as a chief means of bringing His will to pass. Thank-you for praying! Don’t underestimate the impact that your prayers are having and will have in transforming pastors’ and leaders’ lives, and in turn entire churches and communities. And thank-you to all of you who have been able and willing to contribute financially to this cause! You are investing in education. I have the goal of raising $6,ooo per month for ministry and personal expenses, and you generous givers have enabled me to reach about 20% of that goal through monthly pledges and one-time gifts. May God bless you richly! I have never found education to be an inexpensive investment, but I have always found it to be one of the best I could ever make. I hope you will feel that way about my calling to be a missionary professor with MINTS. By God’s grace I will be able to go to Haiti quarterly. I pray that I can do more than that in the future and go bi-monthly. There is a lot of spiritual warfare on the front lines of ministry, and in Haiti especially. I need you and a growing number of ministry partners.
Lastly, here are some bullet points for prayer. Thanksgiving:
• our son Daniel graduated from KSU last Wednesday morning, and the Lord gave us safe travel and precious family time back in Georgia
• we have completed all the work in preparation to move into a townhouse and hope the deal will be finalized on Friday
• the Lord continues to speak to us through His word and give us strength to persevere through the many challenges of relocating to Florida
• for God’s direction in writing my first Doctor of Ministry course – “Paul’s Game Plan for Pastoral Ministry – A Harmony of the Pastoral Epistles”
• for His provision of supplemental income during the course of support-raising; I will be putting out more resumes and searching jobs all week
• for our son Daniel to find a full-time job now that he has graduated, and our son Joseph as he begins his junior year of high school August 24
Praise be to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who ever lives to intercede for us! May He bless you richly for being so faithful to pray for His people!
Sincerely in Him who invested His whole being in us, Alan
MINTS International Seminary 14401 Old Cutler Road Miami, FL 33158 (checks memo line, Alan Lutz)