Monthly Archives: December 2015

He Lifts My Head: by Cheryl Lutz

“But Thou, O Lord, art a shield about me,
My glory, and the One who lifts my head.”
(Psalm 3:3)

 

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The oppression has been thick and heavy, making it hard to breathe. This journey of “walking by faith and not by sight” has been harder than I ever imagined. I have walked alongside and prayed for others as the darkness seemed to close in around them, but somehow depression has never been my thing. One of my spiritual gifts is faith, so this “losing hope” is new territory. I’ve had to ask others to pray for me when I couldn’t seem to pray for myself. I’ve had to ask others to believe for me when my belief seemed elusive. I’ve had to practice what I preach and fall on my face in prayer. I’ve had to stay in the Word when I just plain don’t feel like it. I’ve had to let the tears flow, and know He is “catching them in His bottle.” When the enemy’s lies have continually assaulted my mind, I’ve turned on worship music to drown him out. Sometimes my heart cries have been simple but profound, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” The beautiful thing is that Jesus’ mercy does rain down. He shows me His glory, and He lifts my head.

How about you? What do you do when depression strikes, or when the enemy of our soul attacks?

The old hymn writer William Cooper sure seemed to get it!

“Sometimes a light surprises
The Christian while he sings;
It is the Lord who rises
With healing in His wings;
When comforts are declining,
He grants the soul again
A season of clear shining,
To cheer it after rain.”

Dear One, read Psalm 3. Know that the Lord is your shield and glory. He WILL lift your head!

Ministry Report: Guest Post by Pastor Alan A. Lutz

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Greetings, Dear Support Team!

     Here are some pictures from our seminar on Christology last Fri/ Sat, and our Committee of the newly formed El-Elyon Study Center in Bohoc, Haiti.  Note those cool certificates we took for the students!  It was a full week of travel, meetings, study, and fellowship.  I just got home late last night, so these pictures and notes are hot off the press.

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     I flew from Tampa to Miami and Cap Haitiene on Mon., Nov. 30.  After arriving mid-afternoon, we had a 3-hour motorcycle ride through the mountains to reach Pastor Georges’ town of Bohoc.  The road was really rough in places and it was a little rainy, but we arrived safely, thank the Lord.  I needed to see a chiropractor after occupying the passenger seat for that long!

     Tuesday and Wednesday our Committee met from mid-morning to mid-afternoon.  We had delicious Haitian coffee to get the day started and provided lunch for the brothers.  They chose the name El-Elyon for the school.  It means “God Most High” in Hebrew (remember singing those words in Michael Card’s classic El Shaddai?).  To Him be the glory!  The school is set to hold its first class in February or March, depending on when I can travel.

     Thursday was a study day for me to finalize prep for the seminar, then on Fri./Sat. 40 pastors, elders, and church leaders came from about 10 churches.  Most of them came from within an hour’s walk.  We were sad that the group coming the farthest earlier in the week suffered a motorcycle wreck.  Stefan, the leader of the church, had a serious leg injury and had to be hospitalized.  He is to have surgery this week. 

     The pastors who make up the Committee shared personal testimonies of their involvement with the school and encouraged their friends and associates to consider enrolling.  There was a high level of interest in coming for training, and I believe the Lord will use the seminary to bring many pastors and leaders together for needed fellowship and support.

      We drove Stefan to the hospital in Cap Haitiene on Sunday.  We were able to visit Pastor Fred’s younger brother Benn who attends college nearby.  He is there for 7 years of training to be a doctor, and already planning to go back to his and Fred’s home town of Mombin Crochu to run the town’s medical clinic and care for the large number of orphans.  I love all these adopted sons!

     

     I am so thankful for your prayers for me this past week!  I witnessed God move powerfully in our Committee meetings and 10-hour seminar.  By God’s grace the impact of El-Elyon Seminary is going to be huge in northern Haiti.  We hope to have 25 or more students in our first class offered next spring.  Until then we have a lot of work to do completing applications and course prep.

     What a joy it is to partner in ministry with such committed young men of God!  Their life is unbelievably difficult, but they are facing their challenges with strong faith in our mighty Savior.  You are a part of their lives too!  They love you and pray for you even though they don’t know you personally.  Thank-you for sharing the hope that Christ Jesus has brought to the world!        In His grace, Alan.