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
Alan & Cheryl Lutz
11835 Cassandra Street, #304
New Port Richey, FL 34654
“I am determined to be absolutely and entirely for Him and for Him alone.” (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, from his devotional for January 1st)
Dear Faithful Intercessors and Supporters:
Oswald Chambers’ biography by David McCasland is titled Abandoned to God. What a perfect summary of the great man’s life. The quote above speaks to the very same theme. One of the greatest blessings of 2015 in my life has been reading every single one of Chambers’ entries year to date. Reference today’s devotional based on Paul’s words in Galatians 2:20, “The Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me”:
“We have to battle through our moods into absolute devotion to the Lord Jesus, to get out of the hole-and-corner business of our experience into abandoned devotion to Him… Our faith must be in the One from Whom our experience springs. Jesus Christ wants our absolute abandon of devotion to Himself…”
This is what I want the ministry in Haiti that we’re engaged in to be, “absolutely and entirely for Him, and for Him alone.” Jesus is our Savior, and this motivation springs from His glorious salvation “by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone!” Please pray for me weekly to this end.
- for God’s calling in my life to serve Him through MINTS and teaching me more about being Abandoned to God
- for Haitian pastors Georges, Fred, Chery, Joscelyn, Odison, and Alexandre who form the Study Center Committee in the city of Bohoc in Northern Haiti
- for Dan English of Westminster Chapel in Ball Ground, Georgia, who is helping to establish a chicken farm in Pastor Fred’s community of Mombin Crochu – this will be able to feed the 100 children that Fred cares for and generate income for his family and ministry
- for my upcoming November 30–December 7 trip to Haiti – I will fly into Cap Haitiene on the northern coast for the first time – to bear much and lasting fruit
- for the Committee’s meetings to finish up the organizational phase of the Study Center and make all necessary preparations to launch classes early in 2016
- for God’s provision of a laptop (new or used) for Pastor George who is the coordinator of the Study Center Committee and needs it badly for all the administrative work – please contact me immediately if you can provide one!
A Happy Thanksgiving to you all! There always is in Christ Jesus.
Bonswa, My Friends:
That’s “Good Afternoon” in Creole. I pray this prayer letter finds you doing well in the Lord! I am leaving for Haiti next Thursday and wanted to ask for your prayer support. Without Jesus’ blessing I can’t do anything of lasting value, but with a strong prayer brigade I trust wonderful things will be accomplished!
I was reminded this week of the Apostle Paul’s call to Macedonia (recorded in the Book of Acts, chapter 16). It was an extraordinary beginning of the Church on the continent of Europe! An amazing vision, a humble prayer meeting, and a storm of opposition were the circumstances. Our missionary Savior, who came to seek and to save that which was lost and so build His Church, was mightily at work! Jesus directed Paul, Silas, and Timothy to Philippi, He opened Lydia’s heart to the Gospel, overpowered Satan’s obstacles, and brought a jailer and his family to saving faith as charter members of the new congregation.
Please pray for an extraordinary beginning to a new MINTS Study Center in Bohoc, Haiti. With God all things are possible! I look forward to sharing fruits of the trip with you in a couple weeks upon my return. For know, please lift these bullet points before the throne of grace – it’s the Mission Control center in heaven:
- God’s protection over my travels and family Sept. 3-8
- Pastors Georges Cadet and Fred Delauriers who will serve as Coordinators of the Study Center, and others who with them will form the Study Center Committee
- God’s wisdom in meetings next weekend to get the Committee established
- Guidance in recruiting and registering students for the new school
- God’s Spirit to anoint every dimension of the trip and bring encouragement to our brethren in Haiti
Please pray DAILY, and remember the people of Haiti and the Dominican Republic TODAY who are in the path of Hurricane Erika! God be with you and bless you for partnering in this work.
All for Jesus,
Dear Family and Friends,
This picture of my dad and me is from last October. He died peacefully and went to be with the Lord on June 16, right before Father’s Day. Our entire family was able to travel to his hometown of Lewisburg, Ohio, for his memorial service on June 27. Dad was 90 years old, and he and Mom celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary back in May. He lived a long, full life, and we gave thanks to the Lord for all that he meant to us. It was the hardest funeral I ever conducted, but to stand on Christ Jesus, the Solid Rock of Ages, and the promises of His word, comforted me greatly. My mother is doing well, and our family bonds are stronger than ever. Jesus is the Resurrection and Life.
It’s been a time of transition in other ways also for our family. We sold our house in Georgia and have just moved to New Port Richey, Florida, as our new home. We are currently staying at my sister and brother-in-law’s house before moving into our own place, and I am applying for “tent-making” work to make ends meet. The fact that we have come to Florida on a one-way ticket hasn’t yet sunk in!
As soon as the dust settles I’ll be heading down to Haiti. I was so grateful to have two days to spend with Pastor Georges Cadet early in June while he was visiting the U.S. Pastor Georges will be the coordinator of our new MINTS study center in his home town of Bohoc, in north-central Haiti. We developed a good plan of attack to organize the Study Center Committee and register our first group of students. God has already put on our hearts the vision to multiply study centers throughout the northern part of Haiti. This fine young pastor will be a real asset in the theological training of pastors, and he will be able to work on his master’s degree through MINTS at the same time. I have adopted another son! Here’s a picture of us in his home church with Pastor Jean Paul (center) when we led a seminar there.
Please continue to pray for us as we begin ministering from our new home base!
- Thanksgiving for my father’s life and our family time at his home-going, for our safe relocation to Florida, and for all the love and support of family and friends and churches during this huge transition time in our lives.
- Supplication for a new church home, school for Joseph, jobs for Cheryl and me, housing, new ministry opportunities, and my trip to Haiti this summer.
God bless you and keep you in Christ Jesus! We thank Him for your partnering in this mission of “equipping the saints for the work of ministry”!
Alan and Cheryl
Pastor-Teacher Alan A. Lutz
Miami International Seminary (MINTS)
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Galatians 2:20 (NKJV)
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