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The Best Mistake I Ever Made

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I entered the room shaking like a leaf, cheeks flushed. I had prepared well, yet felt no confidence. I was striving to rely upon the Holy Spirit. However, I was not experiencing the boldness that is ours in Christ. I glanced out the window into the parking lot and viewed many more women entering the building than I had anticipated, most with gray hair. Instead of being encouraged, my anxiety increased.

After years of rebellion, I returned to Jesus (my first love) at age 21. At age 22 I met, fell in love with, and married the kindest man I had ever encountered, who happened to be an insanely good looking pastor.

 

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(YES, a bird pooped in my hair on our first date.)

For his second pastoral call, God planted us in Hammond, IN when I was 27 years old, as my husband accepted the senior pastor role at Covenant Presbyterian Church. By this time I had been in inductive Bible study for 5 years but had never taught one. I did not believe I had the gift of teaching.

Because I felt the void of a weekly ladies study, I inquired about someone leading one. The previous pastor’s wife had taught one, but when she left the study ended. Through prayer and counsel, I realized the Lord was leading me to take on the role of women’s Bible study teacher. With fear and trembling, I sent a proposal to the Christian Education Committee.  However, due to my insecurities, I proposed a young women’s study as that was a little less intimidating than the thought of teaching women older than I was.

Back to that “best mistake I ever made” thing,  I ended up offending most of the older women in the church, many of whom desired to come.  The committee came back and encouraged me to begin the study but invite all of the women in the church.

By God’s grace hurt feelings were healed and the study was comprised of mainly “older” women. I learned invaluable lessons from these dear ladies and they helped me discover I did indeed have the gift of teaching.

Step out in faith and let God take care of the outcome!

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” Albert Einstein

The following is a photo of the several of the beautiful souls who helped shape me.

 

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What is the best mistake you ever made and how did God use it? Who came alongside you to help you overcome your fears? I would love to hear from you!

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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

 

 

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.

 

“Come… and Help Us!” Guest post by Alan A. Lutz

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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,
 
Pastor Alan

Update on the Lutzes….

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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.
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     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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