Welcome to The Joinville Project blog

The James Allen Family, Missionaries to Brazil since 1991.
www.thejoinvilleproject.com
Home Church: Victory Baptist Church of Loganville, GA. http://www.getvictoryinyourlife.com/

Mission Board: Macedonia World Baptist Missions Inc.
http://www.mwbm.org/

"Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;" Romans 15:30 KJV



Friday, January 29, 2010

January 24-29, 2010

January 24, 2010

We had a wonderful time in the Lord at Crossroads Bible Church in Elkton, MD.
In the combined Adult Sunday School class, we were given the opportunity to show our DVD and Soraia gave her testimony. Then I preached a three point message in three minutes!!

During the 11 O’clock service, with nearly 700 people present, Pr. Tim gave me 5 minutes to present the work in Brazil. Talk about feeling the heat! Man, that spotlight was hot! But the Lord gave me what to say and the words came out according to His will! (I say that because I couldn’t do it on my own!)

January 25, 2010

On our way back to Georgia we stopped in Washington DC and visited several of the monuments and memorials downtown; then ended our tour at the Arlington National Cemetery. It was a memorable time in our great nation’s capital. I asked about him, but did not get to see President Obama.

We spent the night at the home of a friend that is also an MK.
His parents were missionaries to Brazil for many years.

January 26, 2010

This day was spent in the van, Cracker Barrel, and Chic-fil-a, twice! (Because they always have a life saving indoor playground!) We made it home late that night. Praise the Lord for His protection.

January 27, 2010

Worked at home, getting things ready for my trip to Brazil next week. We visited with Dad and Me Maw for a while that afternoon. Dad is much better, not quite 100%, but much better, praise the Lord.
I led the singing and took the prayer request at my Dad’s Church that night. Scott preached a great message.

January 28, 2010

Today several of us went to help my Mom and Dad take Me Maw to the nursing home located about a mile from their house. Though this is a difficult decision, we are thankful for the Lord opening this door for our family. Thank you all for your prayers.

January 29, 2010

My cousin Larry, who is only 44 years old, had his third heart attack last night, so my brother Scott, my son Matthew and I traveled to the hospital in Carrolton, GA (close to the Alabama state line) to visit with him. We had a great opportunity to present the Gospel to him, and incredibly, unbelievably, he is still holding on to his way of life!!

Please pray for Larry. I hope the Lord gives him another opportunity to trust in Christ as his Savior. You know, a forth heart attack might be the last one…

Friday, January 22, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

Got several things done today, praise the Lord.
Among other things, I typed, printed, signed, folded, stuffed, sealed, stamped and mailed a bunch of "thank you" letters for past meetings we have been in and a confirmation letter for a scheduled meeting in Tennessee! PTL!

Later I dropped by to see how Dad was doing. Thank the Lord he is a bit better today, the fever is gone and he is eating. Thank you for praying for him. Please continue to pray for his full recovery.

Mom is doing ok also. Matthew went over to help her check in on Uncle Lamar who lives alone in an apartment not too far from Mom and Dad’s place.

Me Maw was looking better today. She talked with me and smiled a bit.

I spent some time this afternoon with my four year old daughter.
She was with me when we visited Me Maw and Paw Paw and Maw Maw!
Then we went to Bulldog Tire in Monroe to get an alignment and tires balanced on the van.
They offer free popcorn to the customers, and boy, did that little customer eat some popcorn! It was almost embarrassing, if it weren’t for the fact that I was eating more that she was!
All that was fun, but she especially enjoyed the “car wash” that we experienced earlier at Wow Express on Hwy 11.

Tomorrow morning around 4:00am we plan on leaving for Elkton Maryland.
We will be at Crossroads Baptist Church on Sunday and are looking forward to what the Lord has in store for us. Soraia has been at home extremely busy packing and getting things ready for our trip. She is an extraordinary lady!

Thank you for your prayers as we travel and minister in this supporting church.
Have a great weekend and an encouraging, edifying, learning, God honoring, Spirit filled, soul saving Sunday!
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Thursday, January 21, 2010
Praise the Lord my Dad is feeling better!
I took him to the Dr’s office once again and his white blood cells were down, which is good in his case.
He was glad that he did not have to lie to his Dr. about how he feels in order to stay out of the Hospital!! (Joking)

I helped Mom fill out the paper work on the Brazilian consulate web site to request her visa.
We also sent the consulate an e-mail requesting an appointment to be scheduled for the visa request.
We are now in the waiting period, and waiting… and waiting… and waiting…

Please Lord, intervene on our behalf!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Tuesday, January 19, 2010
My Dad was very sick and needed to see a Doctor, so we went over to their house that afternoon to care for my grandmother so Mom could take him to the Dr’s office. During that time I spent several hours making phone calls and e-mailing different organizations just trying to get information about Mom’s visa from the Brazilian consulate. We are not sure if her “permanent visa” is still good because she has stayed out of the country for more than two years. We ended up staying there till late that evening helping lessen the load on my Mom.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010
This morning I spent a good bit of time praying and searching. I will be preaching several (6 or 7) times next month at our church in Brazil, the Lord willing. I am looking forward to this awesome privilege! I love those precious people in Joinville, and am begging God to help me to be a blessing and encouragement to their lives.

Dad is still in lots of pain and running a fever. I helped Mom again with some simple chores like getting a Chick-fil-a sandwich and tea plus some mashed potatoes and coleslaw from KFC for my grandmother. We had to sit Me Maw (that’s what we call Grandmother) up on her bed several times because she kept sliding down to the edge. She keeps talking to people that are not there, and she was trying profusely to change a baby’s diaper – her pillow! I could not help but cry as I saw my precious grandmother in this condition.

Then later that afternoon I took my Dad back to his Doctor. She is not really sure were the infection is coming from; she thinks it is either a kidney or bladder infection. If Dad’s white blood count is not down by Thursday, she is going to put him in the Hospital. Dad told me on the way home that he is seriously thinking about lying to her about feeling better just to stay out of the Hospital!! (He was joking of course).

Due to his illness, Dad asked me to preach for him at the Brazilian church, so my family and I went to Alpharetta and took care of the service there. It was a blessing.

Please pray with us for my Dad’s health, my Me Maw, and especially for my Mother, all of this weighs heavy on her physically and emotionally.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
For Sunday School and the AM service we dropped in at Light of Calvary Baptist Church in Conyers, GA.
Pr. Terry Brock let us sing and gave me time to report of the work in Brazil.

For the evening service we traveled to Glennville, GA for a scheduled meeting at the Watermelon Creek Baptist Church. We showed our DVD presentation, Soraia gave her testimony and sang with Priscilla, and then I had the opportunity to preach. God gave me good liberty and several folks responded to the invitation. Praise the Lord. It was good to meet Pr. Steve Miller and his sweet family for the first time.
We traveled back home that night, arriving around 1:00am.

Obs. We saw several Deer beside the road that night, thank the Lord for His protection.

Monday – Wednesday, January 11-13
We traveled to Gospel Light Baptist Church in Salisbury, NC for their mission’s conference. We were there through Wednesday night. What a blessing! We had the opportunity to give testimonies, sing and I preached Wednesday morning, praise the Lord once again for His working in lives.

Thursday and Friday January 14-15
We were to be in Travelers Rest SC at Bethany Baptist Church mission’s conference but Pr. Jeremy Chism called Wednesday to let me know they had cancelled their conference due to the tragic death of a lady in a car crash from their church. Her 12 year old daughter was also in the car and was still in intensive care and needs our prayers. We are also praying for the lady’s husband and 14 year old son and their Church family.

Obs. The sweet family we were staying with during the conference at Gospel Light Baptist Church in Salisbury offered to let us stay with them for those two day, so we did. We had a great time of fellowship with Brother David and Sister Donna Cranfield and their son Keith.

Saturday – Sunday, January 16-17
We traveled from Salisbury NC to Marion VA, checked in to the Comfort Inn then had supper and good fellowship with Pr. Gary Trout of the Calvary Baptist Church there. Sunday morning I had the privilege of speaking in one of their adult Sunday School classes, mainly answering questions and talking about life as a missionary in Brazil. It was very enjoyable and the folks responded well. I also was able to show our DVD, Soraia and Priscilla sang, and then I preached. I thank the Lord for giving me liberty and peace with the message. He moved in hearts and some folks came to the alter to pray. Once again, praise the Lord for His working. Some folks from the church had fixed a delicious meal that we eat in the Family Life Center.

That Sunday afternoon we traveled to Salem VA, to the Southside Baptist Church. I had not been able to reach Pr. Bill Atkins on the phone so I had written him a letter explaining that I would be in Virginia on this date, and asked him if it was ok to come be with them that night. He was surprises to see us. He did let us sing and give testimony, then he asked me if I had a message, I said “several” he said, “oh we just want to hear one!” So I had the opportunity to preach and the Lord blessed in a great way. Then Pr. Atkins offered the fellowship hall for us to spend the night. It was a blessing.

Monday, January 18, 2010
We spent this day traveling back to Georgia. It is good to be home for a few days to take care of many things before we travel to Maryland on Saturday, January 23, 2010.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Dr. Phillip R. Allen, Faithful Servant of God

On Sunday, December 27, 2009, my Father Dr. Phillip R. Allen celebrated his 70th birthday.

I had the privilege of preaching at the Brazilian ministry in Alpharetta GA where they had a birthday party for him. We ate lots of Brazilian finger foods and plenty of cake and we drank guaraná, a Brazilian soft drink similar to ginger ale.

Several folks gave my Dad gifts and spoke sweet words to him that night.
It was a joy to see honor be given to a faithful man of God.

This morning as I read the first few chapters of the Gospel of John, I was reminded of a time not too long ago that some folks were being critical of Dr. Phillip’s ministry to the Brazilian community in Alpharetta.

It does not matter what was said or who said it, and I would not dare to criticize one person here, but I remember sending a letter of encouragement to my Dad at that time, and I want to share it with whoever would like to read it.

It is a bit lengthy but I think my Father is worth the few minutes it would take to read.
(Isn’t it funny how folks with short attention spans want you to listen to them? Just a thought)

Joinville, May 9, 2008

Good morning Dad,

You were heavy on my heart this morning, so I just want to encourage you a bit, and I do this in humbleness of heart, considering the fact that you are an inspiration to me!

I want you to see something I noticed in John chapter 4 today.
(I know you already know this, but I thought it to be really good for today)

So look at verse 3. It says, “He left Judea, and departed again into Galilee.”

Do you know why Jesus left His beloved homeland here?

Look at verses 1-2, “When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)”

I don’t want to focus on WHAT the Pharisees heard ABOUT Jesus, but the simple fact that Jesus knew that they HEARD it.
They HEARD something about Jesus, and evidently were not happy with it. And THAT, bothered the Lord.

Could it be possible for the Son of God to be out of His Fathers perfect will?
No way! I do not think that Jesus could possibly be out of God’s perfect will!

1 – I do believe Jesus was doing God’s perfect will in Judea, his own country!
(How could someone possibly not be happy with that! Unless THEY had a spiritual problem, which is the case.)

2 – But I also believe that Jesus did God’s perfect will in Samaria, don’t you? (See vs. 4-42)
(Notice especially verses 31-34)

3 – And He did God’s perfect will on the way back to Galilee too! (See vs. 46-54)

So why DID Jesus leave His homeland Judea?

Besides the fact that the Samaritans needed salvation, and the nobleman’s son needed healing, I think the answer is in verse 44; “For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honor in his own country.”

And I think verse 45 is very interesting too. It says; “Then when he was come into Galilee, the Galileans received him, having seen all the things that he did…”
(And notice that “…all the things that he did…” were done in Jerusalem!)

You know Dad, the Pharisees in verse 1, they just “heard” something about Jesus’ work.
But the Galileans in verse 45, they had “…seen all the things that he did…”

Dad, I want you to remember this today, and every day from henceforth, that the people of Altinópolis have seen your works, the folks of Orlândia have seen, twice, your works, the ones in Sinop, Serrana, Sertãozinho, Pontal, São Sebastião do Paraíso, Jacuí and Joinville have all seen your labor of love for the Lord! (Did I forget any?)

And every city in between these knows of your love for the Lord and the Brazilian people! (Besides many, many Pastors and Churches in the USA)
And there is a group of folks in Alpharetta, and consequently Ipameri and Goiânia, Curitiba and Natal that see your works too!
And may I remind you also that we “five Allen MKs” know exactly what you stand for!
And I don’t have to tell you that “Dr. Mom”, (a title she has deservedly earned) is with you all the way!
What’s best of all is the fact that if we all somehow go crazy and forget, Jesus knows your works!

Dad, I’m not saying that you should “leave” your “homeland” and come back to Brazil.
(Although that would be a great thing to do, but only if God leads you to do so)
What I am saying is, as long as you know that you are doing God’s perfect will, do it to the best of your ability, wherever that may lead you!

If the sinless Son of God, Jesus Christ, the perfect example to us all, left His homeland because He knew that some self-righteous religious folks “heard” something about him and his ministry, how could someone today even think about questioning your motives for what you are doing there!!

Besides, God is the one that must be pleased!
- 1Corinthians 10:31, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”
- Colossians 3:17, “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
- Colossians 3:23, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;”

Remember what Jesus said; “… My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” John 4:34.
And He said; “…Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.” John 20:21.

The Lord has “sent you” (and me) to do His perfect will in this WORLD!
Mark 16:15, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Matthew 28:19-20, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

So what is it to do missions? What little part of this big world is considered a mission field?
Is there no need to reach one lost soul in any part of this vast earth?

Did not the Lord say, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8. (That’s all at the same time!)

Hey Dad, let’s just “do the best we can with what we have were we are” for the Lord!
Let us be found faithful by Him! Praise His sweet Name!

I love you.
I am praying for you.

Your First of two, second generation missionaries to Brazil, (That’s because you are the generator!)

James Timothy Allen

PS – Romans 12:17, “Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.”
Matthew 5:44, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”