Welcome to The Joinville Project blog

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

Mission Board: Macedonia World Baptist Missions Inc.

"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, February 19, 2010

The services at the Igreja Batista Vitória on Sunday, February 14 were a blessing. In the morning service the Lord helped me to preach on the subject "Compassion for souls” using Matthew 9:36, “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd."

In the evening service the Lord laid a message on my heart about living a “Crucified” life, using Romans 6:1-11, and Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” KJV

In the Portuguese version of the Bible Galatians 2:20 states: “I am already crucified with Christ…” implying that Paul was dead to the Law, the World and to Sin – now!

The Holy Spirit moved in the service and several folks came to the alter to pray and others knelt to pray on their bench. It was one of those services that you long to happen every Sunday! Then we finished by celebrated the Lord’s Supper followed by a time of fellowship.

To God be honor and glory for all the great things He has done!

Monday, February 15, 2010

The men and ladies meetings were both a great blessing. We were encouraged by the participation of three area churches plus our own. The ladies said that Mom did a tremendous job with her lesson and testimony, and that it was such an encouragement to them.

The men also had a great time in the Word of God.
One local Pastor named Luiz brought two men from his church in the town of Pomerode to the meeting. They are both of German decent. I received an e-mail on Sunday saying that the message truly impacted their lives and that they talked about it the whole trip home.

Mom and I are so thankful to the Lord for allowing us to come to Joinville and even more thankful for Him using us to minister His Word to the precious people here. It is truly an honor.

Friday, February 12, 2010

On Thursday evening Mom and I visited Mrs. Edite and her son Eder. They were so happy to see us, as were we to see them. Mrs. Edite is a sweet lady that was saved several years ago and is a member of our church. Eder was saved a few months before his mother and is a very faithful man and has been greatly used of the Lord to bring other members of his family to Christ. He is our church treasurer.

Mrs. Edite has cancer that started in her Uterus and spread throughout her body. She is too weak to do surgery so they began chemotherapy on Wednesday of this week. She is 83 years old.

Since Eder accepted Christ as his savior he has prayed for the salvation of his two brothers and their families. His brother’s names are Edsom and Elvis. He told me that through his mother’s illness and her faith in the Lord these men are more open to the Gospel and have even participated in Bible reading with him. Please pray for the salvation of these men.

It was such an encouragement to me to see Eder and Mrs. Edite’s faith strengthened though this trial.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010

On Wednesday morning first thing, I took the flat tire off the little borrowed Fiat car and carried it up the street about 800 yards to the “Borracheiro” (the guy that fixes flat tires). “Mikon”, (that’s the name of the young “Borracheiro”) began to fix the tire. Once again I thought, what an opportunity! So I took it and shared with him the Gospel while he worked. Come to find out he lives in the same neighborhood as our church, “Petrópolis”. Please pray for Mikon to be saved.

Thirty minutes later, I carried the repaired 13 inch tire and rim back to the house and quickly put it on the Fiat. I did all that so I could drive to the Auto-Electrician again today to get him to check the VW Kombi out. (I forgot to get his phone number the other day, and could not find it in the phone book)

The prognosis is grim! The same electrical part that we replaced on Monday had burnt up, so he replaced it with a new one within the guarantee (PTL). But, he explained that there is something else wrong with the van that is causing this to happen. After two days now in the shop, the verdict: The fuel injection module is defective and needs to be replaced. Translation so all of us can understand: $440.00. And a week for the part to arrive! (I have him looking for a cheaper part)

The Wednesday night service was a blessing. I thank the Lord for giving me the message and helping me to deliver it. After church, several of us were outside in front of the building when Rogério, the wrecker driver drove by. When he saw me, he pulled his truck over and backed up to where we were and I was able once again to give him a gospel track with the service times. He has promised to come. Please continue to pray for Rogério’s salvation.

I thank each of you that are praying with us as we serve the Lord here in Joinville.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

At about 6:15pm my Mom, my Mother-in-law and my Sister-in-law and I packed into the VW van, excited about the visit we were headed to at Ricardo and Monica’s house on the other side of town. We were all talking about what we were going to eat, and about the fellowship we would soon experience.

About half way there, the “Zombie” (well, that’s what my Dad calls it anyway, the real name is VW “Kombi”), quit running, just as we were crossing the railroad tracks. I quickly prayed, “Lord help me get this thing over the tracks please!” I tried to start the van and nothing. I tried again, and again – nothing. Once again I prayed; “Dear Lord, I need to at least get passed the train tracks, please help us!” I turned the key again, and glory to God!, it started and I was able to get across the tracks and off to the side of the street before it quit running again.

I got out of the van to check the engine compartment. (Men, you know, so it would at least look like I knew what I was doing, remember, there were three ladies in the van, including my Mother-in-law!) After confirming that I did not have a clue what went wrong, I walked over to the side of the van to inform the ladies we would have to call for help. As I was talking to them we all heard a loud horn blow, you know, the ones trains have, and we looked back and sure enough, a huge train crossed the intersection we had just came across! We all looked at each other with big smiles and took big breaths of relief! Praise the Lord.

Ricardo came over and took the ladies on to his house, while I called a wrecker to tow the van. Now I know that God has a purpose in everything that happens in our lives, so I prayed and asked Him to help me not miss what He had planned for me through this. It became clear to me His plan as soon as I got into the tow truck with Rogério, the owner/operator. What an open door to share the precious Gospel to this man. He was very attentive, asking several questions and then after unloading the van from off his truck, he asked about the service times at our church. He knows were it is, and he promised to come sometime.

Please pray for the salvation of this man, Rogério, the wrecker owner/operator.
Please pray for the repair of our “Zombie”, I mean “Kombi”.

By the way, Ricardo came over to take me to his apartment also and we all enjoyed a wonderful time of fellowship, great pizza and some delicious ice cream together, it was just a bit later than planned. We were all praising God for His working through these unforeseen circumstances.

Monday, February 8, 2010

We had a great afternoon today in the nearby town of Piçarras. We visited Soraia’s Uncle Domingos and his family, and Soraia’s Aunt Odete and her family.

We had the privilege of witnessing to Domingo’s Mother-in-law who is a staunch Catholic.
(she is the one on the right of the picture)

She has a picture in her house of the Pope that takes up a fourth of her living room wall. Her name is Laura and she is 61 years old. Please pray that the Word of God that she heard today will work in her heart through this week, and that when we go back to visit again next Monday she will be ready to trust Christ as her savior.

It rained this afternoon and cooled things down a bit.
It is now 10:33pm and the temperature is 103 degrees Fahrenheit!
Praise the Lord for the air conditioning in my room!!

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Praise the Lord!

The service Sunday morning was wonderful.
It was so good to see everyone again at the Igreja Batista Vitória and share with them of the Lord’s blessings upon ours and their lives.
The Holy Spirit helped me in the preaching, and several folks told me later they were helped by the Word.

Sunday night I had the privilege to dedicate a little newborn baby.
Benedito, his wife Ana and their daughter Karine were all so proud of little Natã (Nathan).
Please pray for this dear family in our church, Banedito lost his job a few months ago and although he is constantly searching he has not been able to find a new one yet.

After the baby dedication I asked my Mother to give a testimony to the Church so she did. It was such a blessing. The folks were so glad to hear about how the Lord is working and encouraging Mom and all of the Allen family through some difficult times.

I told them that trials and temptations give us an opportunity to practice what we preach! Its one thing to SAY we live by faith, it’s totally another to actually LIVE by faith!

Monday, February 08, 2010

Praise the Lord again!

This morning I asked the Lord to direct my path to find someone nearby to fix our VW van. So after praying I left the house in search of an auto-electrician, that’s what they call a person that works on the electrical part of automobiles, in case you did not already know. The first one I checked with did not really want to help me because he would have to leave his shop. So I kept praying and searching.

The next one also did not want to go because that wasn’t his specialty, but he did tell me of a good auto-electrician I could use, and his shop is just a few blocks from my mother-in-law’s house. So I went to the shop named Neguinho’s Auto Eletrica, and spoke with “Neguinho” (whose real name is Valdercir, I finally found out) and he asked me were the van was and told me he would be there in 20 minutes.

Fifteen minutes later he was at the gate with his little scooter beeping the horn!
He checked the van and in about two minutes diagnosed the problem. So he rode off on his scooter returning shortly after to replace some electrical part and miraculously the van started!

Get this: The part cost $96.00. His work: $11.00!
In the States the values would be reversed!!

I thank the Lord for answering prayer and directing my path today.

Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Saturday, February 6, 2010

WOW!!! The heat here in Joinville is extreme!!
It feels like I am melting off my bones!!
Even so, it's wonderful to be here, and they have air conditioners in the rooms!! Hallelujah!!

Praise the Lord, both our flights went very well and we arrived in Joinville at 6:05pm on Friday, February 05, 2010.
Several of the folk from church picked Mom and I up at the airport yesterday. It was so good to see them. Others have called to say hello.

My VW van is out of service for the time being. Maybe I can get it fixed the first of next week. In the meantime, a lady from church, Mariza, has given us her car to use! How nice of her. You gotta love it! It’s a very compact 4 door fiat with a 1.0, yes that’s right, 1.0 liter engine! I won’t be drag racing anyone for sure, but I am very thankful for Mariza’s kindness.

I look forward to the services tomorrow at Igreja Batista Vitória. Please pray for me as I preach there in the morning and evening services.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Well, the day has come.
My Mother and I leave this evening at 7:35pm for a 2 week trip to Joinvile, Brazil.
Our hearts desire is to be used of the Lord during our stay.

The Lord willing, I will be preaching 6 or 7 times at the Igreja Batista Vitória (Victory Baptist Church) there in Joinville. On the 13th, they have planned a special regional ladies and men’s meeting to be held at 4:00 pm at the church in Joinville. Pray for my Mother as she ministers to the ladies and for me as I preach to the men.

I will also be dealing with several document issues and assessing the state of the construction on our house.
Please pray with us about this matter, we need to be able to finish the interior of the house in order to move in when we return from our furlough in June of this year. It will take about $15,000 to get the minimum done for the house to be ready for us to live in. I appreciate your prayers so much. This seems impossible to me, but I believe with all my heart that all things are possible with God, and nothing is impossible for Him!

I thank the Igreja Batista Brasileira Filadélfia (Philadelphia [Brazilian] Baptist Church) for giving me this opportunity to take this important trip.

To my family: I love you. I’ll see you guys in just a few days, the Lord willing.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

We are so very thankful today to the Lord for His protective hand upon our lives.

Last night, as my Mother was on her way to see her Mother at the nursing home, she stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of Faith Baptist Church Rd and Highway 11 in Monroe, GA. She looked both ways, made sure no cars where coming, and proceeded to make a left turn onto Highway 11 when out of nowhere a black Ford pick-up truck hit her car practically head on as she turned into the turn lane!

Mom told us later she kept asking the Lord, “Where did he come from, where did he come from, I looked both ways, then looked again and made sure no one was coming!” Thank God for a witness! The driver of the vehicle just behind the pick-up testified to the police that the pick-up did not have its headlights on at the time of the accident.

The pick-up truck driver and his wife were taken to the Hospital, he had a miner cut on his forehead and she was disoriented due to hitting her head on the windshield. We pray the she will be ok.

Dad took Mom to the Hospital where she was examined and released without anything more that a sore spot on her left leg. They gave her some pain medication and she went home.

As you can see in the picture, Mom’s car, a Mercury Grand Marquise, was totally destroyed.

When my sister Laura called to tell me of the accident, this was my first thought; the devil knows that Mom is going to be a blessing to the folks in Brazil this week, so he is trying his best to hinder us from going. Well, as the apostle Paul said; “Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles. 14 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. 15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.”

Lord, make us “ready to preach the gospel” to the folks that are at Joinville!
Allow that which we have “purposed” to do for you come to pass.
We ask that you give is a prosperous journey by your will.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Monday, February 01, 2010

Well praise the Lord!

I just spoke with my Mother and she told me her interview at the Brazilian consulate went very well.
They gave her a five year visa that she can use up to 180 days a year and they gave it to her today!
Normally you have to go back the next day to pick up your passport with the visa.
Then, when they found out that she had a son born in Brazil, (Andrew) they told her because of that she could apply to renew her permanent visa!

All we have to do now is pack…
Thank you all for your prayers, and please keep praying for us.
Our desire is to be a blessing, and bear fruit for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Please pray also for my family here in the USA.
I miss them already.

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January 30, 2010

We spent a wonderful afternoon at my parent’s house with all the family.
We celebrated Luke’s 15th birthday and Timothy’s 24th birthday.
It was a blessing to spend time with my brothers and sisters and their families.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

It was such a blessing to be able to go to our Home Church today.
We love Victory Baptist Church in Loganville, GA.
The Sunday school lesson by Brother Mark was so encouraging, about “Burdens, what to do with them”.

Then at 11:00, we experienced the wonderful VBC choir, and Pr. Derik preached a message that stirred my heart about “Laboring more abundantly” asking the question: “Is it really worth it?” The answer: Yes, Absolutely! It is worth going after the “one” that is “wondering” away from the fold! It is worth it because of the “worth” of the sheep to the Lord. Thank you Pastor for your faithfulness in preaching His Word.

After lunch we all went to visit Me Maw at the nursing home. It was good to spend precious moments with such a special lady.

We went back to VBC Sunday evening for yet another great message, this time by Brother Josh Ayers.
Man, we were blessed to be there! After the preaching, it was a joy to partake of the Lord’s Supper at our Home Church. It was great to have my Brother Scott and his family and my sister Laura there also.