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

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Warning: Don't die without trusting in Jesus!

I was at the gas station today and while the attendant was filling up our VW van I noticed a warning sign posted near the gas pump. It was there, visible for all to read and be informed about the use and misuse of gasoline.

The first thing it said was that gasoline was to be used as fuel only.
For nothing else.
Then I noticed below, that there was another warning:
“If ingested, this product may cause death.”
There it was, in plain sight.
If you drink this stuff – your gonna die!!

I told the attendant,
“Some may say:”

“Now that’s too radical!”
“That’s offensive!”
“That’s not politically correct!”
“They should “water down” that warning!”

Then I continued talking to the man that was looking at me with a surprised look on his face;
“Want to hear something else that’s really radical?”
Here goes:

Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

John 3:17-18, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

John 3:36, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

Friend, the wrath of God abides on those who are in sin!
Your only hope is to trust in the redemptive sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross in your place!

John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Jesus is the only way, the only truth and the only life!
Are you in Christ?

The attendant just looked at me and said;
"Well, you got to preach the truth, don’t you!?"

If warning people that they are on their way to Hell; and that their only hope is in Jesus Christ is “radical”, then I’ll bare that cross! What about you? Will you “post” the warning so all can see?

Friday, September 24, 2010

Eggs and Demons are at the gate!

This morning I stopped by our construction to check on things, and for the second time since I have noticed, there were raw eggs broken and spilled in some of the rooms and also on the front gate. I told a friend about it and he said; "It's the enemy".

I'm not a specialist on the subject by far, but I've lived enough to see this on many occasions here in Brazil. Spiritist groups often burn candles, spill alcoholic drinks, and use chickens, eggs and other animals and food to place spells, strongholds and other condemnations on people and their property. They do this because of different reasons such as spiritual battles against an enemy, because of envy, or just plain old hatred. The purpose is to bring physical, emotional or spiritual harm to their target and/or loved ones.

So, should I be scared out of my mind? Should I stop building and sell everything I own and move as far away as I can, and then change my name? (Sadly, that's exactly what some folks do, and have to do, because they do not have power to repel these attacks)

As for me and my house, "we will serve the Lord". You see, as my friend said to me, "It's the enemy", he also said another truth, "But greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world". I'm going to keep on serving the Almighty, Most High God that is with me all the time, no matter what the "enemy" may send my way.

I have learned that no matter what kind of battle we face, whether it be financial, physical, emotional, or raw eggs splattered all around the house, etc., there is but one "spiritual" solution: Trust God.

Psalm 3:3, “But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.”

II Thessalonians 3:3, “But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.”

I Peter 3:12-13, “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. 13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?”

I John 4:4-6, "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error."

II Corinthians 10:4-5, "(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;"

Please pray for us; the battle is raging! But our King is reining!

Romans 15:30, “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;”

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I'll take One Million Dollars please.

Is it too much to ask? All I want is a Million or so Dollars, to do God's work here in Brazil! When Atheist Billionaires give 100s of Millions of Dollars (And even Billions) to organizations that push agendas that are, in many cases ungodly, I want to give all I have to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the World! What about you?

Follow this link - George Soros contributes 100 Million Dollars to Human Rights Watch: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h3xIGMSqJ9dJw5GW7Gq5UCvgQrRQD9I3D8800

To send an investment, of any size, to The Joinville Project in Brazil, or to any of our many other missions project around the world, just contact Macedonia World Baptist Missions Inc. www.mwbm.org

Address: P.O. Box 519
Braselton, GA 30517 USA

Phone: 706-654-2818

Monday, September 13, 2010

I am so grateful for the working of the Lord in our services yesterday (09/12/2010).

We had six visitors in the evening service. One of the visitors, Ricardo and I had invited on Saturday visitation a week ago. She brought her two young daughters with her. She, along with two other ladies, accepted Christ as Savior. Praise the Lord.

(Picture is of the main street in the Adhemar Garcia neighborhood, Joinville)

Another young man that has been visiting also raised his hand for salvation during the invitation but did not follow through. I spoke with him and he has opened the door for me to visit him in his home. Pray for him, his name is Flavio.

I also had an unusual opportunity this morning (Monday) to visit with several families here in our neighborhood.
In each case, we sat and talked about many things, and eventually I was able to give a clear presentation of the Gospel. I had prayer with one family about a really bad “family feud” they are experiencing over a small piece of land.

For some folks, I drank too much coffee, but of course I don’t think that’s even possible!
Please pray for us as we lay the groundwork for the future church plant here in the Adhemar Garcia neighborhood of Joinville.