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



Thursday, October 14, 2010

I am learning

“But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 14 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.”
Philippians 4:10-14.

Dear Lord,
Thank you for the “state I am” in.
Teach me contentment.
Strengthen me to do this through You.
Give opportunity to those that will “communicate with my affliction”,
That I may rejoice in Thee greatly.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

“What a friend we have in Jesus”

Joseph Medlicott Scriven, (September 10, 1819, - August 10, 1886)

Joseph Scriven was born at Banbridge, Co. Down, Ireland. He graduated from Trinity College, Dublin and embraced the teachings of the Plymouth Brethren. He was known to be eccentric but was a born philanthropist and devoutly religious; he gave freely of what money he had, even his own clothing and his services to all poorer than himself who needed them. He died at Port Hope, Ontario, Canada.

His fiancée drowned in 1845, the night before they were to be married. The grief-stricken young man moved to Canada. There he again fell in love, was due to be married and the young woman suddenly fell ill of pneumonia and died. He then devoted the rest of his life to helping others.

He wrote a poem to comfort his mother called "Pray Without Ceasing". It was later set to music and renamed by Charles Crozat Converse, becoming the hymn "What a Friend We Have in Jesus". (Wikipedia)

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear
May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer
Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.

No matter what we’re going through, we can count on our true friend, Jesus.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Ups & Downs of Missionary Life (Edited version)

Please do not misunderstand what I am about to share as “complaining”.
Wholeheartedly, I’m not. It is for information, and more importantly, prayer purposes only.

I noticed today that the US Dollar hit its lowest against the Brazilian Real in two years at R$1,66 for 1 USD.
So I looked through our financial books today and noticed that back in September of 2003 we were trading our US Dollars at about R$3,40 to one, with a high of R$3,90 to one.

Back then, we had full support. 100% of the Macedonia World Baptist Missions Inc, recommended support level for a family of four in South America. Needless to say, at that time we were able to accomplish quite a bit as far as the ministry goes. We helped in purchasing church property, we built a parsonage and a multi use sports area for the church, and we were able to help buy vehicles for national missionaries and pastors among many other financial contributions to different needs. I thank God for those opportunities to give to His work and His laborers. To Him be glory and honor for anything He may have used us to accomplish.

Since then, as we all have noticed, the cost of living has increased dramatically. The MWBM recommended support level for a family of four is now 30% higher than it was in 2003, when we had 100% support, officially dropping our support level by that much (30%), although in practice we were already feeling the setback. Plus, during the years we lost some support due to the financial hardship of a few supporting churches.

So, when we went to the USA for furlough in June of 2009, we were at approximately 60% of the MWBM recommended support level for a family of four, and we are a family of six. I praise my Lord and Savior that during our 12 month furlough He gave us an increase of about 16%, and believe me, we roamed the country seeking this new support! This put us back at the 2003 level of support, which, as I have stated, is 30% lower than what it should be to cover the increase in cost of living for 2010. Confusing? I know, I’m living it.

But here is what I want you to see.
You take a 30% cut in your monthly income because of the “cost of living” increase.
Then you add to that another 57% drop in the currency exchange (R$3,90 to one in 2003, now R$1,66 to one).
What do you have?

An 87% drop in your buying power in just seven short years.

That puts us at 13% support!

LOL! (That’s exactly what I’m doing as I write this!)

That’s just one of the ups and downs of missionary life!
And I would not trade it for anything in this world!
I love it.
I thank God for counting me worthy, putting me into this ministry!

Thanks for your prayers.
And for those of you that give so that we may “go”, you are my heroes!
I love you.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Joinville Project Special Needs

My family and I and some of our friends have been praying for these needs for some time now, and we would love it if you would pray about them with us too.

Copy and paste the link bellow and read about the Special Needs:

http://www.thejoinvilleproject.com/the_need.html

Thank you so much. The James Allen Family, Missionary to Joinville, Brazil.

www.thejoinvilleproject.com

October 2010 Prayer Letter

Joinville, October 05, 2010

Dear supporting friends and prayer partners,

First of all I thank you for your continued faithfulness in supporting our ministry here in Brazil. As many of you, we too are feeling the effects of the global financial crises and especially the strong devaluation of the US Dollar. Even so, we are doing our best to continue the work of the Lord knowing that He will never leave us nor forsake us. He is the Almighty, and in Him do we put our trust.

God is blessing the work here and I am so excited about how the Lord has been using His Word to touch people’s lives. I have had the opportunity to visit several families near our home. We sit at a table, or stand under a tree, drinking coffee and at some point during our conversations; God opens the door so that I may share the gospel message with them. It has been such an encouragement to see their receptiveness, but even as I speak the truth in love and through tears, it hurts so much to see them refuse to accept the free gift of salvation. Please pray for their eyes to be opened to the truth.

We have also witnessed the Lord’s presence in the services at Igreja Batista Vitória . He has given Ricardo and me the liberty to preach through the power of the Holy Spirit and He has been working in hearts. In September there were three ladies that trusted Christ as their Savior, and others that have re-committed their lives to the Lord. Many visitors have come and have heard the message of salvation. Please pray for a young man named Flavio who has been coming faithfully, that he will be saved and surrender his life to the Lord. We rejoice in the salvation of two young girls also, Sabrina and Lubia. Both we led to the Lord by my mother-in-law.

In the month of October we are preparing to move the location of the church to about a mile away from where we are now. The Lord has led us to make this decision, and we believe it to be His perfect will at this time. I ask that you please continue to pray that the Lord will provide a place of our own to meet. We continue to pray and give toward buying property for the Igreja Batista Vitória. If the Lord leads you to give toward this need, please send any amount to Macedonia World Baptist Missions Inc. marked “The Joinville Project” and it will be placed in a separate account until we have enough funds to make the purchase. I thank those who have already given sacrificially toward this great need.

I would like to encourage you to please visit our web site, www.thejoinvilleproject.com to browse through the pages, pray for us, and pray for the several ministries here. Also, you can follow me on twitter if you like, and you can read my blog at www.thejoinvilleproject.blogspot.com E-mail me, and I will answer!

Thank you once again for your faithful financial support.
Thank you also for striving together with us in your prayers to God for us.

Occupying till He comes,

James and Soraia Allen

Friday, October 1, 2010

Sin phobia. (Revised edition)

No, I do not hate China, its people, or its culture. (Sinophobe)

But I do hate sin!

Some may define it as Hamartophobia – the fear of sin.

I like to define it as the “fear of God” – “the beginning of wisdom”.

Chuckcomeau, who has over 30,500 followers on twitter, states:

“Homophobia is repulsive and so lame. How can people lower themselves to hating someone because of their sexual orientation? Pathetic.”

So that’s what Homophobia means? “To hate someone because of their sexual orientation?”

Sexual orientation is defined by Wikipedia as “the direction of an individual's sexuality with respect to the sex of the persons the individual finds sexually attractive.”

Sexual orientation is defined by God as “you are either a male or a female. If you are a male, you must be sexually attracted to a female. If you are a female you must be sexually attracted to a male. To consent to any sexual attraction outside of this established truth is rebellion against God’s perfect plan for your life, and is sin.

Note: Deferent from what many may say, sexuality is not an “orientation” because it is not a “choice”. You may not "orient" your sexuality wherever you want to!

A man does not "choose" his male sexuality or a woman does not "choose" her female sexuality, it is God given. And the only choice in the matter is for a male to choose which woman to marry or a woman which man to marry.
You "choose" to do right or wrong.

I would like to make use of my right to free speech, just as Mr. Chuckmoreau did, and declare the truth about how I feel about a person that allows his or her carnal sexual desire to follow a lustful and misunderstood "orientation" into a homosexual lifestyle:

I love them, the persons.

First of all I want to clearly state the fact that I, as a true Christian, do not hate people that choose a lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender or intersex lifestyle. I believe that they misunderstand what causes these wrong impulses.

I hate sin, all sin.

But just as clearly, I must declare that I must hate and repudiate all sin. And since the homosexual “choice” in lifestyle is one of absolute blatant rebellion and depravity of the natural sexuality created by God, I hate that lifestyle!

But I love and pray for those who have fallen into this satanic lie that is – that a person must follow the "orientation" of their sexuality no matter where it is directed.

We must submit our fleshly passions and desires to the perfect fact that God created man and woman, and these two only.
Furthermore, He created woman from the flesh of man, and then brought them together as one in marriage.
This is the only sexuality for humans approved and blessed with procreation and absolute fulfillment.

To be a “homosexual” is to go totally against one’s natural sexuality. It is to offend your own self, your personhood. It is as repulsive as someone that says he or she has a sexual attraction to an animal, and the only way that they can be satisfied is to have sexual intercourse with a dog, or a horse. So, am I a “bestialityphobe?”

Ok, what about the people that have a sexual attraction to little children?
Is that ok?
Am I a “pedophileophobe” for disapproving of this “choice” in sexual orientation?

And what about those parents who have sexual intercourse with their own children?
Society calls it “abuse”, and I agree 100% with that. But it is a “choice” made by people.

Oh, but that is not a “consensual” relationship you may say.
In America, if an 18 year old has “consensual” sex with a 13 year old, it is called “statutory rape” and not very “acceptable” in our society. But in other countries, every day grown men have sex with 13 year old girls, and it’s totally acceptable in their "society". Does that make it right? Well, what is “right”?

It seems to me that this is the true question in all sexual perversions.

I read this statement somewhere: “Sex is a gift from God; A wedding gift to a man and a woman in marriage!”
I agree with that statement.

It is perfect and holy in the eyes of Almighty God, (and man) for a man and his wife to have sex as much as they desire to. It is for the woman to enjoy. It is for the man to enjoy. And both share each other’s body and emotions in love.

Hebrews 13:4, “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”

The problem is not just the homosexual lifestyle, or the bestiality lifestyle, or the pedophile sexual orientation, or even polygamy.
The problem is in the perversion of sexuality, manifested in any form, such as the ones mentioned above which can be defined as fornication, adultery, sodomy, prostitution, rape, and any other form of promiscuous behavior.

Note: By the way, you can “legalize” sin in mans eyes, but you will never make sin acceptable before God.

So it is very clear to me, as a Christian what true sexuality is, and I am perfectly fulfilled as a human being in the monogamous, God-given, heterosexual married relationship with my wife.
I "choose" to submit my sexuality to the "orientation" of God, my creator.

It is truly “pathetic” and sad to lower oneself into living a lifestyle that is unnatural and most importantly, ungodly.

Mr. Chuckcomeau, God loves you. He made you. One day you will face Him.
By the way, it’s not a choice either. Are you ready for that?

Hebrews 9:27, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”

John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

My prayer is that you, and all people that are blinded by Satan, have your eyes opened to the truth.

Acts 26:18, “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”