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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, June 24, 2011

Vicarious Verde (green)

Vicarious Verde (green)
I read an interesting article this morning; It states:

“Instead of asking them to pray, priest tells sinners to plant trees”
June 22, 2011

“This one is to get folks into the mood of Corpus Christi, celebrated this Thursday. A priest in the interior of the Brazilian state of Goi├ís adopted an interesting strategy to make this year’s Fraternity Campaign of the Catholic Church count: for every sin confessed, the sinner should plant a tree. The priest’s forecast is to plant one thousand trees in the city of Pires do Rio, which has a population of about 28 thousand and is about 240 kilometers (150 miles) from Brasilia. Don’t you think he should redo this calculation?”

Sorce:http://wp.clicrbs.com.br/anverde/2011/06/22/em-vez-de-pedir-para-fazer-oracoes-padre-manda-pecadores-plantar-arvores/?topo=84,2,18,,,84 (in Portuguese)

Huh? So the environment has become a means of redemption?

Well then, the author said it well, “Don’t you think he should redo this calculation?”
With 28 thousand inhabitants, there will not be enough trees in the market!
They’re going to have to send trains, planes, buses, trucks, cars, pickups, vans, horse and buggies, bicycles, and even people on foot carrying tree seedlings in order to fulfill the demand!

That’s crazy!

Thank God we have the truth in us; that Jesus Christ hung on a “tree” (cross) for our sins!

The Bible says: “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. 8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;” Colossians 2:6-14 KJV

Folks, go plant a tree or two, it’s good for you and for the environment.
But know for sure that no amount of trees planted can redeem your sins, for only the sinless blood of the Lord Jesus Christ can wash away all sin!

Hebrews 9:11-28, “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. 16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. 18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. 19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, 20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. 21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. 22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. 23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: 25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”

Now, if you must, go plant a tree.
For remission of sin, go to the cross.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Mass Across the Street

This morning, starting at 4:00 o’clock the neighborhood folk started to prepare the pavement with stained sawdust that they put on the street making a colorful pathway up to the house across the street from our house.

Then everyone gathered together there to celebrate Mass. The priest "preached" a message, then they sang some songs, and then they gave the "Eucharist" (the Roman Catholic Lord's Supper), finishing the event with the taking up of a sacrificial offering.

Unfortunately, the priest said that "the taking of the Holy Eucharist, along with feeding the hungry, guarantees the Catholic, blessings in this life, and eternal life in heaven!"
He did not read one passage of scripture, nor did he say where he got his "theology."

After seeing this "Mass across the street", I did a search on the internet and read the following information on Wikipedia;
( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Brazil ),
"A 2007 poll, made by Datafolha and published in newspaper Folha de S. Paulo, asked diverse questions about the beliefs of the Brazilian people. In this poll, 64% reported to be Catholics, 17% Pentecostal Protestants, 5% non-Pentecostal Protestants, 3% Kardecists or Spiritists, 3% followers of other religions, 7% non-religious or atheists. Less than 1% reported to follow Afro-Brazilian religions"

This tells me that at least 78% of the Brazilian population (about 145 million people) still does not understand that Jesus Christ the Son of God is the ONLY WAY of Salvation! (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.")

Then, I also think that about half (if not more) of the ones that declared themselves to be either Pentecostal Protestants (17%), or non-Pentecostal Protestants (5%), may not truly be saved, due to the enormous confusion that exists in many of these churches about salvation. (For example, many of these folks believe that a person can lose salvation, and many are basing the salvation they think they have, on their religiousness or some sort of works based belief).

This brings me to the conclusion that, today, June 22, 2011, 454 years after the first "evangelical service" held in Brazil on the beach of Guanabara Bay on March 10, 1557*, at least 89% of the Brazilian population are basing the salvation of their eternal souls on something other than faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone.

My question is; are we doing this thing right?
What can I do to change this astounding fact?

I know we are not in the 10/40 window, but don’t take your eyes off of this unreached people!
Please, send more Bible-believing, Bible-living, Gospel-preaching missionaries to Brazil!

Pray for us, the ones that are already here, that we may be able to "pull them out of the fire".
Jude 20-23, "But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22 And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh." KJV

Thank God for the some 21 million Brazilians that claim to be truly saved!
But please pray for the approximately 165 million Brazilians that still do not have Christ as their only hope of salvation, that they might be saved.

Oh dear God, please help us!

* http://www.ipicprudente.org.br/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=274:o-primeiro-culto-evangelico-no-brasil&catid=35:editoriais&Itemid=112

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

June Prayer Letter

Please read our latest Prayer Letter: