Thursday, April 11, 2019
April 11, 2019
Dear friends, supporters, and prayer partners,
We have begun to settle in here in Springfield, Missouri. The loving arms of our heavenly Father wrap around us and keep us encouraged and strengthened. Debra is assisting the mission secretary in processing the hundreds of checks which come in to support Grace’s missionary endeavors. She is also transitioning to church secretary. Helping Pastor Norwood with the myriad of paperwork that needs to be addressed daily. Besides all of that, she is taking on the project of organizing the archived church records, organizing and cleaning out storage areas, and bringing a new younger eye to decorating the church grounds and interior.
Together, she and I have been preparing visitor packages with invitations and distributing them around the Northern part of Springfield. I have taken over the Sunday School teaching and preaching in Pastor’s place when he is away. I have also been working to update many of the church’s mechanical systems. Presently, I am updating the electrical system to meet current safety requirements.
Our oldest son, James, is preparing to graduate in May from The College of the Ozarks. He has achieved highest honors and will graduate Summa cum Laude. He was recently honored as the only student graduating with a perfect 4.0 GPA. While completing his final semester, he is also preparing for his wedding, which will be just one week after graduation. To say we are pleased with what the Lord is doing in his life would be a gross understatement.
David, our youngest is completing his first year at the same school. David is not his brother, but made the dean’s list his first semester studying culinary arts. The Lord has given him favor in the eyes of the Executive Chef, under which David works in the kitchen of their four-star restaurant.
We cannot express our gratefulness deeply enough for all of the love and support we have received from all of you, the Lord’s faithful churches. We are doubly grateful for those sticking with us until the Lord provides some steady means of support here. May God richly bless you all in your service of Him.
Jeffrey and Debra Allison
Posted by Jeffrey Allison at 12:52 PM
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
We thank the Lord upon every remembrance of you! What a blessing it was to spend the holidays with our children and grandchildren. It was the first time in many years that we were all together in one place.
Debra and I have been working to evangelize the North side of Springfield. We’ve been handing out newspapers, flyers, and invitations. Jeff is teaching the adult Sunday school class and preaching as the opportunity provides itself. Debra is busy working in the office. She helps with the receiving, documenting, and processing of over 200 checks per week. The ten mission works sponsored by Grace Baptist are the life blood of this ministry. The sun literally never sets on the work done by the men sent from this small church in Springfield, Missouri. Besides these ten sponsored missionaries, the church also provides monthly support to more than 25 like-minded missionaries all around the world. Even here, the laborers are few.
These reasons and more support our decision to stay here for now and do all that we can to help the Word of God prosper, and to spread the gospel where Jesus has not been named. We are more than grateful to the churches which have sent special offerings to help us get situated here. Please keep in mind that after 16 years on the foreign field, we have nothing of our own. No furniture, no beds, bedding, kitchen supplies, and so on. We must begin again entirely from scratch. We trust that the Lord will supply and is already supplying these needs.
Our children and grandchildren are truly a blessing to us. Gina and her husband, Daniel and our oldest granddaughter, Lydia live in Kentucky. They are in the middle of moving, seeking the Lord for the place where he would have them serve. Gina has finished writing her second book with a spring release date. Donna and our other three grandchildren. Lilibeth, Eliana, and Elijah live here in Springfield, just minutes away, but we still do not get to see them as often as we would like. They are busy with work and school. Donna is doing some painting in the house that she rents – looks great. James started his last semester of college. It is hard to believe he is almost finished. He has been able to keep his 4.0 GPA and remains on the president’s list. Graduation will be in May than the week afterwards James and Caitlyn will be married. Last but not least is David. He started his second semester of his freshman year. He made it to the dean’s list with a 3.8 GPA. He works for the restaurant in the small hotel on campus. He is now an official driver with a car of his own. This car will not join him at school until this spring. We want him to focus on school than we will add the car and another job for extra money.
Posted by Jeffrey Allison at 1:53 PM
Saturday, December 29, 2018
Friday, December 21, 2018
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
We have been back in the United States for three months now. We are striving to serve the Lord in our home church in Springfield, Missouri. I am writing especially to thank all of you for your faithful prayers and support through the 16 years we ministered in the Czech Republic. We believe the Lord did use, and will continue to use the Words of the Lord we planted in their hearts of the Czech people. Several people have contacted us to declare how much our time in Czech meant to them personally. We know some were truly saved, others may still be on the way to repentance, but God will receive glory and praise through it all. The Word of God was faithfully preached and we have His promise that it will not return void.
After a great deal of time in prayer and meditation, we are convinced that the Lord would have us establish a base in Springfield as “Home Missionaries”. We will work alongside Pastor Norwood, to build the work here. The church has an aging congregation that gives sacrificially to support the numerous ministries sponsored by Grace Bible Baptist Church. In order for this to continue into the future, there is a need to evangelize, witness, and otherwise labor here. At the same time, I plan, Lord willing, to be available to fill-in for foreign missionaries needing to take a short term furlough. There is an opportunity to return to Czech for the summer months to labor in place of another man who needs to travel home. This will only be possible if we are able to maintain sufficient support. Even though I will be on staff here at Grace, there are not funds available to even assist with our needs. Therefore, we are asking you, those which know us well and have supported us for many years, to continue to do so, should the Lord allow.
If our supporting churches determine that this is not something they can support, I will need to find a secular job. Doing so will seriously limit my ability to minister as the Lord would have me to serve. It is still our greatest desire to see souls saved and to labor for the Lord. We love and appreciate all of you, regardless of how the Lord leads you in this matter.
Posted by Jeffrey Allison at 9:08 AM
We would like to thank each of our supporters who sent additional funds to help us pay to ship our belongings to the United States. I recently heard from the shipping company. The container should be arriving in Chicago soon, and then it will be transferred onto a truck to be delivered to us here in Springfield, Missouri.
Posted by Jeffrey Allison at 8:52 AM