The picture above is of two of our Hmong adopted daughters. Their names are Pachu (left) and Pachoua (right). Denise and I love both of them, along with our other two (Mai and Bounmee) dearly, and are very proud of all of them. Pachu lived with Denise and I for more than a year and a half before we asked her to become the Dorm Supervisor for our School of Ministry’s Lady’s Dorm. She graduated from our School of Ministry last Spring and later this month she will be heading up north, as a missionary, to work with one of our sister churches and our dear friend Pastor Pav. Pachu’s primary responsibilities will be to oversee the Children’s and Teen Ministry, as well as discipling the young ladies in the church. If you and/or your church family would be interested in helping to support Pachu on a monthly basis please feel free to contact me.
PLEASE PRAY FOR PACHU TO BE A BLESSING!
Well, most of us were extremely excited to see 2020 fade off into the rearview mirror of our lives and were definitely looking forward to better days ahead in 2021. The year hasn’t started off really well, at least not as well as we were all hoping and praying that it would. The COVID numbers (infections, hospitalizations, deaths) are up, many of the restrictions are still in place, the divisiveness of our nation is greater than it has been in at least sixty years, if not more so. And, what took place at our Nation’s Capital on January 6 was as disheartening, if not more disheartening, for most of us as it could possibly get!
At the same time, as followers of Jesus, we do not lose heart, we do not walk by fear, but we walk by faith and we continue to go forward for God, and we just keep loving God, loving others, reaching people for Christ, and discipling those we reach for Christ, grounding them in the word of God so that they in turn can continue to walk by faith and go forward for God, regardless of the circumstances around us.
PLEASE PRAY FOR HEALING IN OUR COUNTRY AND A GREAT AWAKENING IN OUR CHURCHES!
Speaking of Pastor Pav, we are excited to announce that Brother Dwight Tomlinson and Barnabas1040 have provided the funds for Pastor Pav and his church family to build on a small extension to his house (where the church family meets for worship) to enable them to get more folks into their weekly church gatherings. Their church has been growing leaps and bounds and they just didn’t have enough room. This is a tremendous blessing!
PLEASE PRAY FOR PASTOR PAV, HIS FAMILY, AND THE CHURCH FAMILY AS THEY LABOR FOR THE LORD UP NORTH!
Despite all of the negative surroundings, and yes, despite still being “stuck in the United States” (pray for us), I am grateful for the opportunity to be very involved with what God is doing back “home.” As I have mentioned often in our previous Prayer Updates, it has been a blessing to be able to continue to disciple five men (Kosal, Jui, Kong, Soubin, and Cherchou) back “home,” to be able to funnel funds back “home” to needy churches, Christians, and unbelievers through our Samaritan’s Compassion Ministry during these trying times, and beginning this week, I will, once again, begin to teach our School of Ministry students in two different locations, as well as getting back to regular reporting to our supporting churches now that the holidays are over.
By the way, if you and your church family would like to be involved with helping the poor, the needy, and the helpless in Southeast Asia or you would like for me to come in and give a report feel free to contact me. We would love to touch base with you!
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR OUR DIFFERENT MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES AND ESPECIALLY FOR OUR NEW SCHOOL TERM!
Over the past few weeks, our folks back “home” celebrated the coming of a New year with New Year’s Services that ushered in the New Year with an old vision. Our School of Ministry students had the chance to go back to their villages to visit their families and be a blessing in their villages and, in some cases, their home churches, and a handful of people have trusted Christ.
I am sad to announce that our pastor friend back “home” that has been incarcerated for eleven months is still in jail. We have heard that he might be coming out soon, but we aren’t holding our breath. We are grateful for the opportunity to be able to support his family now for ten months by way of “Operation Samaritan’s Compassion.”
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR OUR PASTOR FRIEND, HIS WIFE, AND HIS CHILDREN DURING THIS TIME!
As always, Denise and I thank God and want to thank you for your faithful support and consistent prayers during these trying times. As I often say, we could not go, nor could we stay and do the work God has called us to do, if it wasn’t for his grace and your generosity!
Your Missionaries to Southeast Asia,
Johnny and Denise Esposito
God is good all the time. All the time, God is good!