Greetings in Christ! My wife and I have been busy over the past week or so. We have had the privilege to be in four different churches, including my wife’s home church. This weekend we will be in a church in Cincinnati, Ohio. It has been a treat to meet folks, fellowship with other servants of God, and watch as God has used our preaching and teaching for HIS glory.
Please continue to pray that God will use us in the different churches we have the opportunity to be in while here in the states.
It is so exciting to hear the good reports from SE Asia. We miss being on the field, and look forward to getting back as soon as possible. Our team in the restricted nation in which we served for the past 15 months, recently had a scare. While crossing the border from another country with Bibles, Christian books, and tracts [illegally of course] they were pulled over. Fortunately, God was faithful and they were not “found out.” Praise The Lord!
Just this past week our team in the restricted nation had the opportunity to go to one of the villages in which a new church was planted. I had the privilege of preaching the college graduation service for the young man who has started the work. Pastor Dwight Tomlinson, from Liberty Baptist Church in Newport Beach, CA and barnabas1040.com, who came and visited with us had the opportunity to preach for us the night of his ordination.
The young ladies who are part of the team had the opportunity to teach about 40 children the “Jesus Story,” as well as give out some literature [yep, the same stuff smuggled across the border], and five children made a profession of faith. Praise The Lord! *See pictures below.
Please continue to pray for our teams in Cambodia, Thailand, and the restricted nation that God will provide for and protect them, but above all, use them to reach many with the Gospel!
One thing that I have been reminded of, now that I have been in the states for about six weeks, is how difficult it is to live a simple and sacrificial life here in America. The pull of the world’s way of thinking when it comes to comfort and convenience is so strong here that even the best of Christians struggle immensely to have victory. It reminds me of something I read recently, “We are also seldom asked to internalize the commands of Christ —to begin a lifestyle of sacrifice, service, and suffering for the sake of our Lord. We are not asked to love as He loved, walk where He walked, interact with the kind of sinful people He did, and live the life of self-sacrificing service that was His trademark.”
Please continue to pray that God will help us to live simple and sacrificial lives for the sake of the Gospel!
I recently came upon this thought-provoking quote, which I had read in the past: “A tiny group of believers who have the Gospel keep mumbling it over and over to themselves. Meanwhile, millions who have never heard it once fall into the flames of eternal hell without ever hearing the salvation story. “
O Lord, help us to see it!
For HIS Glory in the 1040 Window,
Johnny and Denise Esposito