November 21, 2015

Over the past two Saturdays, Man and I have had the opportunity to share the Gospel with quite a few young men in their late teens and early twenties. They have been open and attentive but have yet to trust Christ. They are having a difficult time grasping the truth of the Gospel. Please pray for the Holy Spirit to make our words real to them and that they would turn from their idolatrous ways to Christ!

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IMG_3067 (2)PLEASE PRAY FOR GOD TO USE OUR WITNESS, BOTH IN WORD AND DEED, TO SEE THESE YOUNG MEN COME TO CHRIST!

It was a real blessing to be able to share the Gospel with Grandpa Va this past Saturday. He is in his late 80’s and has tuberculosis. Apparently, various members of our team in Phnom Penh have shared the Gospel with him in the past, but he had never trusted Christ. What a joy it was to be able to see him trust Jesus as his only hope for heaven.

IMG_3065 (1)PLEASE PRAY FOR GRANDPA VA’S SPIRITUAL GROWTH, HEALTH, AND HIS WIFE’S SALVATION!

On Thursday evening, Sunday morning, and Sunday evening I had the privilege of preaching for our Cham and Khmer folks in Psa Traach. I love spending time with them. They are such an inspiration. Many of these dear people, especially the Cham, have suffered serious persecution in the past because of their stand for Christ. I preached a three-part series from Micah 6:8 and God moved in all of the services. After the morning service we traveled about 50 kilometers to the Dol village for a new Children’s Ministry we recently started. During the almost 2 hour trip to Dol, two of our Cham men who were in the back of the tuk-tuk with me asked if I could teach them the Bible. So we had a Bible study on the back of the tuk-tuk covering a wide range of topics.

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Upon arriving at the Dol Village we received word that our other tuk-tuk had broken down. So Brother Touch Keo picked up all of the children–all 61 of them–and we had a great time with the kids. Chai did a great job teaching them from Ephesians 2:8-9. I had so much fun with them. Especially, when I had them guessing my age. One child guessed 92 years old. 😦 But a few of them guessed my age as less than 20 years old. 🙂 There’s nothing quite as fulfilling than to be able to bring a few moments of joy to these children.

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IMG_3072 (1)PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL USE OUR TEAM THAT COMES TO THE DOL VILLAGE TWICE A WEEK TO BE ABLE TO REACH MANY FOR CHRIST!

Over the past two weeks it has been a blessing to visit again the area called Steung Meanchey. We have mentioned it often in our updates, including our last update. Just before I returned from the States our team that goes to Steung Meanchey on a weekly basis started visiting in a new area. It has been a joy to meet so many new people, to share the Gospel with so many who have never heard, and in many cases have not heard of Christ, and to play with the children. It was also a blessing to spend some time teaching Thia and encouraging Grandma Bouenseng. There are so many poor and needy people and children in this country and many of them can be found in Steung Meanchey. Of course, they have many needs, but their greatest need is salvation!

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IMG_3074 (1)PLEASE PRAY FOR THIA’S SPIRITUAL GROWTH, HER HUSBAND NEE’S SALVATION, PHAT’S SALVATION, AND GRANDMA’S HEALTH!

A few days ago, I got together with my friend Abraham. You’ll remember him, I am sure, from previous updates. He was teaching me the language–or at least trying to -and I was discipling him just prior to going back to the States. We will start meeting together a couple times a week as soon as I get back from the TEAM SOUTHEAST ASIA ANNUAL FELLOWSHIP in Bangkok next week.

IMG_3064 (1)PLEASE PRAY FOR ABRAHAM’S SPIRITUAL GROWTH!

Last night, as with every Friday night, our Teen Boys and our Teen Girls had their weekly meetings. Two weeks ago I treated the girls to some pizza, last night it was the teen boys turn. Like American teens, the majority of the teens here in Phnom Penh love pizza. They were happy campers when they saw the pizza arrive. I am grateful for all of our workers who give of themselves and their precious time to serve these young people. One of the keys to reaching this city, and this country, for Christ is to reach the young people. Our ministry, much like our home and sending church, is committed to reaching and teaching the next generation!

IMG_1114 (1)PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR TEENAGERS AND FOR OUR TEEN WORKERS TO BE USED OF GOD TO REACH MANY FOR JESUS CHRIST!

On Sunday morning, while traveling two hours for a full day at two different villages, I had these thoughts running through my mind and I thought I would share them with you:

As we are passing through village after village, it is so hard for me to comprehend, not only the physical poverty that has so many in this nation in a stranglehold but also the spiritual poverty. Less than 2 percent of these people “profess” to be Christians (in America it’s 77%). We are passing by one Buddhist temple after another. Of course, we do not pass by one church, at least that is visible to the naked eye, nor will we. Not only are we passing by temples, but also countless altars and idols.

Most of these people have never heard the Gospel, and unfortunately, most of them will live their entire lives and die without having ever heard the Gospel. To make matters even worse, a great majority of them have never heard, nor will ever hear the name of Jesus with an understanding of who He is.

I see so many lonely faces. I see so many sad faces. I see so many people who need Jesus!

1040mapbigPLEASE PRAY FOR THE 4.5-5 BILLION PEOPLE IN THIS PART OF THE WORLD WE KNOW AS THE 10/40 WINDOW!

Thank you for your continual prayers and financial support!

Johnny, Denise, Joy, and Sue

 

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