OUR LORD JESUS PROMISED HIS DISCIPLES that if they would leave all (family, friends, future ambitions, financial security, and all that was familiar to them) to follow Him, they would be blessed with an enlarged family, this side of eternity (MATT 19:29; MK 10:29-30; LK 18:29-30)). My wife and I have found this to be true since entering the mission field over four years ago. We now have “family” in Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, and China, to go along with our family in America. The picture above is little Abigail. She is the daughter of Kosal and Phalley Sann in Cambodia. Kosal is like a son to my wife and me. I had the opportunity to disciple him for two years while living and serving in Cambodia. The picture below is Juii. He trusted Christ two weeks prior to use leaving the country of Laos, after serving there for nearly a year-and-a-half. He called me up a few days ago seeking counsel concerning going into the ministry full-time. My wife and I are looking forward to getting back to Asia and seeing family and friends. PLEASE PRAY FOR KOSAL, PHALLEY AND ABIGAIL, AS WELL AS JUII, TO SHINE BRIGHTLY FOR CHRIST IN CAMBODIA AND LAOS!
THE PAST FEW WEEKS, I have had the privilege to preach in five different churches in four different states, including a two-day Great Commission Emphasis Meeting and one five-day Missions’ Conference. I spoke for Heritage Baptist of San Leandro, CA (Pastor Fong), Philadelphia Baptist of Chattanooga, TN (Pastor Sanders), Parkway Baptist of Trinity, AL (Pastor Robertson), Pacific Baptist of Long Beach, CA (Pastor Esposito/Pastor Meyers), and Victory Baptist of Thorp, WI (Pastor Pritchard). While at Philadelphia Baptist Church, I had the privilege to spend a lot of time with a dear friend and saint of God, Mike West and his wife!
WHILE IN THE BIBLE-BELT (Alabama and Tennessee), I was shocked how many churches there were. Not just churches, but Baptist churches, and not just Baptist churches, but independent Baptist churches. Wow! Just a good reminder of how desperately we need more churches in the 1040 Window. I also had the opportunity to visit Baptist International Missions while in Chattanooga, TN. BIMI is a great Mission Board that presently has just under 1,000 missionaries in over 100 countries around the world. It was a true blessing to get to know a little more about their history. PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL RAISE UP MANY NEW LABORERS FOR THE HARVEST FIELDS WE KNOW AS THE 10/40 WINDOW!
IN BETWEEN MY TRIP TO THE BIBLE-BELT AND WISCONSIN, I was in SO. CA for five days. During this time, I had the opportunity to stay with my younger sister, Annie and her family. I also had the opportunity to visit with my brother, Pastor Joe, a few times, preach for our Khmer service, and teach an Adult SS Class at Pacific Baptist Church. PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR PASTOR JOE AND HIS WIFE MARY!
MY WEEK LONG TRIP TO WISCONSIN WAS A REAL BLESSING! I had the privilege to preach and/or teach seven times, as well as, present for the Victory Baptist Church of Thorp, Wisconsin and Pastor Pritchard. Thorp is a very small town (less than 1,100 people) and Pastor Pritchard (a former member of our home and sending church) just took over as pastor about four months ago. He’s doing a great job trying to get the church out reaching their community and surrounding communities for Christ. This was the first time in many years, possibly ever, that the church had a Missions’ Conference like this. It was a great conference. The church’s faith promise went up about 500%, and it looks like the church will be taking my wife and I on for support!
IN THREE WEEKS MY WIFE AND I WILL BE HEADING BACK TO ASIA! We fly into our new home in China and will only be there for about five days before taking a six week trek into the countries of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar, before returning back home to China. We sincerely covet your prayers, not only for traveling mercies, but that it will be a fruitful trip. I will be speaking in at least six different churches, possibly a few more, as well as at least two Bible Institutes, a Worker’s Training, and a Youth Rally.
PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL BLESS THESE VARIOUS TIMES OF TEACHING AND PREACHING IN THESE NEEDY COUNTRIES!
Denise and I want to thank you, once again, for your continual prayers and consistent support of the ministry God has called us to. We could not do what God has led us to do without you!
ADDITIONAL PRAYER REQUESTS:
- Please pray for traveling mercies, the adjustment to a new country (China), and for the preaching/teaching opportunities in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and of course, China, as my wife and I head back to Asia in three weeks.
- Please pray for our teams in Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand.
- Please pray for the ministry that we will be working with in China.
- Please pray for the men and women who are presently praying about serving in China.