April 2, 2018

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The above picture was sent to me by one of our men in China while I was in the States. I believe it is a picture of a grandfather and his grandchildren. My initial thought when seeing this picture was this, “Someone will be leading the youth in Asia into the future; who will it be?” Lord willing, it will be men and women of faith, men and women committed to the Gospel of Christ and the Christ of the Gospel!

The picture below is of four young ladies (Aries, Xi, Lu, and Lily) who were in our service this past Sunday.  They all have one thing in common, other than being Chinese of course. All four of them were led to Christ by someone in the West, or someone from the West. One became a Christian while attending school in America. One, while attending school in Australia. Another, while attending school in England. And the last young lady, was led to Christ by a foreigner from Germany here in China.

There might be a lesson here for us about the need in this part of the world! 🤔

8D60986E-9025-469B-88A2-E36A465B8CB7PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY THAT GOD WILL SEND MORE LABORERS INTO THIS PART OF THE WORLD!

March 16 marked five years for my wife and I serving in the harvest fields of Asia. It has been a tremendous blessing for us to serve with our team that serves in a “Creative Access” Nation, as well as our team that is serving the precious people of Cambodia, and now for the past nine months we have had the privilege to serve here in the country of China. Along with winning people to Christ and discipling believers, our heart’s desire is to be a help to missionaries and national leaders in the 10/40 Window, as well as getting the word out about this part of the world on the other side of the Pacific!

512F8947-1F1F-455F-BE29-1FF1C26F7001PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR MY WIFE AND ME AS WE SERVE IN THIS PART OF THE WORLD AND TRANSITION INTO ANOTHER “CREATIVE ACCESS” NATION!

It was a blessing to be back in the States for two weeks. During this time, I taught a four day Missions’ Intensive at Pacific Baptist Bible College, as well as preached in three of their chapel services. I also had the opportunity to preach in three different churches–including three times for our home and sending church (Pacific Baptist Church of Long Beach).

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E921A1DE-6204-446F-8D36-BBDACC8ABEDEPLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL USE THE PREACHING AND THE TEACHING TO BRING FORTH MORE LABORERS FOR THE HARVEST FIELDS OF THE WORLD, ESPECIALLY THE 10/40 WINDOW!

I also had the privilege to preach for the service when Pacific Baptist Church voted Pastor Steve Meyers in as the pastor. As most of you know, my brother, Pastor Joe, started the church and pastored it for over 25 years prior to being hospitalized. This was an emotional evening for many of us. We thank God for Pastor Meyers and his wife Alma. They have done a wonderful job the past 4 ½ years filling in for my brother. And we expect them to continue to lead the church forward for Christ and the cause of Christ “around the corner” and “around the world.” Both my brother, Pastor Joe, and Pastor Meyers, and their families have been a wonderful testimony of God’s grace and have faithfully served Christ for decades.

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581FF728-59D4-4FDB-96D8-75F80AEFF7B0PLEASE PRAY FOR PASTOR MEYERS AND PACIFIC BAPTIST CHURCH, AS WELL AS PASTOR JOE AND HIS FAMILY!

While on this short trip to the States, I was blessed to be able to see my two newest grandchildren (Eliza Jade Aquino and Aaron Christopher Ayala). That’s twenty grandchildren now, with one more on the way. But then again, who’s counting? 🙂

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One of the areas of ministry at our church here in China that God is using mightily, especially in helping to nurture our folks in their faith are our Connection Groups. As of now, we have six Connection Groups. These groups are intended to connect our folks to God, to one another, and with a lost and dying world, and we are seeing this take place on a weekly basis. Lord willing, a few of these groups will one day become churches. This past week, we had a wonderful time with one of our groups and even had two brand new visitors!

DC5FBE3E-6D6C-4BE3-A58A-91A3F0F10744PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL USE OUR CONNECTION GROUPS TO REACH AND TEACH MANY FOR CHRIST! 

This past Saturday a handful of the folks from our church here in China had an “Easter Outreach” for the Children. While I wasn’t there, I have been told and have seen many pictures that verify they had a great turnout and a wonderful day!

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HE IS RISEN!

Are there any words sweeter in the English language? This past Sunday was Easter/Resurrection Sunday. I preached a message entitled, “The Resurrection of Christ and the Revival of His People.” The auditorium was packed, the spirit was sweet, and the response to the message was tremendous. Afterwards a handful of us went out for a traditional Chinese lunch. The food and fellowship was great!

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In less than two weeks, Denise and I relocate to assist our team in a “Creative Access” Nation. My primary responsibilities will be to assist in getting a Bible Institute/Bible College started, discipling national leaders, and overseeing the work while Koumaly Thongdy is on a short furlough.

Less than a week after arriving, I will be speaking for a Youth Conference hosted by our team. I will have the privilege to preach three times, along with teaching one session for  Pastors, Missionaries, and Church Workers .

We sincerely covet your prayers for this conference. We are expecting between 15-17 churches and some 300 people to be in attendance, and are praying for a real moving of God!

CE66EB53-085E-4C42-B436-61EF2024BEF1PLEASE PRAY FOR  US AS WE SEEK TO ASSIST OUR TEAM IN THE “CREATIVE ACCESS” NATION AND FOR THE YOUTH CONFERENCE IN THAILAND!

My wife and I want to thank you for your prayers and financial support. We couldn’t do what God has led us to do without dear friends like you.

Johnny and Denise

 

“I will go anywhere, provided it be forward.”
― Missionary David Livingstone

 

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