April 23, 2018

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I want to thank you all for praying for our Youth Conference in Udon Thani, Thailand. The group picture above will give you a good idea how many folks attended the three-day conference. We had at least 245 people in attendance for the services, representing 15 different churches.

It was a blessing to see so many young people in the services, to see so many pastors and missionaries praying together and preaching together. I had the opportunity to preach three times, teach a special session for the Hmong young people, and teach another session for the missionaries and the pastors.

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As most of you know, my wife and I recently relocated to assist our team in a “Creative Access Nation.” We are looking forward to discipling a few of the young men and women, assisting in training of the national leadership here, and getting a Bible College/Institute started.

Of course, I will be doing a lot of preaching and teaching here. This is especially true over the next few months as Koumaly and Darath Thongdy will be leaving for the summer months on a short furlough. I have already preached a few times since arriving and, as always, it’s been a privilege and a joy. 

Of course, our last week in China was bittersweet. I had the chance to teach the men one more time, teach in our KTV Connection Group, preach in our Sunday service, as well as quite a few emotional “goodbye meals” with many of our dear friends.

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The video below is a temple that is located about fifty yards from our front porch. A great reminder why we are serving in this part of the world!

My wife and I thank you for holding the ropes back home,

Johnny and Denise

After hearing an account of the spiritual needs of India, the secretary of the meeting remarked: “There is a gold mine in India, but it seems almost as deep as the center of the earth. Who will venture to explore it?” “I will venture to go down,” said Carey, “but remember that you must hold the ropes.”

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