January 4, 2019

d8216d52-6d6f-44b3-b8c2-10c31bc0b427Our folks want to wish you all a Happy New Year from Southeast Asia! 

Another year has come and gone! It’s so hard to believe that it’s 2019 already. God sure has been good. The year 2018 was such a blessed year with us having the privilege of doing ministry in four different countries (China, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia) and watching God work in so many different ways.  Our ministry here in this “Creative Access Nation” is doing well and we thank God for all of our family, friends, and faithful supporters. As we have said often, we couldn’t be here or do what God has called us to do if it weren’t for faithful folks like you!

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Koumaly and I recently had the privilege of preaching and teaching for a Hmong Men’s Meeting not far from the Capital city. The meeting was hosted by Pastor Lee Seng and one of our congregations outside of the city. There were church leaders from six different churches in attendance. These are all churches that Lee Seng has either started or assisted in starting over the past ten years. We had a wonderful time!

IMG_6662PLEASE PRAY FOR THESE MEN TO BE USED GREATLY OF GOD IN THEIR VARIOUS VILLAGES AND PROVINCES!

As many of you know, recently, one of our team members from Cambodia, Adrian (a former student of mine from both Pacific Baptist School and Pacific Baptist Bible College) married one of our team members, who also happened to be one of our three “adopted” Hmong daughters. Her name is Bounmee, she’s a jewel, and we are going to miss her a boatload as she goes to Cambodia to serve with her husband. The wedding was such a beautiful and special occasion. We thank God for a young couple that love the Lord and are willing to serve Him in this part of the world!

IMG_6772PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL BLESS ADRIAN AND BOUNMEE’S MARRIAGE AND MINISTRY IN CAMBODIA!

It was a real blessing to have quite a few members of our team from Cambodia, including the Team Leader of our three teams in Southeast Asia (Dave Board) and his family with us during the week of the wedding. We had a wonderful time fellowshipping with our longtime friends from Pacific Baptist and our fellow laborers in this part of the world. And even had the chance to do a little ministry with a few of them!

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img_6708PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR ALL THREE OF OUR TEAMS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA!

The day after the wedding, I headed out of town to spend the weekend with one of our village ministries. This ministry is headed up by Kong and Lilee. We have mentioned them often in the past. They are doing a wonderful job, God is blessing, and it’s always a joy to be with them. While the crowd was down quite a bit because of Hmong New year, we had a wonderful time, and everyone was very responsive the messages!

img_6789PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR KONG, LILEE, AND THEIR FOLKS!

Our English School hosted a Christmas Fellowship for our students. We had such a wonderful time. The food and fun were great. But the greatest blessing was for our Buddhist students to learn the truth of Christmas and the Christ of Christmas. We even showed them a portion of the Jesus film in their language showing Christ being crucified for the sins of the world!

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PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR ENGLISH STUDENTS TO UNDERSTAND AND RESPOND TO THE GOSPEL MESSAGE!

Our School of Ministry Fall Term came to an end just before Christmas. Everyone passed their Final Exams and we had a great time of food and fellowship to finish the term. It was a blessing to be able to teach The Gospel of Matthew 2, New Testament Survey 1, and Discipleship and Leadership Principles for Men this last term.

Our next term begins January 14 and I will be teaching New Testament Survey 2, The Book of Acts, and The Christlike Life. Brother Koumaly will be teaching Bible Doctrines and Pastor Lee Seng will be teaching Church Leadership!

img_6988PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR OUR STUDENTS AS THEY LEARN THE BIBLE AND LIVE WHAT THEY LEARN!

It was a blessing for my wife and I to have the chance to go back to the States for the holidays. Of course, more than anything else in life, we miss our children and our grandchildren, so anytime we have the chance to spend some quality time with them we are grateful!

img_6897As we have just left 2018 in the past and enter a New Year, Denise and I are so very grateful for your faithful prayers and financial support. And, above all, we cherish your friendship!

Happy New Year,

Johnny and Denise

“I believe that in each generation God has called enough men and women to evangelize all the yet unreached tribes of the earth. It is not God who does not call. It is man who will not respond!”
― Isobel Kuhn

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