May 14, 2019

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CELEBRATION SERVICE

We presently have three different congregations up and running on a weekly basis. Two of these are works in villages, while the other is the “mother,” which meets, as it always has, in the capitol city.  Every three months we do our best to get together for a “Celebration Service.” This is always a great time of worship, testifying of God’s goodness, lots of good singing from the three different congregations, teaching and preaching from the word of God, and, of course, plenty of good local food. We celebrated together this past Sunday and honored our mothers for Mother’s Day too. We had a wonderful service!

WE HAVE SO MUCH TO BE GRATEFUL FOR. GOD SURELY HAS BEEN GOOD TO US AND THE PEOPLE WE HAVE BEEN PRIVILEGED TO BE A PART OF!

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IMG_2958PLEASE PRAY FOR ALL THREE CONGREGATIONS AND THE MEN THAT ARE LEADING THEM!

END OF SCHOOL OF MINISTRY SPRING TERM

We just completed our third term in our School of Ministry. Well, actually, the term isn’t officially over until this week when the students take their Final Exams. Our students have done extremely well with their class work in the New Testament Survey 2, Acts 1, Bible Doctrines 1, and the Men and Lady’s Discipleship classes. All of our students are very active in our ministry and, to be honest with you, without them, we simply couldn’t  do a fraction of what is being done here. Our summer term begins in three weeks!

WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE PRIVILEGE TO TEACH THESE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE A SINCERE DESIRE TO KNOW AND SERVE GOD!

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IMG_5626PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR STUDENTS (Kong, Jui, Lamphan, Pachu, Mai, and Lilee) TO CONTINUE TO GROW IN THEIR FAITH AND THEIR FERVOR FOR THE LORD!

END OF S.E.L.C. SPRING TERM

As many of you know, we operate an English school here, and have for years. The Thongdy’s, Koumaly and Darath, started the school about seven year’s ago. The English school affords us the opportunity to be here in the country, to meet many young people, build relationships, and even see some of them saved and baptized.

Along with teaching two classes, my wife has been administrating the school for about a year now and she has done a wonderful job. We had a record enrollment this term with 63 students. It really has been a great term. Final Exams and the End of the Term Party were held this past week. The vast majority of the students did very well on their Finals, and the Term Party was a blast!

WE THANK GOD FOR OUR STUDENTS, FOR OUR FAITHFUL TEACHERS AND STAFF, AND FOR THE THONGDY’S WILLINGNESS TO LEAVE FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO COME TO THIS COUNTRY!

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IMG_2896PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR STUDENTS AND OUR SCHOOL!

HOSPITALITY MINISTRY

As Christians, we are to love God with every fiber of our being and love others as we love ourselves. This matter of loving others is an absolutely necessary component of the Christian life, and if we are going to love people, we are going to have to extend our hands of compassion towards others and be a hospitable people. This is especially necessary in a country where it is illegal for us to gather and to proselytize. Whether its bringing some food over to a lonely grandma, bringing a birthday gift, an illustrated Bible to neighbors, or having neighbors over to eat, giving food and financial aid to the poor and the hurting, we do what we can with the Lord’s help to let folks outside of the body of Christ know that we care!

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IMG_9093PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR HOSPITALITY MINISTRY!

As most of you know, my brother, Pastor Joe, has been hospitalized for almost six years. He spent nearly 18 months in a coma. And for the last few years, since coming out of the coma, has been making remarkable, if not miraculous, progress. This can be attributed to a loving and merciful God, a loving and patient family, and the prayers of hundreds, if not thousands around the world. About a week ago, Pastor Joe went home and was reunited with his family. Needless to say, it was a time of rejoicing!

ON BEHALF OF MY BROTHER AND ALL OF THE FAMILY, WE THANK YOU FOR PRAYING FOR HIM AND THE FAMILY FOR THE PAST 5 1/2 YEARS! 

IMG_3010PLEASE PRAY FOR MY BROTHER AND HIS FAMILY DURING THIS TIME OF TRANSITION!

My wife, Denise, and I would like to thank you for your faithful prayers and financial support. Anything that has already been accomplished, and will be accomplished in the near or distant future, on this side of the Pacific, is the direct result of God’s grace and your goodness!

Johnny and Denise

“We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God.” – John Stott

 

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