October 21, 2019

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It’s so hard to believe we are in the middle of October and less than 90 days before we enter a new year. God has been so good to my wife and me and the ministry we are a part of here in this communist country. It is only by God’s grace and goodness and your generosity that we are able to be where God wants us to be and do what God wants us to do. We both thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

The picture above is my wife and her Saturday Village Teen Girl’s Discipleship Group. My wife has been discipling them now for well over a year and it is beginning to pay huge spiritual dividends. Nearly every one of these young ladies is not only faithfully reading their Bibles daily and memorizing scripture on a weekly basis but are now assisting in different areas of ministry. Grateful for a wife who loves the Lord and the young people here!

PLEASE PRAY FOR MY WIFE AND THESE GIRLS!

Much of mine and my wife’s time and resources, as well as our ministry’s resources are invested in this very village mentioned above. For more than a year and a half now, Jui and I, have been going to this village once or twice a week and my wife has been going weekly. We have had the opportunity to build relationships, preach, teach, disciple, mentor leaders, teach English, and help to see a strong church established and pastored by a National pastor. This past week my wife and our School of Ministry girls put together a Ladies’ Fellowship for the Ladies and Teen Girls in the village. They had a great time and my wife had the privilege to speak for them. Again, we thank God for your prayers and support that have enabled this to happen!

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IMG_8354PLEASE PRAY FOR THIS VILLAGE MINISTRY TO CONTINUE TO THRIVE AND EXPAND TO OTHER VILLAGES!

In recent days, I gathered up a report of salvations and baptisms from the summer months from the seven different Hmong congregations that I have the chance to be a part of, either directly or indirectly (by training their pastors and church leaders). To God be the glory, we had 30 people saved and 24 baptized. Now, that might not sound too impressive to those of you in the U.S., but here in our context, that’s huge. That’s God!

IMG_3568PLEASE PRAY FOR ALL SEVEN OF THESE CHURCHES AND FOR GOD TO CONTINUE TO BLESS THEIR EFFORTS TO REACH THE HMONG PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY!

As I have mentioned in previous Updates, nearly every month I go to another one of our village ministries to teach and preach. Because of security issues, they make me spend the night in a little guesthouse on the other side of the river and pick me up in the morning. I always enjoy spending the weekend with them. Kong, his wife Lilee, and four of our School of Ministry girls are doing a great job in this village. Kong, Lillee, the girls and my wife and I are grateful for your prayers and for your giving!!

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IMG_8792.jpgPLEASE PRAY FOR THIS VILLAGE MINISTRY TO CONTINUE TO THRIVE AND EXPAND TO OTHER VILLAGES!

God has blessed us with a record enrollment in our English school. We have 67 students this term. My wife is doing a great job overseeing the school. Of course, she has some really good workers in Jui, Justin, and Lilee.

Now that our English classes are in session, my wife has different classes rotating  for a time of fellowship at our house. They are having the time of their lives and experiencing Mexican food for the first time. It’s a great time of bonding with the students and, Lord willing, opening doors to share the gospel with them in the future!

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IMG_8704PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR OUR SCHOOL AND OUR STUDENTS!

It was a blessing to be able to fly to Cambodia for a few days and meet up with one of our supporting pastors, Pastor Joel Kobernat, and a few of his good men. We had a great time catching up and even doing a little bit of ministry. Crosspoint Baptist church is a church that is making a difference in their Jerusalem and has a heart to make a difference around the world. So very thankful for their church family covering the cost of my flight and the hotel!

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It’s so hard to believe that we are already more than half way through our School of Ministry’s Fall Term. This past week our students took their Midterm exams in all three classes (Genesis, Romans, Bible Doctrines) and they all did extremely well. We are so very grateful for the opportunity, the privilege, and the awesome responsibility that we have to train up these future laborers for the harvest here in this country.

IMG_8837PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR OUR SCHOOL OF MINISTRY AND OUR STUDENTS!

The picture below is the famous Mekong River. My wife and I live about 200 yards from the river. Every day, at least a couple times a day, I walk along this river to pray, to exercise, or simply for a time of walking with my wife.

From China to Vietnam, the Mekong River is the lifeblood of Southwest China and Southeast Asia. It flows through six different countries: China’s Yunnan Province (47 million people), Myanmar (54 million people), Thailand (68 million people), Laos (7 million people), Cambodia (15 million people), and Vietnam (95 million people). That’s just under 290 million people that can be found in these five countries and China’s Yunnan Province.

The need in these countries is great; China’s Yunnan Province 3-5% professing “Christian;” Myanmar 7% professing “Christian;” Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos less than 2% professing “Christian;” Vietnam 8% professing “Christian.” Of course, most of these professing “Christians” in Vietnam are Catholic!

IMG_8148PLEASE PRAY GOD WOULD SEND LABORERS TO THIS NEEDY PART OF THE WORLD!

Denise and I, along with our church family here, want to say, “Thank you and God bless you for praying, giving, and loving.”

Your Missionaries in Asia,

Johnny and Denise Esposito

“We must not treat the Great Commission as the Great Suggestion.”