The picture above is of the good men (and one wife) that I had the honor to teach and preach for while on my week long trip to Myanmar. We spent two long and blessed days together.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE COUNTRY OF MYANMAR AND THE MANY THAT ARE DOING WHAT THEY CAN WITH THE HELP OF GOD TO REACH THEIR NATION FOR CHRIST!
Along with our typical day-by-day ministry here, I had the opportunity to spend seven days ministering in Myanmar. I had the privilege to preach and teach for a two-day Pastors/Missionaries/Church Leaders Retreat, preach for a thriving Bible College, preach for a small Children’s Home, and preach in one of many house churches represented by these good men. While with the pastors, missionaries, and church leaders for the two days (about 20 hours of teaching/preaching), I taught on “Being a Disciple and Reproducing Disciples.” The men absolutely devoured the truths of God’s word. Needless to say, it was an unbelievably awesome trip!
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SEEDS THAT WERE SOWN DURING THIS TRIP!
My host, while in Myanmar, was Pastor Paul Van Hre! He is a Chin believer that, along with his three brothers (Timothy, Daniel, and Abraham), has given his life to Christ and the cause of Christ in the country of Myanmar. Over the past 22 years, they have planted 45 churches, started a thriving Bible College and a Home Missionary Training Center, a Children’s Home, and have been involved with much Bible and Bible curriculum translation work. God is definitely using this man and his brothers, along with many that they have reached and discipled for Christ. Just spending time with them on a few long was wonderful for rekindling vision in my own heart.
PLEASE PRAY FOR PASTOR PAUL, HIS BROTHERS, TIMOTHY, DANIEL, AND ABRAHAM!
On this trip, I was also representing Brother Dwight Tomlinson and Barnabas1040. As many of you know, a few years back, my dear friend, Pastor Tomlinson, resigned his church in Newport Beach, CA and he and his wife Gayle moved to China and have been used greatly by God in the 1040 Window, especially in Southeast Asia, particularly in raising support for National Pastors, church planting, and other various Gospel related projects. In the same way that they are making a huge impact in our country, they’ve made a huge impact in Myanmar!
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR BARNABAS1040 AND THE MANY NATIONAL PASTORS THAT THEY ARE PRESENTLY SUPPORTING!
While I was in Myanmar, my wife and the rest of our Team celebrated the Hmong New Year with our Hmong sisters and brothers. I heard they had a tremendous time. We thank God for our Hmong brothers and sisters. God is using so many of them to make a difference in this country. See if you can find my wife in the pictures below! 🙂
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE HMONG BELIEVERS IN THIS COUNTRY TO CONTINUE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR CHRIST AND THE CAUSE OF CHRIST!
Normally, we try to have a “Celebration Service” every three months, but the logistics of doing so is becoming more difficult as time goes by and as two of our village congregations are growing much. It’s been about six months now since our last “Celebration Service,” and I thank God for the good crowd, the good spirit, the good music, and as always, the great response to the preaching of God’s word. All of this despite unusually cold weather. It was nice to have Brother Koumaly Thongdy with us at the service. He’s visiting with us for about six weeks before heading back to the States. Please continue to pray for him and his family, especially Sommer!
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR ALL THREE OF OUR CONGREGATIONS AND THE VILLAGES THEY REPRESENT!
It’s hard to believe that our School of Ministry Fall term is just about over. Final Exams in two weeks. It has been a privilege and pleasure to teach these young men and women the word of God the past eighteen months. This term has been really special. I have especially enjoyed teaching our students how to study their Bibles and it looks like this will be very helpful for them for years to come. Between teaching the Bible and our College Accountability/Discipleship Groups, both my wife and I are honored to be able to influence these students 9-15 hours per week!
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR OUR SCHOOL OF MINISTRY STUDENTS AND THEIR UPCOMING FINAL EXAMS!
Denise and I want to say, “Thank you, God bless you for praying, giving, and loving, and have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.”
Your Missionaries in Asia,
Johnny and Denise Esposito