Denise and I pray that you all had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. We are also praying that you, along with us, will have a blessed 2020 for the glory of God and the good of a needy world. This past year was such a great year, and, of course, this can be attributed to the grace of God and the goodness of people like all of you. Thank you for giving your “selves” and your “stuff” to Christ and for the cause of Christ “around the corner” and “around the world.” We could never thank you enough!
The picture above is of our English School students watching a video about the true meaning of Christmas along with a presentation of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Needless to say, most of them were very attentive. Keep in mind, nearly every one of these young people have grown up in homes that have been followers of the Buddhist religion for hundreds of years, if not more. We are so thankful for the opportunity to be a witness in such a needy place and thankful that you are partnering with us!
PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL WATER THE SEEDS OF THE GOSPEL THAT WERE SOWN BY WAY OF THIS VIDEO!
SELC End of the Term Party
Our End of the Term Christmas Party for our English school was awesome to say the least. In my opinion, our best “Term Party” ever to go along with probably our best term ever. What better way to end such a great term than with a Christmas Party, along with the video of the true meaning of Christmas. My wife, Lilee, Jui, and others on our Team did a fantastic job planning for the special night. So much fun. So many memories. This was also Justin’s last day with us before returning back to Cambodia. It was a blessing to have him here for four months. We are so grateful for the opportunity to serve the Lord Jesus and the young people of this country!
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR OUR ENGLISH STUDENTS TO COME TO A SAVING KNOWLEDGE OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!
Team Christmas Fellowship
It was a blessing to have a special Christmas Fellowship for our college students and our Team Members, along with their families. We had a great night of food, fun, and fellowship. We even played the infamous “White Elephant Gift Exchange” – a first for most of them. Again, thankful for my wife, Lilee, Jui, Kong, and a few of our college dorm girls for making it happen. It was also nice to have missionary Eddie Ray and his wife visit with us for a few days and they were able to be with us for the party. Of course, with his size, he stuck out like a “sore thumb” at the party, and his humor was much appreciated by our folks. We also were blessed to have him speak for our Team on Sunday evening. We can never thank God enough for our Team, especially the National believers that give 110% to the cause of Christ in this country!
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR OUR TEAM AND OUR SCHOOL OF MINISTRY STUDENTS TO CONTINUE TO SERVE GOD FAITHFULLY IN THIS NEEDY PLACE!
Preaching for Christmas Service
It’s always a pleasure to preach for our dear friend Pastor Kampai, but it was a real pleasure and privilege to preach for his recent Christmas service. Despite the fact we had no electricity, it was a tremendous experience for all. The place was packed. The spirit was sweet. The congregational singing was glorious. The response to the preaching was awesome. Ten adults trusted Christ! One of the many blessings of the day was the many factory workers (i.e. sweat shop workers) that were in attendance. All ten of those that made professions of faith were from one of the factories. God is not only able, He’s awesome. So very thankful for the opportunity to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ to these dear factory workers and see ten of them make a profession of faith!
PLEASE PRAY FOR PASTOR KAMPAI AND HIS CHURCH FAMILY!
Sikhai Children’s Christmas Party
Brother Koumaly, who is visiting with us for about six weeks, along with Lilee (yes, Lilee again) and a few of our School of Ministry Students (yep, same ones) hosted a Christmas party for the children in our village. There was plenty of food, fun, and lot’s of love to go around. The children and a few of their parents had a wonderful time and had a chance to hear the Christmas story and the Gospel too. Keep in mind, all of these children, teens, and adults are Buddhists that have no concept who Jesus is or why He came. Very thankful for the Thongdy’s love and faithfulness for over nine years now in this country!
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES THAT LIVE IN OUR VILLAGE!
Passing out Christmas Brownies
My wife and a few of our School of Ministry girls, especially one of our adopted daughters (Pachu), were a special blessing to many in our village. They made and passed out dozens of homemade Christmas brownies. They also gave a small Christmas gift (basket) to our village chief. The folks in our village definitely liked the brownies, but not nearly as much as they appreciated the love shown by my wife and the girls. My wife and I love and thank God for our “adopted” Hmong daughters and their heart for Jesus and the people of their country!
PLEASE PRAY THAT THESE VARIOUS DEMONSTRATIONS OF LOVE WILL LEAD TO THE SAVING KNOWLEDGE OF JESUS CHRIST FOR MANY IN OUR VILLAGE!
Christmas Service in Kong’s Village
Kong, Lilee, and a few of our School of Ministry students had a busy Christmas weekend. They had a special Children’s Service on Saturday with homemade Hmong pizza and were busy all-day Sunday hosting a Christmas service for the church family and for some of our folks from our other village ministry, as well as quite a few visitors. There were over 100 in attendance. We are so thankful for Kong, Lilee, Mai, Malia, Xaylee, and Jee and all that they do for the people of this village!
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR KONG, LILEE, AND THEIR CHURCH FAMILY!
Denise Getting Hurt
My wife and I were supposed to go to Thailand over the Christmas break to check on the possibility of having laser eye surgery. Unfortunately, the Lord had different plans for us. My wife tripped over a cracked curb while we were running to catch a bus and had to get a boatload of stiches and wear a brace for two weeks. In a sense, she was under medical “house arrest” for two weeks, so we will have to try again in January before the new terms start. I am thankful that the injury wasn’t more serious than it was and that she is getting much better!
PLEASE PRAY FOR DENISE’S COMPLETE RECOVERY!
As always, Denise and I want to thank you from the depths of our hearts for your faithful prayers and financial support not only this past year, but over the past seven years (or more). May the Lord bless you and yours in 2020!
Your Missionaries in Southeast Asia,
Johnny and Denise Esposito