The pictures above and below are of our School of Ministry students. Unlike last year, this year they are located in two different places. We have one group in the city and another group in the village. I have the honor and privilege to be able to teach both groups and it’s a blessing. I am teaching this term on “Being a Disciple of Christ and Making Disciples of Christ.”
My wife and I are rejoicing on a daily basis with all of the many blessings that we hear and see from back “home.” It’s absolutely astounding how good God has been and how faithful and diligent our folks back “home” have been the last few months. People are being saved, burning their idols, people are being baptized and discipled, a new church (I like to call it our COVID church plant) has been planted, Bible studies have been started, one of our graduates (one of our adopted daughters) has recently “left the nest” as a missionary and serving in another part of the country.
It was a blessing to hear that one of our School of Ministry student’s (Vang Pao) father and sister recently trusted Christ. As you might remember in a previous update, we mentioned that his mother came to a church service and trusted Christ as a result of our “Operation Samaritan’s Compassion” helping to meet her physical needs. A few months later Vang Pao’s father wanted to hear more about salvation and he along with his daughter received Christ. The day after Vang Pao’s father and sister trusted Christ they conducted an idol burning service.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THIS FAMILY TO GROW IN THE GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST!
Another salvation blessing was when the elderly mother of one of our faithful church members trusted Christ just a few days ago. She also happens to be the grandmother of another one of our School of Ministry students (Gee). This entire family has a powerful testimony and are trophies of God’s grace.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THIS FAMILY, ESPECIALLY GRANDMA, TO GROW IN THEIR FAITH!
As we mentioned in our previous Update, our adopted daughter, Pachou, has left the nest and is now serving in the northern part of the country. We are so proud and excited for her and for the church where she is now serving. Along with teaching the children and teens the Bible, Pachou is presently teaching the children and teens to read four mornings a week (4 hours a day), teaching the married women to read a few nights a week, teaching a few folks how to play the guitar, and a couple young people how to use a computer. The reason she is teaching so many how to read is so that they one day can read their Bibles!
PLEASE PRAY FOR PACHOU, PASTOR PAUL, HIS FAMILY AND THE CHURCH FAMILY UP NORTH!
It has been such a blessing to see the growth in so many of the students back “home.” I constantly get reports of one of the young lady’s named Duen. She’s actually a fairly shy girl, but she has a heart for her people, especially young people, and she’s a soul-winner. I was just notified this past weekend that she was able to lead nine young people to Christ.
PLEASE PRAY FOR DUEN AND ALL OF OUR STUDENTS TO CONTINUE TO HAVE A HEART TO REACH THEIR PEOPLE WITH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST!
I have mentioned Soubin in previous updates. He is one of the six men that I am presently discipling online. I was discipling Soubin prior to coming back to the States and have been meeting with him three times a week for almost a year now. The growth in his and his wife’s life over the past year is nothing short of a miracle. To God be the glory!
About 10 months ago, Soubin started a Bible study in his village, which is now a full-fledged church. I like to refer to it as the COVID church plant because it was started in the midst of the worse days of the COVID Crisis back “home.” The church is doing very well and his ministry has expanded to his former village a few hours north where God is using him to reach unbelievers with the gospel, disciple believers, and train future leaders for Christ!
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR SOUBIN, HIS CHURCH FAMILY, AND FOR THE MINISTRY UP NORTH!
As we have mentioned often, Kong and Lilee are doing a tremendous job overseeing the ministry while we are gone. To be honest with you, that’s a serious understatement. Kong is pastoring a church, running the School of Ministry in the village, and actually starting to do some outside speaking in Hmong churches. Lilee is such a blessing. This past week she organized and oversaw three days of Sunday School Teacher Training. She did a great job and for this we are thankful!
PLEASE PRAY FOR MANY MORE KONG AND LILEE’S TO BE RAISED UP FOR THE GLORY OF GOD AND FOR THE GOOD OF THE PEOPLE BACK HOME!
As always, Denise and I simply want to say thank you for your prayers and financial support. And, even above that, for your friendship and fellowship in the Gospel ministry!
Your Missionaries in Southeast Asia,
Johnny and Denise Esposito
2 thoughts on “January 28, 2021”
Another amazing report. I will be eternally grateful that God let me have a small part in your ministry. Cannot wait to visit you in Laos again. God will get you back there eventually. What is the latest on foreigners being allowed back in the country?
Thank you, my friend! All of what is happening is God’s grace and much of what is happening in the country is a direct result of you and Barnabas1040.
Laos probably will not open until there’s a vaccine (June), but we are trying to find a way into Thailand.