May 9, 2021

The pictures above are from two of the three locations that our annual Youth Conference was held this year. Covid has changed everything, including the way Youth Conference was conducted this year. Instead of one location for 15-20 churches to gather, this year our folks met in three different locations.    

God blessed in so many ways in the new format, and for this we are extremely thankful. Along with lots of good preaching, food, fun, and fellowship, we even had folks saved and baptized during this year’s Youth Conference.

WE ARE THANKFUL FOR YOUR PRAYERS FOR THIS YOUTH CONFERENCE. GOD HAS SURELY ANSWERED! 

 

PLEASE PRAY THAT THE MANY DECISIONS THAT WERE MADE AT THE VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN THIS YEAR’S YOUTH CONFERENCE WOULD STICK AND BRING FORTH MUCH FRUIT IN THE YEARS TO COME!

As most of you know, much of Southeast Asia has seen a spike in COVID infections and deaths over the past month or so. As a result, much of Southeast Asia is “locking down” once again, which, of course, means folks can’t work and in many cases are unable to care for their families.

Denise and I, along with our folks back “home” are grateful for the many Christians and churches that have been praying and giving for our ministry “Operation Samaritan’s Compassion.” Over the past year, amid the COVID CRISIS, when the poor are hit and hurt the most, with your help, we have been able to help many.   

WE ARE THANKFUL FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND FOR YOUR GIVING TOWARDS OPERATION SAMARITAN’S COMPASSION!

The pictures below are just a handful of the folks that we have been able to help because of your prayers and your giving!

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THE POOR, THE NEEDY, AND THE HELPLESS AROUND THE WORLD IN THE MIDST OF THE COVID CRISIS!

We covet your prayers as we are still stuck here in the States. As we have mentioned often, I am grateful for the technology of the day that enables both my wife (3 women) and I (six men) to continue discipling folks back “home,” as well as teach our Bible College students two days a week.  

WE ARE SO VERY GRATEFUL FOR YOUR INVESTMENT, YOUR PRAYERS, AND YOUR GIVING THAT ENABLES US TO DO THIS AND SO MUCH MORE!

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THESE YOUNG PEOPLE TO CONTINUE TO BECOME WHAT GOD DESIRES FOR THEM TO BECOME AND DO WHAT GOD HAS CALLED THEM TO DO!

We are so pleased to announce that our pastor friend that had been incarcerated over the past 13 months is now home with his family, church family, and friends. We want to thank you for praying and, in some cases, giving to help his family over the past year through Operation Samaritan’s Compassion!

As always, Denise and I, along with our many friends back “home,” want to thank you for your prayers, your giving, your love, and your friendship!

Johnny and Denise Esposito 

April 14, 2021

The 61 year woman (Hoa) pictured above lives in Vietnam. She recently trusted Christ soon after “Operation Samaritan’s Compassion” was able to send her some financial help. We are grateful for her pastor (David) and his wife for loving her enough to help her physically and spiritually and we are thankful for all that have given to help the poor, the needy, and the helpless.

PLEASE PRAY FOR HER SPIRITUAL GROWTH!

The past five weeks have been awesome to say the least. God is good all the time, but there are times that seem to be better than others, and over the past five weeks, especially regarding the ministry, God has been especially good!

Now, don’t get me wrong, there have been many a burden and we have been very busy, but amidst the busyness and the burdens of life, WE HAVE BEEN TRULY BLESSED.  In fact, we have been blessed beyond measure!

Our folks back “home” have absolutely stepped up to the plate in so many different ways, and we are so very grateful to God, for each of them for their labors of love, and of course, for your prayers and financial support! 

Of course, along with the regular ministry duties of discipling six men about twelve hours a week, teaching two sets of Bible College students twice a week, traveling all over the country preaching, teaching, and reporting to our supporting churches, over the past month, GOD HAS BEEN SO GOOD WITH OUR “OPERATION SAMARITAN’S COMPASSION” MINISTRY!

As most of you know, OPERATION SAMARITAN’S COMPASSION was birthed during the COVID CRISIS that has shaken much of the world. It is a ministry that has enabled us to send thousands of dollars to poor families and struggling churches to help to alleviate some of the economic anguish that has been the result of COVID-19. 

WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR ALL OF THE CHURCHES AND THE CHRISTIANS THAT HAVE HELPED ECONOMICALLY AND OUR FOLKS BACK “HOME” FOR DOING THE HARD WORK AS SOLDIERS FOR THE KING AND HIS KINGDOM!

Over the past 4 weeks, through OPERATION SAMARITAN’S COMPASSION, God has allowed and enabled us, along with many others, to help about 30 poor and needy families, help one of our sister churches to start the building of a new hut for an extremely poor family (church members), as well as help a National pastor to start the building of a  modest home (cost about $3,000) for him and his family, help with the funeral expenses of two different funerals, helped to assist the soon delivery of a child, treat  about 10 or 12 factory (sweat shop) workers to a wonderful night out, help another extremely poor family caring for their paralyzed son, buy crutches for the crippled, and continued to support the family of a pastor that has been incarcerated for over 13 months now!   

We are so very grateful that over the past ten months or so, “OPERATION SAMARITAN’S COMPASSION,” led by many of our National believers, has not only been able to help folks physically, but have had the opportunity to see many saved and baptized as a result of this ministry, your giving, and your prayers! 

It has been amazing to see how many people have been saved and baptized the first three months of this year. In four different churches that we have helped to start and/or establish, we have had 20 saved and another 20 baptized over the past three months. That is not to mention the handful that have been saved and baptized in two other churches that we are working with indirectly. God has been good! 

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THIS MINISTRY AND FOR THE SOULS THAT HAVE BEEN SAVED THROUGH THIS MINISTRY!

As always, my wife and I want to thank you for your love, friendship, faithfulness in praying and giving to support our ministry in the 1040 Window and more specifically in Southeast Asia!

Your Missionaries in Southeast Asia,

Johnny and Denise

PS If you or your church family would like to help us and our National believers to help others by way of OPERATION SAMARITAN’S COMPASSION, please feel free to contact me.

March 8, 2021

The three pictures above are some of our folks celebrating Valentine’s Day. Of course, this is just one of the many “things” that have been learned from us in America. We are grateful that these young people understand that the greatest love story ever told was the story of Christ! 

The last five weeks have been both busy and blessed. In fact, I am typing these words while sitting at an airport in Cincinnati. Over the past month, I have been in churches in California, Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. As always, God and His people have been good as we have had the opportunity to report for ten of our supporting churches, as well as present our newest ministry “Operation Samaritan’s Compassion.” 

It has been so encouraging to see so many Christians and churches “jump on board” and give sacrificially for the poor, the needy, the helpless, and the furtherance of the gospel in Asia. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL CONTINUE TO WATER AND BRING AN INCREASE IN THE HEARTS AND THE LIVES OF THOSE WITH WHOM WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SOW HIS PRECIOUS WORD! 

In addition to the travelling, I have continued my online discipleship with six men from back “home” and teaching two days for our young men and women preparing for the ministry. With five of the men, we have been looking at “Biblical Principles of Leadership from the Life and Letters of Paul.”  

It has been such a blessing as we have gone through the books of 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, and are presently going through the Book of Ephesians. So many gems of eternal and practical truths, not only for those that are leading ministries, but for all of God’s people.

Of course, I am continuing to teach our School of Ministry (Bible college) students that are located in the city and in the village twice a week. It’s always a real blessing!

PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL CONTINUE TO BLESS OUR DISCIPLESHIP SESSIONS AND THAT KONG, JUI, SOUBIN, CHERCHOU, KOSAL, RICHARD, AND OUR SCHOOL OF MINISTRY STUDENTS WOULD CONTINUE TO GROW IN THEIR FAITH, THEIR LOVE FOR CHRIST, AND FOR THE CAUSE OF CHRIST! 

Over the last month or so, we have seen so many folks come to Christ and a handful baptized back “home.” Interestingly enough, despite the fact that COVID has been such an issue over the past year it might have been our best year when it comes to seeing folks trust Christ. Below are just a few of the pictures of those that have come to Christ in the past month.

PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL BRING THESE NEW CONVERTS TO A PLACE OF SPIRITUAL MATURITY AND THAT HE WILL CONTINUE TO BRING MORE FOLKS TO A SAVING KNOWLEDGE OF THE LORD JESUS!

One of the primary things that I tried to instill in our team back “home” is a desire to disciple others. I believe with God’s help; we have been able to see a discipleship culture created back “home.” I am especially excited about Kong and Lilee and their desire to disciple others. In recent days, they both have started brand new discipleship groups to go along with groups they had going already. Speaking of discipleship, Lily also hosted a three day “seminar” to teach our young people how to be effective Sunday school teachers. She did a wonderful job!

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR FOLKS BACK HOME TO GIVE THEMSELVES TO DISCIPLING YOUNG AND OLD ALIKE!

Our team has been busy, not only “building lives,” but over the past month or so, our young men have built a new kitchen for our School of Ministry and a new baptistry. We are so grateful for their willingness to build – lives and whatever is needed!

Speaking of our new baptistry, just yesterday Pastor Kong and his church family had the opportunity to “break it in.” To God be the glory, eight new converts were baptized in the new baptistry. Needless to say, our folks were very excited!

PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL CONTINUE TO GROW THESE DEAR FOLKS IN THEIR FAITH AND LOVE FOR CHRIST!

As I mentioned above, many of God’s people have “jumped on board” and have been giving sacrificially to “Operation Samaritan’s Compassion.” And for this, we are extremely grateful, and we have been able to funnel much needed support back to Southeast Asia to needy Christians, churches, and needy unbelievers. 

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY THAT GOD WILL BLESS THIS MINISTRY AND BLESS THE FOLKS THAT HAVE GIVEN SACRIFICIALLY TOWARDS THIS MINISTRY!

Denise and I are still “stuck” here in the States. Most, if not all of the countries in Southeast Asia are still closed in lieu of COVID -19, but we are hoping and praying to get back soon. PLEASE PRAY WITH US ABOUT THIS!

As always, Denise and I want to thank you for your prayers, your financial support, and your friendship over the years. May the Lord richly bless you and yours in the days to come.

Your Missionaries to Southeast Asia,

Johnny and Denise Esposito

January 28, 2021

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 understatementKong 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

January 14, 2021

The picture above is of two of our Hmong adopted daughters. Their names are Pachu (left) and Pachoua (right). Denise and I love both of them, along with our other two (Mai and Bounmee) dearly, and are very proud of all of them. Pachu lived with Denise and I for more than a year and a half before we asked her to become the Dorm Supervisor for our School of Ministry’s Lady’s Dorm. She graduated from our School of Ministry last Spring and later this month she will be heading up north, as a missionary, to work with one of our sister churches and our dear friend Pastor Pav. Pachu’s primary responsibilities will be to oversee the Children’s and Teen Ministry, as well as discipling the young ladies in the church. If you and/or your church family would be interested in helping to support Pachu on a monthly basis please feel free to contact me.

PLEASE PRAY FOR PACHU TO BE A BLESSING!

Well, most of us were extremely excited to see 2020 fade off into the rearview mirror of our lives and were definitely looking forward to better days ahead in 2021. The year hasn’t started off really well, at least not as well as we were all hoping and praying that it would. The COVID numbers (infections, hospitalizations, deaths) are up, many of the restrictions are still in place, the divisiveness of our nation is greater than it has been in at least sixty years, if not more so. And, what took place at our Nation’s Capital on January 6 was as disheartening, if not more disheartening, for most of us as it could possibly get! 

At the same time, as followers of Jesus, we do not lose heart, we do not walk by fear, but we walk by faith and we continue to go forward for God, and we just keep loving God, loving others, reaching people for Christ, and discipling those we reach for Christ, grounding them in the word of God so that they in turn can continue to walk by faith and go forward for God, regardless of the circumstances around us.  

PLEASE PRAY FOR HEALING IN OUR COUNTRY AND A GREAT AWAKENING IN OUR CHURCHES!

Speaking of Pastor Pav, we are excited to announce that Brother Dwight Tomlinson and Barnabas1040 have provided the funds for Pastor Pav and his church family to build on a small extension to his house (where the church family meets for worship) to enable them to get more folks into their weekly church gatherings. Their church has been growing leaps and bounds and they just didn’t have enough room. This is a tremendous blessing!

PLEASE PRAY FOR PASTOR PAV, HIS FAMILY, AND THE CHURCH FAMILY AS THEY LABOR FOR THE LORD UP NORTH! 

Despite all of the negative surroundings, and yes, despite still being “stuck in the United States” (pray for us), I am grateful for the opportunity to be very involved with what God is doing back “home.” As I have mentioned often in our previous Prayer Updates, it has been a blessing to be able to continue to disciple five men (Kosal, Jui, Kong, Soubin, and Cherchou) back “home,” to be able to funnel funds back “home” to needy churches, Christians, and unbelievers through our Samaritan’s Compassion Ministry during these trying times, and beginning this week, I will, once again, begin to teach our School of Ministry students in two different locations, as well as getting back to regular reporting to our supporting churches now that the holidays are over. 

By the way, if you and your church family would like to be involved with helping the poor, the needy, and the helpless in Southeast Asia or you would like for me to come in and give a report feel free to contact me. We would love to touch base with you!

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR OUR DIFFERENT MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES AND ESPECIALLY FOR OUR NEW SCHOOL TERM!  

Over the past few weeks, our folks back “home” celebrated the coming of a New year with New Year’s Services that ushered in the New Year with an old vision. Our School of Ministry students had the chance to go back to their villages to visit their families and be a blessing in their villages and, in some cases, their home churches, and a handful of people have trusted Christ. 

I am sad to announce that our pastor friend back “home” that has been incarcerated for eleven months is still in jail. We have heard that he might be coming out soon, but we aren’t holding our breath. We are grateful for the opportunity to be able to support his family now for ten months by way of “Operation Samaritan’s Compassion.”

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR OUR PASTOR FRIEND, HIS WIFE, AND HIS CHILDREN DURING THIS TIME!

As always, Denise and I thank God and want to thank you for your faithful support and consistent prayers during these trying times. As I often say, we could not go, nor could we stay and do the work God has called us to do, if it wasn’t for his grace and your generosity!

Your Missionaries to Southeast Asia,

Johnny and Denise Esposito

God is good all the time. All the time, God is good!

December 16, 2020

IMG_2030

Greetings to all of our family, friends, and supporting churches. My wife and I are so thankful for your faithful prayers and consistent financial support, especially in the midst of these trying times, and we want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The picture above is of our School of Ministry students and a few others, in the northern part of our country “back home.” They just completed their annual Winter Missions’ trip. You can see more pictures of the trip at the end of this Prayer Update!

PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL INSTILL A DESIRE FOR THE NATIONS IN THE HEARTS AND LIVES OF OUR SCHOOL OF MINISTRY STUDENTS AND WILL USE ALL OF THEM TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR CHRIST AND THE CAUSE OF CHRIST!

Well, needless to say, the past twelve months have been very “interesting,” to say the least. Between the COVID 19 Crisis, government restrictions around the world, economic instability, etc… we have had a boatload to navigate through both “around the corner” and “around the world.” And yet, in the midst of all the trials and troubles there have been many triumphs and victories in and for the Lord!

As always, God has shown Himself faithful and for this, we are grateful!

One of the many blessings in the midst of the many burdens of this past year has been the many people that have been saved, baptized, added to the church, and discipled in 2020, and yes, even in the midst of a global pandemic, government restrictions, and an increase in persecution. Over the past two weeks, we have had reports of two entire households trusting Christ, burning their idols, and being baptized – all in the same day. In addition to this, a couple week’s ago, Jui led a Vietnamese immigrant and his wife to Christ. Our two village churches, along with a few other sister churches back “home” have seen well over 60 people come to Christ with more than 40 of those being baptized, and many of them being discipled.

Even the members of our pastor friend back “home”, that has been incarcerated for ten months now, have been faithfully sowing the seed of God’s word and have had dozens trust Christ. I am thankful that “Operation Samaritan’s Compassion” and  Dwight Tomlinson and Barnabas 1040 have been helping to support him and his family over the past ten months!

PRAY THAT A SOUL-WINNING FERVOR WILL BE AS MUCH A “NORM” IN 2021 AS IT WAS IN 2020!

Please continue to pray for our pastor friend and his family. He has now been incarcerated for ten months and, barring a miracle from above, he will definitely not be out to celebrate Christmas with his family. We are thankful for the many different individual Christians and churches that have helped us to help him, his family and many others by way of “Operation Samaritan’s Compassion.” By the way, if you would like to help with this much needed ministry just give us a shout!

img_0198
Pastor (who is still in jail) and his family

Of course, as you know, Denise and I are still “stuck” in the States. Back “home” they keep pushing back the date for re-opening the borders and only the Lord knows when we will be able to return, but we are doing all that we can to stay busy doing what God has called us to do. Fortunately, I have been able to report or present in two churches just about every week since the beginning of June. I have stayed extremely busy with online discipleship, discipling five men (nine hours a week) and on-line teaching once a week for our School of Ministry back “home.” My wife has also been faithfully discipling and/or counseling a few of our ladies back home. What a blessing to have a wife who has a heart for the Lord and for people!

In addition to this, my wife and I are fairly busy raising funds here in the USA and transferring these funds back to Asia to help the poor, the needy, the helpless, as well as struggling churches. Very grateful for all that my wife does to help with “Operation Samaritan’s Compassion.” By the end of the 2020, by God’s grace and the generosity of many of God’s people, we will have been able to send nearly fifty thousand dollars to Asia to help the poor, the needy, the helpless, and struggling churches during these trying times.

God has been very good, and His people have been very generous!

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY THAT GOD WILL USE US RIGHT WHERE WE ARE AND THAT HE WILL OPEN THE NECESSARY DOORS TO GET BACK TO ASIA!

We are especially grateful for the opportunity that God has afforded us over the past nearly eight years to invest in the lives of so many people, whether in China or five different countries in Southeast Asia. We are especially thankful for the opportunity to invest in so many national pastors, church leaders, and young men and women preparing for ministry. And yet, we couldn’t do it without your prayers and your financial support.

IMG_2117

Thank You and We are Praying that You Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

Johnny and Denise Esposito

Pictures below are from the College students’ missions trip up north.

November 18, 2020

The Hmong woman above is 100 years old and just trusted Christ this past weekend. Her name is Chuan. After her daughter-n-law trusted Christ, she invited our School of Ministry students to the house. They shared the gospel with Chuan but she did not get saved until Kong made a second visit. A 100-year-old woman trusting Christ is a miracle in any country, but especially in a country such as ours back “home.” Thankful for Kong and our School of Ministry students and their heart to reach their people, whether young or old, with the good news of Jesus Christ. Our “Operation Samaritan’s Compassion” ministry will also be helping to meet some of her desperate physical needs too!

Please pray for Chuan’s spiritual growth!

Well, as we approach the Thanksgiving Season, my wife and I wanted to take just a moment and thank our family and friends, our home and sending church, and all of our supporting churches for all that you have done for us. Thank you for praying. Thank you for giving. Thank you for loving us and loving those with whom God has entrusted into our care.

As we often say, “We could not go, we could not stay, and we could not continue the task that God has given us to do without the grace of God and the generosity of God’s people!”  

My wife and I are especially grateful during these trying times – in the midst of a Global Pandemic, Government restrictions, and all of the political divisiveness, and social unrest in the United States – that you have not stopped praying, giving, loving, and encouraging.

In fact, during this difficult season, some of our supporting churches have stepped up to the plate and have taken special offerings for our “Operation Samaritan’s Compassion,” which has allowed us to send over $35,000.00 to three countries in Southeast Asia to help the poor, the needy, the helpless, and struggling churches!

We are also especially thankful that despite these interesting days in which we are stuck in America, unable to go back “home,” God has allowed us to report or present our ministry including “Operation Samaritan’s Compassion” in an average of two churches each week for the past five months, while still continuing our online discipleship sessions with four of the men in Asia, as well as teaching online for our School of Ministry on a weekly basis. Denise is also discipling a few of our women and teen girls back in Asia online!

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR ALL OF OUR OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE AND BE A BLESSING “AROUND THE CORNER” AND “AROUND THE WORLD.”

My wife and I are so grateful to receive “glowing reports” on almost a daily basis of people being saved, baptized, discipled, new ministries being started, as well the poor, the needy, and the helpless being cared for. As a direct result of our “Operation Samaritan’s Compassion” there have been 17 adults saved and nine baptized over the past few months.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST BACK “HOME” AS THEY LABOR FOR GOD AND FOR GOOD!

We are both very grateful that our home and sending church, Pacific Baptist of Long Beach, CA, is doing very well in the midst of this Pandemic. In fact, other than having to hold services outside and not able to run their busses because of COVID restrictions, they really haven’t skipped a beat. Every service is a full house, they are still having classes (both the school and the college), they are still out sharing the Gospel in the community, and they just conducted a great three-day Missions’ Revival in which I was privileged to preach twice and teach a one-day Missions Intensive for the college. And, of course, the best part of the Missions’ Revival was spending time with many of our grandchildren!

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR OUR HOME AND SENDING CHURCH AND THOUSANDS LIKE IT AROUND THE NATION DURING THESE TRYING TIMES!

My wife and I are so very thankful for a couple of churches that have specifically designated special offerings to help our pastor friend who has been incarcerated for almost nine months now and has yet to be charged with a crime.  With your help we have been able to support his family for the past seven or eight months!

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR OUR PASTOR FRIEND AND HIS FAMILY BACK “HOME” DURING THESE DIFFICULT DAYS!

We are so very grateful and excited to see the growth of the men, women, and teen girls that we are discipling. They are growing in the faith, their love for the Lord, their love for a lost and dying world, and in their service of God. Very exciting! 

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR KONG, SOUBIN, CHERCHOU, KOSAL, PHACU, AND KASHUA!

We sincerely want to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving! And, once again, say “Thank you. Thank you for loving, praying, and giving for our ministry ‘around the corner’ and ‘around the world!’”

Your Missionaries in Southeast Asia,

Johnny and Denise Esposito

Psalm 100:4, Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

September 28, 2020

IMG_0420

The pictures above and below are some of the poor village children from one of our ministries that have been blessed by “OPERATION SAMARITAN’S COMPASSION” with much needed school supplies and shoes. 

IMG_8601

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE COUNTRY IN WHICH WE SERVE HAS A MEDIAN AGE OF 24.4 YEAR’S OLD? IN THE UNITED STATES IT IS 38.2 YEAR’S OLD!

As a team we are not only working with adults, but we are working with children and teens. By God’s grace and the generosity of God’s people, we are doing everything we can to meet their physical needs as well as their spiritual needs. Our desire is to raise up a generation of young laborers for the Lord Jesus in this desperately needy country!

It has been an interesting ride, over the past few months to say the least, but God has been good, and, as always, He has been gracious. We were supposed to head back to Asia in the middle of August, but the borders are still closed. Yet, God has been using us in a special way since being “stuck” in the United States. 

Over the past few months, we have started what I am calling “OPERATION SAMARITAN’S COMPASSION.” This is a ministry to help the poor, the needy and the marginalized in Asia who have suffered greatly, especially since COVID-19 struck.

IMG_0406

As I often tell folks, here in the U.S., the poor and the needy back “home” have no unemployment and no government stimulus package, but they do have the goodness of God and the generosity of God’s people.  I am thankful to God that many of God’s people have “stepped up to the plate,” and have given generously. Over the past six months, we have been able to funnel over $20,000 to three different countries (Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos) to bless the poor, the needy, and the marginalized!

IMG_0403

As is often the case, when you help the poor and the needy physically, they are often far more prone to listen to your message as you try to help them spiritually, which, of course, is their greatest need. Over the past few months, at least thirteen of these dear people have trusted Christ and eight have been baptized. And, many others have had their hearts softened to the point that they have been willing to listen to a soul-winner share the Good News of Jesus Christ and/or attend a church service for the first time!

IMG_0408

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY (AND, IF POSSIBLE, GIVE) FOR OPERATION SAMARITAN’S COMPASSION TO CONTINUE TO BE USED GREATLY BY GOD DURING THESE DIFFICULT TIMES!

Our new dormitory was completed in August and our School of Ministry just opened its doors for the new Fall Term two weeks ago. Last Spring, we had over twenty students meeting in the capitol city.  Twelve of those students were the fruit of our ministry and the other nine of them were from another ministry. These students are now meeting in two different locations.  

Of course, I was supposed to be teaching two or three classes, but COVID-19 has prohibited that. No problem though, God has that all taken care of. Pastor Kong, Pastor Leexeng, and Pastor Kampai are doing all the teaching in the two locations. 

IMG_63E44990C5C0-1

IMG_B6A18457D37B-1

IMG_0510

IMG_0509

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR SCHOOL OF MINISTRY STUDENTS AND THE THREE NATIONAL PASTORS TEACHING THEM!

One of the ministries that we have been helping is our team in Northern Thailand, Tom and Sue Sutrick are the “real deal” and have been serving in Thailand since retiring in the States. We have been able to partner with them to help many in their village, including building a small brick house for a widow. We are also thankful to have played a small part in helping to encourage another church to help Tom and Sue to build a new church facility.

IMG_0427

IMG_0404

PLEASE PRAY FOR TOM AND SUE AND THE MINISTRY IN THEIR VILLAGE

As I have mentioned in previous updates, I am discipling six men from three different countries online. It is exciting to watch as God is growing them much. As we mentioned in the past, one of them just started a new work a few months ago in his home and his village. We are grateful for Brother Dwight Tomlinson and Barnabas 1040 recently taking Soubin on for some support, as well as taking on another one of our pastor friends back “home.” 

IMG_0355

PLEASE PRAY FOR PASTORS SOUBIN AND SITHONE AND THEIR MINISTRIES!

We are also very grateful that things are getting back to a sense of normalcy back “home,” especially when it comes to the gatherings and the ministries of the churches. Over the past few weeks folks have been returning, people have been getting saved and baptized, and special training sessions for church members are being conducted!

IMG_0431

IMG_8433D074D8A8-1

IMG_872FC38ACFC5-1

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR CHURCHES AS WELL AS THE OTHER CHURCHES THAT GOD HAS ALLOWED US TO HAVE INFLUENCE OVER!

Denise and I are very grateful that we have been able to report for quite a few churches over the past three months and we had the privilege to participate in a Missions’ Conference this past week with Pastor Jason Brockman and the Colorado Baptist Springs church family.

It was a tremendous conference and the church not only took us on for monthly support but also gave generously to our OPERATION SAMARITAN’S COMPASSION FUND. Lord willing, I will be in another Missions’ Conference in about three weeks.

As always, Denise and I want to thank you for your consistent prayers and faithful financial support, even in these difficult days. We are ever reminded that we are able to do what God has led us to do because of His grace and your generosity!

Your Missionaries in Southeast Asia,

Johnny and Denise

“Where have we any command in the Bible laid down in stronger terms, and in a more peremptory urgent manner, than the command of giving to the poor?” – George Whitfield

“Christ’s command (to love our neighbor as ourselves), coupled with the depth of poverty in the world and the reality of wealth in our lives, has huge implications for the way we live. … If the love of God is in our hearts, then it is not possible for us to ignore the poor in the world. The gospel compels Christians in a wealthy culture to action—selfless, sacrificial, costly, countercultural action—on behalf of the poor.” – David Platt

August 10, 2020

IMG_8509

As always, my wife and I are so very grateful for your prayers, your financial support, and in many cases, your friendship over the many years. To say the least, these have been interesting days – not only in the United States, but around the world. Yet, God is still on His throne, Christ is still Lord of all, and the church of God is still on the move “around the corner” and “around the world.”

The picture above are just some of the supplies that we have been providing for the poor, the needy, and the helpless in Asia during these trying times in what I am calling “Operation Samaritan’s Compassion.” A few churches and a handful of individuals have partnered with us the past few months enabling us to send nearly $12,000 to help many people, not only in our “home” country but in the country of Cambodia also. And, we still are sending money on a regular basis.

If you are interested in helping with this project please let us know!!!

We definitely covet your prayers. Denise and I were scheduled to return back “home” to our field from this short furlough in the middle of August, unfortunately, in light of COVID – 19, that’s not going to be happening, at least not in August or September. We are thankful that we serve a God that, even in the midst of a global pandemic is still in the business of guiding and directing His people, saving lost sinners, and maturing His children.

IMG_8878PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL OPEN DOORS THAT NO MAN CAN SHUT SO THAT WE CAN RETURN TO THE FIELD SOON!

I am thankful that during this season, because of the technology of the day, I have still been able to disciple five different men (three from Laos, one from China, and just added another one from Cambodia) on a weekly basis. It is such a joy to be able to spend time with these men and to watch as they continue to grow in their love for the Lord and their service for Christ and the cause of Christ. These are all good men that I was discipling while in Asia, and I am grateful we can continue to do so while “stuck” in the States. The picture below is Kosal and his daughter Abigail. We just started meeting once again (on-line, of course) this past week. While living and serving with our team in Cambodia I had the privilege to disciple Kosal once or twice a week for two years.

IMG_8852PLEASE PRAY FOR THESE FIVE FINE YOUNG MEN (SOUBIN, CHERCHOU, JUI, RICHARD, AND KOSAL)!

We are also grateful that we are able to keep in contact with our team back “home” on almost a daily basis. God is doing some amazing things through our folks back home. In addition to the services in the capital city and three different villages in which our folks are serving, the School of Ministry dorm is progressing well, and we are also helping them and others to help the poor, the needy, and the helpless (“OPERATION SAMARITAN’S COMPASSION”) during these difficult days and trying times. A handful of the folks that received physical help also trusted Christ!

WE ARE EXTREMELY GRATEFUL FOR CHURCHES AND INDIVIDUAL BELIEVERS THAT HAVE PARTNERED WITH US, NOT ONLY TO SEE SOULS SAVED, LIVES CHANGED, AND CHURCHES PLANTED, BUT ALSO TO ASSIST THE POOR AND THE NEEDY DURING THESE TRYING TIMES. THESE FOLKS HAVE NO UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, NO STIMULUS PACKAGE. THEY DEPEND ON THE GENEROSITY OF GOD’S PEOPLE!

102A42B4-10D5-457F-8672-7552B7130D69

30216D8C-4C25-440F-AFCF-2EAC5F2E1045

1ACB9F97-DC92-40D8-AE23-806998C101F9

4DAD0440-C4B0-44B0-AD1D-A710D7C554B7

BD8184C0-BDF8-4D9D-9916-A816ED6C5ECF

IMG_8883

The woman above is named, Sua Xiong. She is the mother of our Bible student Vangpao. She had never attended one of our services until this past Sunday. Why did she attend? Because we helped to meet her physical need. Please pray for her salvation! 

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR ALL OF THE DIFFERENT MINISTRIES THAT WE HAVE OPERATING FOR CHRIST AND THE CAUSE OF CHRIST AT THIS TIME. BUT ESPECIALLY PRAY FOR “OPERATION SAMARITAN’S COMPASSION.” PRAY THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO MEET PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL NEEDS DURING THIS TIME!

As much of the U.S. is beginning to “open,” we are actually beginning to have some meetings. In the past six weeks, we have had meetings in five different supporting churches and look forward to being in a few more of our supporting churches in the next three weeks.

73B117CF-EF53-4B0F-9CA7-202A5A18C3AFPLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL GIVE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO REPORT TO SOME MORE OF OUR SUPPORTING CHURCHES BEFORE WE DO LEAVE THE COUNTRY!

As always, my wife and I want to thank you and your church family for your prayers, financial support, and concern for us at all times, especially during this time. God bless you and yours!

Your Missionaries in Southeast Asia,

Johnny and Denise Esposito

 

June 15, 2020

IMG_0009

The picture above is of one of our dear ladies. Her name is Champa. Her salvation testimony is heart-warming.  In recent days, she has stepped up by faith to fill a great need in teaching some of the other Hmong women in her village. Discipleship really does make a difference!

While we are still navigating through the tumultuous waters here in the United States, back “home” in “our respective country” things are going extremely well. Most, not all, of the COVID -19 restrictions have been lifted in recent days. Four of our School of Ministry students graduated with a two-year diploma. We are so proud of Kong, Jui, Souphan, and Pachu and look forward to seeing what God does in and through their lives. 

img_7489

After our School of Ministry graduation and working some on our new dormitory, a handful of our School of Ministry students went back home for a while and are busying themselves with the work of the harvest, both natural and spiritual. We are so thankful for young people that are committed to Christ, the cause of Christ, and have a sincere love for the people of their country.

PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL CONTINUE TO USE OUR FOUR GRADUATES AS WELL AS ALL OF OUR STUDENTS TO MAKE AN IMPACT IN THE COUNTRY! 

The church services in all three of our locations have finally resumed and are still trying to get back to where they were before the lockdown. Our Saturday Children and Teen Ministries have also recently started up once again, and the new Bible study in Soubin’s village is doing extremely well.

img_7491

img_7468

img_7511PLEASE PRAY FOR THESE VARIOUS SERVICES!

We so very proud of our School of Ministry students and a few of our church members. Despite the extreme heat and limited resources, the work on our School of Ministry dormitory is progressing well ahead of schedule. It looks like the dorm will be completed sometime in July, and well ahead of our fall term.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THE NEW DORMITORY!

Of course, I have been able to continue my online discipleship sessions with Soubin (three days a week), Cherchou (three days a week), and Jui (one day a week). These are three good men that love the Lord, the word of God, and are committed to doing the work of God.  Lord willing, Pastor Kong and I will also be meeting once a week for a time of discipleship beginning soon.

PLEASE PRAY FOR JUI, SOUBIN, CHERCHOU, AND THEIR FAMILIES!

It has also been a blessing to teach a series of lessons on “The Lost Art of Discipleship” for one of my former Bible college students, Pastor Kyle Beck, and the Pacific Baptist Church family of Monterey Park. Lord willing, I will be teaching for five to six weeks. 

IMG_7480

PLEASE PRAY FOR PASTOR KYLE BECK AND PBC MP AS THEY HAVE JUST STARTED MEETING TOGETHER IN PERSON ON SUNDAYS!  

I am also thankful for the opportunity that my wife and I, a handful of family and friends here in the States, our home church Pacific Baptist Church, and Barnabas1040 were able to continue supporting various needs back in two different countries in Southeast Asia – including assisting our team in Cambodia financially in the repairs of the roof of their brand new church building, which was completely blown off in a recent storm.

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR TEAM IN CAMBODIA AS THEY RESTART THE REBUILDING PROCESS!

As always, my wife and I want to thank you and your church family for your prayers, financial support, and concern for us at all times, especially during this time. God bless you and yours!

Your Missionaries in Southeast Asia,

Johnny and Denise Esposito