September 28, 2020

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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. 

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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. 

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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.

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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.” 

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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!

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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

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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!

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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

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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

May 11, 2020

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My wife and I want to thank you for your prayers and financial support. We are presently in the States on a short furlough, if you would like to have us in (or online) to report  please feel free to contact me. The best way to contact us would be at our email address: seasia4him@gmail.com.  

For many of us, the last month or so seems to have taken forever. Because of all the restrictions, not only in the USA, but around the world, life has changed for all of us.  Yet, as followers of Jesus Christ, we are grateful that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever and He is still working for His glory and the good of others around the world. Please take a moment and watch our brief video update below and see all that God is doing despite the COVID-19 “crisis.”

May 2020 Update.mp4 from carrithelight on Vimeo.

Denise and I ask that you would continue to pray for our three churches back “home,” the new Bible study in Soubin’s village, our School of Ministry classes, the building of the new dormitory, our team as they seek to help the poor, needy, and hurting in Southeast Asia, as well as my three online discipleship sessions with Jui, Soubin, and Cherchou.

My wife and I are so very grateful for your prayers, for your financial support, and above all, for your loving friendship!

Your Missionaries in Southeast Asia,

Johnny and Denise Esposito

April 6, 2020

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The picture above is at the airport in Guangzhou, China. Needless to say, they are taking this COVID-19 situation serious. Nearly every one of the airport employees were wearing a hazmat suit.

It’s so hard to believe that it was less than three weeks ago that we sent out our Seven-Year Anniversary Prayer Update.  A lot has happened in the past three weeks and it’s been a long three weeks that’s for sure!

As we mentioned in our previous update, Denise and I were planning on taking our first furlough in about three years beginning the middle of May. Well, that changed after we received notifications from the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Embassy in our given country stating that, in lieu of the COVID-19 pandemic, if we planned on leaving the country any time in the near future we needed to leave soon. After pondering and praying about it for a few days, we booked a flight, said goodbye, and headed back “home.” We have been in the States now for a little over a week. Lord willing, we will be returning back to our place of ministry in 4-5 months! 

IMG_5209PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR STAY IN THE STATES TO BE AS FRUITFUL AS POSSIBLE UNDER THE PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES!

As it is in the United States, the country where my wife and I are presently serving is on an almost complete lockdown. Most of this has taken place either just prior to our leaving the country or right after we left. All the schools and the universities are closed. No meetings with over ten people. Nearly every International flight has been cancelled. Very little travel allowed, even within the country. Yet, we are glad to report, whether in Asia or America, God is still on His throne, His word is still going out, and His work is still being done, even if it’s being done in a different form or fashion. Pastor Kong and his wife have taken the “bull by the horns” since our departure and they are doing a tremendous job under trying circumstances. They are giving themselves, at this time, to discipling our dorm students (who are stuck in the city), translating Christian materials into the Hmong language, and even attempting to “live-stream” services despite limited resources (see picture below).

IMG_5224PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR TEAM BACK “HOME,” AND ESPECIALLY KONG, LILEE, AND JUI AS THEY LEAD THE TEAM DURING THESE TRYING TIMES!

A few weeks prior to leaving for the States, Jui, and I flew to Cambodia. I was scheduled to preach for a “Leadership Conference,” as well as for our Team and the church in Phnom Penh. I suppose you can guess what happened. Yes sir! Everything was cancelled in lieu of the COVID-19 pandemic. Well, the trip wasn’t a total waste, Jui and I were able to spend time with some of our Team Members and some of the dear folks that God allowed my wife and I to influence during the two years that we lived and served in Cambodia. I was also able to take Jui to visit the “The Killing Fields.” Always a sobering reminder of the depravity of man without God!

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IMG_5208PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR TEAM AND THE PEOPLE OF CAMBODIA DURING THIS TIME!

We definitely love and miss all of the folks that God has entrusted into our care. We thank God for their hunger and desire for the word and work of God. The pictures below are of our School of Ministry students taking their Midterm (three weeks ago) and afterwards praying for their country and the world during this time of “crisis.”

IMG_5223PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THESE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN TO CONTINUE TO HUNGER AND DESIRE THE THINGS OF GOD!

A FEW ADDITIONAL PRAYER REQUESTS:

(1) PRAY FOR WISDOM FOR OUR GOVERNMENT IN THE U.S. AND THE GOVERNMENTS AROUND THE WORLD DURING THIS TIME OF CRISIS!

(2) PRAY FOR MISSIONARIES AND NATIONALS IN ASIA AS THEY CONTINUE TO SERVE IN THE MIDST OF THIS CRISIS!

(3) PRAY FOR OUR TEAM IN THE “CREATIVE ACCESS” NATION TO HAVE THE WISDOM AND THE POWER TO SERVE DURING THESE DAYS!

(4) PRAY ESPECIALLY FOR KONG, LILEE, AND JUI AS THEY LEAD OUR TEAM FOR THE MOMENT!

(5) PRAY THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO RETURN BACK “HOME” IN 4-5 MONTHS AND BE ABLE TO REPORT SOME WHILE WE ARE HERE IN THE STATES!

As always, Denise and I simply want to say, “Thanks for your prayers, your friendship,  and,  of course, your financial support over these many years, ESPECIALLY IN TIMES LIKE THESE.” May God continue to bless you and yours!

Your Missionaries in Southeast Asia,

Johnny and Denise Esposito

March 15, 2020

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The picture above is my wife and I arriving in Southeast Asia seven years ago today. We left family, friends, and everything familiar to us in Los Angeles on March 14, 2013 (see picture below) and arrived in Cambodia. We would spend two weeks with our Team in Cambodia before flying to our destination in the “Creative Access Nation” in which we have lived and served for nearly four years now (two separate tours). Along with our time here in this country, we also spent a two-year tour with our Team in Cambodia, and another ten months living and serving in China. In addition to this, we have spent much time ministering in Thailand, and sometime in Indonesia and Myanmar. Yes, the Lord has been gracious!

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Over the past seven years we have given ourselves to doing the work and assisting others (our three teams, other missionaries, and Nationals in six different countries) as they do the work on this side of the Pacific and bringing awareness to the great need in the 1040 Window on your side of the Pacific Ocean.

We are grateful for all that the Lord has allowed us to do, but more importantly, we are thankful for all those that God has allowed us to influence for Christ and the cause of Christ the past seven years. People have been saved, baptized, discipled, pastors and church leaders have been trained, and churches have been planted, and we are thankful to have been able to have a small part!

FROM A “CREATIVE ACCESS NATION”

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We are extremely thankful for all of you that have been faithfully supporting us these past seven years, and in some cases, for over eight years now. We are even more grateful for your prayers and your friendship. We could never thank you enough for all that you have done and all that you mean to us!

FROM THE COUNTRY OF THAILAND

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While we never know what the future holds, we absolutely know Who holds the future, and we are confident that God will continue to guide and direct our steps for His glory and for the good of others, as long as we are “surrendered” to His leadership. With your help and by God’s grace, we will continue to assist folks over here and make aware the great needs over on your side of the Pacific.

FROM THE COUNTRY OF CAMBODIA

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When Denise and I left Los Angeles in March of 2013, we left behind five children (four were married at the time) and seven grandchildren. Well, the family has grown a bit. Our youngest child, Joy, got married and we now have 26 grandchildren (21 biological). Most of the grandchildren are pictured below. Of course, in the past seven years we have “adopted” quite a few Asian children and grandchildren!

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Lord willing, my wife and I are looking forward to seeing them all in May, as we return to the States for a short furlough. We surely covet your prayers concerning the furlough and for the work here in Asia. If any of you would like to have us in to give a report of God’s many blessings please let me know as soon as possible. As of now, it looks like we will be in the States between the middle of May until the middle of September!

FROM A “CREATIVE ACCESS NATION”

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As always, Denise and I simply want to say, “Thank you for everything. Your prayers. Your friendship. And, your financial support over the years.” May God continue to bless you and yours!

Your Missionaries in Southeast Asia,

Johnny and Denise Esposito

“The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.” – Hudson Taylor

 

February 10, 2020

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The picture above is one of our grandma’s (75 year’s old) on her way to be baptized. She had absolutely no idea at all who Jesus was, or what Jesus had done, until she reached the age of 72. Soon after Kong started a church in his village, grandma trusted Christ and was finally baptized, along with five others, on this past Sunday. The route to the baptism service and back was a bit tricky to say the least, but they all were willing to take it for Jesus. As we have mentioned often in previous updates, Kong and his wife Lilee (both students in our School of Ministry and fellow Team Members) are doing a wonderful job in their village. God has been so good!

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IMG_3039PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR KONG, LILEE, THEIR TEAM, AND THE CHURCH FAMILY IN THEIR VILLAGE! 

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TEAM RETREAT

Every two years Team Southeast Asia gets together in Bangkok for a Team Retreat. Our teams from Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos get together for a week of worship, preaching, teaching, food, fun, and lots of fellowship. It’s always a great time. We are thankful for the vision that my brother, Pastor Joe, and Brother Dave Board had for a Team being sent out of Pacific Baptist Church in Long Beach, CA. to reach the unreached of Southeast Asia. For the past nine years or so, we have had former members of Pacific Baptist Church reaching the lost and discipling the saved in these three countries. I believe more than 600 men, women, and children attend one of the many different services in these three countries every Sunday. I am going to guess 90 percent (probably more) of them were not saved prior to our Team Members arriving in Asia.  My most sincere apologies, Sara and Neatly Vong and their rather large tribe, Adrian Torres and his wife Bounmee, and Jay and Heidi Chang are not in the group picture above, but they are all doing a great job in their respective fields. God has been so good!

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IMG_2942PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR OUR THREE TEAMS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA!

SCHOOL OF MINISTRY

We are looking forward to a great Spring Term in our School of Ministry. We presently have 20 full-time students and two part-time students. Fourteen of these are our own and eight of them are from a sister church here in the capitol city. This term, I am teaching three classes, “1 Corinthians,” “Bible Doctrines: The Doctrine of Christ,” and a class I am really excited about “The New Testament Ministry and Minister.” My wife and I also spend one hour a week with our students for a time of discipleship and accountability. I can honestly say, this is my favorite time of the week. God has been so good!

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IMG_2890PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR SCHOOL OF MINISTRY STUDENTS!

DISCIPLESHIP WITH SOUBIN

I am spending two days a week discipling one of our good men named Soubin. He and his wife, along with their two daughters, have been faithfully attending our services for over nine months now. Unfortunately, he will be leaving the country soon for some schooling and vocational training. We will miss him greatly, and, at the same time, I thank God for the opportunity to influence him over the past nine months. God has been good!

IMG_2745PLEASE PRAY FOR SOUBIN, HIS WIFE, AND THEIR CHILDREN!

PASTOR KAMPAI’S GRADUATION SERVICE

Over the past nine years or so, even before coming to Asia as a full-time missionary, I have preached countless times for my dear friend, Pastor Kampai, as well as taught in his Bible Institute. Over the past two terms, eight of his students have been learning with us  in our School of Ministry three days a week. Recently, I had the privilege to preach, once again, for his Graduation Service. They have had only two Graduation Services over the years, and I have had the privilege to preach both of them. I know the three young men that graduated very well. In fact, all three studied with us this last term. God has been so good!

IMG_2947PLEASE PRAY FOR PASTOR KAMPAI’S GRADUATES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR CHRIST AND THE CAUSE OF CHRIST IN THIS COUNTRY! 

PREACHING FOR BANGKOK BAPTIST CHURCH

One of the great joys that I have had here in Asia over the past seven years is to be able to preach in many different churches in many different countries. Over the past seven years, I have had the privilege to preach in different churches in Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, China, Myanmar, and Indonesia. While every culture and every church  is different, they all have a common love for Christ, God’s word, and a desire to reach their people with the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ. It was a blessing to be able to preach on two consecutive Sundays for Pastor Badua and the Bangkok Baptist church in Bangkok, Thailand. Pastor Badua and his family have been in Bangkok for over twenty years now. Great church family. Great Pastor and family. The picture just below is actually from one of the first times I preached for Pastor Badua and his church family. God has been so good!

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IMG_2944PLEASE PRAY FOR PASTOR BADUA AND THE BANGKOK BAPTIST CHURCH TO CONTINUE MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THIS NEEDY CITY OF OVER TEN MILLION PEOPLE!

Denise and I want to thank all of you from the depths of our hearts. We want to thank you for your prayers and financial support the past seven years or more. May the Hand of God be upon you and yours!

Your Missionaries in Southeast Asia,

Johnny and Denise Esposito

March 2, 2020

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The picture above is the Mekong River, which is less than a two minute walk from our house. Some of the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises I have ever seen in my over sixty years of living are from this very location. This picture is a constant reminder to me of the great darkness that covers this part of the world – including the six countries this river flows through. And yet, the light of the glorious gospel shines in the midst of the darkness. We thank God for allowing us to be a small part of bringing the light here and we thank you for holding the ropes back home as we do!

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR US AS WE DO WHAT WE CAN WITH GOD’S HELP, AND YOUR PRAYERS AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT, TO LET HIS LIGHT SHINE IN THE MIDST OF THE DARKNESS!

DISCIPLESHIP CULTURE

One of the things I am most grateful for is to watch a “discipleship culture” being birthed here over the past two years since our arrival from China. It is such a blessing to have our core folks discipling others (children, teens, and adults) either one on one or in small groups. My wife has two discipleship groups and I am presently working with one discipleship group with ten men and discipling two other men personally. God has been so good to work in hearts and lives in all of these groups, and for this we are thankful!

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IMG_3709PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR DISCIPLERS, THOSE BEING DISCIPLED, AND FOR THE DISCIPLESHIP CULTURE TO CONTINUE HERE!

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Our new English term began three weeks ago, and despite being short a few teachers and classes, the term is doing very well. While we have fewer students than last term we are having a great start to the term and we are grateful to God and a great team for the great start. Once again, my wife is having different classes over our house for food and fun once a month. I am thankful to God, my wife, and Lilee for the great work being accomplished in our school!

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VILLAGE MINISTRIES

Our village ministries are doing very well, and we thank the Lord and our various workers for what is happening. Whether it is teaching English, preaching services for adults, teens, and children, discipleship, soul-winning, or various activities, we are seeing a beehive of godly activity and it is producing godly results. In the village that Kong is pastoring, they have had 3 saved and seven baptized over the past few weeks – including two ladies in their 70s and another woman in her mid 30s. In the other village, two have trusted Christ and are waiting to be baptized. We are so very grateful for what God is doing in these two villages!

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SUNDAY AND EVENING SERVICES

As we have mentioned in previous prayer updates, our Sunday evening and Wednesday evening gatherings are a great time of sharing blessings, worship, a time of feasting on God’s word, and a time of team building for our Team and our School of Ministry students. This past Sunday we even had a handful of visitors – including two of our own that are serving in another church about 30 minutes away – and just a great time of food, fun, and fellowship to go along with our weekly worship and teaching!

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VALENTINE’S DAY

Over the past few years, the country where we live and serve has actually picked up on a few American holidays, including Valentine’s Day. Now, it isn’t quite the same as in the States, at least not yet, but it’s picking up a little steam. My wife and a few of our “adopted daughters” used this as an opportunity to demonstrate the love of Christ to some of our Buddhist neighbors. They went around the village handing out candy, flowers, and homemade Valentine’s Day cards. We did the same type of thing at Christmas time, and like the Christmas give away, this was a great experience!

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YOUTH CONFERENCE

Our annual Youth Conference, or should I say, Youth Conferences, is right around the corner. We are presently in the planning stages. Over the past five years, we have held the conference in Thailand and we will normally have between 12-15 churches and well over 200 young people in Thailand. Last year, we actually held one in our country also for the Hmong young people. We will be doing the same this year. We are very excited about the Hmong Youth Conference. After meeting with Kong, Lilee, Jui, and Pachu to guide the planning, I have now turned it over to them to do all the planning. They are excited!

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HMONG YOUTH ACTIVITY

We are so grateful for Kong, Lilee, and Jui and their love for their people, especially the young people of this country. The pictures below are from a recent Youth Activity they put together for some of our Hmong young people, as well as the young people from another Hmong church about 40 minutes from us. They had a great time of food, fun, and fellowship!

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As always, my wife and I want to say thank you for your investment in our lives and all those that God allows us to influence on this side of the Pacific Ocean. We are grateful for your prayers and financial support, but above these, we are grateful for your friendship.

Your Missionaries to Southeast Asia,

Johnny and Denise Esposito

 

January 2, 2020

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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!

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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!

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IMG_0943PLEASE 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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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

December 9, 2019

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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! 🙂

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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!

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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!

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IMG_9428PLEASE 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