Well, I am back in Southeast Asia. I arrived on Friday afternoon and, as much as possible, got back in the swing of things immediately. On Friday evening I went up for a few minutes and checked on our Teen Girl’s Fellowship, as well as the Teen Boy’s Fellowship. So grateful for a church that emphasizes the next generation, not simply from the pulpit but in everyday life. Kanha, Joy, and Sue are doing a wonderful job with our teen girls. Vannak, Man, and Kosal are doing a great job with our teen boys.
PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR TEEN WORKERS AND OUR TEENS AS GOD CONTINUES TO RAISE UP THE NEXT GENERATION OF SOLDIERS FOR CHRIST HERE IN CAMBODIA!
On Saturday, Man and I went soul winning together. It was great to see Sony and her children. Good to have them in church on Sunday and again on Wednesday evening. We also went by to visit Wanita and her cousins. They have been out of church for quite sometime, not by choice, but it was great to see them in church on Sunday and have them go out with Denise, Joy, and Sue. From what I understand they had a wonderful time!
PLEASE PRAY FOR SONY’S SPIRITUAL GROWTH AND THE SALVATION OF HER HUSBAND, AS WELL AS WANITA, ISABEL, VANNESA, AND BASIL TO CONTINUE TO GROW IN CHRIST IN SPITE OF THE MANY OBSTACLES!
On Monday evening it was good to have Mora over our house. She has been saved for a little less than a year. It was good to see her bring her Bible and ask many really good questions. Our time together was a good reminder of how difficult it is for folks here in this Buddhist country to get saved and make a stand for Christ.
PLEASE PRAY FOR MORA TO CONTINUE TO GROW IN HER FAITH AND TO BE USED TO REACH FAMILY AND FRIENDS FOR CHRIST!
On Tuesday we went to Steung Meanchey. Too be honest with you my favorite time of the week is visiting in Steung Meanchey. Lord willing, sometime in the near future, we will start a church in this needy area that has been infiltrated with NGO’s and Humanitarian help, which I am grateful for, but it is in desperate need of the Gospel!
Vannak and I had the opportunity to share the Gospel with about twelve adults and/or teens. Ten of the twelve had either never heard the name of Jesus even once, or if they had, the name Jesus meant nothing more to them than the name “Johnny” or “Jeff.” I am very thankful for Sue and Lynn Keo helping with the children while we share the Gospel with unbelievers and teach the Bible to Christians.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE PEOPLE OF STEUNG MEANCHEY AND FOR THE WORK GOD DESIRES TO BE DONE!
Tuesday afternoon and evening I resumed my discipleship sessions with a couple of our guys. On Tuesday afternoon I met with Both, and that evening I met with Kosal.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THESE TIMES THAT I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO SPEND WITH OUR MEN TO BE FRUITFUL!
On Wednesday, after our normal early morning prayer meeting, staff meeting, and a chapel service in which I preached, Denise and I headed to Coffee Bean to get together with Naren. We have mentioned her often in our blog updates. Naren is the one who had never SEEN, nor HEARD of the Bible until I pulled one out at my house during one of the times we had her over for supper. Denise and I had a wonderful time with Naren. We had the chance to sit down and talk with her for quite a while; encouraging her in some trials she is going through and, once again, shared the Gospel with her.
PLEASE PRAY FOR NAREN’S SALVATION AND FOR HER MOTHER’S HEALTH!
On Thursday I had the opportunity and privilege to preach for our Cham (former Muslims) congregation. There was a great crowd in attendance, great congregational singing, great specials (four of them), and a great response to the preaching. I preached the first of a three-part series from Micah 6:8. Looking forward to preaching for them again this coming Sunday for the morning and evening services.
PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL CONTINUE TO USE THE CHAM PEOPLE TO REACH THEIR FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AS WELL AS OTHERS IN THEIR AREA!
Concerning my first time back in Steung Meanchey on Tuesday. I have to be honest with you, being back in the impoverished Steung Meanchey after nearly three months in the States was like a cold slap in the face. Below are a few excerpts concerning poverty in the 10/40 Window lifted from my book “Peeking Through the 10/40 Window: Why it Matters to God and Why it Should Matter to Us”:
By any measure we are the richest people ever to walk on the planet earth. Furthermore, at no time in history has there ever been greater economic disparity in the world than at the present. While the average American lives on more than $90.00 per day approximately one billion people live on less than one dollar per day. And 2.6 billion (40 percent of the world’s population) live on less than $2.00 per day!
Today more than a billion people in the world live and die in desperate poverty. They attempt to survive on less than a dollar per day. Close to two billion others live on less than $2.00 per day. In other words, almost half of the world lives on less than two dollars per day. That is nearly half of the world struggling to find food, water, and shelter with the same amount of money that I spend on fries for lunch. More than twenty-six thousand children today will breathe their last breath due to starvation or a preventable disease.
If God’s people, especially those in the prosperous West, could “think deeply about the problem of poverty through biblical glasses,” I am convinced, not only would we be far more willing to lend a helping hand for the physical needs around the world, but we would also see more people reached with the Gospel of Christ.
Deuteronomy 15:10-11, “Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto. 11For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.”
It is good to be back home. It is good to be back in Southeast Asia doing the work of the ministry. We couldn’t be here without you. Thank you for your continual prayers and financial support!
Johnny, Denise, Joy, and Sue