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