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!