January Ministry Highlights

Due to the sensitive nature of this ministry, some details, photos and videos have been removed from the below update that was sent to our prayer partners.

Prayer Partners:

It was great catching up with many of you!

Taking fire from both the secular world and a large portion of the professing church, this ministry needs a spiritual-battle-ready team. I am more confident than ever that we have it. Thank you to those who have stood with us!

Blessed with Genuine Supporters – just a few photos, more on Castaway’s FB page:



“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:19


Ministry Update @ Shepherd’s Grace Chapel:

Pastor Greg Sands has great compassion for folks like me. He previously served with Focus on the Family and by extension, ex-gay ministries. He saw firsthand what is required of those the Lord has called out of homosexuality to witness for Him (e.g. continuously sharing painful memories to help others, rejection from the church).

Shepherd’s Grace has stood with us through thick and thin. When my Dad came down with a severe case of Covid and I was overseas, Pastor Sands went so far as to offer to come to Clearfield and help take care of him.

We praise the Lord for the “above and beyond” spirit of Pastor Sands and Shepherd’s Grace Chapel!

Find VIDEO on Church “Sermons” page here – https://www.sgcchurch.net/sermons.html



“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you… For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;”  Philippians 1:3-5


Chapel Time @ Frederick Christian Academy:

What a blessing! On this second visit to Frederick Christian Academy (first in 2020), Principal David Lavoie had asked me to provide the:

(1) Biblical viewpoint on homosexuality and
(2) Importance of an appropriate biblical display of Christ’s love for all to the LGBTQ community.

High school students… This is the generation most impacted by these issues.

Students were very engaged and asked great questions. Praise the Lord!

VIDEO: Ex-Gay Missionary Explains Biblical Worldview re Homosexuality at Christian School – https://youtu.be/mESqZXPhX4A

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…”  Hosea 4:6

Like last time, Pastor Kent Ramler (People’s Baptist Church) and I had lunch afterwards. Good fellowship.




Reunited with Shawn Kenney (Pittsburgh):

The Lord is Father to the fatherless and uses the least of us as vessels. On Pittsburgh’s North Side starting in 2010, I served with an evangelistic youth outreach ministry.

Shawn Kenney, who had participated in their programs, was gunned down in a drive-by shooting and resuscitated. Praise the Lord!

They asked me to start a Bible study with him at the hospital. It was a great honor. I got back much more than I gave. A lifelong bond began in that hospital room.

Recently, I was blessed to see Shawn, talk about how the Lord works even through life’s trials and pray together again.

Praise the Lord for all He has done for us!



“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”  Proverbs 27:17

VIDEO: Shawn Prays – https://youtu.be/h7OmukGLSxo


Testimony Share @ Tri-County Church:

In a small group, Dad and Mom shared how they had handled my rebellion and homosexual lifestyle. I shared my testimony. Many questions yielded edifying discussion. Praise the Lord!



“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”  Revelation 12:11


Send-off Gathering:

Mom organized a send-off and put much work into preparing. A number of local churches and lifelong relationships were represented at my parents’ house. I provided a ministry update and answered questions.

All gathered to pray for the Lord’s protection and blessing. The love in the room was tangible. Praise the Lord!



Connie Hoyt was one of my childhood “Junior Church” teachers. She taught us songs I have since taught kids from Pennsylvania to Cambodia (Prov 22:6). Praise the Lord!



“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve… but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”  Joshua 24:15


Amazing Grace @ Hope Baptist:

VIDEO:  Matt sings Amazing Grace at Hope Baptist, Clearfield – https://youtu.be/G0nU6WOxhok

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”  Ephesians 2:7-9


Traveling Back to Cambodia:

Dad and Mom took me to the train station in Altoona, PA. Witnessing along the way, I met up with a longtime friend and ultimately attended Brooklyn Tabernacle (second time). It was a blessing.



Muslims in the Middle East:

On a layover in the Middle East (Dubai), I was blessed to witness to Muslims and Hindus.

One of the Muslims and I connected online and have been debating the deity of Christ and the Bible vs. Quran. The Lord has given me an appreciation for the comradery. Praise the Lord!

All believers are called to be in the seed planting business. We are stepping stones. Pray that another guy is sent their way to water that seed. Trust the Lord for fruit.



“I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.”  1 Corinthians 3:6-7


Buddhist Cambodians in the Middle East:

Walking along, suddenly I thought I heard Khmer (Cambodian language) in Dubai. Huh? Really?? Sure enough, they were two Cambodians there working as chefs.

They looked at me like I had three heads when I spoke Khmer. The Lord used that common ground (and probably homesickness) as a bridge to the gospel. Praise the Lord!


Jehovah’s Witness Minister on a Plane:

On the third of three flights, the Lord sat me next to a Canadian Jehovah’s Witness (JW) minister.

It was my duty to engage. Initially, my testimony seemed to have an impact. No one comes out of such deep sin by human strength.

To verify my understanding of JW heresy, I asked if he denies the deity of Christ. He said Jesus is a son of God like any man can be a son of God. He said Jesus is not equal to God.

(He said the Holy Spirit is a force, etc… but I chose to focus primarily on the deity of Christ, as none of us could be saved without this doctrine.)

From seminary, I knew their satanically inspired “New World Translation” cunningly adds words in strategic places to deceive adherents and recalled a prime example to show him.

Colossians 1:16-17 KJV reads:
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Colossians 1:16-17 Jehovah’s Witness version adds the word “other” repeatedly to imply that Christ is God’s first creation and therefore is not eternal God Himself:
“because by means of him all other things were created in the heavens and on the earth, the things visible and the things invisible, whether they are thrones or lordships or governments or authorities. All other things have been created through him and for him. Also, he is before all other things, and by means of him all other things were made to exist,”

He rebutted everything I said. I directed him to numerous passages such as John 10:30Heb 1 and Rev 1:7-8. If his theory is correct, I asked, how could the Creation account (Gen 1-2) have omitted the creation of Jesus Christ??

I told him that if Christ is not God, then His death, burial and resurrection have no power to save us. All of humanity would be hell bound. He acknowledged the sinlessness of Christ but continued to rebuttal everything I said.

At the end, I showed him 2 Corinthians 11:14 and told him that some who are deceived go on deceiving others:

“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”  2 Timothy 3:13

Any of us could die at any moment. Click Here to find out how you can know enduring peace, God’s purpose for your life and be sure you will go to heaven when your brief time on earth is up.

PRAISE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!


Ways to Partner:

1. Pray for:
– Conviction, eyes to see and ears to hear for the LGBTQ.
– That seeds would bear fruit, that the Lord would raise up Cambodian evangelists.

– Revival for the U.S. church – that we would stand for difficult truth in these days no matter what the cost.
– Pray for our marriage and the promised son.
– Financial support to keep me in the field doing what I am called to do.

 
2. Click to Donate via PayPal (tax deductible)!

CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW STORM: Ministry Presentation; Ansonville, PA; Jan 25, 2023

I am on deck to present the ministry (Evangelizing the LGBTQ & Training up Youth) this Wednesday 1/25/23, 7:00pm at:

Zion Baptist Church
12004 Tyrone Pike, Irvona, PA 16656

https://www.zionansonville.org/

Praise the Lord! Please Join Us There!

“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10:14

Any of us could die at any moment. Click Here to find out how you can know enduring peace, God’s purpose for your life and be sure you will go to heaven when your brief time on earth is up.

Seminary Graduation

Seminary (M.Div. Homiletics) is finished “with distinction” and fully paid for… only in Christ.

PRAISE THE LORD!

(See diploma and backstory below.)

Some have abandoned me when needed most. I thank the Lord for those of you who have not jumped to conclusions, but instead have unconditionally loved and supported (2 Cor 6:3-10). Thank you!

“Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” Matthew 7:1-2

The Backstory:

In 2000, I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a dual major Bachelor’s degree in Business and Political Science. In my past life, my grades were less than stellar.

While climbing the corporate ladder at PNC Bank for nearly 15 years, the Lord brought me to repentance and called me to the ministry.

Repeatedly reprimanded for evangelizing the workplace and refusing to support the LGBTQ agenda under the banner of “Diversity & Inclusion,” it was impossible to remain faithful to the Lord while also pleasing PNC. The Lord led to Cambodia.

Initially rejected from seminary, treated as inferior by many pastors and ultimately my wife, I delayed. Much like the bank, it has been impossible to remain faithful to the Lord while also maintaining the approval of the church.

Interestingly, the Lord used the pressure of these trials to strengthen and provoke me to action…

For the past two years, I have been studying online from Cambodia in Liberty University’s John W. Rawlings School of Divinity.

In December 2022, I graduated “with distinction” (GPA 3.93) with a Masters of Divinity in Homiletics (Preaching).

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:3-5

Lesson Learned: No matter what happens, Fight Forward to please God, not people.

PRAISE THE LORD!!!

Any of us could die at any moment. Click Here to find out how you can know enduring peace, God’s purpose for your life and be sure you will go to heaven when your brief time on earth is up.

Ministry Presentation; Falls Creek, PA; Jan 15, 2023

I am on deck to present the ministry (Evangelizing the LGBTQ & Training up Youth) this Sunday 1/15/23, 9:30am at:

Shepherd’s Grace Chapel
320 Main Street
Falls Creek, PA, 15840
https://www.sgcchurch.net/

Praise the Lord! Please Join Us There!

“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10:14

Any of us could die at any moment. Click Here to find out how you can know enduring peace, God’s purpose for your life and be sure you will go to heaven when your brief time on earth is up.

Youth Ministry Cambodia VIDEOS, 2022 Year in Review

Praise the Lord Jesus Christ!

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15

សរសើរតម្កើងព្រះអម្ចាស់យេស៊ូវគ្រីស្ទ!

ទ្រង់​ផ្តាំ​គេ​ថា ចូរ​អ្នក​រាល់​គ្នា​ទៅ​ពេញ​សព្វ​ក្នុង​លោកីយ​ទាំង​មូល ហើយ​ផ្សាយ​ដំណឹង​ល្អ​ទួទៅ​ដល់​គ្រប់​មនុស្ស​ទាំង​អស់​ចុះ ម៉ាកុស 16:15

Note: My primary ministry focuses are: (1) Evangelizing the LGBTQ and (2) Evangelizing and Discipling Youth. The above “2022 Year in Review” video represents half of my ministry. Due to the sensitivity of LGBTQ outreach, there will not be a “2022 Year in Review” video for public view.

Any of us could die at any moment. Click Here to find out how you can know enduring peace, God’s purpose for your life and be sure you will go to heaven when your brief time on earth is up.

រីករាយ​ថ្ងៃ​បុណ្យ​ណូអែល Merry Christmas!

យប់​ដ៏​ស្ងប់ស្ងាត់ “Silent Night” – Neighborhood Youth Ministry, Cambodia

រីករាយ​ថ្ងៃ​បុណ្យ​ណូអែល! សរសើរតម្កើងព្រះអម្ចាស់យេស៊ូវគ្រីស្ទ ជាព្រះសង្គ្រោះ!

Praise the Lord Jesus Christ, Savior of the world!

“ដ្បិត​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​នេះ មាន​ព្រះ‌អង្គ​សង្គ្រោះ​១​អង្គ ប្រសូត​ដល់​អ្នក​រាល់​គ្នា​នៅ​ក្រុង​ហ្លួង​ដាវីឌ គឺ​ជា​ព្រះ‌គ្រីស្ទ​ដ៏​ជា​ព្រះ‌អម្ចាស់” លូកា 2:11

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11

Any of us could die at any moment. Click Here to find out how you can know enduring peace, God’s purpose for your life and be sure you will go to heaven when your brief time on earth is up.

November Ministry Highlights

Due to the sensitive nature of this ministry, some details, photos and videos have been removed from the below update that was sent to our prayer partners.

Prayer Partners:

Thank you for your support!


Reminder:

All of January, I am planning to be back in Pennsylvania and would be blessed to share at your church. Please reply if interested.


Neighborhood Youth Ministry – Blessed with Special Guest Speaker:

Soccer is hugely popular in Cambodia. Several of our youth dream of playing professional sports.

After we studied how Gideon tore down the altar to Baal (Judges 6), “C” stepped up to share testimony.

While Cambodians commonly offer sacrifices to appease demons (e.g. avoid curses, gain good luck), witchcraft is commonly practiced in C’s country of Cameroon, Africa. He was told he would never make it in professional sports unless he practiced witchcraft (i.e. bow to the “god of this world,” 2 Cor 4:4Matt 4:8-10).

Refusing to worship Satan, “C” chose to stand for the Lord Jesus Christ. Today, by the Lord’s grace, he is a pro soccer player for a Cambodian team. Praise the Lord!

C’s hard-hitting testimony encouraged our youth not to return to idol worship that is so deeply ingrained in Cambodian culture. He urged them to worship only the Lord Jesus Christ. It greatly resonated, especially with the teenage boys. Praise the Lord!

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”  Proverbs 3:5-6


Youth Ministry Update – The Lord Spares a Fatherless Boy’s Mother:

Recap: Fatherless student “P,” with us from the beginning, is the poorest of our kids. His mother, who struggles with a number of ailments, was not able to eat or sleep due to a vast array of neglected dental issues. Losing weight and in severe pain, the Lord led to step in. He is Father to the fatherless.

“A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.”  Psalm 68:5

Especially in a developing country, extensive dental work can be a long, arduous process. From tooth extractions to molds and a partial denture, we were up around 15 dental visits by the end. For example, molds and partial dentures are mailed to capital city Phnom Penh and back, fitted, tweaked… back and forth several times before finished.

She is finally able to eat more than yogurt and porridge and looks much healthier. The family is overjoyed. Praise the Lord!!

Please pray for salvation for the family.

“P”s sisters are only living back home now because one of them recently had a baby. Typically it is just “P” and his mom. This boy needs a mom. Thank you for your support!!

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”  Isaiah 41:10


Youth Ministry – J’s Dad:

Another teenager with us from the beginning, “J”s parents have been divorced for years. His dad drinks like I used to drink.

Over the years, I have shared the gospel and testimony with him several times, ‘The Lord Jesus can help, but you must repent and truly believe in Him.’ One time, he replied, ‘I know. My son (“J”) tells me that all the time.’

“C” said his son “J” evangelizes him using his Bible. “J” is 15 years old. That is genuine fruit. Praise the Lord!

Like my grandma used to say, ‘Some people never look up until they are on their backs.’ I can relate.

After being released from the hospital on alcohol related problems, “C” was willing to listen. He prayed to give his life to the Lord Jesus Christ. PRAISE THE LORD!

We have been studying the Bible together. He seems to have a hunger for the Word. Please pray that he fights forward up the mountains of Buddhist indoctrination and breaking old life habits to VICTORY IN JESUS!

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”  Psalm 51:17


Evangelizing the LGBTQ – Another Story Demonstrating How the Lord Leads:

I heard that one of my former students who had professed to know Christ was now living as a monk at a mountain monastery. So I prayerfully set out to find him.

My understanding was that there was only one monastery in that area. I was wrong. From one monastery to another… the Lord used that misunderstanding to open door after door to share the gospel.

One would imagine that sharing the gospel with a head monk at his monastery would draw fire. In this case, the Lord gave them a fascination with my height and nationality. They listened to the gospel message, even when I differentiated karma from Biblical salvation. Praise the Lord Jesus Christ!

At the end of the day, I went to the closest town to eat and stay the night. There the Lord led into the LGBTQ. “L,” pictured below with a lion on his sweatshirt, recently lost his dad and mom to tragic circumstances.

“L” has since delved deeply into Buddhism, dresses as a ladyboy and participates in Buddhist festivals. After listening and comforting, it was the right time to share the gospel message and Christian worldview around homosexuality with him – to tell him about the God who loves him enough to give his life for him.

Recently I returned and met L’s friend “V.” Influenced by another believing friend, “V” has been reading the Bible.

Around lunch, they took me to see ancient Hindu rock carvings. People offer sacrifices (e.g. incense, food) in front of them.

After browsing the carvings, they asked what I thought of them. I explained that I enjoyed the surrounding nature and mountain but that the God who created the heavens and the earth is the One true, living God. Other “gods” are deception from Satan (John 8:442 Cor 4:4Rev 12:9-11).

Often we as believers are called to speak difficult truth that people would rather not hear. Had I silently endorsed Hindu gods by not speaking up, it would have been sin.

As believers entrusted with The Truth, we are called to lead, rather than follow. Please pray for salvation for “L” and “V.” Praise the Lord!

“For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.”  Acts 17:33


Evangelizing the LGBTQ – Ladyboy Prostitutes:

“Ladyboys” (a term that Thai and Cambodian men who live as women call themselves) gather along the river in my town to sell themselves in the evenings. We ate together at a food truck in the area.

We prayed together before eating. One used to attend church. Another sang a Christian song for the group. Another seemed to be very convicted when asked to read Scripture, specifically the call to repentance. The Lord was working there.

Please pray for salvation, specifically for “K.” Praise the Lord!

“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?”  Romans 10:14


Evangelizing the LGBTQ – Tourists from Thailand:

On the way into a coffee shop, an employee who didn’t know my past joked, ‘Those two in front of you are gays from Thailand.’ (tourists here to visit the temples)

I played it cool until they ordered and sat down. Then I introduced myself and asked it if was ok to sit with them.

I shared the gospel. They replied that basically all religions seek to make us ‘a good person.’ So I shared key differences between Christianity and Buddhism.

One of the two seemed to be more convicted when asked to read God’s Word. At the end, I prayed for them. And they said, ‘Thank you for sharing the right path.’ Praise the Lord! Please pray for salvation.

“I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.”  1 Corinthians 3:6

 
Grade A Nation” Podcast:

This is not a Christian podcast. Chris is a skeptical unbeliever, who sought to discredit both messenger and message. Yet the Lord used it.

Chris had thoroughly researched and asked deeply personal questions, drilling into great subject matter. We discussed a wide range of issues covered in my books and ministry updates. Praise the Lord!

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”  2 Corinthians 10:5

Any of us could die at any moment. Click Here to find out how you can know enduring peace, God’s purpose for your life and be sure you will go to heaven when your brief time on earth is up.

PRAISE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!


Ways to Partner:

1. Pray for:
– Conviction, eyes to see and ears to hear for the LGBTQ.
– That seeds would bear fruit, that the Lord would raise up Cambodian evangelists.

– Revival for the U.S. church – that we would stand for difficult truth in these days no matter what the cost.
– Pray for our marriage and the promised son.
– Financial support to keep me in the field doing what I am called to do.

 
2. Click to Donate via PayPal (tax deductible)!

October Ministry Highlights

Due to the sensitive nature of this ministry, some details, photos and videos have been removed from the below update that was sent to our prayer partners.

Prayer Partners:

Thank you for your support!


Rebekah Update:

Worship Video: “God Is Good All the Time!” => https://youtu.be/unXOXdtupHE

After recording the above video (note the final clip) and before finishing this ministry update, I ran into my wife today for the first time in a while. As you know, we have been separated since July of 2021. Please pray that she repents and comes home.

“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.”  Psalm 20:7-8


Matt in Pennsylvania after Christmas:

All of January, I plan to be back in Pennsylvania and would be blessed to share at your church. Please reply if interested.


Cambodia – Neighborhood Youth Ministry:

We have been studying Job. The kids are learning to lead in steps. For example, “J” and “P” shared the gospel with the group and received feedback. “P” closed the service, incorporating take-aways from the lesson into his prayer, like an adult. Praise the Lord!

We went to a local church, and the kids worshipped in song. Praise the Lord!

“The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.”  Psalm 24:1


Indonesia – Ex-Gay Testimony, Youth Group:

The Lord provided opportunity to share with a church youth group. Praise the Lord!

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”  Revelation 21:11


Indonesia – Worship Leader “J”:

It is very difficult to be openly gay in predominantly Muslim Indonesia. Most keep their lifestyles private.

One day, I got lost trying to find the jungle to take a hike. Stopping to ask directions from two young Muslim men covered from head to toe in black, I caught a glimpse of mascara on one’s eyes. Unplanned as usual, the Lord had led me right into the LGBTQ!

I connected with the apparent leader (who could speak some English) online. Through another turn of events on a rainy day, I ended up at a KFC in his town. The Lord led to reach out and share the gospel with him.

Getting out of there after our impending meeting required GPS. The electrical outlets at KFC did not work on my rain-soaked phone. In a next door coffee shop, I tried to charge.

Both of the two customers in the coffee shop were openly gay. At first, I made small talk and spoke of my phone issues. When the conversation went to testimony, “J” shed a tear. He turned over his arm to reveal cut marks dating back to a week prior, he said. THAT was about the time the Lord had led me to plan the trip. This series of mishaps were not coincidence!

We read Scripture for encouragement, prayed together and connected online.

“J” reached out and asked to discuss God’s Word more. He, the same friend and I met for dinner. Beginning with Creation and The Fall of Man, I walked him through the biblical worldview around homosexuality (e.g. Gen 1-3Jer 17:9Ps 51:5Rom 1:20-323:10231 Cor 6:9-11).

Though raised in a Christian home and having led worship in church, homosexuality had not been directly addressed with applicable Scripture. He seemed to have concluded there was no way out and that he could not be forgiven. I can relate.

“J” re-committed his life to Christ right there at the dinner table. Praise the Lord!!

After walking through Scripture proving that Jesus can forgive the repentant homosexual, “J” said, ‘Thank you. I learned so much today about the love of God.’ Praise the Lord!

Walking away from a gay identity and lifestyle is not easy. But in the power of Christ, all things are possible (Matt 19:26)! Please pray for “J.”

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”  Psalm 51:17
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”  Ephesians 3:20


Indonesia – Pastor on the “Down Low”:

Those who have lived gay lifestyles are well aware that there is much “undercover” homosexuality around the world.

On a flight from one part of Indonesia to another, I met a pastor who showed me photos of his beautiful wife and kids at home.

We discussed my testimony and the ministry. Pastor invited me back some day to share testimony at his church.

Off the plane, he followed me to the airport-adjoined hotel where I was going to stay for the overnight layover. I assumed that he either followed me there to help with translation or because he was considering getting a room for himself. I was wrong.

Pastor asked if it was ok for him to stay overnight in my room with me. Standing there in disbelief, I confirmed with the concierge in front of this pastor that there was only one bed in my room. Confirmed.

One bed was not a deal-breaker for the pastor. Through our extensive conversations, it was apparent that this was not some sort of rural custom or cost saving effort.

Nothing, I mean NOTHING surprises me these days.

“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”  2 Timothy 3:13


“Keep It Real” Podcast (2-part):

Baltimore Baptist church leader Mark and I discuss: (1) the biblical worldview on homosexuality, (2) ex-gay new life realities and (3) handling rejection from the church. Praise the Lord.

Part 1 of 2 (59 mins) => https://youtu.be/ZAztL7B29LI

Part 2 of 2 (1 hr, 7 mins) => https://youtu.be/KJy8IqwcZso

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”  2 Corinthians 12:9

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Ways to Partner:

1. Pray for:
– Conviction, eyes to see and ears to hear for the LGBTQ.
– That seeds would bear fruit, that the Lord would raise up Cambodian evangelists.

– Revival for the U.S. church – that we would stand for difficult truth in these days no matter what the cost.
– Pray for our marriage and the promised son.
– Financial support to keep me in the field doing what I am called to do.

 
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ព្រះអង្គល្អរាល់វេលា God Is Good All the Time!

សរសើរតម្កើងព្រះអម្ចាស់យេស៊ូ (Praise the Lord Jesus!) #ព្រះយេស៊ូវ #ខ្មែរ

“… ព្រះ‌យេហូវ៉ា​ទ្រង់​បាន​ប្រទាន​មក ហើយ​ទ្រង់​ក៏​បាន​ដក​យក​ទៅ​វិញ សូម​ឲ្យ​ព្រះ‌នាម​ព្រះ‌យេហូវ៉ា​បាន​ព្រះ‌ពរ​ចុះ”
យ៉ូប 1:21

“… The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”
Job 1:21

September Ministry Highlights

Due to the sensitive nature of this ministry, some details, photos and videos have been removed from the below update that was sent to our prayer partners.

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Thank you for your support!

Youth Ministry Fruit – “Day of the Dead”:

For many Cambodian believers, like the Israelites (Ex 32), the greatest challenge is the pressure from family to return to (deeply ingrained and fear-driven) idol worship.

Pchum Ben,” which just finished, is another Buddhist holiday (like April) wherein family pressures new Christians to return to the pagoda and offer sacrifices to demons.

One time per year, people believe the gates of hell are opened for the spirits of the dead to roam the earth.

In keeping with teaching around karma (do good, get good), the living “transfer merit” to deceased ancestors by giving rice (a food offering / sacrifice) to monks who see to it that it is transferred.

As believers, we know that this life is a brief “waiting room” opportunity to accept or reject the only way to heaven – repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Matt 3:2John 3:31614:6Rom 6:23).

Everlasting judgment awaits all who have rejected Him (John 12:48). And there is no coming back (Jam 4:14Heb 9:27Rev 21:8).

This reality fuels evangelism:
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”  Mark 16:15-16
For the repentant born-again believer who walks according to the Spirit of God, there will be no condemnation (Rom 8:1Rev 21:4).

Moreover, Pchum Ben is yet another lie Satan uses to steal worship from the Lord.

Charging the youth to stand for Christ against the establishment, the Lord led to address Pchum Ben using Daniel’s bold stand in Daniel Chapter 1.

“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”  Matthew 10:28

Youth Ministry Fruit – “P” & family:

Mindful of the aforementioned, the Lord leads to engage families.

Recently P’s sister came back home to give birth. I was invited inside the house for the first time. Her husband is Catholic Indonesian, open to talk. Praise the Lord.

When asked “spur of the moment” at the end of last Sunday’s service to share the gospel, “P” stepped up. The other kids applauded, which seemed to encourage him. Praise the Lord!

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth…”  Romans 1:16

Youth Ministry Fruit – “H”:

Many youth pray to give their lives to Christ. Not all demonstrate a hunger for the Word or love for the Lord (Matt 7:16-24).

But “H” went out of his way to ask for a Bible. He wanted to understand it. He began reading right then and there at Genesis 1 (video below).

Then he came to worship despite being very sick (later went to the hospital)
. I said, ‘Wow, you must really love Jesus?’ With resolve, he replied, ‘Yes, Teacher.’ PRAISE THE LORD!

Please pray that “H” continues in the fight!


“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”  Ephesians 2:8-9

Door-to-Door Ministry Fruit – Man Asks for a Bible & Commits to Read:

A neighborhood man with whom our youth shared door-to-door several weeks ago recently asked for a Bible. I took him one, gave him an overview and prayed with him.

He vowed to read the whole Bible, jotting down his questions along the way.

Please pray that the Lord gives “Bong” faith.

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”  Romans 10:17

LGBTQ Evangelism – Pastor’s Son “K”:

Compared to usual LGBTQ outreach, periodic meetings with “K” (last ref. June) are refreshing. The Lord has established trust and pushes me to be bold.

At the end of a previous conversation, he said he feels soft / girly and that people label him “gay.” I told him it doesn’t matter how girly he feels or people think he is. Then I asked him if he has a penis. He replied, Yes. ‘Then you’re a man!’ I confirmed. He smiled.

Our most recent spirited debate was mostly about the credibility of God’s Word. He said there is no God, that it’s just people’s belief in “something” that drives them.

After much apologetical and testimonial discussion, referencing Scripture (2 Tim 3:162 Pet 1:20-21), I asked if the Lord had ever spoken to him in any way (e.g. impression). He said, “No.”

I asked if I could pray with him that the Lord will reveal Himself to him. “K” agreed.

Please pray that the Lord makes Himself known to this man and makes him a warrior for Christ!

“Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”  2 Corinthians 5:20

Any of us could die at any moment. Click Here to find out how you can know enduring peace, God’s purpose for your life and be sure you will go to heaven when your brief time on earth is up.

PRAISE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!


Ways to Partner:

1. Pray for:
– Conviction, eyes to see and ears to hear for the LGBTQ.
– That seeds would bear fruit, that the Lord would raise up Cambodian evangelists.

– Revival for the U.S. church – that we would stand for difficult truth in these days no matter what the cost.
– Pray for our marriage and the promised son.
– Financial support to keep me in the field doing what I am called to do.

 
2. Click to Donate via PayPal (tax deductible)!