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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 3:2; John 3:3, 16, 14:6; Rom 6:23).
Everlasting judgment awaits all who have rejected Him (John 12:48). And there is no coming back (Jam 4:14; Heb 9:27; Rev 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 8:1; Rev 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 3:16; 2 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
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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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