Mansion over the Hilltop

Praise the Lord!

“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:2-6

This is English and Tagalog. My wife is from the Philippines (Tagalog language, a nation of islands, mostly Catholic). πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­

We serve in Cambodia (Khmer language, between Vietnam and Thailand, mostly Buddhist). πŸ‡°πŸ‡­

Both people groups eat mostly “rice and noodle”-based dishes. Same region (Southeast Asia), different countries.

“Little Drummer Boy”

Neighborhood children’s ministry, Cambodia, Christmas Ministry 2020

“But Jesus said, ‘Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto Me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.'” Matthew 19:14

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Praise the Lord Jesus Christ!

Ex-Gay Testimony Dramatically Retold

Thanks to #Unshackled for revising (some details changed) & acting out my #ExGay #Testimony as a dramatic story for radio.

Click the following link to listen (30 mins) – https://unshackled.org/program/matthew-karchner-pg/

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USA Ministry Update

Prayer Partners:

Thank you for your support. Our Visa applications were approved, and we passed our Covid tests. After 10 months back in Pennsylvania, we headed out to return to Cambodia. Praise the Lord!

In spite of Covid season, through this extended homestay, the Lord opened doors. We were blessed to serve 23 churches and 1 school through sharing ex-gay testimony and being a resource. Dad & Mom also shared perspective as parents of an ex-gay prodigal at many of the churches. Praise the Lord!

Click Here to view “Serving Churches USA 2020” photos.

There is a way out of a gay lifestyle for those who are willing to turn away from following their deceitful hearts to follow Christ. Must be born again. Praise the Lord!

“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor [a]homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. AND SUCH WERE SOME OF YOU, BUT you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

To pastors & churches who welcomed us: Thank you for standing with us on difficult Bible truth in these last days!

We came home for Christmas 2019. Little did we know we would still be here 10 months later. The Lord has a way of bringing good out of challenges.

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:2-4

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

2 Ways to Help:

  1. Pray for:
  • Conviction, eyes to see and ears to hear for the LGBT+.
  • Revival for the U.S. – that we would stand for all timeless, Bible truth in these days no matter what the cost.
  • Spiritual fruit from U.S. church engagements.
  • Financial support from U.S. church engagements.
  • Financial provision for a much-needed truck.
  • Smooth-as-possible transition back to Cambodia.
  • Open hearts & spiritual fruit in Southeast Asia.
  • Stand with us in prayer for the promised son.

2. Click Here to Donate to either fund via PayPal (both tax deductible)!

Praise the Lord Jesus Christ!

And Thank You for your support!

Example of How We Serve the Church (Ex-Gay Testimony & Song)

Many Christian families are impacted by homosexuality and gender confusion.

Below is an example of how we serve. Song starts @ minute 7:00, testimony @ minute 15:00. Please watch!

We would be honored to share at your church. Contact Matt @ 814-826-9534.

“Victory in Jesus” at Drive-In Church

Dad, Mom, prodigal son & his wife sing together @ First Baptist Church of Curwensville.

The Lord restores.

β€œSo then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”Β  Β  Β Romans 10:17

Praise the Lord!

“The Lord’s Army” & “Father Abraham” – Neighborhood Children’s Ministry

“And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.”Β  Β  Β Genesis 22:18

“And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?Β  And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my Lord unto his servant?Β  And the captain of the Lord’s host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.”Β  Β  Β Joshua 5:13-14

Praise the Lord!

Heresy: an Import/Export Business

“Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.” – Jude 3-4

β€œFor the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” – 2 Timothy 4:3-4

The Scripture above is unsettling. What should I do?

As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” – 2 Timothy 4:5

Do you remember the scene from “Jaws” where father and son were sitting at the kitchen table and the son copied the actions of the father? As the old adage goes, β€œImitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”

When we stand for Christ in our community, the neighbors start watching our actions. Testimony is vitally important. Satan is always trying to shoot holes through it- to point out our shortcomings, to give people an excuse not to believe in Christ.

The West has greater responsibility than we realize. As the East develops, it mimics the West. For example, many in Southeast Asia see our actions on media and copy.

We were recently asked if Christmas is celebrated or even acknowledged in Cambodia / Thailand. Even at a Chinese restaurant in America, you might see a Christmas decoration on the wall and wonder why it is still hanging in June. Generally speaking, many associate Christmas with happiness. Happiness is endorsed. And many identify something that comes from the West as cool.

Like many Americans, many Cambodians also do not have a problem agreeing that, β€œJesus is good!” People typically do not even rebuttal the deity of Christ. Then again, even the word for the sun comes with β€œPreah” before it, which means god. Adding Christ to a multitude of other gods who are worshiped is not a problem. Rejection of the gospel comes at the point where we assert that Jesus is the ONE true God and the ONLY way to heaven (the “exclusivity” of Christ).

Imitation of the West is not limited to popular culture. The church of the East also follows the church of the West. The fall of the American church is having a much greater impact than many of us realize. The world is watching. Since the gospel in recent generations came to much of the world through American missionaries, the tendency is to continue to trust / listen-without-filter whatever is broadcast through that same pipeline today. American false teachers, especially those with a large following, are quickly endorsed.

False teachings manufactured in the West are adopted in the younger, quick-to-follow-without-filtering church of the East. Survival of your brothers and sisters overseas depends in part on what you say and do.

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

Wherever we are, we must be like the Bereans and compare what we are being taught against the inspired Word of God.

“Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” Acts 17:11

Praise the Lord for His Word.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” – Psalm 119:105