Ex-Gay Missionary Interview

Audio Interview Link: http://www.fln.org/news/features/detail/hometown-heroes-matthew-karchner/

“And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.'” Mark 16:15

Missionary Bio Link: https://castawayministries.org/about/missionary/

Video: Myanmar Mission Overview

“And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.'”   Mark 16:15

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”   Psalm 34:18

Click here to read the written overview of the Myanmar Mission.

Myanmar Mission Overview

Myanmar borders Thailand to the west. Isolated from the world until recently, its rich culture remains undiluted. I was honored to speak at Innlay (Lake) Baptist Church on a raised platform above monsoon season flood waters- first encouraged, then shared testimony, a call to compassion for those who struggle with same sex attraction and gender identity, shared the gospel with a call to receive Christ (to repent and become a born again believer in Jesus). Many prayed to give their lives to Christ. Praise the Lord. 🙏

A dog rested at the foot of the platform. Pastor said the dog is an honorary church member and howls along when certain hymns are sung. That is what I call rich culture!

Armed with the Bible in Burmese and Google Translate, my wife and I street witnessed. Occasionally we encountered someone who could speak English. Although there was resistance to the gospel (much more than other countries in the region), some received with gladness. We connected with a number of people via social media for follow-up. Praise the Lord.

Side note:  In photos to follow on Castaway Ministries’ Facebook page, note that I am wearing a “lungyi” and “thanaka” (see below links). Interestingly, in past gay life, I don’t recall wearing a skirt or helping carry a purse… not until I married a woman. Haha!

Finally, God used this mission to grow me and my wife closer as a missionary couple. Thank the Lord for Rebekah.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myanmar
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longyi
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanaka

Click here to watch the Video: Myanmar Mission Overview.

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Why Keep Busy?

As your parents always said, “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.”

“Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness…” 2 Thessalonians 3:6

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

A dog can be a good idea for those coming out of addiction. The Lord used him to show me unconditional love and to teach responsibility. Snoopy was with me through a lot. 🙂

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Fully Committed?

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

“… I die daily…” 1 Corinthians 15:31

Passages Referenced: 2 Corinthians 5:17, John 15:18, Romans 12:2, Psalm 119:11, Revelation 21:8, Hebrews 12:1-2, 1 John 4:18, Ephesians 6:10, Romans 10:17, 1 Samuel 2:30