July 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!

Witnessing to the LGBTQ:

Motorbiking home from the grocery store, the Lord led to a street corner where transgender prostitutes solicit. A group gathered around.

Many scoffed as I witnessed, which is the norm. But two seemed captivated by the story of a God who could so dramatically change a life.

A few days ago, the Lord led back. I idled up to the curb alongside “R”. Typical Cambodian small talk (e.g. ‘Are you happy and healthy?’) segued to, ‘Why are you in Cambodia?’

In response to my testimony, he said he used to live in a Christian ministry facility that provided work for the poor, that residents worshipped Jesus together. I asked him if he believed in Jesus. He replied, ‘A little bit.’

I shared the simple gospel – ‘God created everything. The first man and first woman sinned. Jesus is Lord, without sin, Holy. He came from heaven to earth to die for our sins (paid for our sins 100% in full), rose again and returned to heaven. Today everyone has sin in their hearts, even if they do a lot of good. We must repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. He will return to judge. We must be ready.’

He read John 3:16-18 and said he was familiar with the passage.

With a smile, “R” received the gospel much better than most prostitutes with whom I have shared.

Note: LGBTQ who have some positive experience / memory associated with Christ and his church tend to be much more open. Every little bit counts.

About the time I asked if he was hungry, his friend “S” (also a transgender prostitute) came by. The three of us walked down the street to a food stall and ate together.

“S” also read John 3:16-18. I explained the gospel similarly to him, being clear that everyone has temptation but that we must repent and follow God’s Word instead. “S” was friendly but not open to the gospel.

Before eating, I asked if I could pray with them. I asked the Lord to give them faith. Before parting ways, we connected on Facebook where they can see Scripture posts. Having added them to the prayer list, I hugged them both. Lord willing, we will meet again. Praise the Lord for each step!

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”   Romans 6:23


LGBTQ Evangelism – “R”:

“R” joined for two church services this month. Praise the Lord!

Remember my original agreement with him (Apr 2022May 2022). A “pilot” in many ways, I have learned a lot from this experience.

Every day, I opened and closed in prayer, asking the Lord to give him faith, to save my friend. Some days, I teared up with passion, giving all I had to break through with the gospel. We read the Word together. Then I taught him some English, per our agreement.

He made much progress toward English competency (helpful for this short life but no eternal value) but is not ready to give his life to Christ. I did my part (Acts 20:26-27), and I am thankful for his honesty.

“R” began periodically cancelling our meetings and recently chose to take a study break. Only the Lord can save, and the decision is in the hands of each individual.

Confident that my work has not been in vain, please pray for “R”.

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”   1 Corinthians 15:58


Neighborhood Youth Ministry – “P”:

Recap“P” (Apr 2022) is the poorest of our students. Dad left years ago. He lives alone with his ailing mother, who is convinced she will not live much longer.

She insisted he turn away from Christ to study at a Chinese language school (requires students be Buddhist) for upward mobility. Soon he came back. Praise the Lord!

Since these kids began worshipping Christ several years ago, a spiritual war has been underway in their homes. We pray for their / our unsaved loved ones.

The Lord is sovereign. In this next chapter of P’s story, his mom finds herself in a predicament where only the Lord can help…

We have been studying the story of Joseph (Gen 37-50Prov 27:4).

Natural “leader of the pack,” “P” is the brightest and most proficient in English of our kids. Like Joseph, perhaps the Lord specially gifted him above his peers to help lift him out of challenging circumstances.

The kids are trained to cry out to Jesus in times of need.

A few weeks ago, the Lord led to P’s house. His mother’s teeth mostly rotted out (on top of her other ailments), she was in such debilitating pain that she had not been able to eat or sleep much for weeks. Life-threatening.

“P” had not said a word to me but apparently had been praying.

The Lord’s leading was clear, ‘The dentist will make a recommendation, and you will do it.’

Five teeth were extracted in one visit alone (photo below). After a few more visits, Lord willing, she will have a partial denture.

Despite the fact that it was an emergency, helping his mom provoked envy in the neighborhood (curiously timed as we are studying Joseph). Parents of three of our long-time kids felt it wasn’t fair to help one family and not all equally, pulled them out of the ministry.

Realizing Satan is behind these uproars, I trust it will be temporary and that “P” will ultimately be able to say…

“But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.”   Genesis 50:20

“P” had shared the gospel with his mom previously, and she had heard it from me. But I prayed for another opportunity. 

Twice when he had to be at school, it was just she and I. One morning on the way to the dentist, she marveled that through all of the neighborhood gossip, envy and strife, her son had been a kind peacemaker (Gal 5:22-23).

Launching off her son’s testimony, I pulled the car over and shared the gospel message.

The Cambodian Buddhist mantra is “Do good; get good” (karma). I clarified that Jesus is the only door to heaven, that “Do good; get good” leads to hell.

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”   John 14:6

While many pretend to believe in hopes of further benefit, she is grateful and listens but does not claim to believe. I greatly appreciate her honesty.

“P” and I take turns praying before and after dental visits. She bows her head.

For the bulk of the past several weeks, P’s mom has either been in severe pain or asleep, only able to eat yogurt, unable to cook or care for him.

Like many Cambodians, for several reasons, they do not have or want a refrigerator. And apart from frying an egg, he cannot cook.

Moreover, the Lord led to “Take care of the boy.” It was a rare meal if he did not want fried chicken, Coke and/or chocolate cake.

All good works must be done in Christ for God’s glory to advance the gospel (Matt 28:18-20Acts 1:8Rom 10:14-17Eph 2:8-10John 6:28-29).

So as to distance myself from Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11), know that funds for the dental work come from the bucket in the budget used for ministry expenses, roughly mirroring a believer’s tithe. The cost will be prorated over the coming months to reduce impact on planned ministry.

As for the fried chicken, chocolate cake, yogurt, etc… My Aunt Bobbie gives specially designated, “Food for the kids,” which also covers: Roughly once a month, I take a sack of rice and sometimes other essential food items to the faithful poor. They say, ‘Thank you!’ I reply, ‘Thank Jesus!’

Trusting for a future harvest of parents…

THANK YOU for your sacrificial giving toward earning the right to be heard, toward advancing the gospel!

“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”   Matthew 25:40

The Lord Provides for His people (Jam 1:16-17).

“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”   Psalm 37:25


Near-Future Plan:

Praise the Lord! I am on track to finish seminary in December.

For years, I have gone to the marketplace, “evangelee” or disciple to minister.

For youth ministry, my apartment building manager has allowed use of space on the first floor. But that is not a long term solution.

For years, we have been prayerful toward opening a “starter” ministry center.

However, I had been reluctant to announce anything to you folks until certain it is time to move. Although there would be setup cost, month-to-month rent is inexpensive for a small space. Please pray toward this, and feel free to ask questions.

“There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.”   Proverbs 19:21


PodcastCool Explorations (Canada-based, 1hr, 17min) – Topics Addressed:

1) My Recent blog post about the forthcoming book, The Church: We Shoot Our Wounded
2) What the Lord is teaching through trials (e.g. marriage, church rejection).
3) Tips for those with LGBTQ loved ones
4) How to fight LGBTQ indoctrination of kids
5) Encouragement to “stand alone on the Word of God” (as the old hymn goes) in these last days of rampant heresy.

Praise the Lord!

“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”   Acts 17:11

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.

PRAISE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!


Ways to Partner:

1. Pray for:
– Conviction, eyes to see and ears to hear for the LGBT.
– 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)!

June 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!


Ex-LGBTQ Discipleship:

A 2012 short-term mission to a church in Siem Reap was my first time in the town where I now serve. Down a muddy road in the rainy season, we walked back and forth between the church and our guesthouse.

Rejection from the church (not necessarily that specific church) had driven me closer to Christ. Solidifying my calling, the Lord made clear He had given me grace in the eyes of Cambodians to get a job done – win souls.

At the end of an eventful day of ministry, rain was pouring. I was on Cloud 9 with the Lord (Ps 118:14). Tears flowing, I moseyed back in the rain, looking up, singing, “I stand, I stand in awe of You! I stand, I stand in awe of You! Holy God, to whom all praise is due, I stand in awe of You!…” It was one of my most memorable, beautiful moments with Christ.

When I moved to Siem Reap in 2018, I began attending another church but kept a good relationship with that pastor. Rebekah and I visited a while back.

K“, who came to Christ a few months ago, is showing promise. He has been faithful to church, and we have been going deeper during the week. He seems to be interested in learning to share the gospel.

A month ago, I ran into the pastor. He said our neighborhood youth were welcome to sing at his church. To refresh my memory, I GPS’ed the church and rode to it.

There was “K”‘s house on the road leading to the church! The day in 2012 that I was praising the Lord in the rain, I was literally standing in front of the house of our ministry’s first faithful ex-LGBT convert!

“K” said he attended that church a couple of times when they had outreaches prior to 2012. Praise the Lord, who knows all things!!

R” continues to attend church when he has time away from work. We also have been meeting during the week. We read Scripture, discuss and pray together.

Please pray for these fellas.

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”   Matthew 28:19-20


Evangelism – local prostitutes:

“Lady of the night” massage parlors line a nearby street. They tend to be actual women, not transgender.

Sometimes under the influence, many sit outside during the day playing cards and waiting for clients.

About two years ago, the Lord led to a specific parlor. A lady stepped out front and said, ‘I believe in Jesus.’ With previous exposure to the gospel, perhaps the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak (Matt 26:38-41).

Ever since, the Lord has led to periodically drop by (daylight) to see “S”.

I started witnessing to prostitutes in the park on Pittsburgh’s North Side in 2010. Some of my most enjoyable ministry moments have been with ladies who have nothing to prove.

Inappropriate words and actions are par for the course for this type of outreach and a reason people are reluctant to do it. 12 years in, I have learned to roll with the punches.

Sometimes the Lord leads to pray with her. A number of times, I have shared the gospel, warned them of coming judgment and called them to repentance. Most usually scoff.

“S” and her friend have kids. A boy and girl around ten years old hang out as men come in and out. They have attended our youth ministry a couple of times.

This past Saturday, the boy’s mom said he had surgery to remove a growth. I prayed for him. Then it was the right time to share.

Using my testimony as example, I assured them that Jesus can forgive, that they have not gone too far, that He can give new life.

All were scoffing, except the boy’s mom. Her countenance had changed. She was willing to listen. The Lord uses trials.

I dream of a future church – redeemed LGBTQ, prostitutes and youth-now-adults who have been trained up to be anchors. Authentic, genuine.

The Lord is doing His part – convicting. Praise God. Now the decision is theirs. Please pray for “S” & friends.

“And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. And he spake this parable unto them, saying, What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?”   Luke 15:2-4


LGBTQ Evangelism – local:

Photo #1 (below): Restaurant server. The Lord leads to folks! Shared the gospel and testimony with him, added him to our Khmer Bible online group and prayed with him.

Photo #2: Fruit seller “R” and I are making steady progress through the Word. The Lord continues to work through life circumstances to yield opportunities to clarify Scripture.

Praise the Lord for each step!


Evangelism – regional:

Balancing seminary and the two ministries, I haven’t been getting out as much as before. This month, I made a strategic circle.

Photo #1 (below): Map of trip route.

Photo #2: Man near the Thai border at a pagoda who appeared to be asking spiritual counsel from a monk when I came down the hill. I told them about the One True God who created the heavens and the earth and loves us so much that He died for us (Acts 17:16-34); prayed with him and the monk.

Photo #3: Follow-up with a young man to whom I witnessed to about a year ago, also on the Thai border.

Photo #4: Check-in with “KR”, the pastor’s son. He brought his friends. I witnessed to and prayed with them. As he encounters disappointing realities in gay life, I speak difficult biblical truth. The Lord has prompted me to be patient with “KR”.

This ministry is not a sprint but a marathon. Praise the Lord for each step!

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”   Romans 1:16


Neighborhood Youth Ministry:

1) Attended & glorified the Lord in song twice at a local church (mentioned above).
2) Learned how to stand and suffer for Jesus like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.
3) Shared the gospel door-to-door in the neighborhood.

Praise the Lord!

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”   Acts 4:12


Blessed Fellowship – “B” & “C”:

Recently there was a going-away party for worship leader “B” and his wife “C”, as they are returning to Austria.

For those who may not recall, “B” invited me to share ex-gay testimony with his worship team. What a blessing!

His wife “C” invited me to minister at the drug rehab center (March 2022). Faithful in that ministry, her absence creates a vacuum. As time permits, I hope to return.

Both have been blessings and will be missed!

“Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.”   1 Thessalonians 5:11


Podcast:

Two interviews were featured this month:
1) “The Author’s Spot” (39 mins, pictured below) details two example church rejection stories, clarifying content of my next book.
2) “Unadulterated Heart” (1 hr, 3 mins) discusses testimony, including my marriage, with a believer from Pittsburgh.

Praise the Lord!

“Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.”   1 Corinthians 14:12


“Because He Lives” in Khmer:

Per the Lord’s leading, I removed myself from this video. Praise the Lord (not me)!

https://youtu.be/zvBh9YBmchI

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first…”   1 Thessalonians 4:16

PRAISE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!


Ways to Partner:

1. Pray for:
– Conviction, eyes to see and ears to hear for the LGBT.
– 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)!

“Victory in Jesus” at Drive-In Church

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

The Lord restores.

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

Praise the Lord!