May Highlights- Castaway Baptist Church 2nd Month, Elephants & Celebrating 13 Years!

Prayer Partners:

Thank you for your steadfast support!

Testimony – 13 years ago this month:

When the call of God on my life became clear 13 years ago, I imagined pastors to be heroes of the faith. Feeling inadequate, I was easily discouraged from attending seminary. For 10 years, I procrastinated.

Then came a time of crisis in my life that only the full counsel of God could have resolved. None of 7+ respected pastors (mostly Baptist) was willing to stand on difficult truth. I was devastated, dumbfounded and still find it difficult to believe that it actually happened. Through this crisis, the Lord removed the facade from pastors I had admired.

On the bright side, the Lord used it. Conquering feelings of inadequacy, the Lord empowered graduation from seminary with distinction, led to plant and pastor a church (Gen 50:20). PRAISE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST! 🕇

With the following in mind, I moved forward: “Be the change you would like to see in the church.” ( … and so can you!)

I have never been so fulfilled in my ministry, in the center of God’s will. Pick yourself up, and fight forward in the power of Christ!

“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.”  2 Corinthians 4:8‭-‬10

Castaway Baptist Church:

We had a great month. Lots of new folks came through the door, especially youth. Praise the Lord!

Bible Studies, Fellowship…

Partnering with Local Churches: Outreach Soccer…


Partnering with Local Churches: Guitar Lessons for Three Interested in Learning…

Sharing the Gospel & Inviting People to Church…

A Korean missionary recently donated a much-needed speaker and microphones. Thank the Lord!

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

Youth Ministry Reward System:

The Lord led to implement a “point system” for rewarding the faithful. Youth receive points for attendance, service, memorizing Scripture, witnessing and bringing friends.

Competition has greatly renewed fervor. Youth have been so excited to participate. ‘Can I see the points?!’ they ask. It has been amazing to see. Praise the Lord!

Winners for April visited Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary.

On a tractor through the wildlife refuge (felt like a hay ride), the Lord led. ‘I will give five points for May to whomever is brave enough to share the gospel with our tour guide here (Cambodian Buddhist woman).’

A young and relatively new student named Danut stepped up. Praise the Lord!


And so began his winning streak. Final tallies in for the month of May… and the winner is… Danut! Praise the Lord!

Evangelizing the Gay Community:

Difficult as it is to balance the church with regional motorbike runs, the Lord has pushed me to remain faithful in evangelizing the LGBTQ. Persistence is key. Those who have been following Castaway for a while will remember some of the folks below.

Pastor’s son Kireyroat (next to me) & his friend…

Evangelizing the Transgender Community: Srey Pov hears the gospel while cooking fried rice…

Evangelizing the Transgender Community: Ounja working in the salon, then reading the Bible after work over a bowl of noodles…

Evangelizing Sex Workers: Jeye sitting on my motorbike outside of her workplace…

Evangelizing Farmers: The Lord led to these fellas along the way to witness to the rural LGBTQ. This young man (sitting) lost the lower half of his leg in a motorbike accident.

Please stand with us in prayer, and fast a meal or two toward salvation for the lost.
“… I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”  Matthew 16:18

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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.
– Financial support to keep me in the field doing what I am called to do.

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ផ្លូវតែមួយ One Way

“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

Praise God for salvation by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ!

(Neighborhood Youth Ministry, Cambodia)

“ដ្បិត​គឺ​ដោយ​ព្រះ‌គុណ ដែល​អ្នក​រាល់​គ្នា​បាន​សង្គ្រោះ ដោយ‌សារ​សេចក្ដី​ជំនឿ ហើយ​សេចក្ដី​នោះ​ក៏​មិន​មែន​កើត​ពី​អ្នក​រាល់​គ្នា​ដែរ គឺ​ជា​អំណោយ​ទាន​របស់​ព្រះ​វិញ ក៏​មិន​មែន​ដោយ​ការ​ប្រព្រឹត្ត​ដែរ ក្រែង​អ្នក​ណា​អួត​ខ្លួន” អេភេសូរ 2:8‭-‬9


I Love to Tell the Story

Praise the Lord for the duty and privilege given to every believer to share the gospel of Jesus Christ!

“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 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. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:16‭-‬17

សាវកប៉ូល (ព្រះគម្ពីរ) Who Was the Apostle Paul?

ព្រមទាំងចម្រើនកម្លាំងដល់ពួកសិស្ស ឲ្យមានចិត្តរឹង‌ប៉ឹងឡើង ហើយទូន្មានឲ្យនៅស្ថិត‌ស្ថេរក្នុងសេចក្ដីជំនឿ ដោយពាក្យថា ត្រូវតែទ្រាំរងទុក្ខវេទនាជាច្រើន ទើបនឹងចូលទៅក្នុងនគរព្រះបាន
កិច្ចការ 14:22

“…we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22

ដ្បិតតើខ្ញុំរកបញ្ចុះ‌បញ្ចូលអ្នកណា តើជាមនុស្ស ឬព្រះ ឬចង់បំពេញចិត្តមនុស្សឬអី បើសិនជាខ្ញុំចង់បំពេញចិត្តមនុស្ស នោះខ្ញុំមិនមែនជាបាវបម្រើរបស់ព្រះ‌គ្រីស្ទទេ។
កាឡា‌ទី 1:10

“For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10

LGBT Evangelism Story “Tom” (Cambodia)

A woman who identifies as a man, “Tom” is a 60-year old former soldier. “Khmer Rouge?” “Awt-tay” (No), she assured. Living with her extended family who addresses her as “Pa” at an entrance to Angkor Wat, she climbs trees to gather unusual forest fruit to sell in front of the house (common in rural Cambodia).

Just a couple of miles from home, the heavily touristed “ancient palaces” of Angkor Wat were built by King Suryavarman II in the 12th century when our region was the capital of the Angkor Empire. The pride and heritage of Cambodia, the temple complex is one of the few parts of the country where jungle and trees have not yet been cut to make way for farming.

The “Ancient Palaces” of Angkor Wat, UNESCO World Heritage Site; Siem Reap, Cambodia

Cambodians visit for free. Foreigners pay a hefty $37 fee. After 5:30pm, all enter for free. A few months ago, Rebekah suggested biking there with neighborhood kids. Similar enough to a Cambodian look, she passed the guard station without question. When the guards stopped me, I took a seat at the nearest house with a fruit stand out front to wait until 5:30. That’s where I met “Tom”. Toward the end of a getting-to-know-you conversation, I shared my ex-gay testimony.

When I returned to follow up, she said she had recently received Covid jab #1 (of 2) and had been suffering with symptoms, including agitation of a pre-existing heart condition. Later she shared that she falls out of a tree in the line of work roughly once per year. The Lord led to get her some medications and pray with her. That seemed to pave the way for the next visit. Our lives but a vapor, any of us could be taken at any moment. It was a good time to talk about the Lord.

Cambodian culture calls for extended conversations. Lasting around two hours, this was one of them. Note that this is a relatively new, budding relationship. My Cambodian witnessing partner was key in bridging the cultural divide. The two immediately began small-talking. The family shared fruit from the forest with us. Typically that means we have a conversation about which fruit is sweet and which is sour and who likes sweet and who doesn’t like sour.

We bought some pineapple from them and bonded. Cambodian women softly say “Jaa” for “Yes”, while men bark “Baht”. Tom says “Baht” and speaks of a “propun” she had in the past (word used for “wife” but likely not legally married). In favor of first building a firm relationship upon which to share a gospel that is alien to her, I overlooked such references. I pulled down my mask a bit to show a smile, crucial to social interaction in Southeast Asia. Roughly 30 minutes into the conversation, I noticed that her body language (legs crossed, ankle to knee) matched mine. This is very unusual posture within the culture. It seemed like a good time to begin with our questions.

In seminary, I have studied Buddhism and verified the claims of academia with Cambodians. Understanding what counterfeit paths Satan has ingrained in people is vital to effectively witnessing within a given cultural context. The root problem for Buddhism is suffering. The meaning of life is to end suffering. Buddhism teaches that suffering is rooted in one’s attachments and desires, which must be broken, in order to break the unsatisfactory cycle of reincarnation and enter nirvana.

An Apologetics class requires several field assignments. The Lord has used them to drive evangelism. We asked, ‘If there is a God who is good and loves us, why is there so much evil in the world?’ She said it is because people covet and gave examples regarding motorbikes and cars. This is in keeping with Buddhist teaching that holds covetousness as the highest wrong and source of suffering. We asked, ‘Do you like freedom? Do you think it is good?’ Yes, she agreed that freedom is good. We asked, ‘So that genuine freedom could be obtained, don’t you think we must have the option to do right and wrong, to be good or evil?’ She agreed.

She said God revealed Himself to her in a dream. She said people might say it was a ghost, but she knew it was God. Tom went to her bedroom and returned with the tattered cover of a children’s Bible storybook illustrating baby Moses. She said someone borrowed the contents and spoke highly of it – ‘true, good’ stories.

She said she follows all religions. We read Exodus 20:3-6 where the Lord commands us not to worship idols, graven images or any other gods. She did not rebuttal. Using her watch as an example, I asked, ‘If one person says that is a watch and another says it’s a shirt and another says it’s pants, can they all be right?’ She agreed and said that she believes in “Preah” (God). I reiterated that Jesus is the one and only God. She agreed. Then I shared the gospel message. She seemed to agree, but it is common here to verbally agree in order to be polite and avoid argument.

Looking at the tattered shell of that children’s Bible storybook, I asked if she wants a Bible. “Baht,” she replied. Then I asked if she would join us for church. She said she needs to be home when customers come. Her large family is more than capable of handling the few customers that stop by during this slow season. But her answer to this question was key. It exposed fear. Taking such a bold step away from Buddhism would be viewed as rejection of family, dishonoring ancestors and culture. I asked if we could pray with her. We did. The following morning, I returned with a Bible.

The road to Tom’s house was closed for a while for the Delta Variant but then re-opened. When I stopped by to visit before our most recent lockdown, she was feeding chickens out back. She pulled up a chair for me, and we talked for a while. She said she reads some of the Bible ‘when she remembers’. She asked for clarification on whether or not Jesus likes homosexuality. I told her that Jesus loves everyone but that He created male and female, not a “third sex” (common term for LGBT here), that two men together or two women together is sin. She quickly cut me off and changed topics.

Just like in the U.S., younger folks tend to be much more open to the gospel. At 60 years old, it would be quite a miracle if she were to come to Christ. Praise the Lord for opportunities to share the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ! Continuing to pray for Tom…

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

Merry Christmas from Cambodia!

Merry Christmas from Cambodia! May the Lord protect and bless!

Praise the Lord!

“Jesus, There’s Something about That Name” cover

“And He changeth the times and the seasons: He removeth kings, and setteth up kings…” Daniel 2:21

“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

“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

Missional Adventure through the Jungle (Cambodia)- Part 3 of 3

Mission accomplished. Praise the Lord!

Simple Evangelism:

Pray. Build the relationship (earn the right to be heard). Share the gospel when the Lord opens the door.

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

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

Are We Fishers of Men? (Matthew 4:19)

“And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ They immediately left their nets and followed Him.” Matthew 4:18‭-‬20

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

“But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” Matthew 6:24

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