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It was great catching up with many of you!
Taking fire from both the secular world and a large portion of the professing church, this ministry needs a spiritual-battle-ready team. I am more confident than ever that we have it. Thank you to those who have stood with us!
Blessed with Genuine Supporters – just a few photos, more on Castaway’s FB page:
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
Ministry Update @ Shepherd’s Grace Chapel:
Pastor Greg Sands has great compassion for folks like me. He previously served with Focus on the Family and by extension, ex-gay ministries. He saw firsthand what is required of those the Lord has called out of homosexuality to witness for Him (e.g. continuously sharing painful memories to help others, rejection from the church).
Shepherd’s Grace has stood with us through thick and thin. When my Dad came down with a severe case of Covid and I was overseas, Pastor Sands went so far as to offer to come to Clearfield and help take care of him.
We praise the Lord for the “above and beyond” spirit of Pastor Sands and Shepherd’s Grace Chapel!
Find VIDEO on Church “Sermons” page here – https://www.sgcchurch.net/sermons.html
“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you… For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;” Philippians 1:3-5
Chapel Time @ Frederick Christian Academy:
What a blessing! On this second visit to Frederick Christian Academy (first in 2020), Principal David Lavoie had asked me to provide the:
(1) Biblical viewpoint on homosexuality and
(2) Importance of an appropriate biblical display of Christ’s love for all to the LGBTQ community.
High school students… This is the generation most impacted by these issues.
Students were very engaged and asked great questions. Praise the Lord!
VIDEO: Ex-Gay Missionary Explains Biblical Worldview re Homosexuality at Christian School – https://youtu.be/mESqZXPhX4A
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” Hosea 4:6
Like last time, Pastor Kent Ramler (People’s Baptist Church) and I had lunch afterwards. Good fellowship.
Reunited with Shawn Kenney (Pittsburgh):
The Lord is Father to the fatherless and uses the least of us as vessels. On Pittsburgh’s North Side starting in 2010, I served with an evangelistic youth outreach ministry.
Shawn Kenney, who had participated in their programs, was gunned down in a drive-by shooting and resuscitated. Praise the Lord!
They asked me to start a Bible study with him at the hospital. It was a great honor. I got back much more than I gave. A lifelong bond began in that hospital room.
Recently, I was blessed to see Shawn, talk about how the Lord works even through life’s trials and pray together again.
Praise the Lord for all He has done for us!
“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” Proverbs 27:17
VIDEO: Shawn Prays – https://youtu.be/h7OmukGLSxo
Testimony Share @ Tri-County Church:
In a small group, Dad and Mom shared how they had handled my rebellion and homosexual lifestyle. I shared my testimony. Many questions yielded edifying discussion. Praise the Lord!
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Revelation 12:11
Mom organized a send-off and put much work into preparing. A number of local churches and lifelong relationships were represented at my parents’ house. I provided a ministry update and answered questions.
All gathered to pray for the Lord’s protection and blessing. The love in the room was tangible. Praise the Lord!
Connie Hoyt was one of my childhood “Junior Church” teachers. She taught us songs I have since taught kids from Pennsylvania to Cambodia (Prov 22:6). Praise the Lord!
“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve… but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
Amazing Grace @ Hope Baptist:
VIDEO: Matt sings Amazing Grace at Hope Baptist, Clearfield – https://youtu.be/G0nU6WOxhok
“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 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 2:7-9
Traveling Back to Cambodia:
Dad and Mom took me to the train station in Altoona, PA. Witnessing along the way, I met up with a longtime friend and ultimately attended Brooklyn Tabernacle (second time). It was a blessing.
Muslims in the Middle East:
On a layover in the Middle East (Dubai), I was blessed to witness to Muslims and Hindus.
One of the Muslims and I connected online and have been debating the deity of Christ and the Bible vs. Quran. The Lord has given me an appreciation for the comradery. Praise the Lord!
All believers are called to be in the seed planting business. We are stepping stones. Pray that another guy is sent their way to water that seed. Trust the Lord for fruit.
“I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.” 1 Corinthians 3:6-7
Buddhist Cambodians in the Middle East:
Walking along, suddenly I thought I heard Khmer (Cambodian language) in Dubai. Huh? Really?? Sure enough, they were two Cambodians there working as chefs.
They looked at me like I had three heads when I spoke Khmer. The Lord used that common ground (and probably homesickness) as a bridge to the gospel. Praise the Lord!
Jehovah’s Witness Minister on a Plane:
On the third of three flights, the Lord sat me next to a Canadian Jehovah’s Witness (JW) minister.
It was my duty to engage. Initially, my testimony seemed to have an impact. No one comes out of such deep sin by human strength.
To verify my understanding of JW heresy, I asked if he denies the deity of Christ. He said Jesus is a son of God like any man can be a son of God. He said Jesus is not equal to God.
(He said the Holy Spirit is a force, etc… but I chose to focus primarily on the deity of Christ, as none of us could be saved without this doctrine.)
From seminary, I knew their satanically inspired “New World Translation” cunningly adds words in strategic places to deceive adherents and recalled a prime example to show him.
Colossians 1:16-17 KJV reads:
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.“
Colossians 1:16-17 Jehovah’s Witness version adds the word “other” repeatedly to imply that Christ is God’s first creation and therefore is not eternal God Himself:
“because by means of him all other things were created in the heavens and on the earth, the things visible and the things invisible, whether they are thrones or lordships or governments or authorities. All other things have been created through him and for him. Also, he is before all other things, and by means of him all other things were made to exist,”
He rebutted everything I said. I directed him to numerous passages such as John 10:30, Heb 1 and Rev 1:7-8. If his theory is correct, I asked, how could the Creation account (Gen 1-2) have omitted the creation of Jesus Christ??
I told him that if Christ is not God, then His death, burial and resurrection have no power to save us. All of humanity would be hell bound. He acknowledged the sinlessness of Christ but continued to rebuttal everything I said.
At the end, I showed him 2 Corinthians 11:14 and told him that some who are deceived go on deceiving others:
“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” 2 Timothy 3:13
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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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