April 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!


Resurrection Harvest (Intro):

In late 2016, the Lord led to begin seeking opportunities to witness to the LGBTQ. For 5 years, getting one to join for church was like pulling teeth. But now, when least expected, there has been a harvest. Praise the Lord! 

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”    Isaiah 55:9

Cambodian New Year, the most anticipated holiday of the year, dominates the month of April, more so this year because 2020 & 2021 festivities were cancelled for Covid. Nonetheless, the gospel was preached from death and burial to resurrection, ascension and salvation requirements. Praise the Lord!

“…Christ died for our sins… he was buried… and… rose again the third day…”    1 Cor 15:3-4

“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


LGBTQ Conversion Story:

As of last month’s update, “K” said he was not yet ready to give his life to Christ. I was unaware that communion would be served the following Sunday… until it was. Oh, no! With split seconds to spare, I leaned over and gave him the Bible’s warning, ‘If you haven’t yet repented and believe in Jesus, don’t eat the bread or drink the juice (1 Cor 11:23-29).’ He nodded and then partook.

He has been attending church, has been given a Bible, a tract, has been walked through salvation-relevant Scripture, taught Gen 1-3, an example sinner’s prayer, knows how to pray a simple prayer, etc.

Almost back to his parents’ shop, I asked, ‘Recently, you said you were not yet ready to give your life to Jesus. Then in church today, I said, ‘If you haven’t yet repented and believe in the Lord Jesus, don’t drink the juice or eat the bread.’ But you did.’ (as if to imply, ‘Did something happen this week?’)
‘Baht (Yes).’

‘So do you believe in Jesus?’
‘Yes, I believe.’

‘Are you ready to pray – to decide to repent and give your life to Christ – new life, new path, to follow the Bible rather than your heart, including homosexual desires, religion and the world?’
‘Yes, I’m ready.’

Biblically, one must confess with his mouth the Lord Jesus Christ and believe in his heart that God raised Him from the dead in order to be saved (Rom 10:9-10).

A man must turn away from following his deceitful heart (Ps 51:5Jer 17:9Rom 3:10236:23John 3:1636Matt 3:2) and be born again by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:314:6Eph 2:8-9).

I clarified salvation requirements again. “K” followed me in prayer, repenting of his sins and giving his life to the Lord Jesus Christ. PRAISE THE LORD!

“K” has been attending church faithfully. In addition, typically once during the week, we read Scripture and pray together. He is also part of our Khmer Bible group on Facebook, where Scripture is posted daily.

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”   Romans 10:9


LGBTQ Discipleship – New Believer “R”:

Over the New Year, “R” went home to visit family, worked longer hours and had a motorbike accident. Nearly everyone here has a motorbike accident at some point. Though it can be chaotic, most traffic in town runs slowly. Injuries were minor, and he has recovered. Thank the Lord. “R” attended church.

It’s a war (Eph 6:12). Remember that just like any other believer, those who struggle with homosexual temptation are works in progress (Phil 1:6). Please pray that both “R” and “K” continue in the fight (Matt 13:3-9, 18-23) and become soul-winners for Christ! That’s the point.

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


Neighborhood Youth Ministry:

Just after learning Peter’s Denial of Christ and proclaiming, ‘I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back!’, our best trained youth followed his mother’s counsel to renounced Christianity to meet requirements to study in a Chinese language school where all students must be Buddhist. A few weeks later with his mother’s approval, he dropped out of the school and returned to worship Jesus. Praise the Lord!

Like the father in the Prodigal Son story, the Lord welcomed me back 12 years ago. But like the jealous older brother, the church largely has not (with some exceptions who are reading this, thank you for your support!). The Lord convicted to treat this boy like the Lord has treated me, not like the church has treated me. So that’s what I did. Please pray that the Lord uses “P”.

“He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.” John 21:17

This past Sunday, we had planned to worship on a church-boat on the edge of Tonle Sap, Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake, and then boat into the lake to look around at (captive) crocodiles and eat lunch.

Satan rules by fear. The Lord breaks his men of fear so that we can boldly serve Him.

Evening prior to church, “P” sent me a message asking if he could just stay in the car while the rest of us go out on the boat. I “let on” like that would be fine, but I knew if I allowed it, others would follow and we all would end up cowering under the car. After church, I directed him to read out loud for the group Joshua 1:9 and 2 Timothy 1:7. He cracked a smile. Then I asked him if he was afraid. He said, “No.” And we went. I wish adults were that easy.  🙂

“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”   Joshua 1:9

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”   2 Timothy 1:7


“Amazing Grace” in Khmer:

Language teacher has been teaching me hymns and worship songs. The Lord empowers. Praise God!

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Interviewed on “The “Kilroy Williams Show” Podcast:

This is a deep dive testimony. We covered the Bible’s explanation for why people feel attracted to the same sex and experience gender confusion, the church’s acceptance (or lack thereof) for ex-LGBTQ, spiritual warfare and survival tips for the soldier of Christ. Praise the Lord!

Click here to watch the podcast video.

“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”   John 15:5

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Praise the Lord Jesus Christ!

And Thank You for your support!



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)!

March 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!

Cambodian New Year – Cultural Context:

Since eternity past, Satan strives to steal worship from the only God worthy of it.

Khmer New Year, by far the most anticipated Cambodian holiday, is a three-day event in mid-April. Cambodians are taught that angels who protect the nation undergo a “changing of the guard”. At a time annually announced by the prime minister, Cambodians bow and worship “angels” (2 Cor 11:14), expressly forbidden by God’s Word (Col 2:18).

Cambodians also offer them a sacrifice. For example, for the “year of the monkey”, an appropriate sacrifice on the altar would be bananas. After three days, people are permitted to eat the food offered to demons.

Community and family pressure the reluctant (e.g. Christians) with, ‘You are Khmer; therefore, you are Buddhist.’

Praise the Lord for the insight from my Cambodian language & culture teacher. I started prayerfully planning teachings to combat this with Bible truth (ex. Col 2:18Ex 20:3-6Acts 5:27-29Rev 22:8-9).

“Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus”   Colossians 1:28


Ex-LGBTQ Discipleship – “R”:

Recent convert “R” and I have been making steady progress washing out the lies of the world with the inspired, inerrant Word of God. Praise the Lord!

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”   Romans 12:2


LGBTQ Evangelism – “K”:

“K” has joined me for church three times. At 22 years old, like most unmarried Cambodians, he lives with his parents and helps with the family business – selling second-hand clothing along the road.

The second time I picked him up, his mom scolded him in front of me – ‘Cambodians are Buddhist! We do not believe in Jesus!’ After some pleading, she allowed him to go.

When the pastor finished preaching, he handed off to a young Cambodian to share testimony – how she handled the challenge of honoring parents while putting Jesus first. There is no way this was coincidence. God provided guidance specific to his challenge. Praise the Lord!

Although he is not yet ready to give his life to Christ (and I appreciate his honesty), I asked if he feels anything during worship. He replied, ‘sro-sreye’, which is ‘fresh’. Praise the Lord for each step!

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”   Galatians 6:9


LGBTQ Evangelism – “O” (2+ hrs away):

Last you heard of “O” (January’s update), local pastor was not willing to welcome him for worship. Churches rejecting the LGBTQ is a global epidemic. This was an opportunity to prayerfully troubleshoot a workaround.

Unable to force pastors to accept the LGBTQ, the only option is to provide a middle ground for strengthening the wounded for release “into the wild”.

Taking it easy, I returned to the salon, took him and another transgender co-worker to eat. He loves to read, which works out well. We read “The Prodigal Son”, accompanying Scripture and prayed together.

While in the area, I returned to the same church. Pastor was away. As is often the case, the pastor’s wife was much more welcoming of those with “unusual struggles” than the pastor is. She assured me to tell “O”, ‘Don’t be afraid to join for worship.’

Praise the Lord for each step!

“By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.”   Proverbs 25:15


Neighborhood Youth Ministry:

The kids are learning to multiply. We walked through the neighborhood and shared the gospel with several families. Praise the Lord!

“Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.”   Hebrews 10:38


Drug Rehab Center:

Wife of a worship leader friend serves at a drug rehab center and invited me to share with the guys.

‘People are not willing to look up until they are on their backs (hit rock bottom),’ as they say. I shared the gospel and my testimony to dispel the myth that “deep sin” is unforgivable (1 Tim 1:15). We worshipped and prayed together. It was a tremendous blessing. Praise the Lord!

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”   1 John 1:9


LGBTQ Outreach to Rural Farming Community (2+ hrs away):

The Lord convicted to go out there on Saturday afternoon. I checked at the church to make sure service times had not changed. Leader there sent me to the pastor’s house. He was not home, but his daughter, aware of my story, brought out her son who struggles with homosexuality and substance abuse.

We talked and walked through Scripture. After Pastor arrived, we had a group discussion using my testimony as proof that “Jesus can do this!” Ultimately he said he was not ready to give his life to Christ. Having done my duty, we prayed together.

Next day, I rounded up the the willing from the two target families and went to church. On the spot again, the deacon/elder asked me to preach. ‘Don’t Worship Angels‘ was the message I had prepared. A few in the small congregation looked as though they were about to climb out of their skin.

After church, mothers of “Barber” and “Tailor” prepared a delicious lunch for us. Praise the Lord!

“For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ”   Ephesians 4:12


“10,000 Reasons” in Khmer:

Language teacher has been teaching me hymns and worship songs. The Lord empowers. Praise God!

Click to Watch Video – 10,000 Reasons, Khmer language.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.”   Psalm 103:1


Discussion with Joshua Berglan of Live Mana Worldwide:

Joshua has an intense testimony that the Lord is using to reach those who feel that they have gone too far to be forgiven. And he is not afraid to share it. It was a blessing to exchange war stories. Praise the Lord!

Click to Watch Video – Discussing respective “deep sin” testimonies (1 hr, 15 mins).

“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

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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)!
 
Praise the Lord Jesus Christ!

And Thank You for your support!

February Ministry Highlights

Due to the sensitive nature of this ministry, some details and photos have been removed from the below update that was sent to our prayer partners.

Prayer Partners:

Thank you for your support!

LGBTQ Evangelism:

A local massage parlor employee prayed to give his life to Christ and made a profession of faith. PRAISE THE LORD!

That being said, it’s a long way out of a gay lifestyle and false identity. Please stand with me in prayer that he bears fruit in keeping with repentance and becomes a soul-winner.

Like most service industry employees in Cambodia, he gets few Sundays off. Please pray that the Lord provides another job / schedule.

We have had two “discipleship breakfasts” so far.

“Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”  Luke 15:10


Neighborhood Children’s Ministry:

Remember that these first few weeks back in school, the kids were trained, equipped with a gospel tract and challenged to share with a friend. Rough and tough when we are all together, they were afraid to share the gospel one-on-one.

So I told them we would do it together. A couple of Sundays ago, we went to a local restaurant where I knew the owner and staff. The kids practiced sharing on them.

Considering that getting most adult believers to share the gospel is like pulling teeth, I figure I should go easy on them. In Christ, they can get there!

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”   2 Timothy 1:7


Rural Mission:

The Lord creatively led a couple of years ago to a group of LGBTQ in a poor farming community about two hours from my town. Ever since, I have been going back periodically to build relationships and share Christ with two of them – a barber and a tailor.

When we hit a stalemate, I sought the Lord. He led to teach their nephews and nieces. Barber’s nephew prayed to give his life to Christ and then seems to have acted as a “sleeper cell” of sorts within his family. Next visit, his dad (barber’s brother-in-law), who has influence with Barber, was willing to read Scripture and hear the gospel. We prayed together. He agreed to go to the nearby church if I joined.

Two Sundays ago, I took our neighborhood kids up there. They encouraged the families to worship and sang in front of the church. Barber, his mom, brother-in-law and nephews joined. Tailor’s nephew also joined.

That day, I shared ex-gay testimony, the simple gospel message and led in the sinner’s prayer. Pastor invited me back to preach. At two affiliated churches, the Lord led to preach the Sower & the Seed parable (very fitting for a farming community), which naturally flowed into the gospel message. Praise the Lord!


Reaching Cambodia’s LGBTQ:

As follow-up to last month’s gospel message, my ex-gay testimony in Khmer language has been posted on Youtube and Facebook. What He has done for me, He wants to do for many. Praise the Lord!

Click here to watch the testimony video.

“And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”  1 Corinthians 6:11


Blessed to be Interviewed by Gary Wilkerson (son of David Wilkerson):

David Wilkerson authored The Cross and the Switchblade and founded Teen Challenge. He previously pastored a church in Philipsburg, PA – high school football rival and neighbor of my hometown, Clearfield. His son Gary, who now heads World Challenge, said he was born in Philipsburg but only lived there for a short time. It’s a small world.

We covered ex-gay testimony, LGBTQ evangelism and Cambodia missions. Teen Challenge also has operations in Cambodia. Their Cambodia team lead reached out after the interview was aired.

What a blessing. Praise the Lord!

Click here to watch the interview (44 mins).

“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”  Matthew 16:25

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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)!

Praise the Lord Jesus Christ!

And Thank You for your support!

January Ministry Update (as a case-in-point)

Due to the sensitive nature of this ministry, we typically do not post detailed updates in public forums. Below is January’s update with some details and photos removed.

Prayer Partners:

Thank you for your support!

This month, the Lord provided two case-in-point stories that illustrate Castaway’s unique challenges.


Story #1: LGBT Evangelism:

Remember the three men who identify as transgender in the rural salon? The youngest used to lead worship but says he stopped attending church because he got busy. There may be more to the story.

At Christmas, he asked for a Bible. We walked through passages together. He has been active in our Facebook Khmer Bible group, reacting to Scripture almost daily. The oldest of this trio greatly influences the other two. On the way there three days ago, I prayed that he would be singled out.

The Lord answered prayer – singled out and not busy – very unusual. We went through the gospel and read Scripture out loud again.

My primary aim was to nudge him back into worship. I said, ‘If I truly believe in Jesus, I will join church every Sunday.’ He nodded. I asked if there is a church nearby and asked how to get there. He pointed in the direction of one about a mile away. I said, ‘If I made a decision to follow Jesus and did not follow, I can ask for forgiveness and start over.’ I asked him if he wanted to make a decision to start following Jesus. He said, ‘Yes.’ He followed me in a prayer of re-dedication.

Then came a sad reality. While asking directions to the church at a corner store, the pastor pulled up. I followed him there.

Even after sharing my testimony, he seemed to welcome me with open arms. In the U.S., not all do. But to him, I represent the richest nation on earth. He pointed out needs the church had, his lack of help and pictures of Americans who have donated and served.

I told him my concern is for helping the LGBTQ follow Christ. When asked if he knew the salon worker, he said he did. I asked him to go with me (less than a mile away) to encourage him to come to church. Pastor remembered how busy he is and couldn’t spare five minutes.

This is not a Cambodia-specific problem. With no political correctness movement to hide behind and probably with good reason in some cases, pastors here openly bully the LGBTQ. Called to stand in the gap, I am praying for wisdom. Please pray for a solution around the salon worker and the global issue this situation puts on display.

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”   Galatians 6:7-8


Story #2: Evangelistic Mission to a Remote Province:

This was my 3rd trip to this province (556 miles roundtrip, according to GPS). 1st trip, roughly 4 years ago, I met a young boy with his dad in a poor fishing village (houses suspended above the ocean on stilts). 2nd trip about 2 years ago, I went to their house only to find that the dad had died of alcohol-related ailments. I cried, while his widow and son sat there dry-eyed as if to say, ‘You only met him once.’ I could have been that guy… but God. The Lord gave a heart for the boy.

Through a soccer ball purchase, the Lord led to a seller who identifies as gay. 1st trip, I also met the village’s barber who also identifies as gay. Both responded to the gospel much better the 3rd visit than the 1st or 2nd encounter with a total stranger sharing an outlandish story about a foreign God. It’s all about building trust. I prayed with both. Praise the Lord.

The boy’s name is ‘Big’. His younger brother is named ‘Small’. With exposure to the gospel but no church in the area, the mother figured she’d just go to the local pagoda and worship whatever gods. We walked through the gospel (2x with the kids), clarified Exodus 20:3-6 and prayed the sinner’s prayer for all interested in giving their lives to Christ. Praise the Lord!

Leaving Big’s house, a man’s voice shouted at me from an apparent woman’s body – a “ladyboy”. Sex workers tend to relate to my humiliating testimony and return the favor with refreshing honesty. He asked many questions. We talked for about an hour, and he asked me to return later.

We ate and talked for a long time. He ended by saying he is young and not yet ready to give his life to Christ. I warned that he could die tomorrow. Without Christ, he would spend eternity in hell. He said, ‘Some day, I will probably call you and say, ‘I’m ready.”

Will Big’s family realistically succeed in following Christ without attending church? Probably not. Asking around, I located what appears to be the only church within reach.

The gate was ajar. I shouted inside to no avail. Hearing noise, I walked near the sanctuary (open air) to a side room. A man came out, encouraged the dog to attack, grabbed a Judo stick and came after me shouting. Backing up, I yelled, ‘Jesus! (making a cross with my fingers, pointing up) I am a missionary! Jesus! Jesus!’ He continued at me, flanking me through the sanctuary with his Judo stick. My heart sank. Is this where we are as a church? What???!!!

Bear in mind that I was there to find a place of worship for a fatherless child. When I turned around and started recording the pastor, he calmed down a bit. I walked out.

“…as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”   Matthew 25:40


Neighborhood Children’s Ministry:

One of our kids has been “seeing ghosts”. Demonic encounters are common here. Satan terrorizes to steal worship from the Lord and drive those of weak faith back to Satan worship (Buddhism’s teaching that if evil spirits are not appeased through sacrifice and worship, they will curse – e.g. illness, “bad luck”). Click here for last Sunday’s spiritual warfare message.

These first few weeks back in school, they have been trained, equipped with a gospel tract and challenged to share with a friend.

“…rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”  Luke 10:20


Reaching Cambodia with the Gospel:

The gospel message in Khmer language has been posted on Youtube and Facebook for a few weeks. Promoted to a broader Cambodian audience than would normally follow our ministry, it has been viewed over 450 times. Some have reached out with Bible questions. Praise the Lord!

“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”  Exodus 20:3


Rick & Carole, Parents of a Gay Prodigal:

Reflecting on their handling of my “coming out”, Dad advised regarding, “How to Fight a War Like This”. Mom provided insight from the perspective of a loving mother forced to choose between her son and God’s inerrant Word. Click here to listen (35 mins)

“Abraham… took the knife… the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven… Lay not thine hand upon the lad… for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.”  Genesis 22:10-12

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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)!

Praise the Lord Jesus Christ!

And Thank You for your support!

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

Why I Am Getting Covid Vaccinated

Jab 1 of 2, Sinopharm

Disclaimer: This is not an effort to convince anyone to get vaccinated, only an expression of my personal convictions.

July of 2021, vaccines made it to our town in Cambodia, available (and free) to foreigners. Chinese-produced Sinopharm was the option. Beggars can’t be choosers; I was thankful to get a vaccine.

Unexpected byproduct of the shot: I stood up and went on a five-minute rant in full-blown Mandarin Chinese. A bystander was able to translate, said that I dedicated my life to the Chinese Communist Party in honor of the late Chairman Mao Zedong. It was the strangest thing! Just kidding. Like many, I felt tired and had a headache for a couple of days.

In the spirit of cost-benefit analysis, here are my convictions regarding why I opted to vaccinate:

  1. Refusing vaccination negatively impacts evangelism. COVID has thrown a wet blanket on face-to-face evangelism. Because one of the first major outbreaks in Cambodia came through delegates visiting from Hungary, some tend to distance themselves from a Westerner who wants to have an extended conversation. ‘Your country has a lot of COVID, right? When was the last time you were in your country? You get vaccine yet??’ (steps back)
  2. Refusing vaccination negatively impacts discipleship. A Christian’s choices reflect Christ to unbelievers. For example, we have a youth ministry in a nation that is 95%+ Buddhist. The community examines what Christians do – ex. putting their kids and by extension, families at risk for COVID. Trying to prove some political or fear-based conspiracy theory across a cultural and spiritual divide would likely be viewed as selfishness and significantly distract from the gospel.
  3. What about Pfizer or another non-Chinese vaccine? Traveling abroad to get shots (2-week quarantine, then jab #1 + 2-4 weeks wait for jab #2, the Visa process during Covid, etc.) would be a difficult, costly undertaking.
  4. Conspiracy theories. Earlier in my walk, the enemy was successful at convincing me of a variety of conspiracy theories. He used them to manipulate and make a fool of me… and by extension, the message I am called to preach (John 10:10; Eph 6:12; 1 Pet 5:8). Though I certainly do not trust the world system (2 Cor 4:4), most notably China, I try to err on the side of Scripture, caution and reason when it comes to conspiracy theories. Granted, this COVID situation has been a foreshadowing of what is to come. But unless it matches what the Bible says about the mark of the beast, then it’s not the mark of the beast (Rev 13:16-18). Irrational fear proves the Christian is not really trusting the Lord (2 Tim 1:7).
  5. Follow the Lord or His wayward bride? At 43 years old, I should have by now outgrown peer pressure. The church is essential for worship, fellowship and growth. We are commanded to worship together (Heb 10:25). Having learned the hard way, I am thoroughly convinced that we cannot allow our relationship with the church to replace or supersede our personal relationship with Christ. The Lord put church leaders in charge. We are to submit to their authority (Heb 13:17), as long as their directives align with the inspired, inerrant Word of God (Acts 5:27-29; 2 Tim 3:16); Acts 17:11). As Paul prophesied, in these last days, many foundational doctrines, designed to protect us, have been exchanged for fables that appease popular culture (2 Tim 4:3-5; Rev 3:20). Running in fear of the full counsel of God, she fights useless distractions. Please God, not the world or His wayward bride (Gal 1:10; 2 Tim 2:4).
  6. Can world governments kill me? When a Christian gives his life to Christ, he gives his life to Christ (Phil 1:21). I am ready to go. A pastor once preached that the Lord will not take a man until his work on earth is finished (Jer 29:11; John 17:4). In my past life, I ingested enough toxins to kill a herd of cattle. By His grace, I am still here and saved… not to sit wondering why but to seek Him (Heb 11:6) and carry out assigned duties (Rom 10:14, 1:16; Eph 2:10). The Lord has a plan for me (and you), and I trust that I (we) will be here until He is finished using me (us). The Lord has guided me around a lot of dangerous situations. Making this decision prayerfully, I trust that He would have halted it, if it were not His will.

We certainly live in the last days: “…the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” Matthew 24:3-8

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The Lord is… longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9

Praise the Lord for salvation by God’s undeserved grace alone through our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone!

“Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.” Hebrews 10:38

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). 🇵🇭

We serve in Cambodia (Khmer language, between Vietnam and Thailand, mostly Buddhist). 🇰🇭

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

2020 Ministry Recap

Prayer Partners:

Thank you for your faithful support!

2020 was tough. We trust that one day we will look at Covid in the rearview mirror. But through it, the Lord reminded that suffering yields gratefulness for blessings big and small. Even the most bitter of unbelievers will have a testimony of thankfulness for simple things that we all previously took for granted – such as eating in a restaurant with family.

“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

2020 began with a much longer-than-expected stay in the U.S. The Lord used it. Many believe that they were born “gay”. Fighting back lies with truth, getting ex-gay testimony out there is vital. To recap highlights:

My testimony is not about me. It’s about what the Lord did for me, that He can do the same for anyone who is willing to repent and fight to follow.

The Lord Jesus Christ is truly “The God of the Impossible”.

“With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”   Matthew 19:26

Click here to read more about 2020 U.S. ministry.


In late October, we arrived in Cambodia and hopped back into the saddle. Highlights:

Evangelism with a Focus on Reaching the LGBT:

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

“Long time, no see!” gave way to opportunity. Two men came to church with us.

Sharing Ex-gay Testimony in Cambodian Churches & Schools:
Before Christmas, I was honored to shared at a Bible school. Click below for video excerpts:
I shared, and we sang at another church in the capital city this past Sunday. Five more churches are on deck. Praise the Lord!

“Satan, which deceiveth the whole world… 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 12:9-11

Teaching Neighborhood Children:
Against much opposition from culture and family, our neighborhood students are growing and did an excellent job again this year performing in church. Praise the Lord!

Click here for more Christmas Ministry photos.

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”   Proverbs 22:6

At 6pm that same evening, the students and their families joined us for Christmas dinner at a Korean restaurant.

Similar to last Christmas, the gospel – including the Second Coming of Christ – was shared prior to asking the blessing. Tracts were made available.

Buddhism focuses on “being a good person” / doing good. It can appear that the Christian is likewise “just trying to be a good person”. This confusion leads people to believe that “All religions are basically the same” and steers them around the cross to everlasting damnation. With unbelieving parents in attendance, my wife suggested that I use this occasion to clarify.

“…seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” 1 Timothy 4:1

“For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men…” Mark 7:8

So I worked with our Cambodian language teacher to get the proper words necessary to convey that message clearly. I shared that we do not “do good” because we are trying to “be good people” but because we want to point them to the Lord Jesus Christ – the only One who can save them… so that they will be ready to meet Him when they die. Click below for video excerpts:

Much thanks to Aunt Bobbie who contributed to bless the kids and their families for Christmas, 2020 & 2019.

Praise the Lord!

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– Conviction, eyes to see and ears to hear for the LGBT.

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– Spiritual fruit from U.S. church engagements.
– Open hearts & spiritual fruit here in Southeast Asia.
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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/

Praise the Lord!

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