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)!

May 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!

The Lord delivered me from a gay identity, lifestyle and related “addictions” (slavery to sin) 12 years ago. Praise the Lord!!

Continuing in seminary toward a Masters of Divinity, below is a recent video testimony assignment.

Click to watch Video Testimony Assignment for Seminary.

“But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.”   Ephesians 2:13

LGBTQ Outreach – “O” (2+ hours away, last referenced March 2022):

According to Cambodian and Thai Buddhist teaching, there is a third sex into which some are reincarnated as karmic penalty for previous-life sins.

Considered to be a pitiful state, it is similar to an earthly purgatory. Also reminiscent of the “Born this way” lie preached in U.S. culture, it’s a reminder that Satan has limited material and recycles to suit a variety of audiences.

“O” and his friend, men who live as women, are considered to be “the third sex” or “kathoey”.
 
“O” was excited to read the Word and pray together. He read that God created only male and female (Gen 1:27). The Lord convicted to make 100% clear that homosexuality is sin.

First, I stated that God did not create a third sex (very uncomfortable). Then, the first man and woman sinned. Today all people are fallen creations (read Ps 51:5Rom 3:10). Everyone has temptation, maybe very strong temptation, but Jesus calls us to repent and follow the Bible.

Although my previous identification with women was not nearly as strong as theirs, it is enough to show genuine compassion. I shared that the peace of knowing if I die tomorrow, I will go to heaven is better than sin. They both nodded.

When we face the Lord on that day, we will be thankful that we obeyed when He pushed us to share the full counsel. Praise the Lord!

“Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.”   Acts 20:26-27

LGBTQ Discipleship:

It can be a long way out of a gay identity. While love and compassion are key, it is absolutely essential that we speak difficult truth (painful as it can be) when the Lord provides opportunity.

One who recently accepted Christ came to church wearing eye shadow. After noticing, I tried to address it but was interrupted.

I sought the Lord, and He led through a question that he asked me on the way home. I told him that God created man and woman, that it is sin for a man to act/look like a woman (1 Cor 6:9). He takes correction well. Praise the Lord.

A few days ago, we read Eph 2:1-10 and Rom 6:1-4 together, discussed what the Lord expects of us who have been resurrected to new life in Christ and prayed together.

Another has been struggling with drinking and cancelled our meetings several times. I went to his work. The Lord led to walk him through John 15:5, to assure him the power to fight temptation comes from Christ, that we must be plugged into the Power Source (Word of God) daily and worship regularly.

Then he cancelled again. I waited a while and sought the Lord again about how to handle it. Yesterday we read about the second coming and discussed that we must be ready.

Recalling my own negative experiences with “forced mentorship”, I told him if he wants me to leave him alone, I won’t push any further. He assured me he is willing to fight to follow Jesus. Praise the Lord.

We are in this together. Please pray for us.

“To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.”   1 Corinthians 9:22

“But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ”   Ephesians 4:15

LGBTQ Evangelism – “R” (last referenced April 2022):

Recently we read of the power of homosexual lust on display in Sodom and the Lord’s subsequent judgment (Gen 19).

Then we read 1 Cor 6:9-11 to confirm that homosexuality is sin, that it is as forgivable as any of the other listed sins and that repentance precludes judgment.

“R” is a fighter. He could make quite an impact for the Lord. Please pray that he responds to the Lord’s prodding.

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

Farming Community (LGBTQ) Outreach (2+ hours away, last referenced March 2022):

In April, I went to this community. “T” was sick. “B” was not home. “B”s brother-in-law “C” has been the most open. He was sick. The Lord was moving. I prayed for them and shared the gospel again with Tailor’s mom.

“C” has become a friend. In May, he came with his wife and youngest son to my town. We read Scripture and prayed together.

Fascinated imagining what the Lord will do with all of these pieces, I feel like a spectator.

“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised)”   Hebrews 10:23

Neighborhood Youth Ministry:

April ended with the Ascension and the Lord having given gifts to men (Eph 4:8). May was about discovering what unique abilities and passions the Lord has given each of the kids, how they can use them to serve and glorify the Lord. When we meet, they now have assigned roles. A fully functional church is slowly forming. Praise the Lord!!

“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

Click to Watch – “Give Thanks”, Khmer & English

“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.”   2 Corinthians 9:15

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)!

Why Praise the Lord?

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord . Praise the Lord!” Psalms 150:6

“Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9

“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” Matthew 28:18

“…the Holy Spirit who dwells within us…” 2 Timothy 1:14

“…the Helper, the Holy Spirit…” John 14:26

“If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.” 1 Peter 4:14

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
Genesis 1:27

“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.” Psalms 46:1

“You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.” Revelation 4:11

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above…” James 1:17