ExGay Testimony & Suggestions re: How to Reach out to the LGBT.
Requested by Preacher Jong Madlang-awa with a Filipino (church) audience in mind. The message is universal.
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 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 6:9-11
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:
We were honored to share ex-gay testimony and become a resource for 23 churches and 1 school.
Personal testimony was kindly shared 1-on-1, as the Lord led, just like we do in Southeast Asia. However, the reception was much less polite. Although the purpose is to save an individual from a lifestyle of heartache and everlasting judgment, we Americans are known around the world for unwillingness to take correction. Rebuttals ranged from “How dare you judge…!” to “I’ll see you in hell!” and other phrases that should not be repeated. The Lord thickens skin through trial. In the recent words of an old buddy of mine, ‘We’ll be back!’
“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!
Ways to Partner with Us: 1. Pray for: – Conviction, eyes to see and ears to hear for the LGBT. – Revival for the U.S. – that we would stand for all timeless, Bible truth in these days no matter what the cost. – Spiritual fruit from U.S. church engagements. – Open hearts & spiritual fruit here in Southeast Asia. – Stand with us in prayer for the promised son. – Financial support to keep us in the field doing what I am called to do. 2. Click Here to Donate via PayPal (tax deductible)!
Considering the sensitive nature of this ministry, providing a public blog update is a challenge to say the least. We apologize for any lack of clarity. Please feel free to contact us with questions.
Castaway Ministries purpose is: “To share the gospel of Jesus Christ by word and deed in the U.S. and abroad. To teach.”
We consider our primary costumers (those we are called to serve) to be:
Those who struggle with same sex attraction and gender identity
Families & friends of those who struggle
Churches who want to reach out
A few weeks ago, my wife and I attended her friend’s wedding outside of town. There on a Sunday, we prayerfully researched local churches. During food & fellowship after the service, we encountered a very sensitive SSA situation. The Lord opened the door to help.
These and similar situations have reiterated that we need to actively pursue speaking engagements at churches.
We do this primarily through testimony and song. In short, the message is: “Stop beating up the broken.”
We aim to:
Be the Voice of the Broken- to stand up for the young man or woman in the pew who feels alone.
Build compassion through awareness for the reality of these struggles.
Encourage churches to accept the broken and provide a compassionate safe place for them to come to know Christ and grow in Him.
We plan to generate a growing list of churches that preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and are willing to accept the broken.
We piloted with two churches. The Lord led to a church with whom I had a previous relationship dating back to 2011. Pastor agreed to add us for the Sunday service. I shared testimony and a call to compassion: ‘(testimony)…Praise the Lord… Maybe people will accept me now that I have a wife. But there are many others out there who have repented and given their lives to Jesus but continue to struggle. Maybe it’s not God’s plan for everyone to have a wife. I don’t know what it’s like to be you until I have been you. You don’t know what it’s like to be me until you’ve been me…. Please have compassion…’ My wife and I then sang “Amazing Grace”.
Now let’s step back for a moment and imagine this ministry. A man walks into a church and claims that God changed him from a sinful gay lifestyle to a monogamous heterosexual lifestyle. My wife standing there in the flesh gives Doubting Thomas something he can see and touch. Without my wife next to me, this type of ministry is only marginally effective. Praise the Lord for my wife.
“A man who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.” – Proverbs 18:22