Over a Cup of Coffee in China

August 30, 2017
China Cup

Greetings to our family and friends from the country of China! I just returned from an eight-day ministry trip in Indonesia with Brother Tomlinson and his son-n-law Matt. We had a wonderful time!

IMG_7354It’s amazing what God is doing in this country that is 83 percent Muslim. We were in four different churches and two different Bible Colleges. And, as always, we went to be a blessing, but the Indonesian people were a far greater blessing to us than we them.

It’s good to be back in China! We had a great time of discipleship yesterday. God seems to be moving in hearts already. Can’t wait until next week’s meeting. It was a blessing to have two doctors sit in with us and they will be eating over our house next week. I think they are bringing a couple more doctors too!

IMG_6784I have the privilege to preach for this week’s midweek service and our Sunday service. My wife and I are also looking forward to trips to Vietnam, where I will be speaking four times, and a trip to Laos, where I will be speaking many times in a matter of a week or so.

It was a blessing to have Lee and his wife over this evening for some food, fun, and fellowship. Lee and Yangshou are a great couple and if they keep their eyes on Christ God is definitely going to use them.

IMG_7673What a blessing to be able to preach in three communist countries and one Muslim country all in a matter of two months. Who would have thought that God could use an old sinner like me to go to these dark and difficult places to make a spiritual dent for His glory and the good of others. Not me, that’s for sure!

We Covet Your Prayers for the Following:Prayer

(1) Please pray that we will learn the language enough to be able to get around and function.

(2) Please pray for God’s favor and blessings upon the church and the missionaries (Dick and Trish) that we are presently working alongside of

(3) Please pray that God will open doors of ministry here in this city, throughout the country, and throughout Asia in the coming days, weeks, and months.

(4) Please pray for our new small groups staring up in a week or two!

(5) Please pray for Barry and Joy to get more involved with the things of the Lord!

(6) Please pray for Maggie’s salvation!

(7) Please pray for our Tuesday meetings to continue to go well and lead to many people eventually getting saved, discipled, and churches planted!

(8) Please pray for our upcoming trips to Vietnam (September) and Laos (October)! 

(9) Please pray for future laborers, not only from Pacific Baptist Church of Long Beach, but from all over the world, to come to this needy part of the world!

Alive

Just doing what we can to keep the dream alive!

Johnny

 

August 8, 2017

Just sitting here, after having a wonderful time of training with four missionaries and four Chinese national church leaders. Enjoyed teaching for two hours on discipleship and why we need to start new small groups around the city. Will teach again next week, and again the week after I return from Indonesia. Lord willing, we will meet weekly at my place, and a few of us will rotate in teaching and on various topics.

Arriving on the field at the age of 56, and then arriving in China at the age of 60, there’s always that nagging voice within that speaks to you, asking, “What are you going to be able to do for Christ in this place and at your age?”

GOOD QUESTION! 🙂

IMG_6784.JPGI am grateful that the Lord has seen fit to use us in a small way in such a needy part of the world. Of course, it’s an honor and a privilege to serve Christ and the cause of Christ anywhere and at anytime, but there’s just something very sweet about knowing you are making a small dent where the need is so great. If God can use us to inspire and possibly set a fire in the hearts of a few young missionaries, with long lives ahead of them, and a handful of nationals who know the language, the culture, and the hearts of their people, it will be worth it all!

We Covet Your Prayers for the Following:Prayer

(1) Please pray that we will learn the language enough to be able to get around and function.

(2) Please pray for God’s favor and blessings upon the church and the missionaries (Dick and Trish) that we are presently working alongside of

(3) Please pray that God will open doors of ministry here in this city, throughout the country, and throughout Asia in the coming days, weeks, and months.

(4) Please pray for a young lady named Maggie and a handful of her friends who ate over our house recently.

(5) Please pray for our Tuesday meetings to continue to go well and lead to many people eventually getting saved, discipled, and churches planted!

(6) Please pray for future laborers, not only from Pacific Baptist Church of Long Beach, but from all over the world, to come to this needy part of the world!

Alive

Just doing what we can to keep the dream alive!

Johnny

 

 

 

 

July 28, 2017

Well, my wife and I have been in the country of China exactly two weeks now. We’re not in Kansas anymore. That’s for sure! Yet, to be honest with you, it has been great. We live in a beautiful city. The temperature is unbelievably comfortable. The traffic, while busy at certain times of the day, is nothing like Los Angeles, and definitely not like Phnom Penh. 🙂

This city reminds me quite a bit of San Diego. That’s where my wife and I and our children went for years during our vacation time. Our three-bedroom apartment is fully-furnished, including pots, pans, silverware, etc… and costs us just a little bit more than what we were paying in Cambodia.

IMG_6256Of course, not knowing the language is a struggle, but such is the life of a cross-cultural missionary. It’s always fun to try to do something simple, like getting a haircut, when you don’t speak their language, and they don’t speak yours. Yet, the Lord was good this past week. I got my first haircut in China, all by myself. 🙂

It has been a blessing to be able to meet some men and women who are doing creative things in the country to demonstrate and declare the love of Christ. We met a few men who hold flag football camps throughout the country. Yes, flag football! They have been doing it now for about eight years, and this year they are doing camps in eleven different cities. Praise the Lord!

I also had the opportunity to meet a national who has started a few businesses to reach “Unreached People Groups” here in the country. And there is a boatload of them. Over 440 to be exact totaling over 180 million people.  If you haven’t had a chance to read  our recent article on “Unreached People Groups in China” click the link below and check it out.

Unreached People Groups in China

I also had the opportunity to visit an English Camp being held by a Christian group, once again demonstrating and declaring the love of Christ for students and English teachers (I think 100 teachers alone) from rural schools around the province.

IMG_6032Oh, did I forget to mention there’s a Walmart right across the street from where we live. Oh my, I believe Denise thinks we are in heaven!

And we sure are grateful for the technology we have available. My wife uses her iPhone to translate words from labels at the market. That helps a boatload! 🙂

Of course, as you can imagine, things are a bit slower here than in Cambodia. With the various restrictions, our inability to speak the language, and our not yet quite knowing how to get around :), the pace is much slower. But, to be honest with you, it gives more time for Bible study, prayer, meditation, and to learn the language, and I surely can’t complain about that. Also, Denise is getting back to playing the keyboard a little!

We Covet Your Prayers for the Following:Prayer

(1) Please pray that we will learn the language enough to be able to get around and function.

(2) Please pray for God’s favor and blessings upon the church and the missionaries (Dick and Trish) that we are presently working alongside of

(3) Please pray that God will open doors of ministry here in this city, throughout the country, and throughout Asia in the coming days, weeks, and months.

(4) Please pray for a young lady named Maggie that we had the opportunity to meet recently. Lord willing, her and her husband will be coming over for supper one day next week.

(5) Please pray for future laborers, not only from Pacific Baptist Church of Long Beach, but from all over the world, to come to this needy part of the world!

Alive

Just doing what we can to keep the dream alive!