Why Plant Churches in the US

Why Plant Churches in the US   The mission of Every Nation Ministries work, which Cindy and I have served with for more than 15 years, is to make disciples and establish Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, socially-responsible churches and campus ministries in Read more

Why Reach International Students in the US for Jesus?

Reaching the Nations from Your Doorstep   With world evangelism as a priority, Christians have moved all over the world taking the Gospel to every nation of the earth.  Personally, Cindy and I have spent the last seven years starting Read more

Every Nation in Our Generation

Every Nation Ministries is part of a worldwide movement that exists to honor God and advance His Kingdom through church planting, campus ministry and world missions. Since its inception in 1994, Every Nation Ministries has grown from a handful of Read more

Equipping Missionaries to “Go”

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Here I am with Liana.  She is preparing to move to Japan to serve as a campus missionary with an Every Nation church.  What an honor to help prepare her for her assignment.

 

Around the World and Back Again

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We made it!  Around the world and back again. Kuala Lumpur to Singapore to Tokyo to Atlanta to Savannah to Raleigh. Four kids, four flights, 15 check in bags, 6 carry on bags, 11,000 miles and 21+ hours in the air.  It is good to be “home”. But to be honest, after 7 years abroad in New Zealand and Malaysia we’re not sure where is “home”.

Let me start by apologizing for the lack of communication the last 2 months.  This has been an incredibly busy time for Cindy and I and our family. Making the move back from Malaysia involved so much faith, physical strength and was emotionally draining. Read more

Beachside Baptism in the Shadow of the Mosque

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Happy resurrection day to you!  We hope you had an awesome weekend celebrating the greatest news of all time; Jesus has risen from the grave.  Jesus resurrection gives us great confidence to boldly proclaim the message of the cross in a land filled with Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus who devoutly worship their gods and gurus who are now buried in the ground.

As you may know, I just returned from a 3 week trip to Manila and the US.  It was long journey, but was made worth it by the time I spent with friends and family.  After 18 months abroad, it was a great encouragement to see everyone. Read more

Home is in the Middle of God’s Will, So Goodbye America

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God bless America! As a citizen of the United States, this is a phrase we said and heard over and over.  But after living on the mission field and in a nation with very little religious freedom, and seeing the incredible poverty in Asia, we’ve come to realize how much God HAS already blessed America.

Our time in the states this summer has been wonderful, but we have faced a bit of “reverse culture shock”.  Everything seems to be bigger, faster, louder, more high tech and life is so incredibly comfortable in America.  But what stands out to us most is the total freedom Americans have to worship God with all their hearts and serve Him completely.

On most every city street a church can be found. All over the radio dial we find stations playing Christian music.  As we surf the television we find a dozen different Christian stations broadcasting in multiple languages.  And finally, we’ve visited bookstores with every possible Christian book and resource you can imagine.  God truly has blessed America!

All these freedoms confirm in our hearts our call to serve Jesus and make Him known in Malaysia.  This is a nation where 60% percent of the population (Malay people) will be imprisoned for declaring faith in Christ.  This is a nation where the other 40% of the population risks imprisonment for sharing their faith in Christ to the Malay.  This is a place that is incredibly darkened spiritually, but where the light of Christ will shine the brightest.

We have loved our time in the US this summer, but we look forward to returning and making Christ known in Malaysia.  Our planned departure is September 10, but we are considering extending our stay a bit longer.  This will give us more time to develop new ministry support and will allow us to return to the mission field fully funded. We will keep you updated on this item.

Together, we are bringing the liberating and life changing message of Jesus Christ to the nations. And it’s our honor to be partnering with you to fulfill the Great Commission. We look forward to sharing great news of what God is doing in Malaysia. Be blessed!

 

“Arise and Shine, Your Light has Come”

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As we labour on your behalf here in SE Asia, there are days that Cindy and I are overwhelmed by the task at hand. The sheer number of people and people groups in SE Asia who do not know Christ and have NEVER heard His name is staggering. Most staggering is the statistic that AMONG THE 7 MILLION MALAY (MUSLIM) PEOPLE OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA, THERE ARE VERY FEW KNOWN followers of Isa al Masih. (Jesus the Messiah)

We pray this statistic breaks you heart like it breaks ours. Of all the incredibly diverse people groups here, we find the Malay to be the warmest, most outgoing, humble, quick with a smile, and hospitable. However, because of Malaysian law and Islamic entrenchment, those who evangelize and those Malay who choose to follow Isa al Masih face imprisonment. The minimum sentence is 6 months “re-education”.

Yet like every man and woman, God has placed on this earth, there is a longing in their heart that does not find rest until they come to know the love and grace we find in Jesus. And our hope is they would come to know that love and grace. Please pray with us that the Lord would make Himself known to these precious people.

Along with the Malay, there is a large number of Indian (Hindu) where we live. This past week was one of their highest religious festivals, Thaipusam. The center piece of Thaipusam is the pilgrimage to a Hindu Temple near our home where the “God of War” resides. They believe their sacrifices of food, milk and self-mutilation they will be protect from calamity in the coming year. It’s understood the”greater the pain, the more God earned merit they receive”.

What an amazing and saddening sight it was to see. But we are glad to be here proclaiming the sacrifice has been paid by Jesus and through Him blessing not calamity is ours to enjoy.

Our prayer is this “God be gracious to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us. That your way may be known on the earth, Your salvation among all nations. Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples…” Psalm 67:1-3

Please make that your prayer as you think of our family and our missions work. Your prayers are so critical to our effectiveness. And together, we have the chance to proclaim the Gospel to people who have NEVER HEARD.   What an amazing task to which we have been called to accomplish together.

Thanks so much for being a blessing to our family. We could not imagine life without friends like you. God bless you and your family!

Big News from the Simpsons in New Zealand

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When the Lord brought Cindy and me together 8 years ago, we knew He would take us on a global adventure if we would faithfully follow His lead.  We knew our cross cultural marriage was brought together by God’s hand and would be used for His glory.

Believe it or not, the home towns in which we grew up (Hudson, Ohio and Kuala, Lumpur) are exactly 180 degrees on the opposite side of the world.  Visit Earth.Google.com for a closer look!  Cindy and I have always been amazed how the Lord has guided our steps.

From the beginning, what knit Cindy and I together was our love for Jesus, our love for one another, our love for young people who were far from God, and our love for the nations (the mission field).  Our years in Auckland have only made us more passionate about these loves and the vision of Every Nation Ministries.

That vision being to plant churches, to reach the next generation for Jesus, train up Christian leaders and send missionaries to every nation of the world.

But after months of prayer and counsel, Cindy and I know our season in New Zealand has come to an end.  And we will be transitioning into a new ministry assignment with Every Nation Ministries.  It is difficult to say goodbye, but we know the churches here are in the great hands of Kiwi leaders. This was our vision from the very beginning!

So in late May, our family will be leaving for a two month sabbatical in Malaysia to spend time with Cindy’s family, enjoy a family wedding and seek the Lord about some amazing doors that are opening in Malaysia and the US.  Please pray for a time of well needed rest for our family and that the Lord would make His will abundantly clear.  Our desire is to serve wherever He leads.

You have been such a valuable party of this ministry from the first day.  Literally, this work in the South Pacific has been made possible only through your partnership.  For many years to come, hundreds will continue to know Jesus through these churches we have labored together to build.

Thank you for your continued prayer and support. Cindy and I love and appreciate you so much!