Dear friends, supporters and prayer partners,
Greetings to you and thank you for your continued support and prayers for our brothers and sisters in South East Asia who serve the Lord under the Advent Christian banner. Although my last update also zeroed in on ministries and needs in Myanmar to a fairly large extent, this time I want to share with you a report received recently from one of the leaders of the Advent Christian Conference of Myanmar – Pastor J. As is the case with all of the four leaders and their groups, Pastor J does not stay in the relative security and ease of Yangon where they are all based, but regularly makes journeys into areas of their country that are unreached with the Gospel .They are so very keen to share the blessings of the Christian faith with those who have never had the opportunity to hear of God’s great love and His plan of salvation for all men and women through Jesus Christ. It’s a long document but well worth reading!
Pastor J’s group is called The Word Mission and as you read the virtually unedited report and look at the pictures, I am sure that you will be amazed at and affected by the dedication and commitment of this man and his co-workers and by what they are prepared to do to share their faith with their fellow country-people. I can assure you that their actions and attitudes are representative of the zeal and enthusiasm and commitment of all of the leaders of our AC group in Myanmar.
“Report for February’s 2012 outreached
We started our trip to Chin Pum Land on 12 Feb 2012, and it ended on 7 March 2012. I am excited to report you about how the Spirit of the Lord moving on unreached peoples groups of Chin Pum. The trip was fruit and blessed by God. Our trip to Chin Pum land was an amazing journey with God.
1. How to go there.
We go to Maygone Division by Bus in one day and one night. After then we went to Rakhine State by small jeep car in a whole day. And then we go to Chin Pum land by motorcycle in one day where car cannot go there. And then we walk by foot for 5 days until we reach Chin Pum village. We cross rivers, stream, brook, hills, mountain, mountain rage, mountain pass, and valley so on and preached the salvation of Jesus to village people whether we have time or not. Some time we slept in mountain if we cannot get to another village in one day. No transportation, no road. Some time we made our own road to reach another village. Because the villagers do not kept use the road many years. It is hard to go there. But as Jesus has commands us to go everywhere. We do not want to refuse His great commissioned to go. The people in the village were very grateful for our visit. It took major effort to make the village. It took us 10 days to travel from Yangon to the Chin Pum village .On the foot to Chin Pum land we can see some animal like bear, deer, bison.
2. How to do outreached
We had Bibles studies at night, and did outreach in the day time at village. We preached the gospel from village to village, after house to house and after a person to person. Even we tell about the salvation of Jesus to village people at stream where they are finishing the fish and at the field where they are working.
3. How the Spirit of God was moving
During the month of February 2012, The Word Mission outreach has distributed over 1500 gospel tracts, doing seminar at one place, reaching 6 villages of Chin Pum. By God’s grace we win 45 peoples for the Lord. Amen! Many of these village people and church planters didn’t even own a Bible, so how can they teach what they cannot even read. Some of them said they teach out of tracts and magazines. Something that they kept telling us again and again was that they had never heard teaching like this. Their attentive listening made preaching a delight as it seemed to draw it out of you.
We were very blessed with the hunger of these Chin Pum people for the Word of God. They seemed to drink in the teaching and were very thankful for all they could get. What a joy it was to teach on salvation of Jesus Christ and see them very eagerly receiving it! I think I will always remember the one older woman that cannot walk been a Buddhism for 40 years and has never heard anything like this. I was greatly blessed and have been very glad for the opportunity to serve the Lord in this way. Majority of Chin Pun Land lives in Mountainous areas. They meet their daily needs through hunting and shifting cultivation system. Hardship and danger were many. Thirsty for the Living Word of God is so great. There are many, many Chin Pum, WuTu and Rakhine people to harvest, but there are no workers to help harvest them.
4. Praise the Lord with us.
- We did one seminars at Chin Pum village.
- There are 45 Chin Pum people has accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, and 12 people has baptized by me.
- Three people get healing by the power of the Holy Ghost.
- We had reached six Chin Pum villages.
- We have been given 1500 gospel tracts to the people of Burma, Dain Chin, and Chin Pum.
- While I was teaching the Word of God at Chin Pum village, the new baby was born. I dedicated that baby to the Lord and name him Joshua. Praise the Lord with us.
5. The voice calling
The people of Chin Pum still need the pure gospel that gives life and exalt the nation today. Unbelievably, there are many Chin Pum people( over 250000 population) that are the unreached yet today. You are warmly invited to reach those people to take them to Christ. It really great challenge of our faith by knowing about uncivilized.
There may be found those that thirsty the truth in reading of any news paper and watching T.V. It’s not enough to hear the voice of their crying and watching of their pitiable pictures. Now is the time for us to save and bring them to the Lord from their unending pains and bondage of the hand of world’s prince.
The Word Mission has experienced to identify with them and realized that where in darkness they died without Christ. As Paul heard the voice of Macedonian, The Word Mission heard the voice of Chin Pum people. Do you hear them? If so, the Lord really needs you for Him there. Making disciples is the heart of The Word Mission. . The Chin Pum people need the gospel. The need and calling are great.
6. Urgent prayer request.
- Pray for new believers to grow and delight in the Lord Jesus.
- Pray for Chin Pum People, they may have the knowledge of the salvation in Jesus Christ.
- Pray for the Chin Pum children in the Rakhine State, Chin State, and Maygone Division region. Most of the Chin Pum children are not in school, because there is no Government school in the most Chin Pun land and not able to support their Education through their parents.
- Pray for the Chin Pum town and village. In many of the Chin Pum villages there is no transportation, no church, no school, and no medical care, so on.
- Pray for The Word Mission, that she will reach more unreached people groups in Chin Pum Land.
- The village has no medical services, no Government school and the people would really love to have a clinic and school in their village.
- One of our Church Planter (Ms.Thurzar) was supporting for monthly by ACMissioNZ in 2011. Thank you for your support to our church planter. She has done well by your helped. She has win 21 Chin Pum people within one year and take care 17 children with your support. Your support made alive Chin Pum people and allow her to win her own people for the Lord. She tells us that she needs to get Nurse training for help her own people. Because the most people in village, they died for malaria, miscarriage, gastric, pulmonary, hemorrhoids, diahorrea, dysentery, scabies, coryza. Even they want to buy medicine, pill, tablet, antipyretic, but there is not clinic. If someone from village was getting sick and need the medicine, they must go to town on foot for four days where there is available medicine. There is no telephone. If they want to call us, they came to town for four days where there is available the telephone. She needs NZ$284 for three month Nurse training,and NZ$136 for three month daily Bus fee ( she needs total NZ$420$ for three month Nurse Training).
- This year (2012) we send our two graduated students to Chin Pum mission field for church planting among Chin Pum people. God needs NZ$186 per monthly support for these three church planters in Chin Pum mission field.
- Last year ACMissioNZ support 700000 kyats (NZ$1,100) for chili project. The profit was only 220000 kyats. The last years (2011) in our land, there was tempest, typhoon, threatening, flood, landslide, chilly. Rainy. The shifting cultivation system was so bad. The flood destroyed their cultivation.
- God needs NZ$31 per monthly for Chin Pum child sponsorship for their education, health, food, book, pen.
I definitely need your prayers and support to make this church planting. With your support 2012 will be the greatest year yet. I am counting on God to work through you so we together can answer the call to the Chin Pun people. May the Lord bless you for every prayer you pray and very seed you sow.
Yes, I would like to participate in one of these exciting projects (Urgent need projects) for Chin Pum Mission.
- Church planters (three person) NZ$62 x 3= 186 per month x 12 = NZ$2,232 per year
- Building Church NZ$1,900
- Building school NZ$1,900
- Medical services NZ$62 NZ$744
- Child sponsorship NZ$19 per child per month (in village)
- Child sponsorship NZ$31 per child per month (in town)
- Training base NZ$1,100
- Solar power for one village NZ$745
- Chairs NZ$675
- Tables NZ$100
- Black boards NZ$44
- Bibles NZ$325
At The Word Mission, it is our mission to impact the lives of people across Myanmar and help them build a brighter future. It is critical work, and we can only do it with your help. Your gift to The Word Mission will help millions of unreached people groups struggling with extreme poverty, disease, hunger, basic education and more. Your donation will make a difference.
After four days to Chin Pum land on foot. One of village man lead me to the land of Chin Pum where was the greatest need for harvest for the Lord.
After seven days crossing the river, hill, valley and the mountain for the gospel by foot until we reach village.
If we do not go to unreached village, who will go for us? If we do not do evangelism to these unreached people groups, who will go to do evangelism for them?
I was preaching about the salvation of Jesus to every people, every situation, and every time in every place in everywhere. I am not only to preach the gospel in town but also to preach the gospel in every village as much as possible till I meet Jesus at Rapture
We slept at the hill until we reach to another village. Some time we slept at near the stream. Crossing the mountain above and down is hard but sweet to me for His name sake. Until we reach the village, we are ongoing step by step without nonstop to the way we shall go! The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.(Luke 10:2)
After three days fasting prayer for Chin Pum people I did seminar. Our prayer, our heart and our cry is that Chin Pum people will be saved. For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved (Acts.10:13).
We need your prayer support and help as long as we lived on the earth till we meet Jesus. Please do not stop to pray for us. I believe that God is working in different people in different ways. In fact, there is room for every type of personality in mission work.
Dear friend in Christ, it is not too late for us to go and tell the redemption of Jesus Christ to unreached people groups.
Through your prayer support and help, you can touch the heart of unreached people groups in Myanmar. Without Christ there are millions of unreached people groups standing along outside in this land. Only 0.1% of all church planters work in this area. One of Church planter report and say that there are 250000 over Chin Pum people and only 150 people are Christians.
After having four days teaching the Word of God and 12 people have baptized by me.
This woman was been a Buddhist for over 40 years, and beating by serpent. Firstly I tell her about Jesus and can save her spirit and heal her body. By the power of the Holy Ghost, she has get salvation and healing. Hallajuh!
Before healing After healing
Jesus does not say that we should not stay at our home; But He does say that we should go to our neighbor home. Jesus does not say that you shall not preach the gospel in your own country, but He say that you shall go to the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Jesus does not say that you shall not pray for yourself, but He does say that you shall pray for others as you pray for yourself. These old men and women were been an animalist for 60 years. Today they have heard about the forgiveness of Jesus and have eternal life by trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ. There are thousand Chin Pum people like these old men and women who do not know about the salvation of Jesus Christ in Chin Pum land. Many of them will die before we tell them about the redemption of Jesus. Today many of them are ready to die without knowing or receiving the Eternal life that Jesus paid on the Cross for all. I trust that if 700 unreached people groups are not in hell, there are 700 unreached people groups going to be in the heaven. Please help us, help me, and help!
These old men and women were the first to hear the gospel of Jesus and accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savoir. Without God’s help we cannot win these old men and women for the Lord. The Lord is with us everywhere we go. If you cannot go there, you can pray for us, as well as support financially. I really need your prayer support and help forgoing to remote areas for the gospel.
While I was teaching the Word of God at the night, the new believer woman deliver new baby. The baby was boy and I name him Joshua. Please pray for her mother. She has getting Tuberculosis and Jaundice. She needs medicine. Your gift will provide medical examinations and preventative healthcare education to Chin Pum children struggling to survival with minimal social services on the edge of a major Burmese village. You can help the new generation to grow up healthy and strong.
New Church (The Word Church) and new believers at Chin Pum village. We have 45 new believers in this village. The Word Church was born on 25 Feburary 2012 in Chin Pum village.
School Building for children in village with 17 children.
This bamboo building is where we are teaching the children. We have 17 children in our mission field school. Lack of education kills many children of body, mind and souls in Myanmar. Illiteracy is not ignorance; it is often the difference between freedom and bondage. Many of children in the rural areas of Myanmar are deprived of their basic rights as human beings and are victims of modern day slavery and child prostitution, just because of illiteracy. They did not have the opportunity to go to school, cannot read or write, and are isolated from the rest of the world. The Word Mission opens and operates village schools, known as community Educations Centers, across Myanmar, where a local missionary teaches neighbors to read and write their own language. The Word Mission teachers use the Bible and Sunday school books as textbooks as well as Government subject. Lack of education kills more people than AIDS and malaria combined. No global stability can be achieved without finding sources to provide education for the uneducated. Without education, there can be no development. Living standards for many have decreased. Families with a low income are struggling to get even the daily necessities of food and clothes. Education is a low priority, as the families cannot afford the fees. Over 10% of children between age 8-11 and 18% of those aged 12-15 are not receiving a formal education. We, The Word Mission Literacy Class program has been designed to provide these children with a basic education, so they have an opportunity to enter the local schools or find a job for the future. These children need your prayer support and help. God needs 25$ per month for Chin Pum children
AC provide blanket for Chin Pum Children
These children groups are looked down upon by society, because of their situation. Their situation was hopeless even they do not have food to eat for lunch. Your gift can give their children on opportunity for a brighter future. Tonight 1000 million literate the children of unreached will go to bed spiritually hungry. You can help them receive the bread of life before they die eternally.
Village people got one bison in hill while I was doing seminar at village.
Ginger and chili project for mission.
After harvest of chili and Ginger, village people went to town walking for three days and sell them.
Jesus does not say that you shall not have lunch for yourself, but He say that you shall provide lunch for your neighbor as you care for yourself. That is why I find it hard to take a piece of bread without a pain in my heart for those who have no food.
Love your neighbor as yourself, said Jesus. That is why I find it hard to eat breakfast without praying for unreached people groups in Myanmar.
Mouse curry for dinner! (exclamation mark is mine – Ernie!)
I will highly appreciate your willingness to reach the unreached people groups in Myanmar with us for the Lord. With
you, our ministries could be continuing. Let us join our hand and our heart together and reach the most unreached people groups in Myanmar.
Ready for Christ The Word Mission.”
Phew!! I am glad that you persevered and read the whole report! Everyone who has read it has been, as I was, moved by these words from this man of God and by his dedication to his call from the LORD to serve. If you would like to help in a practical way, please contact me or send gifts directly to our treasurer, marked “for Chin Pum ministry”.
Please continue to pray for the country of Myanmar as a whole – God is answering our prayers and the prayers of many others, and the political situation is changing for the better! PTL!! Please also pray regularly for the leaders and people and ministries of the Advent Christian Conference of Myanmar and for the 124 orphans they care for.
God bless and thank you for your prayers and other support.
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