Praise the Lord with us – in recent weeks we have received more generous gifts, including one from the children in the Sunday School at the Parawai Church of Christ in Thames, which we have sent to Pastor Paul in Myanmar. The children at Parawai, with help from their teachers, also drew drawings and wrote letters to the children in the village (some below) and these will be going to Pastor Paul also. Pastor Paul has received the gifts and has advised us that he has now been able to give all of the 415 people in his village (pictured, perched on a hill among the mountains – below left) mosquito nets. Pastor Paul and the people in the village are very, very grateful for the assistance and will be much healthier now and will not get as much malaria as they used to before they slept under nets. He sent pictures of some of the very happy villagers who have recently received their nets.
Thank you very much to all who helped us to meet this need – your gifts will be an on-going blessing to the folk to whom Pastor Paul is ministering.
In my SE Asia Update dated 20 September I advised that Pastor Paul was also concerned for his villagers and those in surrounding villages, because of the lack of transport for those who are sick, to the only hospital in the area. I said….
“Pastor Paul is also concerned at the lack of a means to transport those who are sick and injured from his village and the other 84 villages in the district to the one hospital at Thantlang. None of the 85 villages has a doctor or a hospital or clinic or means of transporting sick and injured folk to the district hospital. Many villagers have lost their lives because of this inability to get them to medical treatment. For instance, Pastor Timothy’s home village has 250 homes with 1580 residents and is 28 miles from Thantlang – the only way to get to the hospital is on foot.
Although it is not the ideal means of transport for the sick and injured, Pastor Paul would like to provide a motorcycle to be based at his village to act as an “ambulance” for all the villages in the district. The cost of an Indian made motorcycle is 550,000 kyats which is about NZ$660. Please pray that the Lord will provide Pastor Paul with this further way of showing Christian care, compassion and assistance for his people – as well as preaching and teaching them he is keen to make their lives easier too.“
Thank you for your prayers – please praise the Lord with us! Within a few days of the update going up on our website a generous donor here in New Zealand sent a cheque to enable the purchase of this motorcycle and the funds will be going to Myanmar very soon. We will be asking Brother Paul to send a picture of the machine when it is purchased.