Some of the leaders of the organisation within the ACCM have sent us details of matters of ministries they are involved in or are considering and have asked for our prayers for the Lord’s leading and provision and protection.
Pastor K, leader of Gospel for Myanmar advised that they are looking to the Lord for guidance and provision for the building of a new house, on land that they own which is about 30 minutes drive from the rented premises they are presently based in. This project is to house the thirteen orphan children and young people who he and his wife care for.
Please pray with them that the Lord’s Will will be clear and that He will provide the necessary funds for the project.
Their Bible college – Salem Theological School – presently has five students from various parts of the country, and they are beginning planning for the students’ annual evangelism trip to another part of the country, to give the student practical experience in sharing the Gospel with their people. This year they are planning to travel to a town called Padang, which is in the Magway Division to the north of Yangon during October.
Please pray with them that the Lord’s guidance will be clear and that He will provide the necessary funds for this ministry.
One of Gospel for Myanmar’s church planters is Pastor H T. He has been ministering for some years in a town called Okshitgone which is about two hours’ bus ride from Yangon and has gathered a group of believers which have met in his home. About a year ago they began an outreach ministry in a nearby town named Taikyi and in February this year they laid the foundations for a church building in that town.
Construction of the building has progressed since February and the building is now a little more than half completed. The believers from both Okshitgone and Taikyi have been meeting together for their services in the building since June but work still to be completed includes tiling the floor, installing electricity, ceiling, chairs, pulpit and the decoration of the interior. Progress has been halted as funds are not available – Pastor H T estimates that the amount needed to complete the building is 7 million Myanmar kyats – which is about NZ$5,900. Please pray that the Lord will provide what is needed.
Please praise the Lord that the combined membership of the group is about 50 and the average, regular attendance at worship services is 35. During the past two years Pastor H T has had the joy of baptising more than 20 new converts!!
Pastor D, is leader of Fellowship Bible Ministries, which cares for 97 orphan or disadvantaged children in several locations in Yangon and is in the process of relocating to a central location which the Lord graciously provided a couple of years ago. They also have a Bible college - Myanmar Bible College, a residential college which normally has about 30 students from various parts of Myanmar. They also have a number of church planters in parts of Yangon and other parts of the country.
A letter recently received from him read as follows…
“Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ from Myanmar.
How are you brother.
We hope you and ministry are going well.
Please continue praying for our country. Still fighting and killing every where. It is difficult time and terrible time for us. Everything cost is going double high and expensive now.
Military coup making martial law and more difficult time for our country and ministry.
Thanks for your praying and helping in possible ways.
In early July Pastor D wrote…
“Please praying for our security, yesterday our staff Andrew was sword fighting by 4 men and they take his phone and his motorcycle. Prayer for him he needs new phone and motorcycle for his travel from his home to campus. Every where now many people are fighting, killing, stolen every day and night. There is no security in our country now.”
These sentiments are of course indicative of the experience of all the members of the Advent Christian Conference and in fact of all the Christians and other residents of the country.
Please regularly bring our brothers and sisters in the Lord, and all the residents of the country, before the Lord, praying especially for an end to the terrible things that the army is doing to that country and its people.
In spite of what is going on around them, our brothers and sisters continue to have joy in their service for the Lord. Pastor T recently wrote…
“Greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We thank God and always pray with joy for your loving care. I am sending pictures to you – todays worship service and give Bible to new believers.
God Bless you abundantly.