For two millennia, God has been guiding the ministry leadership of the church from one generation to the next. In the book of Acts, the Apostle Paul was accompanied by Silas, and later Timothy joined them. Two of Paul’s Epistles were addressed to “Timothy, my true child in the faith.” One of the crucial principles of church leadership is training young people in the faith to become the next leaders of the church.[Read more…] about Generations Passing the Baton
The Testimony of Pastor Lun
I was born in Kanpalet Town, Southern Chin State, Myanmar. My parents are Rev. Tin Saw and Daw Lay Thung. I have three sisters and three brothers. My father served as a church planter in our town, supported by White Fields. He always told us about God and the salvation of Jesus Christ since my earliest childhood memories. I helped with my father’s church planting work growing up. I regularly attended children’s Sunday school and education programs from kindergarten to high school in Kanpalet town, Chin State. I am married to Ma Pan Tan and have two children.
Eventually, my conversion and calling by God for His full-time service happened when I was nineteen. After that, I grew up clearly understanding the love of God and the salvation of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins by His death on the cross.
After the coup establishing a military government as the regime in our country in February 2021, we were all in a challenging situation. The military suspected many young people of resistance, and they were arrested everywhere in our state. As such, I was also arrested in November 2021 and suffered some torture by soldiers. I thank God that I was released after a short stay in jail. I spent one week in jail. Within that one week, I received the call of God for His full-time service, and I dedicated my life and committed to the church planting ministry in our area. I know that many of our people do not know Jesus and His Salvation story through the gospel of Jesus Christ. That deeply moved me while I spent the week in jail. “I promised God that if I am released from jail, I will serve you as long as I live.” Upon my release, I immediately began serving with White Fields pastors to find an area that needed a new church.
That is when I was introduced to the Auh Mwe Tung village. I was brought to serve the Lord in this village, a very rural and undeveloped village in Kanpalet township. Twenty-seven families reside in the village; only four are Christian. They are Kanpalet tribes, mostly Buddhists and a few Animists. Pastor Tha Khup (A White Fields Regional Evangelist and father of Pastor Solomon) first reached the village with the gospel. At first, only one family had accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. Pastor Tha Khup and a group of evangelists from Pastor Solomon’s church continued evangelizing them, so now, these four families need a church.
The village is located on a mountain range. There is no vehicle road; only a motorbike can go. The village is seven miles from Kanpalet, but it has very rough terrain, and it isn’t easy to get there; we need to travel on foot. Please pray for my family and me.
Your prayer help is very effective in my ministry. We are often limited in gathering for worship and cannot conduct the programs because of the political crisis. We often run to safe places, as fighting has been happening from time to time in our area. However, we conduct prayer meetings and Church worship services whenever we can.
During the Christmas season, the Lord provided an opportunity to conduct three days of gospel training; 18-20 people came and joined us. They were happy to hear the good news of salvation. Our Christmas and New Year celebrations were also conducted successfully. We invited everyone in our village, but some were in the work fields. Pastor Solomon helped me in teaching. It was very effective.
Thanks to God for the success of our training and Christmas and New Year celebrations! Continue praying for our new church building; we have collected materials but need more. Pray for my New Year 2024 ministry and our weekly services and evangelism work that the Lord may open many more doors in my field. Continue to pray for our country; we need peace and freedom.
Conflict, Fellowship and Prayer
Due to your prayer help, my weekly ministry has been continuing but with limitations due to the fighting and we were unable to conduct the programs. However, we were able to have prayer meetings and Church worship services for three weeks last month. Praise the Lord!
I am encouraged so much by hearing that many people are praying for my church planting ministry. God is faithful in keeping His children all the time. The fighting has been happening in our area, but I thank God that the Lord has surrounded us with His angels, so we are all safe and sound. Sometimes we run for our lives to the jungle and then we come back home to the village.
We are working to get wood for our church building. My members and I hired some people to cut and prepare the logs to lumber wood for the floor, and wall. We will cut the pieces for the posts, etc. and also to frame the doors and windows. Our church building will be thirty-eight feet long, eighteen feet wide, and twelve feet high.
As we have prayed hard, the Lord provided us with land for the church building, the owner is one of my members, U (Mr.) Thang Mana’s family. He gave us the land for less than half price, five hundred thousand kyats (MMK), about two-hundred and thirty-six dollars. The church land is fifty feet by one hundred and in the middle of the village. Praise the Lord! We give all our thanks to God.
Several times we have run to safer places, our people could not work in their fields properly, so everyone is facing difficult situations surviving and providing for their families.
Pray that we can build our church building. We did our best to get the wood and the gathering was completed. But when we tried to build, the chief and authorities of the village have forbidden it. Please pray that we will have permission to complete our church building.
- Give thanks to God for the purchase of the land for the church and for the building materials.
- Pray for building permission from the authorities so we may be able to start the work soon.
- Pray for our weekly services and evangelism work that the Lord may open more doors in my field of ministry.
- Pray for our country; we need peace and freedom.
God is faithful in keeping His children all the time. Just like the Scripture says, “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and delivers them.” (Psalm 34:7). Though fighting has been taking place in our area, God protects us from all evil. Praise the Lord.
The latest update from Pastor Lun is that the military has shut down the movement for all village members. They may not travel to their fields; they must stay in the village. White Fields was able to send funds to provide payment to purchase a plot of land for Pastor Lun. Now, we are praying to gather about $5,000 to get materials to build a simple wood slat house for the family with a room large enough to host the church.
We will live in the village. We have no house, but the village leaders will allow us to stay in the schoolhouse until we can build our own home. We pray to build a house for my family and a worship house for the church.
Pastor Maung Law Tam’s Testimony
I was born to a so-called Roman Catholic family in 1997 at Midat township, Southern Chin State, upper Myanmar. My father had two wives, Daw Om Zuan and Daw Ha Om. My mother is Daw Om Zuan, she has eleven children, and Daw Ha Om has seven children. So I have lots of brothers and sisters. Among them, there are more girls then boys. According to our tribe, from tradition, men can have up to three wives. Even nowadays, many men have more than one wife. My parents are cultivators. As a big family, my parents are working hard to support our daily food and education programs.
I was growing up in such an ungodly family. I used to enjoy drinking with my young friends. One day a preacher came and preached the gospel to our village. I joined the teaching about salvation for two days. The preacher taught us about sin, and why Jesus Christ died for us, those who believed in Him have eternal life, which is a gift, etc., and I was touched and converted to Christ. After reading several books of the New Testament, I felt that I needed to preach the gospel of salvation to those who did not know it. When I read 2 Timothy 4:2, “preach the word in season and out of season..”. I decided to serve God throughout my life. My prayer is fulfilled by God when I joined the Biblical Institute of Theology in June 2016, and I graduated in February 2020. Praise the Lord. Now I am preparing for church planting ministry nearby Yangon City. My Principal Rev. Dr. Thawng Nei Bil had advised me to start a church planting at Wat-in-poh village, Hlegu township, Yangon division, where about 1500 people and about 1000 war refugees are living. Therefore, please pray for me that I may serve as a church planter from 2021.
Praise God for bringing us to a blessed New Year 2024. May the God of Almighty bless you all.
The Lord bless thee and keep thee: the Lord make his face shine upon thee and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee and give thee peace.Numbers 6:24-26 KJV
In my ministry in November and December, I reached out to new people in my area and Sabutawng village, and we conducted one day of gospel training for non-Christians. I thank God that about 20 people came and listened to the gospel of Jesus Christ. They were pleased. I invited my friend, Pastor Hoi Ceu, to help with the teaching. We often could not go out for evangelism because of political problems, but sometimes the Lord opens a way to reach people. Praise the Lord.
We celebrated Christmas in two places: Sabutawng village and my place. Several new people heard about Jesus the Savior, born in Bethlehem. I thank God more people are interested in hearing about the salvation story.
Thanks to God for the success of our Christmas season ministry and Christmas celebrations! Thanks to God for our weekly programs, such as Bible study, home cells and prayer meetings, and Sunday worship services. Pray for the New Year 2024 that the Lord may open many more doors of ministry. Pray for our country; we need freedom and peace. I am grateful for your prayers and support for my family and ministry. May the Lord continue to bless you all. Yours in Christ’s service,
Our God is faithful in keeping His children. Though we are undergoing political crisis, He provides for our needs and keeps us safe from all kinds of evil till today. Praise His precious Holy Name.
My ministry this summer was doing well in that we were able to conduct our weekly services without fail. Though we are few in number, we do our best for the service of God. The most constant problem is daily food and safety. My members are poor and uneducated, so getting a proper job is challenging. Some of them eat a single meal a day, sometimes only porridge. We praise God that my oversees’ church is able to provide relief goods of rice and distribute this among my members. They were very happy for the food.
During the summer there was a lot of rain, and some places were flooded so we could not go out much of the time. I helped my members and the surrounding people as best as I could. When people are sick, I assist in getting them to the hospitals or clinics.
I continue to share the gospel despite the hardships of the weather and travel. One young man, Maung Aye Chan has received Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord. Pray for him to take baptism soon.
- Give thanks to God for the safety of my members and our weekly services.
- Give thanks to God for the three bags of rice which was received from my overseer Pastor Thawng Nei Bil.
- Pray for my outreach ministry so that the Lord may open hearts and they will come to know Jesus is the Savior of all men.
- Pray hard for the widow of Ko Kayin, one of my church members, he had been sick for a couple of weeks. He suddenly passed away during the night, he was thirty-six. We are grateful that the costs of the funeral were covered by my overseer and his church. He was buried the next day with the help of my co-workers Pastor Paw Oo and Pastor Toe Toe. Pray for his widow, they had no children.
- Pray for our country, Myanmar. We need freedom and peace.
Throughout all the years of my ministry, whether as an associate pastor, or as a senior pastor, or now as the President of White Fields, I have always recognized the importance of evaluating our ministry’s progress by looking back at the year just passed. We need to look at the results we are achieving and determine that we are engaged in the activities that bring glory and honor to our Lord. God has given us biblical guidance for what he expects us to accomplish, and we need to rely on his grace to give us strength. But we also need to ensure that we are staying on course and that we don’t get sidetracked with the inconsequential business that ultimately will not achieve the right goals.
We celebrate with immense joy during this season that we remember the birth of Jesus Christ. The reason we are joyful for his birth is that Jesus was God in the flesh. He was born as a human at just the right time so that he could live his perfect life and then lay down his life, providing the payment for our sin. That is the wonder of his love.[Read more…] about Merry Christmas!
When you truly believe something, you will defend it and prove it to anyone willing to listen. Even when you are facing persecution from other people, you will still share if you genuinely believe. We watch that happen among our pastors regularly. In Myanmar, eighty-five percent of the population are Buddhists. Some of those people are merely following the religion that they grew up hearing from their parents. However, some are zealous and persecute our churches, and they fight against every other religion.[Read more…] about The Powerful Motivation of True Convictions