Pastor Solomon’s Testimony
Pastor Solomon serves as a national church planter in the northern Chin State of Myanmar. He is the son of Pastor Tha Khup, the regional evangelist and coordinator for this region. Solomon grew up in a small village in the mountains of Chin, far from the big city. He came from a Christian family and grew up as a pastor’s son while Tha Khup was planting a church with White Fields. He was raised in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
When he was in his teens, he told his father that he desired to have a relationship with Jesus and surrendered his life to Christ. He knew he wanted to become a Pastor, and as he entered his 20s, he applied to the Evangelical School of Theology in Andhra Pradesh, India. To attend, Solomon learned English and saved money to pay for his education. While there, he met his future wife, Cing Bawi, a Burmese woman studying child development at the same seminary Solomon attended. After graduating, they married and moved to town to help Solomon’s father with church ministry and evangelism in remote villages.
During this time, our Director Steve Wheeler met Solomon on an accountability and stewardship trip through Myanmar. Steve saw Solomon’s dedication, humbleness, and knowledge of the scriptures. More than this, Solomon’s ability to interpret the scriptures using proper hermeneutics and his heart for the Lord left an impression on those around him. Solomon graduated from seminary in 2017 and proved to be an energetic evangelist leading others to faith. He also led teams into new villages where there were no Christians. He proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He has now become the pastor in this church. There are many years in the future for ministry in this village.
New Year Greetings to all of you, my prayer partners. Due to your prayer help, we could conduct Christmas celebrations on December 25, 2023. Though we are in an insecure situation in gathering, the Lord keeps us and provides for our needs. Praise the Lord. In many places in our area, we could not celebrate Christmas. I had the opportunity to help Pastor Lun Htin’s church Christmas celebrations on December 24, 2023. I had preached the great salvation for everyone, which the angel announced on the night Jesus was born in Bethlehem (Luke 2:8-12). People are interested in hearing the good news. They all were pleased. We have fellowship lunch together. Praise the Lord for it.
Thanks to God for our weekly worship service and Christmas celebrations under many pressures. Continue to pray for a ceiling for our church building because it is very hot, especially in summertime. Pray for our people in the city; all are in a challenging situation with their daily food. Most of the people had to run to safe places. Pray for our country; we need peace. I want to express my special thanks to you all for your prayers and financial support. May the Lord bless you all with new blessings within this New Year 2024.
November Prayer Report
Last month, we could not go anywhere so we stayed at home most of the time. Sometimes we are able to gather in groups. However, the Lord is good to us and now we are able to continue our worship service on Sundays. Though we are restricted and unable to go outside the city, we can still share with those who visit us in our house. We spend most of our time at home, I study the Bible and pray for my ministry and members as well as for the change of our country.
- Give thanks to God for the protection of the believers; we are all safe and have our daily food. Our members are struggling for daily survival.
- Pray for members to grow in faith and to be patient in times of difficulty.
- Pray for our country, for God to have mercy on us and to give us peace and freedom. Only God can make the change, we need freedom and peace.
- Pray for our repair of the church building.
- Pray for the ceiling of our church building, Sawmyo is very hot, so we need to install a ceiling so that the heat will be less.
- Pray for our people in the city, all the roads are closed, there is no supply and so the people are facing a difficult situation.
Myanmar has been plagued by violence since the military coup that deposed the civilian democratic government. Our churches remain focused on proclaiming the gospel. As a result, people continue to come to faith and follow the Lord in Baptism. Our pastors live in challenging situations, including the lack of electricity, schools, and food. The churches become the source for the members to help them overcome these struggles. You can help by donating to our Gift Catalog. We send funds to support the churches, so the believers have food and to provide scholarships to our pastors’ children to gather in co-op education groups.
The Psalmist said, May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!Psalm 20:1
I would like to say a heartfelt thank you for all of your prayers and financial support. The political situation in our area is worse and fighting is happening many times in our city. Bullets have hit our church building and made many marks on the walls, but the Lord has protected us and we are all safe because of your prayer help.
Despite these problems, we conducted two days of gospel teaching at our church, and my church members and some new people joined us. They were happy to listen to the story of salvation and the Christian life. We continue our weekly programs but only when the situation has calmed down enough to meet safely. Pray that the Lord will give us peace and good opportunities to serve Him.
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