Joy David

Recent Ministry

Greetings to all my prayer partners in the name of Jesus Christ. Thank you for your prayers and financial support.

Last month I went to two refugee camps, Nga Poe village and Long Kado village. I traveled with some young people from Paletwa town to share the gospel and encourage the people. They were happy to receive my words, and they need help. Most are non-Christians, but there are a few Christians. We brought some relief supplies that had been donated by various people, churches, and organizations. The Arakan Army and the Government Army are fighting almost every day; the sound of guns is heard from my place frequently.

  • Pray for peace and a ceasefire in our area.

The people have been affected by the fighting, and curfews are still in place so that people cannot work in their fields. The situation is getting worse, and many people are suffering. They are fleeting from their home villages and towns to find safety. The internet lines are down, and traveling is restricted.

  • Pray for the people in our area to have comfort from the Lord and for access to daily food.

Rev. Aung Thar Hla visited the Ka Ohn Wa village and brought encouragement to the believers. He conducted a one-day gospel teaching event. He also officiated communion for the believers. They were happy.

  • Pray for more souls to be won for the Lord this coming year.
  • Pray for wisdom and courage in our conversations.

Give thanks for my visiting ministry to the refugee camps and for the opportunity to share God’s Word.

Last Months Report

“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26

Even during political problems, the Lord keeps us and protects us from all evils. In Kha Ohn Wa village, Pastor U (Mr) Tun Oo reached out to non-Christians and invited them to join the Christmas celebration. Several new people joined their service and enjoyed the fellowship.

  • Pray for the non-Christians to desire a relationship with God and to come to faith in Jesus Christ.

Pastor Aung Thar Hla and his members need your prayers. They live in Kyi Le village, which is currently a battlefield between the Arakan Army and Myanmar Army. Martial law was ordered several months ago. The people in the town are suffering from a lack of daily food and need of help. Most of the families are fleeing to the Northern Chin state, including the church members.

  • Pray for safety for Pastor Aung and the believers as they deal with the instability.
  • Pray for adequate nutrition, and their daily needs to be met.
  • Pray for encouragement and peace from God.

Pastor U (Mr) Lun Pah is working in Out Temawa village, which is facing a similar situation and is also under martial law. Most of the people in the village were moved to the Thlantlang township in the Northern Chin State. We were able to help by providing some bags of rice to this village with the help of Pastor Steve and Pastor Thawn’s church members. Due to the situation, the church was not able to celebrate Christmas. They need our prayers.

  • Pray for the believers as they face this political crisis and for the families to not be separated.
  • Pray for their daily needs of food to be met and for them to not become discouraged.

Praise God that through the local pastors, White Fields was able to provide bags of rice to this village.

I visited the Miksa village where Pastor U (Mr.) Kan Tun in ministering. They are facing the same political problems. I distributed one big bag of rice to each family. They were happy and encouraged. They are only able to conduct worship services on Sundays as the village is under curfew, and no one is allowed to go out after six in the evening.

  • Pray for the ceasefire for our area and for peace to come.
  • Pray for those who face difficulties in getting their daily food.

The Lord added more members to my church. I baptized five new believers this last year. Three more people are ready to take their baptism. In Yetakhun village, two people were baptized this previous month. There are now four hundred and twenty-seven church members in eleven communities. Praise the Lord. Thank you for your prayer help.

Give thanks to God for the salvation of these eight people in my church and pray that they may grow faithfully to trust God and stand firm in their faith.

  • Pray for more souls to be won in the next year.

Praise the Lord for the ministries in Paletwa township and the protection of God to his people.

Pastor Joy David’s Ministry

“Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name.” It is a wonderful blessing that God has prepared me to be a church planter in Paletwa to the extension of His Kingdom. It is a great encouragement for me to learn that many men of God around the world are praying for our ministry.

I started a house church in 2013; our weekly programs consist of Bible studies, worship times, prayer, and evangelism. Though we are few in numbers, we conducted all of our weekly programs regularly. Some young people from nearby villages come and study at the local university and trade schools in Paletwa; I try my best to reach them with the gospel. If we can reach them with the Gospel, they will go and teach their parents and villages what they believe.

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