Joy David

Recent Ministry

The Lord has given us opportunities to share the gospel in different villages this past month. I traveled with my co-workers, Pastor Paul Aung Yar, and Pastor Jacob, to the Meeyar and Kha Ohn Wa villages.  We have church members in the Kha Ohn Wa village. There are also refugees from several different villages who are now in the Kha Ohn Wa village because it is a safe place. It is good because we now can share the gospel with them and encourage them by the Word of God. Some are Christians, and some are non-Christians. Unfortunately, the Arakan Army and the government army have been fighting since last year, and the fighting has gotten worse since the last week of December. Pray for peace so our people can farm their crops and travel in safety. 

(Editors Note) The political unrest is complicated in this region of Myanmar. The western media refer to the “Arakan Army as the “Rohingya.” These people were from Bangladesh just a few generations ago. The Burmese and Chin people of Myanmar consider them as an insurgent group that left their former country and invaded the current area as intruders. They sometimes refer to them as Bangelis. They are Muslim in religious background and we have heard many reports of terrorism conducted by these people that then caused a reaction by the Myanmar army.  Our pastors are trying to protect the members of their churches from “field bombs” that make them afraid to even go into their rice fields to farm, while also proclaim the gospel to all the people in the region. That includes being a testimony to the Myanmar Army, the local Chin people living in Rakhine State, and to the “Rohingya.”

Consider this quote from a story printed in the Atlantic on September 25, 2017  “But where humanitarian groups and Western nations see the world’s most persecuted minority, the government of Burma (also known as Myanmar) and an overwhelming majority of its people see a foreign group with a separatist agenda, fueled by Islam, and funded from overseas. It’s this difference in perception that will make any resolution of the Rohingya issue extremely difficult.”

Our brothers and sisters in Christ on the Bangladesh border are facing similar political problems and need our prayers.

  • Pray for safety as the pastors travel to reach people in the surrounding villages with the gospel.

Pastor Aung Yar continued alone to visit the Zi Takhun village and the Kui Lechuang village and its surrounding area to share the gospel. He says the people are lovely and gracious. They were happy to hear the message but not ready to respond in faith. They need to know more about salvation history.

  • Pray for the people with whom Pastor Aung Yar shared the good news.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to convict their hearts so they would understand their need for a Savior.

Pastor Kin Talin visited the Ngantaw Wa village where only non-Christians live. He tried his best to reach them and shared the gospel with any who opened their doors to allow him to speak. They responded, “It is not easy to change our religion at once. This is what we have believed since our forefather’s time, we need to take time to think about it. We will think and study about your God.” Give thanks to God for their interest in considering the gospel. Most are spirit-worshipers, and the rest are Buddhist.

  • Pray for the non-Christians in the Ngantaw Wa village to consider the gospel and come to faith in the one true God.

The weekly programs are meeting regularly. The students are studying hard and serving during weekly services. The believers are faithful to attend the home Bible studies, Bible reading programs, and prayer meetings.

  • Pray for peace in our area and pray for the political refugees in the Meeyar and Kha Ohn Wa villages.
  • Pray for permanent land in the Paletwa town.

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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