Joy David

Recent Ministry

Greetings to all of you in the name of Jesus Christ. I would like to share with you about myself and my co-worker’s ministry this past month. In our Paletwa township, the fighting with the Arakan Army (Muslim insurgent group) and the government army is still happening almost every day in various locations. Many refugees are running for their lives to safe places. We tried our best to reach our people in their villages when we can safely visit them. Pastor Aung Kyaw and his group of seven people went to Miyar village and Ngapwe villages where the refugees have temporarily settled. They shared the gospel and encouraged the people. Authorities have provided a limited amount of rationed food for each family, sometimes only enough for one meal a day. We need to pray hard for them to have enough food. Due to the fighting that caused curfews, most people cannot work or travel to other places. This creates more challenges for their daily living, and many people have been victimized by both armies.

  • Pray for the refugees in the Paletwa township area of Myanmar, for safety and daily food.
  • Pray for opportunities to share the gospel and for people to come to faith in God.

Pastor Aung Htun went to the Kha Ungwa and Miyar village. He met some refugees there and encouraged them by the Word of God. He had the opportunity to share the gospel at one house, and thirty-eight people came to listen. Most were of Buddhist background, but some were traditional spirit-worshippers. The majority are non-Christians, but some are Christians. They were thrilled to hear the good news. Reverend Paul Aung Yar and Pastor Lwin Pah went to the Auh Temawa village and shared the gospel. Some of them accepted the preaching of Jesus Christ, and they joined our church worship service on Sundays. Praise the Lord.

  • Pray for the new believers in the Auh Temawa village and for their faith to grow as they study God’s Word.
  • Pray for those who heard the gospel in the Kha Ungwa village to come to believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

I visited several areas near Paletwa township, including the Pingne Tapyin village, Kyewtaung village, and Tema Chaung village where the refugees were appointed to live. There are seven hundred-and-fifty-four people, including children. The authorities distributed the families throughout these villages. They are facing a demanding situation to get enough food each day, and we try our best to help them. I visited them to bring encouragement by the Word of God. Many of the schools in the area have been closed for several months and are closed until further notice. One man shared, “our children’s schools are closed, and when we asked to move to another town, the authorities would not allow it. We could not get permission from the headmasters of the schools. This is a difficult situation.” One bag of rice (about 30 kg or 66 lbs) costs MMK 45,000 (about $30 US dollars). Each family is only allowed to buy one bag for a single month as the supplies are limited. We need more prayer help for this hardship.

  • Pray for an increase of supplies reaching these areas and for the families to have enough to eat.
  • Pray for the non-believers in these villages who hear the Word of God for the first time to come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

I conducted a short training for two days at our rented house. It was terrific that forty-two people were in the group. Some of them were students. The participants were happy for the teaching. The church Sunday worship services are doing well, but the home cells and other activities are not allowed. The young people are very active in the Sunday worship services. Praise the Lord.

  • Pray for the refugees who left their homes and properties to run to the safe places.

Praise God for the protection from dangers for my church members and my family.

  • Pray for peace between the Arakan Army and the government army so that the people Paletwa township may have peace.
  • Pray for the people who do not yet know Jesus Christ to come to faith.
  • Pray for God to send more workers to share the good news.

Pastor Jacob’s church has been facing difficulties in worshiping God in the evening for prayer meetings and Bible study. Only Sunday worship is allowed due to the curfews. Pray for them. Pastor Jacob visited Htinglat Wa village and Siphalong village; he preached at an Anglican church.

  • Pray for Pastor Jacob’s church to thrive during this challenging season, including protection and daily sustenance for the members.
  • Pray for opportunities to share the gospel.

Pastor Lun Pah shared the Word of God in Nanchaung and Ngapwe village. He preached for our church members to be strengthened and encouraged. They are always in dangerous situations due to the fighting in the area. Pastor Lun was appointed to the Auh Temawa village where the fighting has occurred several times in the village, and the people were scared and frightened. He encouraged the members to trust only on God and rely on Jesus Christ, who redeems us from the bondage of Satan.

  • Pray for Pastor Lun Pah to have safety as he travels, pray for the believers in these villages to stand firm in their faith, and find comfort in the sovereign power of God.

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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