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December 2019

“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.

November 2019

Greetings from the Paletwa township. The Lord has answered your prayers for our ministry, despite trials and difficulties, people are coming to faith in God.

Pastor Aung Thar Hla visited the Kha Ohn Wa village and encouraged the believers there with communion and fellowship. He also shared the gospel with the non-Christians in the town. The people of Doh Wa village invited Pastor Aung to share the gospel with them. He went to their community and stayed for two nights, teaching them about God and Jesus Christ. The people were happy to receive him, both the Christians and non-Christians.

  • Pray for Pastor Aung as he evangelizes in these villages, pray for the people to come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior.

Pastor Lwin Pah visited the Dung Mawa village, where we have one member of our Christian family. He encouraged them with the Word of God, and several other people came to listen to his teaching. They were happy and interested in becoming Christians. However, the people are only able to gather in the daytime due to the curfew. From six in the evening till six in the morning, they are not allowed to leave their homes or meet with more than six people in one location.

  • Pray for Pastor Lwin to be safe as he travels in these areas, pray for protection for the people as they hear the Word of God.
  • Pray for the people’s salvation.

Pastor Kan Htun was temporarily serving in the Misa Wa village. He traveled door-to-door to try to reach the people with the gospel and pray for them. God saved some people this past year. However, due to the dangerous and delicate political situation and the curfew, meeting together is a challenge.

  • Pray for the believers in the Misa Wa village to grow in their faith and be able to meet together for fellowship and teaching.
  • Pray for the situation to improve.

Pastor Kingta Lin is serving in the Yitakhun village. He has an outreach ministry in the Letpan village, which is not very far from his place. He shared the gospel with this village a few times this past month. Some of the people accepted Jesus Christ. Pastor Kingta wants to make sure they fully surrendered and accepted their salvation and allow their faith to grow before they are baptized. He is teaching them the salvation story.

  • Pray for these new believers to have faith that will last despite the hardships and challenges of this world.
  • Pray for the believers as they prepare for baptism.

I praise and thank God for adding a family to my church who were Anglican church members but had not attended any church for many years. I met this family during my outreach ministry and taught them about salvation. They believed in God and joined the church.

A lady who had been Buddhist also converted to Christ this past month. I baptized her. Praise the Lord. Her two friends are attending my church and studying about Jesus Christ. They are very open to the gospel message.

  • Pray for these two friends to accept Jesus Christ as their own Lord and Savior.

Praise the Lord for the salvation and baptism of the lady.

  • Pray for her faith to grow.
  • Pray for opportunities to reach more people in our area.
  • Pray for the churches in many of the surrounding villages. They are under curfew and continue to suffer from food rationing.
  • Pray for their daily bread.
  • Pray for a revival in our country.

July/August 2019

By God’s grace, I went to Mizar village where most of the refugees are staying temporarily. Though the traveling was dangerous, the Lord led us, and we reached our destination safely. The place is about seven hours of travel by small boat. There is no road for vehicles. The people were happy to meet us, and I shared the gospel with them and encouraged them. We gave them bags of rice and noodles, we also provided financial aid. The donations were from individuals and the church members. Praise the Lord for this witness of God’s love.

  • Pray for the refugees in the Mizar village to come to understand God’s love for them and proclaim faith in Jesus Christ.

Give thanks for our opportunity to reach these refugees and encourage them with the Word of God.

  • Pray for their salvation.

Due to your prayers, the Lord protects my co-workers and members from harmful things. The political problems in Rakhan state and Paletwas township, Chin state are still affecting the lives and safety of the people in the villages. Many schools are still closed, we still do not know when they will be open. The fight is interfering with the children’s education.  Many communities have curfews on working or traveling to other places. Pray for God to solve the problems and bring peace between the Arakan and Government armies.

  • Pray for physical protection on the people in these areas.
  • Pray for peace so the children can attend school and the adults can travel for work.
  • Pray for peace.

We have appointed pastors to take care of the church members in different villages.

  • Pastor U Htun in Kha Ohn Wa village.
  • Pastor Aung Thar Hla in Kyi Lay village.
  • Pastor Lwin Pah in Auh Temawa village.
  • Pastor Kan Htun is in the Mizar village.
  • Pastor Jacob is in Bong Wee village.

The pastors are working hard to encourage people with God’s Word despite these challenging times and helping those who are struggling for their daily survival.

  • Pray for the pastors in these villages to support the people and encourage them with God’s Word.
  • Pray for comfort and wisdom for the pastors as they guide the believers.

In Out Temawa village, we have twelve family members. During the past two months, the fighting took place in the town during four separate occasions injuring some civilians, and one was killed. Thankfully, none in the church lost their lives. They were scared and afraid of the war, please pray for the Lord to protect and comfort them.

In Bong Wee village, where Pastor Jacob is working, they are not allowed to meet after six in the evening, but despite this challenge, they are continuing the weekly programs. Praise the Lord. They are currently meeting for worship service in the Pastor’s house as they have not yet finished the church building. They are doing their best to complete the construction work. Pray for them.

  • Pray for the church in Bong Wee village and for Jacob’s leadership and guidance of the believers.

God added new church members from a family who attended an Anglican church. I met them in their home and shared the gospel with them. They came and joined the church just this past month.

  • Pray for the lost souls to hunger for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Praise the Lord for the new believers and pray for them to grow in their relationship with God and their knowledge of God’s Word.

June 2019

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.

May 2019

Greetings to my prayer partners in the name of Jesus Christ. For two months now, we have been encountering political problems due to the fighting between the Arakan Army (Muslim insurgent group) and the government army. It has affected the entire area of Paletwa township. The military has announced that travel to other villages, cities, and fields are not allowed and between six pm to six am, no one can leave their house. Everywhere can be a battlefield. Hundreds of people have left their villages to go to safer places. Due to this displacement, they need food and shelter. The authorities have announced that families can only buy one rice bag for a month; even the military and authorities are not allowed to purchase food to carry back and forth. Food is minimal, and many people are unable to have enough for their daily meals.

  • Pray for the refugees who have left their houses and fled to safer places to escape from the fighting.
  • Pray for peace so we can have freedom again.
  • Pray for the curfew to be lifted so we may travel to share the gospel.
  • Pray for safety and protection for our pastors and our church members.

Among the refugees, we have some members who left their village and ran to save their lives. They do not have enough food and are only eating porridge every day. I have tried my best to help them by delivering the contributions from believers in several churches in Myanmar. I sought to bring one-hundred bags of rice to a refugee camp in Kintalin village but was only allowed to deliver fifty bags. I brought some clothes too and some money for Christian families.

  • Pray for daily food and sustenance.

Praise God for the willingness of the believers in Myanmar to give to help their brothers and sisters in Paletwa.

While I was trying to help our members in Temawa village, suddenly the fighting broke out in the town, and people started to run away, some were injured. I also ran into the jungle, leaving my phone in the house. When we returned in the evening, my phone was gone, but God protected my life and the lives of every single one of our church members in this location. Praise the Lord. When I have the opportunities, I will continue to share the gospel with people I meet and pray for them.

  • Pray for the people who do not know the Lord Jesus Christ to look to the true and living God who can protect them from harm.
  • Pray for more opportunities to share the gospel.
  • Pray for protection while evangelizing and for wisdom in all conversations.

January/ February 2019

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.

December 2018

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ. Thank you for your support and prayer. In December, Evangelist Ling Hung came to my place, and together we visited several villages to conduct salvation training.

At the church, we had our Christmas celebration with the church family and also invited some government leaders and neighbors. They listened to our invitation, and more people joined us that I expected. Evangelist Ling Hu preached the good news of salvation. The people responded positively. After the service, we had a fellowship dinner together.

  • Pray for the government leaders and neighbors who heard the good news for the first time to come to salvation in Jesus Christ.

In the Temawa village, Ling Hung and I held two worship services. The church was founded just last year with three families, and God has double its size to included six families. I visit them periodically during my outreach ministry. They are in need of a building for their church to meet for worship. One man donated his land, and they are collecting wood. I was able to contribute to their project.

  • Pray for their need to be met and for the people of the village to know the true and living God.

We continued our missions trip to Mikza village and stayed their two nights. We had a one-day training with the members there, and they invited their friends and neighbors. They had no pastor and only on Children Sunday school teacher. We appointed U Kan Htun to be their temporary pastor and to care for the Christians for the time being. The Christians who joined the training were happy and encouraged by what they heard.

  • Pray for believers in the Mikza village and pray for U Kan Htun as he leads them.

We reach Thar Kyaw village where we have no church members. There are a few groups of Christians, such as Lutherans and Anglicans, we invited them for a one-day gospel training and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. They liked our teaching on the subject of salvation history.

  • Pray for the Christians in the Thar Kyaw village to fully understand the grace of God.

In Nga Pui village, there are no Christians or church members. We stayed one night and visited the houses door-by-door to share the gospel and pray with the families.

  • Pray for the Lord to open their hearts and that they may come to Christ soon so that they may have eternal life.

We continued to the Northern part of Palewa township. In Mike SA village, we appointed an evangelist to care for the members. In Kha Ohn Uh village, we shared the gospel with everyone who listened. Pray for God to open their hearts so that more will be interested in Jesus Christ.

  • Pray for the villages in northern Palewa township.

In Kyi Lee village and Yitakhun village, we did a one-day training and participated in their Christmas celebrations. The believers were very happy and encouraged by our visit. In total, we visited eleven villages and preached the gospel. Praise God for Evangelist Ling Hung and his teaching to the people. Praise the Lord for the success of our Christmas season ministry.

  • Pray for the villages that Pastor Joy David and Evangelist Ling Hung visited and pray for future visits.
  • Pray for the political situation in the area. The Arakan army and government army are still fighting. Pray for safe travel and protection for our pastors and church members.

November 2018

During my outreach ministry, I met several people and shared the gospel with them. Some of them have joined our worship services on Sundays. Three young people were from the Anglican church, and two young people were non-Christians. One of the Anglican young men explained, “I was a normal Christian by name only, but I had no experience of salvation in my life. After hearing the true gospel from Pastor David, I was impressed and believed in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Now all my burdens are gone, I have peace in my heart.”

  • Pray for the five new believers to stay firm in their new faith and to grow in their knowledge and love of God.
  • Pray for permanent land for a church in Paletwa town.

U (Mr.) Oo Talih, one of my co-workers, is working hard to share the gospel from house to house. He visits the neighboring villages and shares the gospel with them.

  • Pray for Oo Talih to have wisdom and discernment as he shares the gospel. 
  • Pray for those who hear the good news to understand and accept Jesus as their Savior.

Pastor U Lum Pah is serving in the Temawa village. He evangelizes to the young people and those of every generation. Recently, through his sharing, one young man from the Seventh Day Adventist, was converted to Christ. He has joined the church that meets in Pastor Lum Pah’s house. They have no church building yet and are crowded with not enough space to add more people. They have some land and are planning to start construction from wood and bamboo.

  • Pray for the new believer in Temawa village to grow in his faith.
  • Pray for the construction of a building for the church to meet in so they can continue to grow.
  • Pray for U Lum Pah as he shares the gospel.

Pastor Jacob is ministering in the Bong Wee village, and he visits door-to-door to share the gospel with the people in the village. Their church building is not yet complete, but they are collecting the bricks, wood, and other materials needed to construct the structure. They are praying for the process to be completed by the next summer.

The young people are doing a carol singing before Christmas and a celebration on Christmas Day. Pray for many more people to know that Jesus is the Savior for all people. They are preparing for a youth camp next April with the assistance of our field director and his co-workers, with plans to invite the young people from the neighboring villages.

  • Pray for Pastor Jacob’s church, especially for the construction to go smoothly.
  • Pray for the upcoming events, the Carol Sing, the Christmas Celebration, and the Youth Camp in April.
  • Pray for the political situation to continue to improve. Due to your prayer help, it is much better.

October 2018

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ. Due to your prayers, the political problems in our area are getting better, and we are now able to travel to the villages, and people can work in their crop fields in the jungle. Praise the Lord.

Give thanks for the political solution getting better in our area. Continue praying for safety with traveling.

Pastor Aung Yar is reaching the non-Christians in neighboring villages, the people had accepted the gospel message orally shared with them, but they need to know more about Jesus, so they may genuinely believe in their hearts and be saved. Pastor Aung Yar is located in a rural and remote place near the Bangladesh border. He is working with Pastor Lun Pah at the Sing San village.

Pastor Lum Pah met a young man from the Anglican church and shared the gospel with him. This man was a nominal Christian. When he heard about salvation history, he accepted and believed in Jesus Christ as his own Lord and Savior. This man explained, “I was a Christian, but no one told me about the finished work of Jesus Christ for my sin and how he purchased me by his blood and gave me eternal life. When I heard it, my heart was full of happiness and joy. Praise the Lord!” He joined the church after this understanding and acceptance of his Savior. There are four members in his family, and the other three are also interested in our church.

  • Pray for Pastor Aung Yar as he shares the gospel, pray for the new believers to grow in their faith and understanding of salvation.
  • Pray for Pastor Lum Pah as he shares the gospel and ministers to the people in Sing San village.
  • Pray for the young man who has understood the gift of grace and salvation. Pray for the other three members of his family to also come to an understanding of the gospel message and the love of God.

Pastor Kin Talin is working in Yitakhun village. He invited people from the neighboring villages and conducted a one-day gospel teaching program. Twenty-two people attended, six of them are non-Christians who listened politely but have not yet responded to the gospel. I pray that the seed was sown in their hearts and it may grow and one day produce fruit.

  • Pray for those who hear the gospel, for them to understand salvation and make a choice to accept the gift of salvation and believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

I, Pastor Joy David, a minister in the Paletwa town and oversee our pastors who serve in the rural villages.  As there are no telephone lines in these rural areas, it is difficult to contact the pastors, and we communicate primarily through letters. Through your prayers, the men are doing well, and each church is increasing in membership. Sometimes I visit the pastors and bring them encouragement through the Word of God.

Praise the Lord for the men who minister in the rural areas of the country and care for their people by sharing the gospel with them. Pray for the churches in these locations and God’s blessing upon their members.

  • Pray for safety and protection for Pastor Joy David as he travels to these locations and for wisdom as he ministers to and encourages the pastors.

I am hosting twenty students who have come from these rural villages to attend the government school. Continue to pray for their studies. Due to your prayer help, they have been excellent helpers for the outreach ministry. Through hosting these students, I have the opportunity to share the gospel with their parents. These students are active participants in our church services. Our weekly programs are continuing, and our attendance has increased. We have welcomed some new members who joined the church.

  • Pray for permanent land for a church in Paletwa town.
  • Continue to pray for us to reach new people in more villages.

Give thanks for the growth in the rural churches and the faithfulness of the pastors.

September 2018

I would like to share about the ministry in Paletwa Township in the Southern Chin State and the pastors who are serving in this location.  I, Pastor Joy David, try my best to help our pastors in all of the mission fields by visiting them and encouraging them personally. I also write letters of encouragement. Our area has been facing major political problems since last year making travel sometimes challenging and unsafe. I try my best to have fellowship with Christians in every area of the Paletwa township. I thank God we are members of the Myanmar Evangelical Churches Association (MECA) as this helps our ministry be more effective.

(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.”

  • Pray for the pastors who minister to be physically and spiritually strong and able to support their church members with the Word of God.

Give thanks for the new believers who join the church every month.

Pastor U Oo Htun has been serving at Kha Ohn Wa village and the surrounding area. He has sixty to seventy members in his church. He evangelizes in the northern part of Paletwa township and seeks to reach the people with the gospel. In some villages, he shares the gospel by visiting each house. Sometimes he travels to their rice fields in the jungle to preach the gospel to the workers. He has shared that some people have received Jesus Christ through his ministry.

Pray for Pastor U Oo Htun as he shares the gospel to the people in the northern region of the Paletwa township. Pray for safe travels and openness to the message of salvation.

  • Pray for the church in Kha Ohn Wa village as they study and grow in their faith.

Pastor Aung Kyaw is serving in the Duh Chaung Wa village, there is only one believer there. He is working hard to share the gospel and bring more people into the Kingdom of God.

  • Pray for Pastor Aung Kyaw to continue faithfully sharing the gospel in the Duh Chaung Wa village and to not get discouraged. Pray for more people to come to an understanding of the gospel.

Pastor Wit Talih in the village of Khung Ywa, has fifteen members. Pray for the Lord to add more members to his church. Pastor Wit Talih is a gifted evangelist and has organized a fellowship with other Christians to reach the lost in their area. They regularly meet for prayer meetings and worship services.

  • Pray for Pastor Wit Talih as he ministers in the village of Khung Ywa.
  • Pray for the Christians who are evangelizing together, for unity and for faithfulness as they share the gospel with their neighbors.

Pastor Aung Thar Hla has started a new church in Kyi Lay Chaung village. He has eighteen members who regularly attend and some newcomers in their worship services each week. He was one of the leaders in the village.

  • Pray for Aung Thar Hla as he serves in Kyi Lay Chaung village. Pray for the newcomers to come to an understanding of the gospel and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Pastor Ken Ta Ling in the Pih Chaung villages also started a new church with about seventy members including children. He is always sharing the gospel with new people and bringing them to church on Sundays. He travels to neighboring villages and shares the gospel with them every month.

  • Pray for Pastor Ken Ta Ling in the Pih Chaung village and for his evangelism to bring new people to faith in God.

I, Pastor Joy David, conduct a Bible teaching program on Saturdays with the purpose of training our student’s as good disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. I have twenty students who regularly attend.

  • Pray for the students in the Bible teaching program to grow in their knowledge of the Word of God, apply the principles to their lives and further value their relationship with God.
  • Pray for Pastor Joy David as he preaches and leads the Miskar village church.  They now have six families with thirty-three members total.  Due to your prayer help, our weekly programs are doing well.
  • Pray for a new church building in Auh Temawa village, they need a permanent worship place as they are adding new members.

August 2018

Greetings to my prayer partners. I recruited young people and we went to share the gospel with the people in the Paletchaung and Bong Wee villages. We had a gospel rally and worship together. We invited believers and non-believers to come. It was a great opportunity for sharing the gospel and we were well-received. The young people from both villages asked to hear more about salvation and have another worship service in the future. Our young people were happy and excited to be participants in the mission’s team.

Give thanks for the outreach to Paletchuang and Bong Wee villages.

Give thanks for the positive impression on the young people who were sharing and those in the villages who participated.

  • Pray for future opportunities to reach these villages again.

I conduct Bible training for students twice a month on Saturdays. There are twenty students who attend regularly. My goal is to help students be closer to God and to be humble in their obedience to God. I am trying my best to equip them to be good disciples of Jesus Christ. The Lord provides our lunch through individual donations. Praise the Lord!

Give thanks for the regular participants in the class and for the refreshments provided.

  • Pray for the students to be receptive and grow in their relationship with God.

My co-worker Past Aung Thar Hla shared the gospel with the family of Kyi Lay Chaung. It was the first time they had heard the gospel. They asked many questions and Pastor Aung Thar Hla answered them. They are interested in Jesus Christ but not yet ready to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. We are praying for them to be hungry for more spiritual food.

  • Pray for the family Kyi Lay Chaung to continue asking questions and to come to an understanding of the gospel.

Pastor Aung Yar is serving the Lord as a church planter in the Sing San village. There were some new believers who have joined his church. He says they are very enthusiastic. Praise the Lord!

  • Pray for Pastor Aung Yar’s ministry and for the new believers to grow in their faith.

Evangelist Aung Pah visited the Kyat Temawa village. He encouraged the new members there with the Word of God.

Give thanks to the ministry of Aung Pah and pray for his outreach.

As we are on the boundary of Rakhine state, we have been facing political problems. Recently, the government military ordered a curfew to our township. No one is allowed to travel freely to the jungle or fields, or to go here or there.

  • Pray for these political problems to be over soon and for peace in our land.

Our students are doing well in their educational programs. Each night they have group study and do their lessons together with their teachers. I pray for them as they start their study and share encouragement from the Word of God. We hope to equip these young people to reach out to their home villages with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

  • Pray for the students to study hard.
  • Pray for God to create in them the desire to return to their home villages to reach them with the message of the gospel.
  • Pray for a new church building in Auh Temawa village, they have new members and are in need a permanent worship place.

July 2018

Due to your prayers, the ministry in the Paletwa township is doing well. We have appointed evangelists to the rural villages, and in my report, I will share about their ministries. The one-day Bible training I conducted last month was aimed at training students and workers from these different villages. We had more than twenty participants. I was encouraged by their attendance despite the travel challenges.

  • Pray for these students and workers to be encouraged and to continue to reach the people in their villages with the gospel.
  • Pray for the people in the Paletwa township, they are very poor and struggle for their daily needs to survive. Many of them do not know about Jesus.
  • Pray for the two students who need financial support for the school.
  • Pray for the believers and for their spiritual growth and physical needs to be met.

U Htun shared the gospel in the northern part of the Paletwa township, many non-Christian and spirit-worshipers live there. He met U Aung Man’s family, spirit-worshipers, and helped them work in their paddy field. When he shared the gospel with them, U Aung Man replied, “I heard about Jesus from some pastors before, but not like this, when you share it is very good and clear, it touches my heart.” The whole family believed in Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord! U Htun also traveled to Mayar village and encouraged the believers there and shared the gospel with the young people in the village.

  • Pray for U Aung Man’s family and that they have a clear understanding of the gospel.
  • Pray for U Htun’s as he travels and encourages the believers.

Pastor Aung Kyaw has been serving in the Duh Chaung Wa village. He shared the gospel, and several people were saved. He has a small church in the village.

  • Pray for Pastor Aung Kyaw and the believers in his village.

Kimtalyn was appointed to the village of Yetakhun in southern Paletwa. He visits the members and shares the gospel with their neighbors. They also have weekly prayer meetings, home Bible studies, and worship services.

  • Pray for Kimtalyn and for boldness in sharing the gospel with the people in Yetakhun.

Pastor Aungthar Hlan is working in the Kyi Lay village. He is encouraging the members there and sharing the gospel with the non-believers. Many of the people in the village are non-Christians.

  • Pray for Pastor Aungthar Hlan and for people to respond to the gospel message.

Pastor U Lwin Pah travels between the villages of Temawa and Bongwa. The churches in these villages were started last year, and we have added some new believers.

  • Pray for their continued growth and Pastor U Lwin Pah as he pastors these congregations.

Pastor Aung Yar was appointed to evangelize in the Sein San village. There are no Christians there. His daughter teaches the Khumi literature to the youth, so they can learn to read and write in their dialect. Pastor Aung Yar shares the gospel with them.

  • Pray for the teaching of the youth to open doors for the gospel to reach this village.
  • Pray for Pastor Aung Yar and his daughter as they minister among non-Christians and for boldness in sharing the gospel through their actions and words.
Spring 2018

The situation in my area has improved from our last report. We still have refugees nearby in Paletwa. They move from village to village including some of our church member from Ngupwee village. They are afraid fighting will start again with the Government Army and Arakan Army. I visited with the refugee families and encouraged and prayed for them.

My family and I came across a hardship this month. Our landlords kicked us out of our home even though I had paid my rent through March. They returned my money and told me they want to repair the house and live in it. I believe one of the leading reason why they do not want us living there is that I use the house as our place of worship. Presently, we are being hosted at the Private Border Education house which belongs to an Independent Church of Paletwa. We do not have a church center so we join the main church, please pray that the Lord will open a door for us.

I had the vision to plant a new church in 2018 at Sin San village, most of the people are non-Christians. Therefore, please pray that the Lord may open their hearts and be ready to accept the gospel.

I visited Bong Wee church which has a new church building. My co-workers and I helped them with the construction. They did very well and I hope they can finish by summer. Our church members are participating enthusiastically.

(2) The political problems we have faced are calming down. Our church is currently preparing an outreach in the rural areas. We are also starting a new church in Sin San village where almost all the people are Buddhist and spirit worshippers. Pray for our ministry and the people from this village.

The new church building in Yitakhun is almost complete, and several non-Christians are interested in knowing God. The reason for this is that believers in the village have proven their lives to be different by believing in Jesus.

There are several villages in the Southern Paletwa township that are facing clean/drinking water problems. Some of the leaders from the village came to me asking for help, but it has proved challenging to find water donors. They have one water source, but it is almost dry, so they are all facing a water crisis. I visited the villages, prayed and shared the gospel. Pray that the Lord may provide for their needs.

(3) U Oo Htun and Aih Kham Ko (from Yangon) visited Kha-ung Wa village, which is about 5 hours by small boat from my place in Paletwa town. We did a gospel camping in this village. We taught them all day and every night we did a worship service. Each day about 80 people attended the teaching, and at night more than a hundred people came to the worship service. The Lord continued to draw people to him through our camping ministry. Many received Christ and were encouraged.

I also had visited some surrounding villages, where our members were staying. I did a communion in Ngapwe village, were other Christians were beside my church members. We fellowshipped and encouraged each other in the Lord.

I shared the gospel two to three times in Auh Temawa village in the past months with no professions of faith, I was simply faithful to share. But last month three people professed faith in Christ and I baptized them. One of them said, “We listened to other pastors teachings in the past but they did not preach the Gospel and their teachings were confusing. Pastor David was very clear, and the Word of God touched my heart. I could not stay silent anymore, I know clearly that Jesus loves me and died for my sin. I am thankful He forgave my sins and gives me eternal life..” I also had visited U Htun Hla’s family, they are Buddhist and live in the same town as me. He was very happy to hear the gospel and said he would study salvation more thoroughly.

(4) Last month Pastor Wee Salih and I visited the villages around our town and met people who fled their communities because of the fighting between the Arakan Army and the Government Army. This conflict is horrible and has destroyed lives and families, but it has brought about great opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We taught about the peace and salvation Jesus offers. The group that stayed and listened had some Christians and non-Christians. Everyone we shared with was encouraged to hear the message and told us, “We are happy to see you and hear your sharing of the Word of God. We now know Jesus Christ alone is the only one in whom need to trust and believe.

I also visited Kha Ung Wa village where Pastor Oo Htun was appointed to minister. We stopped at almost every house and shared the gospel with many families. I also organized a gathering for young people in Yitakhun village, which was about 25 miles away from my place. Several young people from different communities came and joined us. Some professed Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. Amongst them, I baptized one lady Ma Khin Si that was getting ready to travel to Singapore for work. She said, my parents are spirit worshipers, but I do not want to follow the spirits. I know that my parent’s spirits could not provide eternal life, but I know Jesus has given me eternal life.”

Last week I was elected as General Secretary of the Paletwa Evangelical Churches Association, which is registered with the government. We have worship services once a month. We pray that through this Association the Lord may open more doors for the gospel of Christ in Paletwa township.

(5) I taught a one-day training in Paletwa for the young people. Eighteen people joined us for the Bible study on salvation and eternal life. When the lesson was over, they requested that I come back and continue teaching them. Two of the young ladies said they would like to join our Sunday worship service.

On a recent gospel outreach, our church members and deacons visited nearby villages and shared the gospel. We went to the nearby refugee camps and encouraged the people living there. They were happy that we came and shared the gospel. We also went to a nearby church plant in Kyat Temawa village. When we were in the village, I agreed to host two students so they can continue their education. Both students have become Christians through our ministry. Their parents are poor and cannot send them to school. Please pray that the Lord provides everything they need.

I am also hosting ten other students from nearby villages, the students do not have a place to stay while they go to school, and their parents cannot afford to rent a home. They try to help the best they can by providing food for them. Out of the ten students, seven of them are non-Christian, by spending time with us they are learning about salvation, prayer, and music every week. They participate in church activities as well. Please pray that they will all come to know the Lord and grow in their faith, especially the ones that don’t know him.

Winter 2017

Give thanks to God for His unchanging love and grace! I had the opportunity to share the gospel with non-Christians from the Khumi tribe. I was invited into their homes because I participate in the fellowship committee of Khumi tribe culture and literature in Paletwa township. Through my interest in them, they have shown interest in me. I was able to share the gospel with U Nay Win’s family members; they were interested in how they could know God. I will try to meet them again and share more about Jesus and His salvation story.

Our political situation has grown increasingly worse from mid-October to present day. The northern part of Paletwa township has seen intense fighting between the Arakan Army (AA) and government soldiers. The situation is growing desperate, and the people are suffering. The warring factions announced that we cannot travel anywhere and will be under curfew. Many people from surrounding villages evacuated their homes and ran to a safe place as refugees. I am trying to contact the Pastors in my area but have not heard anything from them these last few weeks. I hear that our people have a hard time getting daily food, and are continuing to have the problem of mice destroying our crops. Please pray for our church members.

Prayer Request:

  • Please give thanks to God for our weekly programs and my outreach ministry, especially U Nay Win’s family members so that they all may believe in God and be saved.
  • Please pray for those who are in stressful situations, that the Lord may comfort them and provide their needs.
  • Please pray for my living situation my landlord increased our rent in October.
  • Pray also for the two church buildings we are hoping to construct soon.

I would like to say my special gratitude on behalf of all our churches in Paletwa township for your prayer and financial help. It is beneficial to all of us. Thank you very much. May God bless you all.

Yours in Christ’s service, Pastor David Joy

September 2017

In September I visited the villages of Paletchaung and Bong Wee where we have new churches. I travel by foot to these villages which are 12 and 15 miles from my home. Although it is difficult, I enjoy meeting God’s people, encouraging them, and experiencing God’s blessings.

In my town, I met ten new people in September and shared the gospel with them. They listened intently as I shared creation, the gospel, and the freedom Christ offers us. I hope that the seed of the Gospel will grow in their hearts and that they may come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. I also visited the sick at the local hospital and prayed for them.

All my co-workers in Paletwa township are in an extraordinarily stressful situation as we face political problems in Rakhine State (which affect our Paletwa township here in the Chin State). From 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. the military has ordered a curfew, and it is extremely dangerous to work in the fields right now. The people are afraid of both the military and the rebels who are battling one another in the villages and fields. Some rebel groups have set up their camps in the Chin State. In addition to these political problems, we are also facing a plague of mice which have decimated our rice fields and eaten other crops in our community. Our members are in a perilous situation to provide food for there families on a daily basis. The people are suffering and will continue to suffer because we are now facing famine conditions in our township which will last through the rest of the year. Please intercede through prayer to the Lord on our behalf!

Prayer Request:

  • Give thanks to God for our outreach ministry in Paletchaung and Bong Wee villages, pray that they will trust in God in every situation.
  • Pray for the cultivators and farmers especially all our church members in the Paletwa area who are facing famine conditions.
  • Pray for our needs, the Yitakhun and Bong Wee churches want to build a new church building. They are saving their resources and collecting wood in the jungle but will need a little more help to complete the construction.
  • Pray for the children’s ministry and church activities.

I would like to give my special thanks on behalf of all our churches in Paletwa township for your prayers and financial help. You are a blessing to us, and we are glad to pray earnestly for you as we work together in the cause of the Gospel.

Yours in Christ’s service, David Joy

August 2017

Prayer is transformative, and thanks to your prayers our ministry in August went well. Though our political situation is perilous, we continue our weekly services.

In August our prayers were answered when we established a new church in the village of Miksa Wa, a 5-hour journey from the town of Paletwa by small boat. I visited there twice with my two co-workers and shared the gospel with them. It was incredible that six family members believed in God and accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. I baptized seven people on August 13, 2017. They are from a chin tribe but have a Buddhist background (some Chin tribes have an orthodox Christian background but are not believers: editors note). I asked my overseer Pastor Thawng for advice on how I can bless these families, and he advised me to buy 13 bags of rice to distribute to them. They were delighted because right now they are in a difficult situation to find daily food.

I also visited a Buddhist family and shared the gospel with them. I hope and pray that they may come to faith soon. I am a member of the Paletwa Evangelical Christian Association and was elected as Secretary for the Association. We work together for the extension of the Kingdom of God in Paletwa township and share the gospel with government workers in all departments.

Prayer Request:

  • Please give thanks to God for the newly established church in Mitsa Wa village, and pray that they may grow in the knowledge of God.
  • Please give thanks to God also for the progress of our ministry in Paletwa township.
  • Please pray for the Buddhist family I met, pray that they may believe in Jesus Christ.
  • I would like to request that you help me pray for the funds for the construction of two church buildings in Bong Wee and Zitakhun villages.

I give you thanks on behalf of all our churches in Paletwa township for your prayer and financial help. It was incredible to have your support rebuilding the nine houses in Duh Chaung Wa village. The families affected were exuberant that they were able to recover as quickly as the did. Thank you so much.

Yours in Christ’s service, David Joy

July 2017

It has been encouraging for me to hear that thousands of believers have been praying for our church planting ministry in the Paletwa township. Your prayer changes things in our area and allows people in the surrounding villages to be open to the Gospel of Christ. Praise the Lord!

In July we received a lot of rain so much so that the rivers were at risk of overflowing and it became perilous traveling by outboard motor boat. There are no cars or roads in our part of Myanmar the people only have the river for traveling. Our church ministries are meeting regularly. I am a member of the Paletwa Evangelical Churches Fellowship, and for two days in July, the members strategically focused preaching the Gospel in town. We distributed tracts and shared the gospel house to house. We met many new people and shared about Jesus Christ.

I would like to request you to pray for the completion of our church buildings which are in the villages of Bong Wee and Zitakhun. All the members of the church are diligently giving and building with our goal to complete them before the end of 2018.

Prayer Request:

  • Give thanks to God for our weekly programs which are doing well.
  • Please pray for more souls to be won for Christ in 2017.
  • Please pray for our Paletwa Evangelical Churches Fellowship. We established it to work together with all believers in Paletwa for the extension of the Kingdom of God.
  • Give thanks to God for the healing of our church members from all kinds of tropical diseases that are afflicting us.
  • Please pray for the completion of the nine houses that were destroyed by the typhoon.

I would like to give special thanks on behalf of all our churches in Paletwa township for your great help, especially the nine houses we are rebuilding. We are expecting a report to come from the rebuilt houses soon, the storms have delayed travel by several weeks. I will send photos when I received them. May God bless you all.

Yours in Christ’s service, Pastor Joy David

June 2017

First of all, I would like to share my heartfelt thanks to you for all of your prayers and financial support, especially for rebuilding the destroyed homes in Duh Chaung Wa village located on the border of Bangladesh.

As soon as I received the support money for reconstruction, I departed and traveled to the affected village on July 3, 2017. When I reached the village of Meiksa (a one day journey from my house by small boat), I was unable to continue my journey because of political problems (separatist fighting against the government). The area was restricted to civilians by the local military commander. I, therefore, stayed in Meiksa and invited Pastor Aung Kyaw who is from the affected area to come and meet me; I waited for him in Meiksa for several days. The Lord answered our prayers that Pastor Aung could come and meet me. I transferred the support money and materials to him and advised him how to distribute it for rebuilding the nine houses that were destroyed. I am sorry that I could not send any photos. When they finished the reconstructing work, Pastor Aung will come to Paletwa and bring photos to me which I will forward to you. I returned safely to Paletwa on July 11, 2017. Thank you for your prayers.

I also visited three villages, which were Kha Onh, Ta Oo Pui, and Kyi Len village sharing the gospel with them. We have churches in these communities, and some non-Christians attend. I met some new people and talked with them they are opened for hearing the Gospel.

My co-worker pastor Aung Thar Hla led some young people as a gospel team from June 24-27 and visited Khon village and two other villages. They shared the gospel to the churches that are there and encouraged them by the Word of God.

Prayer Request:

  • Give thanks to God for the safe journey to Meiksa and for the support from White Fields for rebuilding the nine houses. Pray for the rebuilding work.
  • Give thanks to God also for our weekly church programs, such as home cells, prayer meetings, and worship services which are doing well.
  • Pray for the students who are studying in government schools and also pray for the survival of our church members in the Paletwa township.
  • Please pray for reaching more villages and people in our field with the Gospel.

I would like to extend thank to you on behalf of myself, the nine families who lost houses, and the churches in the Paletwa Township for helping us when disaster struck our communities. Thank you very much. May God bless you all.

Yours in Christ’s service, Joy David

May 2017

Greetings to you all in the name of Jesus Christ. Thank you very much for your prayer and financial support for our ministry in Paletwa township. We have seen the power of your prayers and are grateful for them. We carried out two days of Gospel rallies in Khung Wa village in the northern part of Paletwa. Seventy to eighty people came and joined the training. We invited Evangelist Kyaw Soe Lwin who is an excellent teacher of the Gospel as well as my co-worker Pastor Aung Yar. All the participants were happy and enjoyed it, give thanks to God for that.

My wife and I host students from surrounding villages in our home so that they may attend the local government school. Our space is limited, and we can only host eight students. Some of the students are believers, and others are not, pray that as they stay with my wife and I that they may receive Christ as their Lord and Savior.

I am planning to visit Meiksa village where I began doing evangelism. On my last visit to Meiksa one family became believers in Jesus, and four others were interested in learning more. On this upcoming trip I will stay in one of their houses teach them for two-three days. Join me in praying that their hearts and the way would be prepared for me.

Prayer Request:

  • Give thanks to God for the weekly services and taking care of our students.
  • Give thanks to God for the success of our Gospel rally in Khung Wa village.
  • Please pray for the outreach ministry in Meiksa village; I will visit Meiksa and conduct a salvation teaching program for two days in June.
  • Please also pray for all our ministry in the Paletwa township.

I give my eternal thanks to you all for your prayer and financial support.
May God bless you all, Joy David

February 2017

Greetings to all my prayer partners. May the Lord be with you and give you peace.

I am happy to hear that many people pray for our ministry, especially the Paletwa mission field. Our township is the poorest in the Chin State. Many nonbelievers are spirit worshippers and Buddhist; therefore my co-workers and I are trying to reach them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I am serving in the town of Paletwa, my co-workers are in remote rural villages, and they need encouragement and help for their ministry. Because of this, I visit them regularly to support them, share communion, and encourage them by the Word of God. Our weekly programs are meeting consistently, in Paletwa I started a church that has very few people. Please continue to pray for us that the Lord may add more members to our fellowship. I am doing outreach ministry to the people in Paletwa township; some reject the word of God when I meet with them, but some are open to the gospel.

Prayer Request:

  • Give thanks to the Lord for our outreach ministry and weekly programs. All of our church members are participating in the activities of our small church.
  • Pray for the township of Paletwa so that the Lord may extend His Kingdom to our people.
  • Please pray for next month’s program, we plan to organize a gospel camping during the water festival holiday.
  • Pray for young people so that they will be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.

I am thankful to you for your prayer and financial support.

May God bless you all.
Yours in Christ’s service, Joy David

January 2017

DSC_0126“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 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.

We hosted a Bible training course from January 19-24, 2017, three pastors came from Yangon and instructed our event. It was an incredible time, and the teaching was superb and easily understandable for the participants. Praise the Lord.

I visited some villages and encouraged them from the word of God. Most people in the community are non-Christians. I may be wrong but I believe Paletwa is one of the “most neglected areas in Myanmar.” We are the poorest and most challenging area in the Chin State of Myanmar. We need the gospel; only Jesus can solve the problems of men.

Prayer Request:

  • Give thanks to God for appointing me as a church planter under White Fields ministry. It is an excellent opportunity for me. 
  • Give thanks to God for the success of our Bible training in Bong Wee village.
  • Please pray for winning souls and reaching more non-Christians in this New Year.
  • Pray for my vision to take care of students from two villages in Paletwa and Miza where the government high school is.

Thank you all for your prayer and financial support. May God bless you all.

In Christ’s service, Joy David