Pastor Jacob

Recent Ministry

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 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 salvation and to 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

Pastor Jacob’s Ministry

(Editors Note: Pastor Jacob works in an extremely remote area that lacks basic infrastructure, telecommunications, and roads. War and insurgency in his area continue to complicate matters. Due to these difficulties, updates from Pastor Jacob are posted as they are received.)

Pastor Jacob works in the township of Paletwa deep in the mountains of Chin State. He and a few other pastors diligently go from village to village sharing the Gospel. Because of Government restrictions, it is difficult to travel in this region and foreigners are forbidden from even being in the area Jacob works. The villages in this area are incredibly remote located in the Arakan Mountain region the primary source of travel is by boat which can take two or three days to reach a village.

In the last year, Muslim rebels from Bangladesh infiltrated areas of Rahkine and southern Chin state attacking the local populace and battling the police. Myanmar’s Army in a bid to eradicate the rebels and re-establish peace entered into the conflict. Widespread violence has taken place, and the farms and villages our pastor’s work in have become the battlefields. Mines laid on farmland as well as pitched battles have caused both Buddhists and Christians to flee as refugees into neighboring towns and cities.

On top of this, a plague of mice destroyed the rice crops of several towns in this area making a challenging situation even worse. Still, Pastor Jacob and others like him continue to pastor in their villages and go out and share the Gospel.

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