Pastor Jacob

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

Pastor Jacob is working as a church planter in the Bong Wee village and has about sixty church members. The church is in a green area, not a red zone at this time. So, despite the political situation and the fighting in the general area, they can still conduct home cells twice a week. Their weekly worship services on Sundays are still continuing as well. Praise the Lord.

  • Pray for daily food to be accessible to the church members.
  • Pray for a ceasefire in the area and for peace.
  • Pray for the believers to be encouraged by God’s Word and for their protection.
  • Pray for safety and effectiveness as Pastor Jacob continues to evangelize and bring more people to come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

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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