Van Lal Ruat

Recent Ministry

Your prayer changes things as the Lord opens more doors for the gospel of Jesus Christ. God is working in our community, but Satan is trying to stop the work. The Bible says, “if God opened the door no one can shut it if God shuts the door no one can open.” (Rev 3:8).

  • Pray for my ministry in this coming year and that many souls will be won for Christ.
  • Pray for the daily survival of my members.
  • Pray for their crops to flourish and for the pig farm to succeed.

I visited the families of our village and talked with them during my outreach ministry. These were the families of U (Mr.) Maung, U (Mr.) Soe Win, U (Mr.) Chit. I thank God for their interest in hearing God’s Word, and I plan to revisit them. I asked these families to attend our worship service on Sundays, but the monk and their religious leaders continue to disturb and forbid them from doing so. However, God is more powerful than the monk, and we pray that one day these families may come to Christ and have eternal life.

In the second week of the month, the youth group from Kalaymyo came to our village. We conducted worship services in my church for two nights and invited neighbors and shared the gospel with the young people. It was encouraging to us that so many youths joined us. Praise the Lord.

Give thanks for the Kalemyo Youth Group gospel team, who came to our village to encourage us with the Word of God.

We went to the neighboring villages with a group of the gospel team and shared the gospel to Kan Too, Hnan Kha, Kaan, Myaut Kayan, and Kaukar villages. There are small groups of believers in the communities that we visited, they welcomed us, and we had good fellowship. We will continue to work together with them to extend God’s Kingdom.

Give thanks for my outreach ministry to my community and the neighboring villages. Give thanks for the fellowship of Christians in different villages. Praise God as that we can pray for each other and stand together in faith.

Pastor Van Lal Ruat’s Story

In the plains of Chin State in northern Myanmar, past the big cities and small towns rests a simple, quiet village. This mostly agricultural community sits at the end of a single dusty trail (they call it a road). The Government built this village out of the countryside several years ago to provide housing for the Bamar people group (The largest ethnic group in Burma). A place where extreme temperatures can soar to 115º Fahrenheit during the hot season and drop to the low 40ºs during the cold.

A few years ago Pastor Ruat with his family petitioned the government to receive housing in this village. There were no Christians, only Buddhists. The village council agreed but told them they would receive no help, no stipend to build their house or plant their crops as other Buddhists received. Pastor Ruat chose to trust God and moved in. At first, the people didn’t know what to make of these “Christians,” but they soon found out. Pastor Ruat began going house to house sharing the Gospel and telling them about Jesus Christ. The people had never heard of Jesus; they had no reference, no experience, and no background of who He was or why He came to earth. Pastor Ruat began to meet with his neighbors in the village spending several days with each family explaining the Gospel to those who would listen to him. Slowly a change started to happen in the village, first one, then two, then three, then a family of four decided to become believers in Jesus. Within a few months, there was a small group of believers meeting on Sundays singing songs, hearing the Bible preached and spent countless hours in prayer.

But in the midst of these successes opposition lurked. A new monk appointed to the village from a Buddhist monastery stirred up the people. He along with some council leaders voiced accusations against the church. They forbid both Christians and Buddhists from attending the church. The people stayed strong and continued to come and worship the Lord. Opposition comes in waves, but Pastor Ruat and the members of the local church remain steadfast in the Lord and the power of his might.

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