Pastor Van Lal Ruat

Recent Ministry

Christmas Greetings to you all. “And the Angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord”. (Luke 2:10-11 KJV).

We will have our Christmas camping celebrations on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. We are inviting the people in the village to hear about “Christ the Savior of all people” and have fun games planned for the children. We are working hard to complete our church building so we can use it for our Christmas gathering.

  • Pray for our Christmas celebrations to be a fun and exciting event which much joy as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.
  •  Pray for many of the villagers to come and hear about the Savior who came to save all people.
  • Pray for the construction of our church structure to be finished in time.

A new church member, Daw (Mrs.) Mah Tan is facing opposition from her family members and relatives who want her to return to Buddhism. They tell her “if you are a Christian, when you die, who will bury you?” She refuses to listen to them and is following Jesus alone. I taught her husband U (Mr.) Htun about salvation and he started to join us for worship services on Sundays but is still afraid of his relatives. Pray that the Holy Spirit will touch him and believe in Christ soon.

  • Pray for Mah Tan to stand firm in her faith and be confident in God alone.
  • Pray for Htun to fully surrender his life to God and not be swayed by the opinion of his relatives.
  • Pray for the church members to be good disciples of Jesus Christ and grow in spiritual maturity. 

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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