Pastor Van Lal Ruat

Recent Ministry

Thank you for your prayers, our weekly church services are going well. At our worship time, I give my members a chance to share their testimonies. They also read Bible verses and encourage one another. Daw (Mrs.) Khin shared, “Though I live alone, God is with me, He keeps and cares for me all the time, so I have peace in my life.”

Daw (Mrs.) shared, “As God loves us, we need to love each other, forgive each other’s faults and weaknesses because God forgives our sins and shortcomings. He commands us to love each other as a family.” Daw (Mrs.) Hla said, “We need to trust God alone, not men in our lives. We need to stand firm in our faith and work hard for the Lord.”

Praise the Lord for the testimonies of these women who trust in God.

  • Pray for their relationship with the Lord to grow and for their encouragement of others.

Our weekly worship time meets on Saturday evenings. We invite the neighbors to join us, and sometimes they come. When the chief monk heard about this, he was not happy and tried to forbid them with many methods. He hates Christians and tries to chase us out of our village. He told the authorities in the town to not have fellowship with us to limit our involvement in the community.

  • Pray for the monk’s plan to not be fulfilled but for the Lord to bring more people to our church.
  • Pray for our members to be firm in their faith.

My weekly schedule includes visiting the church members to encourage them with the Word of God and trying to help meet their needs and join them in work whenever I can. I encourage and invite them to join the home Bible studies, prayer meetings, and Sunday worship services. I distribute gospel tracts to non-Christians and share the gospel with them. I also visit the neighboring villages for evangelism. This past month, some of the surrounding communities had tropical diseases such as flu, diarrhea, malaria, and dungy fever. I visited those who were sick and shared about Jesus. Some of my church members and friends were sick, so I tried my best to help them and sent them to clinics and hospitals in another town.

  • Pray for my outreach ministry in the surrounding villages.
  • Pray for the member’s daily survival and for the crops they have planted to grow well and bear good fruit.
  • Pray for our new building to be completed and for the ability to pay off our debts.

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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