Van Lal Ruat

Recent Ministry

I visited six villages last month and shared the good news of great joy for all people. We held Christmas celebrations at each location and at my church. Most of the participants were non-Christians. I am thankful they heard about Jesus and his purpose for incarnation. Eighty people joined our church celebration, some of them even traveled from the Taung Khayan, Mauk Khayan, and Kantoo villages. Praise God that everyone was happy and encouraged. The gospel seed was sown in the heart of several people. Please pray with us that they may clearly understand about God and His salvation story.

  • Pray for the people who heard the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Pray for the light of the gospel to shine more abundantly in our area.

We were blessed to be visited by White Fields President Steve Wheeler and our field director, Pastor Thawng. They brought encouragement through God’s Word. We discussed micro-enterprises that would be effective for our members and help their daily survival. I praise God that I can be an example to my members of the feasibility and benefit of these endeavors. I received two pigs from Pastor Steve. I hope it will help provide for my family and church income as well as the church members.

Praise the Lord of the encouragement by Pastor Steve and Pastor Thawng.

  • Pray for the micro-enterprises to be beneficial to the pastor and his family and the believers in this area. 
  • Pray for the female pigs to produce healthy piglets.

Our weekly programs are growing steadily, we have some newcomers every Sunday. Our home cell, prayer meetings, and Sunday school programs are meeting regularly.

Thank you for your monthly prayer and financial support. May the Lord continue to bless you all.

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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