Pastor Van Lal Ruat

Recent Ministry

By the grace of God, my ministry in Shwemitthar is growing. It is encouraging to see my members grow in their knowledge of God and stand firm in faith. Their joy is increasing, causing them to work more for the Lord. They are eagerly reading the Bible, and some of them are memorizing passages in our worship services on Sundays.

Daw (Ms.) Tin Aye shared her testimony. “After I became a Christian, all my family members and relatives opposed me and tried to draw me back to Buddhism. I refused them, and they hated me more and more, anytime something bad happened in our family, such as sickness, they accused me of bringing it upon them. Day by day, they try to bring me back to Buddhism by threatening me with bad things, but I always refuse them, saying I will never return to that old life. I know clearly that God loves and cars for me, no matter what happens in my life, I will never turn back.”

Give thanks for the courage of Tin Aye and pray for her protection.

  • Pray for the family of Tin Aye to be drawn to God and to be saved through her witness.

Daw (Ms.) Ma Tan shared, “people ask me several times, why did you become a Christian? What things did they give you? We have been Buddhist since our forefathers, why are you choosing something different? They asked me many times not to change religions. I refused them, and I will continue to go to church because I know that God is a living God! They tempted and threatened my husband and family to stay Buddhist and not become Christians. Therefore, I need your prayer help for my family so that they may also believe in Jesus Christ the living God.” Ma Tan has not yet been baptized; please pray for her.

  • Pray for Ma Tan and her courage as a new believer. Pray for her to take the step of baptism and have the courage to proclaim her faith in Jesus Christ publicly.
  • Pray for Ma Tan’s husband and family, for them to also accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

I plan to conduct a gospel crusade in December for Christmas. I will invite new people and share the purpose of the coming of Jesus Christ to earth, and how he came to all men. Please pray for us as we prepare and for protection from evils and disturbance. Pray that God may touch the hearts of people and for them to believe in Jesus Christ.

  • Pray for our gospel crusade and a successful event.
  • Pray for the church building which is being constructed but still needs funds for completion.

Give thanks for the spiritual maturity of my church members and continue to pray for them to be good disciples of Jesus Christ.

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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