Van Lal Ruat

Recent Ministry

Thank you for your prayers. Our weekly programs are doing well. Unfortunately, this past month, I suffered from elephant flu, which the doctors informed me, is transmitted by mosquitos. I was unable to travel outside the village. When I recovered, I visited our local people and prayed with them.

Give thanks for my recovery from the flu.

  • Pray for our members to stay healthy.

Though we are few, we do our best to help those who need care for one another. During Sunday services, each member participates by doing Bible reading, prayer, and sharing their weekly experiences or testimonies of the goodness of God. Everyone is excited to be involved.

Praise the Lord for the believer’s enthusiastic involvement in the church services.

  • Pray for the spreading of the gospel to new people around us.

Those I shared the gospel with this past month included the families of U (Mr). Maung, U (Mr). Nga, U (Mr). Htun, U (Mr). Aung, and U (Mr). Seo. I prayed with each of them. Among Htun’s family, some members believe in God. However, the son-in-law’s family forbids them to interact with us. Despite this opposition, the believers still come and worship with us on Sundays anyways.

  • Pray for these families to come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
  • Pray for the believers in the Htun family to stand firm in their faith and be a testimony to their unsaved relatives.
  • Pray for the entire family to be saved.

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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