Pastor Van Lal Ruat

Recent Ministry

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ. Your prayer and support have been bearing fruits in my ministry. The new Christians who recently converted from Buddhism are reading their Bible and sharing the daily experiences of the goodness of God during worship time. Despite the opposition and pressures that they face from their relatives and the community, they know that God is with them and hears their prayers. They are growing mature in the faith of Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord!

  • Pray for the new believers to stand firm in their faith and hold fast to the comfort of God’s Word.
  • Pray for their witness to family and friends to be bold and compassionate as they share about their faith in the one true God.

In my outreach ministry, I met U (Mr.) Maung’s family and shared the gospel with them. I gave them a Bible, some gospel tracts, and some clothes. They were blessed and U (Mr.) Maung said, “This is our first-time receiving gifts. No one has ever given us anything before. Thank you very much.” I invited them to join our weekly services. I pray they show interest in hearing more about salvation.

  • Pray for Maung’s family to come to faith in God.

Last year was when I first met with U (Mr.) Thang and Daw (Mrs.) Hla. They have four children, the youngest is living with his parents, the older three are at school in another city. Thang and Hla studied about Jesus and the salvation story for several months. Pastor Amos and I prayed with them and encouraged them by the Word of God. After much contemplation, Thang and Hla, with all their family members, received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Praise the Lord. This past month, they decided to join the church as full members, after attending since last October. Due to your prayer help, the Lord saved this family.

  • Pray for the family of Thang and Hla to trust God in everything.
  • Pray for the new church building construction and for the financial ability to repay our construction loan.
  • Pray for the daily survival needs of our church members to be met and for them to grow in their faith.

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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