Pastor Mint Tan

Recent Ministry

As I have shared in previous reports, my house construction in the new ministry field is going well, and my family moved into the house at the end of last month. We started worship services and prayer meetings with my family members at the beginning of the month. Almost every day, I go out to make friends with the neighbors and villagers. I invite the children to come to the house to teach them free school lessons from my daughter Chit Ma. On Sunday mornings, we conduct a Children Sunday school program. The Lord has blessed our prayers with twenty-four children, eighteen are from a Buddhist background. We teach about the Bible and the story of salvation. In our worship services, we have twenty to thirty people every Sunday, that come to my house since we have no other place to worship.

  • Pray for the completion of the house.
  • Pray for the ministry in this new location, it is an undeveloped urban area.
  • Pray for Pastor Mint’s family to be happy as they settle into this new place.
  • Pray for good relationships to be built with the neighbors.

I visited the homes of my church members to encourage them with the Word of God and to pray for their daily bread. As it is the rainy seasons, many are struggling to find regular work. Most of my members are poor people and rely on their daily earnings for their family to survive. Our weekly services were able to continue despite the bad weather from the rainy season. We have home Bible studies each week at two locations. These gatherings are helpful to our members and new people.

  • Pray for the church members to earn their daily bread and to find work despite the rainy season.

The women’s group and I went to Insein General Hospital and shared the gospel, praying with those who allowed us. Some people showed interest in hearing about Jesus. We pray for the Lord to lead them to Himself, and to give them physical and spiritual healing.

  • Pray for the people who heard the gospel message to come to understand their need for a Savior.

In my out-reach ministry, I met some new people and shared the gospel with them. One man replied, “I am a Buddhist, but my wife is a Christian and has been since we were married. I prayed to the Lord Jesus to provide a good house of our own, if He provides one, I will believe in Him and become a Christian.” Pray for U (Mr.) Zaw to keep this promise to God and for the Lord to provide for his need. Ma (Miss) Tetkhan shared her testimony, “I am a Buddhist, but my friends are Christians. Several times they brought me to the church service, and I saw they were full of joy from singing and talking about the goodness of God with each other. I was impressed, and it touched my heart to see the way they worship and praise God. After several times of worship, I also have believed in Jesus Christ, but I am afraid to tell my parents or take baptism. I pray for courage to tell them, please pray with me.”

  • Pray for Zaw to come to understand salvation and have a relationship with God.
  • Pray for Tetkan to have the courage to tell her parents that she is a believer and for their acceptance of her faith.
  • Pray for the Lord to fulfill their desires and for them to become faithful believers.

Daw (Mrs.) Ni and Daw (Mrs.) Aye shared their testimonies. Aye stated, “I had been suffering from body pain and was unable to sleep well at night. When I learned about Jesus, I tried to pray by myself before going to bed, and I was able to sleep. I knew then that Jesus is alive and able to heal every sin.” Ni shared, “I just know about Jesus from what Mint Tan shared, and my heart was impressed. I was interested in knowing more, so I attend the Sunday worship service regularly. Pray for me that I may know clearly about Jesus and the salvation history.”

  • Pray for Aye and Ni to understand salvation and proclaim Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
  • Pray for their relationship with God.

Pastor Tan’s Testimony

I was born into a Buddhist family in the Myanmar Delta, and have two brothers and four sisters. My first wife and I had four children, but in 2003 my wife passed away. I remarried (a widow) in 2004, and together we had four children. From her previous marriage, she and her husband had four children, so together we have twelve children some of whom are grown and married.

I did not understand Christianity or the Gospel until May of 2008. My family life was falling apart, there was constant conflict between my wife and me, and our financial situation was growing dire. Then the terrible cyclone Nargis hit. Our house was destroyed with only a small portion of the floor, and a broken wall left standing. In the midst of the storm in that little corner of the house, my wife gave birth to our son. Exposed to the elements with the wind and torrential rain pouring down on us I lost all hope and thought for sure my wife and son would die. But the Lord saved us.

I had heard about Jesus but had no relationship with Him. Pastor Lat (a former White Fields church planter) shared the Gospel with us several times. The Holy Spirit touched our hearts, and we believed in God and received Jesus Christ as our Savior. We professed our faith through Baptism shortly after that, and the church came together and helped us in our marriage and finances.

Having a correct understanding of Salvation, I desire that everyone around me would get an opportunity to hear the Gospel. If they knew what their life In Christ could be, they would surely worship Him. I prayed that the Lord would use me a church planter but knew it was impossible to do because I needed to take care of my large family. I prayed diligently, and after several years the Lord opened a way for me to attend Bible Seminary. I completed my coursework and graduated two years later. While I studied, I continued to evangelize and established a new house church in my home.

The town I pastor in has around 3000 residents all of whom are Buddhists and live in poverty. Their primary source of income is to collect plastic trash clean it and sell it back to the plastic factory nearby. In addition to our evangelism efforts, we have discipleship classes several days a week. Many people are becoming believers in Jesus through our church planting efforts, and we are excited for what the future holds!