Pastor Mint Tan

Recent Ministry

I visited several households, sharing the gospel and praying with them, including two non-Christian families. These non-Christian families allowed me to visit them and listened as I talked, I pray that God will one day draw them to believe in Him and have eternal life.

One married woman, Aye Bwe Soe, has joined our Sunday worship services and is studying about the salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ. She gave birth to a baby at the hospital about a month ago. We are praying for her and her baby to have good health. She is closer to believing in God but has not yet made the final step.

  • Pray for Aye Bwe Soe to come to an understanding of the gospel and to accept Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.

There was heavy rain that caused serious flooding at Number twenty-one group in Shwepithar town. Many families were affected and needed help. The young people and I helped with the rescue work and provided food for these families. They were grateful. I visited those who were unable to join the worship service on Sundays and prayed with them.

  • Pray for the recent flooding to resolve quickly and for the damage to be minimal.
  • Pray for the families as they recover from this disaster and for God to open the door for the gospel through the ministry of the providing aid.

I conducted a one-day Bible teaching and twenty people attended. Many of these were new believers who were studying salvation and starting to understand the gospel message. Some were still tasting and testing salvation and have not yet come to an acceptance of the gospel message.  Daw (Ms.) Win Kyi shared with us, “While we were in a difficult situation and hopeless condition, we were ignored. No one loved us, rather, they abased and looked down on us. But when I was told about God who loves everyone, I was happy and greatly encouraged. Pastor Tan always came and prayed for us. My heart was full of happiness and joy. Praise the Lord.” Ciin Thein said, “I had strong beliefs that if I work hard, I will receive blessings and if we do good things in this world, we may receive eternal life.”

  • Pray for these two women to come to a complete understanding of the gospel and that both may receive Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord.

Give thanks for those who attended the class and for their growth in their new faith and for a deeper understanding of the Bible.

  • Pray for our outreach during the Christmas season and for God to open more doors for us to share about salvation.

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!