Mint Tan

Recent Ministry

During the past month, the rain was heavy, and the streets were muddy. Though the weather was stormy, our weekly programs and outreach ministry continued. The road in front of my new home was impassible and almost flooded, so my church members and I used sand to fill up the worst spots. Our neighbors were happy to help. I visited several sick people and shared with them about Jesus Christ and prayed for them.

  • Pray for health and protection from injury during the rainy season.
  • Pray for the members to grow in their faith.

My daughter Chit Ma has been conducting a free school program for the children, Mondays through Fridays, for four hours in the afternoon. The program is beneficial for my ministry since I have opportunities to share the gospel with the children and sometimes their parents. Some of the children have joined our Sunday school program and worship services. Praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord for the opportunity to share the good news to the children when they come to learn and improve their school skills.

  • Pray for the positive influence on the community through this outreach opportunity.

We conduct our Sunday services each week and invite the neighbors. We usually have new people each time. Our average attendance is thirty people who join us for the worship service, including children. Praise the Lord.

Daw (Mrs.) Khin shares her testimony. “My husband is a Christian, and sometimes I followed him to church, but I felt nothing and never changed my life. One day, I lost my gold ring and looked all over the house, but I could not find it. The next day I went to work but I was still worried and prayed to Jesus six times, saying Jesus if you find my rings, I will worship you for the rest of my life and I will share this with the congregation at worship on Sunday. When I got back home, I continued to search in my house, and I found it! I was amazed and knew that Jesus is alive. I believe in Him, and I know that I belong to God. As I had promised, I shared my testimony with the believers. Praise the Lord.”

  • Pray for Khin to grow in her new faith and praise the Lord for her testimony.
  • Pray for the church to grow and for the neighbors and authorities not to create issues with my church planting ministry. 
  • Pray for the believers to have their daily needs met.

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!

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