Pastor Mint Tan

Recent Ministry

The Lord is good to us all the time.

Our weekly church ministries are doing well. We have two Bible studies meeting each week in addition to the prayer meetings and worship services. The youth group is meeting regularly on Sunday evenings. The youth group had a fellowship with the Shwe Pyi Thar township youth group. They asked me to preach and scheduled times for worship and evangelism. Several non-Christian young people joined them which is very encouraging.

  • Pray for the youth to grow in their faith and for their testimony to shine to the community.
  • Pray for the youth who are non-Christians to continue attending and to come to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Praise the Lord that so many new young people joined the group.

I visited several sick people in the hospital and at their homes, praying with them and sharing the gospel. Daw (Mrs.) Soe shared her testimony. “I am a believer, but my husband is Buddhist. Our yoke is not the same. My husband forbids me to go to church on Sunday. Not only that, but he asked me to do flowers and incense for his gods (idols) every day. I had no choice, I did it because I was afraid of my husband; also, I love him. We had no joy or happiness in our family. After we had a child, I had a heart attack and was sent to the hospital. We had no money or help. In the hospital, Pastor Tan and his wife prayed with me and shared about Jesus. I was healed, and my husband was so happy that he never forbids me to go to church anymore. My husband started following me to church and listened to the salvation story. He has become interested in studying about salvation. Our family has become a happy family now. Praise the Lord.”

  • Pray for Soe’s husband to come to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Pray for our outreach ministry, especially for the sick we visit in the hospital or their homes, pray for more to come to salvation.

I conducted a one-day training at the church, and twenty-five people joined us. One man, U (Mr.) Htun Nay accepted my teaching. He responded, “I was born and grew up in a Buddhist family. I never heard about Jesus or His salvation story until today. When I heard about Jesus who saves sinners by forgiving their sins and that those who believe in Him have eternal life, it touched my heart, and I believed in Him. I knew that I could not reach heaven by good works or merit. God gives me freely the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.” Praise the Lord for his testimony.

  • Pray for Htun to grow in his understanding of God’s Word, and to grow in his faith and trust in God.
  • Pray for his witness to his family and for them to come to salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ.

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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