We Can Serve in Word and Deed

The following letter was recently provided by Isaac Nun Hmung regarding one of his seminary students in Myanmar.  We felt it a compelling opportunity to share, allowing the  Holy Spirit to move in the hearts of readers.  If you would like to participate with response, please contact us at Love For Myanmar by clicking here.

Dear Friends,

I am so thankful to the Lord for your support in prayers and in earthly gifts for the ministry here at MEBC.  For the last 4 years your faithful participation whether in body or spirit has been a partnership which God has used to grow the seed of our ministry for His glory.  One of the greatest blessings throughout this time has been to participate directly in mediating the needs of our precious students, first spiritually then physically.

Although this has been a great privilege it has also been a worthy cross to bear.  As many of you know God has provided for us the unique honor of reaching out to the poorest of the community of saints in Myanmar. They come from rural villages where basic comforts such as reliable electricity is a scarcity.  Due to this level of poverty our students have been plagued with many tribulations including the lack of proper health care. Through conviction from the Holy Spirit we have been compelled to share what we have with them to live out the commission of Scripture to not merely serve in word but also in deed.  Therefore, God has used our work to provide for these precious crowns physical needs which they desperately need.

Recently one of our female students has been carrying a horrible wound from childhood that has disfigured her face.  Her name is Hoi Ley and when she was 3 years old a jack fruit fell on her face and caused an injury which would eventually disfigure her face.  The injury could have been easily treated if proper medical care was available to her, but due to the remote location of her village coupled with her family’s extreme poverty no care was available for her.

With no other option her family merely hoped that the wound would heal on its own. However, this left the wound to fester and eventually disfigured her upper left side of her face.  This has caused her to live in shame and despite her burden she has shown a vital faith to serve which is the reason for her attendance of our institution.

As you can imagine when I heard her story and saw with mine own eyes her condition, I was moved and felt a need to help her in her trouble. We had taken her to a doctor here in Yangon for a consultation.  They had informed me that her condition could be treated and her face restored with plastic surgery.  The estimated cost for the surgery would be about $3000.

My dear friends, I wanted to share this opportunity with you and humbly ask if any of you might be able to help in raising these funds to provide for our dear sister.  Perhaps if there are some in your congregations or friends in your life that God has already placed a burden on for this need, would you be willing to ask and see if any might be able to help us to care for our sister? She is second year Bachelor of Theology program student. Thank you again for all your support and may our Lord bless each of you with the fullness of His Kingdom.

Love in Christ,
Isaac Nun Hmung

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A Dream of School

By Carolyn Watkins

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For the first time in the seven-year history of the Austin Karen Baptist Church, a young man from our congregation is attending a four-year university!  After a successful high school football experience at Austin High School, Ehlar Htoo, Pastor Moe Eh’s fourth oldest son, moved into the athletic dorm at HPU on Wednesday, August 10.  Gary and I were blessed to have the opportunity to accompany this outstanding young man to HPU to meet with the admissions department and financial aid department on July 29 and again on move-in day.

As the incredible story unfolded, the entire spring semester of high school, Ehlar was sharing his dream to attend Howard Payne in the fall and to play football there.  Prayers were shared for him as he took the SAT and other admissions tests. When we checked online and saw the financial requirements for admission, we could not see any way that his dream could happen.

But, as we know, God can make a way when there seems to be no way!  We lift our praises to Him for opening doors to the financial aid that Ehlar needed to make this dream come true! We know that without divine intervention this could have never happened.  Ehlar is so excited to be able to play football at the college level and to get a Christian education at such a outstanding university.  He is a worthy, hard-working, Christ-honoring young man that lives in service of our Lord.  We are excited about the wonderful work the Lord is going to do in and through Ehlar’s life at HPU and beyond!

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Why It Matters

Back in 2008 I was working for another nonprofit serving in another hemisphere but based Georgetown, Texas, right in the heart of Texas.  While employed at this nonprofit I had the great fortune of engaging with Reed Iwami, a man of exceptional talent with a passion I would soon discover.  In the midst of our work together I overheard him share something about Myanmar and was a bit intrigued.  So, I asked.  That was the very beginning of what has been an astonishing journey for me personally and a long, deep friendship with several people in my hometown of Georgetown who shared the same vision.  And perhaps more than anything, this newly formed opportunity began to seer in my heart a care for a people group in a part of the world I had never traveled or even known before.  Love for Myanmar was, for me, beginning to bloom.

If you’ve spent any time on the Love For Myanmar website you’ve seen images and read about efforts to really make a difference in the lives of people who have faced such difficult circumstances.  From political to economic to social to even religious, people in this corner of the world have suffered in many ways we have never experienced in the western hemisphere.  Many happy faces disguise the troubles they experience from government oppression that has run deep for many decades.  Access to clean water, quality health programs, and even healthy food is substantially limited.  And for those that are new believers in Jesus Christ, the cost of worship, study and even prayer can be a very heavy burden in a country that is overwhelmingly Buddhist. But why should all this matter to me?

It matters because I know about it.  Before I first uttered the name of the country, Myanmar, I had such a limited perspective of the people of this country.  It was that place formerly called Burma where a British empire once ruled and people supposedly existed in harmony.  After delving into the difficult realities that face these people, it is so much harder to just ignore.  The people of Myanmar are people just like myself, trying to live a happy, sustainable life with freedomIMG_3233s to learn, to live, to love and to grow.  Why should I care? Because these wonderful people are my brothers and sisters in Christ and my faith declares that I should care.  Matthew 25:40 – “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

So why does it matter?  It matters because it matters to God.  And as a believer in the God’s mighty grace, His amazing peace and His infinite love for me, then it matters to me too. And now you know about it too.  Won’t you join me in supporting Love For Myanmar as they serve our brothers and sisters?

Brian Crowe

A Journey Into Myanmar by Madison Simmons

Sweat ran in rivulets down my back as we walked through the dusty streets of a place whose name I did not catch.

“This is a buddhist village. These are buddhist people,” my new friend and host for the next few days, Elijah, told me.

“We are here to teach the children of Jesus. The children want to know Jesus” he said.

In the ninety minutes I had known Elijah (the time it took to slog less than twenty miles through the ill-famed gridlock traffic of Yangon) I had learned that he is a man of vehement passion. Our conversation had consisted of him asking me about myself punctuated by long monologues that would make the most ardent televangelist proud with their Bible-quoting and irrefutable energy. After reeling off one of these speeches he would fall silent and with a quiet smile tell me,,

“That is how I preach to the people.”

Elijah on guitarHe has brought me to this neighborhood on the outskirts of Yangon where he and a few other devoted Christians have begun a Bible school for village children. The school is held in the home of the only Christian family in the area. Elijah comes periodically to help by preaching and leading in songs.

As we approach the house the sound of loud shrill voices fills my ears. The Myanmar people love to sing. We walk in, and a group of about fifteen children stand, sing-yelling songs with words I do not know, but whose tune I can hum along to. Many of the songs they sing are Myanmar translations of popular American praise and worship tunes. Elijah explained that many more children used to attend but their Buddhist parents became uneasy and forbid them from coming to the school. Other parents did not mind, as at school the children are guaranteed a meal and a more consistent education than the rarely-enforced public school system provides.

As I sat on a low bench, watching the children, I took in my surroundings, finding myself in an environment unlike any other I had seen. The walls were thatched, there was no furniture, the children wore bright, tattered mismatched clothing, and I could hear the braying of goats from the dusty street.  The only school supplies seemed to be a series of faded English-Burmese posters on one wall. By American standards, this was severe poverty.

And yet what did they lack? Joy such as I have never witnessed in American schools pervaded the open rooms of that modest, warm home. The children sang with their mouths wide open and heads flung back. When prompted by Elijah or the teacher to quote a Bible verse they chanted back the answer in unison. Southern Myanmar is predominantly Buddhist, and the opportunity to practice Christianity is a rare and cherished one. After the lesson ended and bowls of milky tapioca-laden bowls of soup were passed around, Elijah and I rose to leave. The formerly shy children rushed to the door, all smiles, waving goodbye.

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In God’s Timing

A report from Love For Myanmar’s, Elisha Sanga. Elisha is LFM’s Neighborhood Learning Center Coordinator. He and his wife, Christina started the school about ten years ago following their graduation from seminary. This is a place in the slums of Yangon where Buddhist children, with the permission of their parents, are provided a free education while also being taught Christian values and beliefs.

Dear friends,

We praise God for His faithful provision through Love For Myanmar that we may be able to continue the work that set before us in this new year.

Our investment and all our affort is that the whole society might be influenced through the Neighborhood School Children. Visible church is not yet seen but we believe God will surely build there oneday. So, for this reason the children are trained up with Christian education.

In 2015, Satan worked very hard to destroyed the work of God, Me Me Aung whom we baptized base on her confession of faith in Christ and whom we train for the teacher was brought away to Naypidaw the new capital city of Myanmar by her family. But December last month, she has a holiday and come back and shared with us her testimony that  she has regular prayer and Bible reading and her parents could not force to worship idol anymore. We prayed for her and encouraged her to stand strong with the word of God. Next year we plan to let her go to Bible School. Beside, at the time, the main person was taken away, some of the children were not sent anymore to the school by their parents for teaching the Word of God, but till the end of the year 10 children could regular and their parents are still standing strongly with us for they know forsure that their children are well trained in so many ways.

Please continue to pray with us. By His grace at present, we have no problen but the house owner want to sell the school house building and move their whole family to Naypidaw. The present teachers’ family would like to be fulltime missionary there. God is able.  For instant if the school is no more available, we can move to the church area and since the church building is our own, it will be more easier to apply permission for private primary school. But the problem again is if we can not buy a car, it will not be easy to bring them to the church always. So, we have to pray alot that God might lead us in His way and will.

Our prayer is that all who involve in this ministry might be more used by God and all to be accountiblity in His sight.

In Christ,
Elisha

What Truly Matters?

Gary @ Leprosy HospitalBy Gary Watkins, Co-Founder of Love For Myanmar

Sunday, November 8 will be bookmarked- one way or another- as an important page in the continuing story of Myanmar’s journey towards democracy.
Since 2010, the nominally civilian government has led the country with a veneer of legitimacy as it is widely believed the election was rigged. Many observers and voters worry that this election could follow a similar path.
Regardless of Myanmar’s election results, Love for Myanmar (LFM) intends to continue its ministries within the country as it as done for ten years. We don’t see politicians. We don’t see military personnel. We don’t see Buddhists. We see people–honorable, humble, and hurting.
We intend to continue listening to their perspectives, focusing on their needs, and addressing their hurts. We believe filling people with love, joy, and peace will make them more loving, joyful, and peaceful towards others.
What truly matters to LFM? Whether this election is credible is not a burning question for us. Whether the military’s political role is further cemented in the governing process through this election’s results is not a lingering issue to us.
No matter how far off course this election may take its country, LFM intends to be present, intends to persevere. We hold firmly to the belief that those actions undertaken for the Lord in the power of His spirit are the only steps that truly matter.

(The following is excerpted from Myanmar Now, an independent news service located in Yangon and supported by the Thomas Reuters Foundation.)

Myanmar’s general elections take place on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, and will be the first nationwide polls in 25 years to be openly contested by all political parties after decades of military rule.

President Thein Sein’s ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), which is linked to the army, will compete with Aung San Suu Kyi’s widely popular National League for Democracy for the majority vote.

Dozens of parties from ethnic minority states will compete for a share of the votes in their areas, while a large number of smaller parties will also run for seats in the Bamar-majority regions.

Key facts:

  • Myanmar has a population of around 51.5 million people, according to the 2014 census. Those over the age of 18 who are eligible to vote account for about 33.5 million.
  • The former military government ratified the constitution in 2008; it held general elections in 2010 that were considered rigged in favor of the USDP. The 2012 by-elections were openly contested and the NLD won 43 of the 44 seats it contested.
  • Voters will be able to cast their ballot on Nov. 8 from 6 am to 4pm.
  • Ninety one parties will contest the elections, with a total of 6,039 candidates, almost double the figure of 3,069 candidates in the 2010 elections.
  • The electorate will vote in 325 representatives to the Lower House (seven constituencies under control of ethnic armed groups will not hold elections due to security concerns), 168 representatives to the Upper House, and 673 representatives to state and regional parliaments for a five-year term. A remaining quarter of seats in both houses of parliament, and on state and regional level, are reserved for un-elected military officers, in accordance with the constitution.
  • The election results will be determined through the first-past-the-post system, in which the candidate receiving the majority of the votes takes the seat to represent the whole constituency.
  • Post-elections, in a bicameral parliamentary session, newly elected lawmakers vote for a president. They can vote from three candidates; one nominated by the Lower House, one by the Upper House and one by the military. The losing candidates become vice-presidents.
  • A party needs to secure more than 50 percent of parliament seats in both houses – or more than two-thirds of the contested constituencies – to gain a sufficient majority to be able to vote in a new president.
  • Myanmar’s president then forms the new government and appoints the states and regions’ powerful chief ministers.
  • The current legislature’s term expires on 30 Jan. 2016 when it hands over powers to new lawmakers. In early February, the parliament convenes to vote for a new president. On March 29, the current government’s term expires and a new government takes over.

The Impact

The plane touched down in this humid, bustling part of the world.  It was a trip I had prepared for logistically.  I had traveled around the world in mission response, serving in India, South Africa, all over Central America and numerous other locations but as we disembarked I encountered a different sort of vibe, one that would shape my experience and altar how I had prepared.

Myanmar is rich with color, texture, smells, and sounds of people moving forward.  It is a country with a  burdened past and an even brighter future. As I arrived I was immediately taken by the kindness of everyone I encountered.  I had heard about the juntas and as a tourist, was aware that I would certainly stick out but there was no reservation in anyone, no judgement of me as a foreigner.  They readily embraced this stranger and extended warmth and hospitality.

Throughout my visit I wasIMG_3233 blessed to meld into the fabric of life and observe locals as they went about their business.  I will say that the people of Myanmar are focused, driven, very kind, and happy to show you the beauty of their country.  For me, one of the highlights of my trip was in sharing in worship.  Believers are passionate about singing His praises.  They bring Him their best and avail themselves to hear more.  It is an apparent hunger for The Word.  In sharing with them in worship I learned much about my own faith journey, about my own hunger and quest to walk with The Lord in every aspect of my life.

Myanmar is unlike the many places I have traveled throughout the world.  It is a country of hope, of opportunity, of a bright future prepared by a Savior who offers peace and grace. My role in going was to learn about this beautiful place, meet its people, and learn of ways I can share in their future through prayers, time and giving resources focused on the mission response of Love For Myanmar and their passion to make a difference.  I am in awe of the journey that has brought us to this place and avail myself to be a part of the future.

Will you join me?  Learn more through LoveForMyanmar.org or visit their Facebook page.

The Game

The Game, written by LFM mission team member Lucas Crockett.

The sky is bright yet overcast. A large hill or a small mountain rises just above the palm trees and other tropical trees in the background. Just below the trees rest several houses, spread out amongst the trees.  All of the dwellings have thatched roofing except for one with aluminum roofing.  In front of the houses lies a lush green clearing with short grass and a few bare muddy patches.  The focus on the picture is on a group of men running from different directions toward a central location.  Consisting of dark tan skinned natives and white foreigners, the group of about eight men have their backs turned to the camera.  Another eight men are spread out behind the central group facing the camera.  The muddy bare feet are clearly visible on all except two natives sporting soccer cleats.  All are wearing shorts, some athletic, some cargo.  One native has donned a long sleeved shirt while everybody else is wearing a variety of different colored short sleeved shirts.   Feet flying out from underneath him, one foreigner slips on the slick mud.

Soccer-BallWhat is not seen is the soccer ball toward which everyone, foreigners and natives alike, is running.  The location is Thaton, Myanmar.  The foreigners belong to a Christian organization called Love for Myanmar whose vision is to bring an English Second Language program to poor villages.

Because this was the first meeting between Love for Myanmar and these particular natives, the Buddhist natives were timid and wary.  On first approach, the natives were very reserved and watched and listened more than they participated.  Gradually, however, with some urging, the women and children opened up to us and allowed us to be not just foreigners but friends.  Being far more wary, the men were slower in opening up to us.  Traditionally, the men lead the villages and, as leaders, wish to avoid mistakes.    Because we were a foreign organization, the leaders feared that we may break down their traditions or beliefs.  They were unsure as to whether or not they should trust us.

Our organization’s purpose is to provide free ESL classes to any who would attend.  Myanmar had begun to dramatically become more westernized.  With western countries moving in and creating jobs, knowing the English language would drastically improve one’s chances of getting a job.  These jobs would completely change their economic circumstances, which is a simple lifestyle barely above subsistence.  Not realizing this, the men were skeptical of our program and organization.  The soccer game broke all previous barriers.  By the end of the game, all of the men were smiling and enjoying themselves.  Talking to each other in spite of a language barrier, we understood each other perfectly through gestures and facial expressions.

Since this game, I have organized and played other soccer games with friends, but none were more enjoyable or memorable as this one game with people whom I had barely known for a few hours.  Whenever I see this picture I remember the great time we had running, slipping, and playing together.  Some may think that playing sports is silly or is a waste of valuable time, but that soccer game is what broke the barrier between us.  Through all our differences, we formed a bond through one common interest: soccer.

Mission Team Member Experience: Charly Skaggs

We are delighted to share with you a recent mission team participant’s experience of his trip in his own words.  Meet 2015 Team Member Charly Skaggs

Matthew 5: 15-16
15. nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

May my experiences and stories allow you to see good works, feel a real part of the experiences, support  Love For Myanmar and glorify our Father who is in heaven.

Charly & Baby 2My story begins with God’s voice speaking to my heart and telling me to “Just say yes.”  So, I have been trying to do just say yes.  Therefore, when the announcement was made that there would be a meeting for those interested in going to Myanmar; I had to “just say yes!”

Since that time, people have asked me, “What did you learn from your trip to Myanmar?”  I found it difficult to come up with an answer.  The more I thought about it, I realized, it was not what I learned, however it was what God allowed me to experience with Him while on this unique trip.

There were several defining moments that God spoke to me during our time in Myanmar. As it happens, it was at the Leprosy Hospital where some of my greatest experiences occurred.

This is one of those experiences.

On the way to the Leprosy Hospital, it became clear that Satan did not want me going there.  Those little thoughts began to pop into my head on the bus ride to the hospital.  You know those thoughts; “You don’t need to go to this hospital, what if you get leprosy, you don’t have anything to offer these people, you don’t need to do this, just go back to the hotel, you really have no business going to this place”.  I knew these were not my thoughts because I had been very excited about this part of our trip since it was announced we would be going to the hospital.  So, I simply asked God to remove these thoughts that were bombarding my mind.  Of course, at the name of Jesus, He did remove them and replaced them with a sense of positive expectations.

Upon arriving, the room was set up with chairs and people began to fill the room.  Some needed help with wheelchairs, some help with homemade rolling pads.  Cracks in the sidewalk made it difficult for them to maneuver to get to the room and to enter this open-air hall.  We helped and greeted those coming to the program that day.

The room filled and Reed began to talk to the group about Love for Myanmar, where we were from, and the goals for our trip.  I was told I would be telling the stories from the book of Daniel.  I had just finished up with Camp Crestview, so these stories were fresh on my mind. (Coincidence? I think not!)

As I sat, waiting for my story time to begin, God’s spirit began to impress on my heart that I should share the story of my life living with the disease of hemophilia.  The thought seemed odd to me, however, the impression was strong.  I approached Gary Watkins, one of our trip leaders and told him I thought I was supposed to share my story about being a hemophiliac with the group.  He said something like, “Of course you should.  It would be perfect. “

I returned to the little wooden bench (Figure 1) and began to wonder what I would say and how these special people would respond.

Well, I was introduced and through a wonderful interpreter, Gilbert David, told the story of Daniel and his obedience to God’s word in not eating the king’s food, his friends not bowing down to the idol of the king, being thrown into the fire, and Daniel continuing to pray to God in spite of the King’s order that no one would be allowed to pray to any other Gods expect the king.

When I finished this story, God’s spirit began to lead me into the next story about my life.  I began by saying that I was born with a disease that you can’t really see, except at certain times.  The disease is called hemophilia and it makes my blood very difficult to clot.  I rolled up my sleeve to display a huge bruise that I had on my upper arm.  Showing them that there were times you could see my disease, but the disease’s impact was not always visible.  God’s spirit said a lot during those minutes and I really cannot recall what was said.  However, I do know it was God’s spirit speaking and I do recall sharing my experiences as a child.

Starting when I was very young, and more pronounced when I started school, teachers would make me stand before the class and tell my fellow students that “Charles has a disease and you should not touch him!” I can remember children telling other children “Don’t touch him. He has a disease.”  Even if there was a scuffle, my friends would say I shouldn’t be part because I might bleed.

Growing up I played basketball, tennis, track, water skied and did my best to make sure no one could tell I had hemophilia by looking at me.  I explained that I spent a lot of my life in bed or in a hospital because I had injured myself and was bleeding internally.

I shared that people even questioned the sensibility of my going to Myanmar where health care was not going to be able to do much for me if I was sprained an ankle and hemorrhaged or was injured in some other way.  Still, I knew I was suppose to go on this trip and like all my sixty-four years did not let being a hemophiliac become a reason for not to do things that I felt I was supposed to do or needed to do.

It appears God used my life as a hemophiliac to touch the lives of those who were living with leprosy.  Maybe it is the way people think of them or how they have been treated in their life living with leprosy.  Regardless, God touched their hearts with my story.  Women and men cried as God spoke using me and the life with the disease of hemophilia. What many would see as a curse became a blessing that day.

Never in my life would I have thought that my disease would be touching my heart and the hearts of lepers in a country on the other side of the world.  However, God knew what telling my story would do in a Myanmar Leprosy Hospital.  He would touch hearts and make a lasting connection between them and an old American hemophiliac. God is the best story teller ever, if you say “yes” and let Him speak.

The Land of Gold: A Myanmar Experience

2015 Mission Team member Brand Perkins shares his thoughts, observations  and personal message about his recent trip to Myanmar – his first trip abroad:

The Land of Gold, I pray will become the Land of God. Thursday morning I boarded the first of four flights, and 30 hours later I landed in Myanmar, “The Land of Gold.” I have never traveled outside the country so this was a big step for me. Being a Christian for only two years this was a big leap of faith. Leaving my family, friends, and work for three weeks to join God at work on the other side of the world. I’d like to share three main points with you, the team, the people, and my greatest take away.

The team

The team consisted of 18 people, not including the translators we have. This was also the first mission trip for several of the other team members as well. Before even meeting the whole team I began praying we become as unified as Jesus is with the Father. I have never worked on a team that worked so well together, making serving God joyful. The team came together greater than I could have imagined. This is the work of God. Experiencing Christ being the head, and each member being a part of the body that is important for the whole mission. In times of members being sick and having to stay behind really made us feel incomplete. The team came together for laughter, service, prayer, tears, and sickness. We all play a vital role in the body of Christ. He calls us all the a special work, that whatever we do, we may glorify Him. We visited several different churches, villages, children homes, and a leprosy hospital. We taught the people health and hygiene, we taught them about diseases, stories out of the bible, and we had great fun with them.

The people

The people in Myanmar are incredible people. One of the ladies from a village there literally washed my feet. That was a new experience, extremely humbling. I came to serve, but it truly seemed these people wanted to serve me. As I think of the people my heart experiences many emotions. It cries because most of the people are buddhist. Walking around the country seeing hopeless people pray to a god that has no hope to offer, that doesn’t exist, or even hear them is heart-wrenching. I witnessed three people approach a monk to bow at his feet on their hands and knees. As I type this my heart screams out, “Why didn’t I tell them to get up!?” The country is poor. Here in America we drive down the highway seeing grass, maybe untamed grass. In Myanmar you drive down the roads and see mounds of mounds of trash. In the trash are people barefoot digging for recyclables to sell just to get a bowl of rice. The kids at some of the villages we visited showed signs of malnutrition. My heart also sings for the faith of the Christians living there, in the middle of the buddhist communities. The Christians there have a fearlessness in their eyes as if they’re ready to die in Jesus name at any time. It’s incredible to see how Jesus Christ came for all, and there are people on the other side of the earth that know Him too. To see the Gospel prevail in the midst of poverty, only the love of God can explain this joy!

Myself

As I think about the way the word of God prevails, I consider my own life. The way it has drastically changed from hatred, hopelessness, depression, to love, unending hope, and joy. I learned the reality that the Spirit of God lives with in me, allowing me to live with Him for eternity. Upon landing back in the states I became very sad. My thoughts were “God is at work in Myanmar, that is where I want to be. I experienced God I only want more.” Then I learned when Jesus Christ said to His disciples, “and lo, I am with you always, to the end of the age” this is a truth the Spirit has helped me grasp in my few weeks of mission work in Myanmar. Incredible the way the Spirit of God guides us, and helps us learn Himself. Since the day I learned Jesus Christ died on a cross for my sins. I learned Jesus became everyone of my cheats, lies, hateful acts, and was hung on a tree for all of our sins. Being buried and raising from the grave three days later, conquering the grave, so we may live with Him for all eternity. Making life worth the living just because He lives. I have learned to hear His voice the more I walk with Him, and since that day, it has always been my plea, “Jesus may I please just have a closer walk with thee.” Jesus Christ did not only die for my sin, but for anyone who will believe. Jesus Christ has made a way, and with each day passing He is waiting for us to call on His name so that we may be saved. If you are saved, He is calling you each day into a deeper, more intimate relationship with Himself. As this happens, the things of this world will grow strangely dim. Which is what happened to me, making the decision to follow Christ into Myanmar so much easier. I encourage you today to ask yourself, “Why are you living?” “What drives your every day actions?” “How is my relationship with Christ?” “Is God calling me to help in Myanmar after seeing all the opportunity there through Love For Myanmar?” After answering the questions, I encourage to respond to Christ, whatever that may look like. If you do not know how to respond, find someone, and ask them!