Imagine a Burmese pastor handcuffed and beaten and paraded through a muddy Buddhist village. His crime? Sharing the Gospel with the local people at Christmas time.
Myo Chit is a friend of mine and the pastor arrested for sharing the gospel. I’m writing today to share how you can help persecuted pastors like Myo Chit this Christmas. Your gift will give pastors like Myo Chit everything they need to push back the darkness by hosting a powerful Christmas Outreach event program in their village.
Myo Chit’s Story
Myo Chit leads a house church and has helped five others start in his area. Villagers have stoned, shot at, beaten, and spit on Myo Chit more times than you can imagine. Still he shares the gospel and prays. He believes everyone in Myanmar will bend a knee to God and accept Jesus as Savior someday. And he is doing his part. But he needs your help.
He has a beautiful family, including a handicapped son who they must carry everywhere. In spite of all the struggles, Myo Chit always has a warm smile and loves people. He is one of my heroes.
Myo Chit was one of the Burmese believers who gave us the idea of starting Christmas Outreach events. Our family used this method when we lived in Myanmar with great results.
Giving in Honor of Holli
People like you care about seeing people’s lives changed by following Jesus. So I wanted to ask you to be a part of our annual Christmas Outreach Project. Funds from the Holli Lancaster Memorial Mission Fund sponsor it. The fund’s purpose is to equip believers to make disciples and start churches in Myanmar. I know Holli is proud of what we have accomplished so far.
The Christmas Outreach idea is pretty simple. Throw a party for the village and invite everyone to attend. Make bright red Christmas decorations, have some yummy local food, listen to Christian CDs, play games with the kids, and share the Christmas Story. The village kids enjoy dressing up in costumes of the Bible story and acting it out.
End the event by giving every family a gift of food and something fun for the kids. Explain Christians give presents at Christmas because Jesus gave his life as a present to us. The villagers are always touched by this act of love and ask why we do it.
At the end, let everyone know if they have questions about Christianity, please stay for hot Myanmar tea. Many a good conversation on the way to salvation has started this way.
In our experience, more Buddhists come to Christ during December than any other month of the year. That’s why your donation matters. Here’s how you can help. Your gift of $ 50 or more will equip house churches yearning to share the gospel through a Christmas Outreach event.
You can help encourage Myo Chit and twenty-one other pastors like him. You can keep their dream alive. Things are tough in America right now, but miserable in Myanmar. The government spies on Christian families. Local officials make their kids go to Buddhist schools that teach Buddhism. Even more, the average monthly salary is only $60. You read that right, monthly salary.
Christians are poor in Myanmar because their government has sold them down the river. They are often passed over for jobs just because they are Christians. In my experience, the Burmese people are some the hardest working people you’d ever want to meet. You can see why their only hope to have this effective outreach is you.
You’re pushing back the darkness in Myanmar and making a big difference. You’re helping us stand strong in our mission.
Myo Chit will have you to thank – for encouraging and equipping the house churches to see souls come to Jesus. And I thank you for caring so much.
Can We Count on You?
Your gift of $50 or more will give our pastors all they need for the Christmas Outreach project. They’ll receive Bibles, worship CDs, food, decorations, cloth to make home-made costumes, and small gifts for each village family.
Please send your gift by December 1st. Then our pastors will have plenty of time to prepare for their crucial outreach event.