The Greatest Joy and the Biggest Challenge

joy and challenge

It takes some navigating mountainous dirt roads and fording rivers to get to some of the villages outside of Kalaymyo, Myanmar. But in this town is a pastor named Pastor Tsang who we have been seeking to encourage by coming alongside to help construct a church building for a new church plant he is starting.

We’re referring to his church—one of the three we’re partnering with—as the “New Church Plant.”

You can see now the foundation is laid and we are hopeful they will be able to start the building soon.

foundation laid

The pastor of this church plant is in a very difficult place to be ministering. He has faced all kinds of opposition and even some physical abuse as he has sought to minister to the people there. We asked him, “What is the greatest joy for you in your ministry in this village?” His response, simple but profound: “To share the gospel.”

Then we asked him,  “What is the biggest challenge or disappointment you face in ministry here?”  He didn’t mention some of the inconveniences of life in the village like not having electricity, or even the fact that he was spat upon or had stones thrown at him because of his ministry. Instead he replied to the question about his biggest challenge or disappointment with another simple but profound statement, “When someone rejects the gospel.”

And God is working!

We received a text message from Pastor Tsang with this picture that he wanted us to know about.

Pastor Tsang S.

Pastor Tsang is in the white tank top talking to one of the men of the village that earlier that day accepted Christ. The man was later baptized. Praise God!

About Churches Rebuild After Devastating Flood

In July 2015, there was a record rainfall during the annual monsoon in Myanmar (formerly Burma) that resulted in major floods that devastated much of the northwestern part of the country. Whole villages were washed away while others were leveled by landslides. Complicating the restoration of communities, the agricultural economy of the region was devastated in a country that is already one of the poorest in the world. The Evangelical Baptist Conference (EBC), a fellowship of churches in Myanmar, was one of the ones affected.

As part of the EBC's ongoing development and rebuilding effort, Live Global, in partnership with The Kaifa Group, has identified three churches that have rather unique circumstances and particular needs for the construction of new church buildings.

Two of these church building projects are in villages that have been relocated by the government. The displaced farmers in these villages have struggled to establish new livlihoods that would enable them to rebuild their churches. The third church building project is a 3-year-old church plant established by a Myanmar national missionary who is supported by EBC. The church has taken root follwoing the relief work that was done in a village that previously had no gospel witness.

While this overall project seeks to complete the construction of a church building in each of these three villages before the next monsoon season, the project also seeks to address the respective development needs so that these three congregations can become self-sustaining and continue to thrive and grow without reliance on continued foreign funding.