Rebuilding Three Churches: the Strategy
Monsoon of 2015 the Worst in Decades
The monsoon season of 2015 wasn’t an ordinary monsoon season. Out of 15 Myanmar states, 10 were under water in at least some areas and at least 150,000 people were estimated to have lost homes or had their livelihoods significantly affected in some other way. It’s the worst the country has seen in decades.
The United Nations has long acknowledged Myanmar as one of the least developed nations in the world. Farmers are among the poorest of these, and the meager livelihoods that they have are dependent solely on what the land produces. Their crops were destroyed for not only one growing season, but following the floods their fields are littered with stones, trees, and remnants of buildings impacting future planting seasons as well. And these are the fortunate farmers who still have land to farm. Others lived in villages that lost their land to rock slides, or when their village was moved by the government after the floods.
There are many families and bodies of believers in Myanmar who are still in the midst of rebuilding their lives, even years later.
Live Global Works Through Existing Partnerships
The wisest strategy to help those still in need in Myanmar is to work through our existing relationships with nationals on the ground. These are people we know, have met, and have vetted for credibility and character. We know these people love Jesus and desire to make an impact on their countries for Christ.
In each of these three churches, there is already a leadership team at work supported by the Evangelical Baptist Conference in Myanmar. Each of these churches has already made their own initial financial investment to secure land and start construction. It is the objective of this project to come alongside the EBC to:
- Establish a permanent, physical presence in three villages, and
- Implement a plan for these congregations to become self-supporting and a model for other church communities where there are significant financial challenges.
The strategy in each of the three church building projects is tailored to the unique situations and dynamics of each church building need. For our purposes here the church building projects have been named:
Take a look at the needs of each church and why each of them has been targeted to receive help from us as God provides.