Rebuilding Three Churches: the Strategy

Churches rebuild in Myanmar 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.

The Churches Rebuild After Devastating Flood project in Myanmar has identified three strategic churches to help physically rebuild following the devastating 2015 flooding in Myanmar.

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.

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.