Ministry Goes On During Myanmar Military Coup
Pursuing through internet blackouts, one of Live Global's national partners whom we call simply "Suan" for security, wrote and sent us this update of how God has allowed ministry to go on during the last several months of the military coup in Myanmar. Edited only slightly for grammar, security, and with headers added for clarity, this is what he wrote:
"It's Dangerous... But We Can Still Go Out in Faith"
By your faithfulness in praying for us and supporting us in the ministry, we can still continue our Bible studies and our worship services in three of our house churches. One of our house churches is some distance away and dangerous to visit currently. It is not really safe, and actually it's dangerous, to go around in our country, but we can still go out in faith and can still share the Gospel with worshipers of other religions.
We could only pass out 200 "The Ancient Path" Gospel booklets in the last two months, but I distributed 2,000 booklets to our elders to pass out everywhere they go separately, lest we catch attention from the wandering police and soldiers. They are still dangerous, and even though we don't commit any crime, they could still arrest us or could rob our property such as phones, money, etc.
Feeding Families for a Month
By your help we distributed food relief of 35 kg bags of rice + 1.5 liters of cooking oil +1.5 kg of packed onions each to 26 needy households. You fed them for about a month at least. Thank you so much Nu and Pa [an endearing name for Live Global team members who are connected to Suan personally] and all the donors. You open people's hearts that they may be able to taste what love from above looks like.
70 Year Old Trusts Jesus
I was able to do door to door evangelism ( D2DE) in 4 villages. From those D2DE visits, an old lady (70 + years old) finally professed that she believes that Jesus is the only true God who can save her from the penalty of her sin. Her son and daughters don't want her to get baptized, but she said she wants to obey Christ though her son and daughters don't like the idea. I hope we can baptize her in the near future.
"Pray With Us that the Will of the Lord May Be Done"
Our country is in a whole mess of crisis and that effects every area of our lives, but we trust that our Lord allows that to happen for the good of His children, so please continue pray with us that the will of the Lord may be done well in Myanmar and that peace and justice may prevail. Like the famous German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” We try to speak out and stand up. Christians are one of the groups of people who strongly stand against injustice.
The Christian population in Myanmar only covers about 6%, but the death rate of Christians among the 700+ civilians killed I think is a much bigger percentage than the percentage of the Christian population in Myanmar.
Many people have had to move out from their villages, and the civilians in parts of the battle ground have had to relocate and find a safe zone in the jungle. When we see our brothers and sisters in Christ reading the Scriptures and praying in a cave or in the deep jungle we pray for their safety also. Our difficulties seem nothing compared to them.
"We Still Have Our Blessed Hope"
Again, please pray with us that justice may prevail, hope may bloom, and the will of the Lord will be fulfilled in the end. Even if things don't turn out in our way, then we still have our blessed Hope; that's the great hope that we long for.