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Report Date: June 15, 2009

Our Involvement in Irrawaddy Division: June 2009


New home

Greetings to you in the name of Jesus Christ the coming King from Yangon, Union of Myanmar.

We, composed of the faculty of the graduate school and more than 10 local churches in Yangon, have been visiting the Nargis suffering people especially in the area of Irrawaddy Division since Hurricane Nargis took place on 2 May 2008.

Firstly, on behalf of my co-workers, I would like to give thanks to the Lord for allowing us to help our needy and suffering brethren. Secondly, I do highly regard your great love towards my suffering brethren especially for your constant and sacrificial support. Your support has been a tremendous blessing for our brethren there. May the Lord bless you more for His Kingdom and glory.

New home

Let me inform you about the present situation there. The rainy season has started in June. Even though having heavy and monsoon rain is a blessing for rice fields, it is indeed a great trouble for our brethren who do not have a proper place to live in. Millions of people are still homeless. For this reason, we started concentrating on the construction of their houses by the first week of June. We visit there on a regular basis, at least twice a month. Our groups stay there at least one or two weeks and bring construction materials for their houses. The homes that we built for our brethren are simple. Most of them are bamboo buildings, but the people are so blessed, telling us that they have better homes than before the deadly Nargis took place. As far as I know, we have built 67 simple and strong houses. Generally speaking, the expense of one building is between US$250 and US$700, depends on the supervision of our contact people there. Young people have been actively involved in these exciting projects. 

The most exciting news is that many more local churches have been involved in the construction in various places in Nargis affected areas. Showing Christ's love to our Buddhist brethren has been our main objective. By helping them in this simple way, our church planters have a golden opportunity to share the good news to our brethren in a more effective way.

Hope for the future

One of our church planters, J B.V has baptized about 127 new converts since August last year. His significant ministry has been highly regarded. His wife is known as a prayerful woman and talented in personal evangelism. She visits house to house and makes friends with the Buddhists. She shares the good news after building the friendship. She prays for all sick people. She has seen hundreds of miracles with her own eyes. Through her prayers, many sick people have been fully recovered. Demon possessed people have been free. At first, both of them planted a house church that they built with their own hands. They lost their whole house during the Nargis. The Lord just turned their tiny bamboo house into a two storey brick house. Formerly their house church could accommodate only 20, but now more than 200 people could gather together in the new house that we built for them. To God be the glory. By the help of friends both local and abroad, we spent just more than US$20,000 for the worship place. The restrictions from the local people and authority have been so severe. Both J and his wife were brought to the office of local and township council many times for severe interrogation. The Lord indeed protected them from all harm until this time.

A roof over their head again

By seeing the excellent things that they have been doing to the needy people, the authorized people could not say any words of accusation to them. Local people stone their worship place several times whenever they conduct worship service. As well, all the new converts were interviewed one by one or family by family about the reason why they have changed their belief and faith. They all have the same voice, answering to the authority that they accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior by their own choice. They added that nobody persuaded them to become followers of Jesus Christ. Until this time, the worship service is going on smoothly. My group is planning to visit the church on 26 June. Our purpose is to dedicate the new church building that we have accomplished. The dedication day will be on 28th June. Thank you very much again for your sacrificial support that you made available not only for the needy people but also for the new building of the place of worship. Hallelujah!

Completed homes

The need is still great. The reconstruction will surely take another 8 or 9 years. The present need is to provide materials for rice fields, such as tractors and it is indeed difficult for us to meet their need. The other need is to provide boats for fishermen. Planting rice and beans and also fishing have been the main business to meet their basic needs in Irrawaddy Nargis affected areas. Of course, they do also need more clothes and food as well.

Thank you very much again for your love, care and concern. May I humbly request you to remember our suffering people in Irrawaddy Division in your prayers. We will be continually assisting them whenever the support is available for them.

Your partner in Him,