How do you describe the work of Loving Father, Gentle Saviour, and Mighty Rushing Wind Holy Spirit? I’m not sure it is possible. These were the highlights of one week in Myanmar. Seven days, Four church services, Two conferences. The Word of God opened and shared between multiple cultures in Five languages: English, Lisu, Burmese, Hebrew, and Greek. Continual prayer and constant worship bathed the settings of true worshipers, though we were always surrounded by Buddhist temples, Pagodas, and people. Rice, chicken, fish, pork, and fruit at nearly every meal. The only exception was breakfast, where we had rice, eggs, deep-fried “anything”, and fruit.
It was while we lived in Aceh with the Acehnese people that God imparted a huge burden on my heart for the Muslim people of the world. So much so that as of today I have developed a complete series on teaching for the Christian Church in motivating them to reach their own Islamic people for Jesus Christ.
Many of the pastors acknowledged that they have too often viewed the Bible through the lens of their culture, rather than confronting cultural errors through the lens of the Bible. We share in Paul’s confidence in the Spirit of God both in our lives and theirs:
The first week of December is a time that will be remembered for quite some time. There were a number of things that impressed us. Quite a few of the pastors & emerging leaders traveled on a bus for three days to attend this training conference. Furthermore, they would sit on the hard floor all day (6 hours) attentively drinking in deeply and diligently taking notes in their spiral notebooks.
The Northern border of Thailand meets up with Myanmar and Laos in a place called the Golden Triangle. Unfortunately, this area is suffering under the power of darkness due to drugs and idolatry. Many local native missionaries are engaged in taking the Gospel into the unreached villages of this region. It was here in Tachileik, Myanmar that MTM conducted a Servant Leadership Conference for pastors and missionaries.