“Before, we only hold book and say words… now we will worship our God as we sing”.
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.
Monday morning arrived and the Leadership Conference began. The theme was Servant Leadership and Origins of Music. Some leaders use BIG sticks while others use the staff of a Shepherd. By interesting comparison, we considered that God is Musical, and Lucifer is the second best. True leaders are after the success of others while others are focused on being on top. Likewise, God’s music is focused on growing our spirits while Lucifer’s music is focused on leading our flesh… and so went the next three days. By the time the conference was complete, many testimonies were shared of commitments to change leadership styles and Lead by Serving as Jesus did! Others shared they would now be praying over their music choices and testing the spirits to see whether they are of God.
Thursday morning began the Discipleship Conference next door to the first conference at a small campus called FTS – Faith Theological Seminary. The coordinators and translators of the first conference are also the leaders and teachers of FTS. In a much smaller and more personal setting, the cost of Discipleship was examined and considered seriously. We also considered the two languages that music speaks: the language of Heart and the language of Spirit. Just as we need to be intentional about Discipleship, so we need to be intentional about leading our hearts in our music choices. God’s best in both areas produces an incredible life of abundance! By the end of the second day, sober commitments were made as we considered the story and song: “I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back.”
We are giving God thanks for the Burmese and Lisu Christians, many of whom continue to pour out their lives in sacrifice to Jesus in astounding ways every day. We also give God thanks that we were able to tell them of the prayer support from many Christians all over America. Thank you, Jesus!
Editor’s note: The above article was written by MTM Guest Teacher, Brother Anthony Root, a minister from Ellensburg, Washington. Anthony traveled to SE Asia with his wife Heather, and three oldest children, Makenna, Harrison, and Miranda. MTM is very grateful to the Roots and to all who support this ministry. Blessed be God!