Taunggyi, Myanmar – Oct. 14–17, 2019
Having had very little idea of what to expect of the pastors conference in Taunggyi, Myanmar, I had one recurring prayer: “Lord, please empty me of self that there may be room in my heart for a full measure of Yourself”. God has answered this prayer, and we have been filled with countless blessings as we fellowshipped with our brothers and sisters of Myanmar.
Before we even landed in Yangon, we began to see the idol temples of false religion in this land. Every day we were confronted with the reality of darkness & deception, and yet, as a moth is drawn to light, so also were these people drawn to the Gospel. The contrast of our living God against the backdrop of the dead, heathen gods of the land was a vivid reminder of Jesus’ words, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few”.
It was in this context that we met for four days at the home of Pastor Noah Blessing, along with his brother, Stephen Blessing, the evangelist (and our faithful interpreter), to teach and equip about 80 believers, near & around Taunggyi, to go into the fields of ripe souls to share the love of Jesus.
Brother Merle Flory taught on the headship order for Christ’s church as Jesus Himself was the example of how husbands should love their wives just as He loved His church, and the women should come under this Biblical headship model of authority. It was beautiful to see the Spirit at work to blend Brother Merle’s message with my teaching on Christ’s model for kingdom living, as taught in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5, 6 & 7).
It was truly inspiring and humbling to see the hunger among the believers there as God would fill us all with the practical life applications of His Word. So humbling to see God at work as, men and women alike, would come forward in confession and joy as a result of the Spirit’s work among them. We saw public confession of new faith in Christ among some visitors who willingly renounced Buddha and promised to live faithful to Jesus. Most notable was their joy in worship, contentment with God’s provision in spite of lack materially, faith in the midst of trials, and a vision for what God can and will do in their villages with the light of the Gospel. I feel as though I have received much more than I have given and come home more responsible for what I have received. I echo Jesus’ words to His disciples: “Pray ye therefore the LORD of the harvest, that He would send forth laborers into His harvest”.
The time is right, the fields are white, there’s work to do before the night…who will go?
Editor’s Note: The following article was written by Brother Ben Huffman, who lives near Modesto, California where he serves as a minister in the West Modesto Congregation. Ben served as the MTM guest teacher during the Taunggyi Leadership conference in Myanmar, Oct 14-17, 2019. We thank God, the Huffman’s, and all those who supported and prayed for this conference. The partnership between MTM and Bible teachers from North America, is a blessed gift from God. Thanks to all of you who faithfully support this ministry by praying, preaching, and giving.