June 14, 2011
Dear Honored Donors and Praying Friends,
Greetings to you all in the precious name of Jesus Christ!
I feel like we are just starting the year 2011, but we are now in the middle. As I look back over these past months, I cannot stop praising the LORD for his faithfulness and wonderful providence.
I would like to share with you some of the wonderful things the LORD has done for us and through us in Myanmar through your gracious partnership in the ministry so that your prayers for us might be more effective.
Wednesday Night Service Begun— Since January of this year, the Lord has enabled the Yangon BP church to have a worship service every Wednesday. This service is more like a house church service moving from house to house. Through this service, we as God’s family are able to have more intimate relationships and fellowship in the Lord, and we are also able to focus on the specific needs of individual members and families in prayer.
First Session Meeting—The Bible Presbyterian’s first official session meeting was held on February 16 (Friday). We are so glad that Rev. Dr. Kevin Backus joined us and presided over the meeting. Seven elders including Dr. Kevin Backus participated. We received mission reports from each of the mission stations such as Yangon, Inlay, Aungthapyi and Namhu. One of our main discussions was how to make the churches self supporting in the near future.
Elder Ordination—The Yangon BP church ordained two missionaries (Soe Lwin and Yee Aung Tun) working in Shan State as ruling elders on the Lord’s Day, February 20. At that time, the church was blessed with five ruling elders and one teaching elder: three serving the Lord as church planting missionaries in Shan State; the other two and I serving at the Yangon BP church. Unexpectedly, one of our elders, Elder Soe Lwin, went home to heaven on May 23, leaving behind his family and his church planting work. Please pray that God will raise up another leader to preach His Word in that place and shepherd the flock there. Please pray also for his wife, Thangte, and his daughter, Phoebe (eight months old).
Mingalar Children Passed the Exam— We have 18 children at the orphanage home this year. All the children passed their school exams with good grades. The summer vacation has just ended, and they are now beginning school. We have moved the orphanage home to a new location – from North Dagon to East Dagon. Unfortunately, we have a problem with the local leaders. They don’t like the daily devotional service at the shelter or Christians moving into the neighborhood. Now we are considering moving to another place again. Please pray for this.
2011 Summer Camp— We had the Summer Camp at the Aungthapy BP church during the Water Festival from April 17-23. Unlike the other years when we focused on evangelism, our focus this year was on discipleship. I gave courses on the basic Christian life to new converts. Praise the Lord that they all had something to share regarding the goodness and greatness of God.
Church Building Coming Up— Thinglei BP church is planning to build a sanctuary. Now they have completed collecting the building materials needed for the building through their hard work of planting and harvesting rice.
The whole Chin state is located in the poor, hilly regions. People earn their living by cultivation (jhoom), moving every year from one place to another, not farming in a permanent place. They work almost the whole year to harvest their crops. During a good harvest year, people only grow enough rice for their needs for that year. Most of the people are half-starved all the time. We appreciate these believers’ hard labor for the church in spite of their deep poverty.
What they need today is a compound for the construction. They are considering buying a compound at the very center of the village; it costs $ 2,000. Please consider this need in your prayers.
Fifth Preschool Graduation— The AO Preschool has celebrated its 5th graduation service on May 25. Six children graduated this year. Through this ministry the gospel seed has been sown to many children who are the future leaders of Myanmar.
As we look back over these past months, we cannot help but praise and thank the Lord for what He has done for us through your faithful partnership. We humbly acknowledge that we have come this far just because of the Lord’s grace and for His glory alone.
Thank you very much for the prayers and support you have offered for the mission works in Myanmar. We need your continuous prayer and support to carry on the ministry and help it continue to grow.
May the Lord bless you abundantly as you have made many sacrifices for the glory of God alone.
Happy in the service of the King,
Khawl Ro Kim