Myanmar, the Golden Land
Union of Burma or Myanmar
Note: Since 1989 the military authorities in Burma have promoted Myanmar as a conventional name for their state. This decision was not (and is not) approved by any sitting legislature in Burma, and is not accepted by the U.S. However, the name Myanmar is now widely accepted by numerous countries and by the United Nations.
Capital City: Nay Pyi Taw
(2,606,885 pop.) (3,451,549 metro)
Population of Myanmar:
55,167,330 (2013 est.)
Population of Yangon (largest city):
Burmese (official), minority ethnic groups have their own languages
Buddhist 89%, Christian 4% (Baptist 3%, Roman Catholic 1%), Muslim 4%, animist 1%
Currency: Kyat (MMK)
National Day: January 4
Ethnicity: Burman 68%, Shan 9%, Karen 7%, Rakhine 4%, Chinese 3%, Indian 2%, Mon 2%
Except where noted, information taken from www.worldatlas.com.
The common opinion regarding self-supporting ministries in Myanmar is that “It can’t be done.” Thankfully, our Lord does not base His work on common opinions! PMU is pleased to say that the Yangon BPC is now able to support their pastor, Rev. Khawl Ro Kima, with the help of the farmland purchased for such a purpose. PMU’s goal is never to arrive in a country to provide monies for a ministry that continues endlessly to be dependent upon foreign funds. Our desire is to see churches planted that can support their own ministers.
A man with a vision, Rev. Kima has a burning passion to reach his people for Christ. He served at different Bible seminaries for several years as well as pastoring a church before becoming a PMU missionary. Founding Yangon Bible Presbyterian Church, Rev. Kima has worked to instruct his people in the Scriptures and, with the Yangon Session, oversees a vigorous gospel ministry across the country.
The goal of a self-supporting church has been reached now, and so, Rev. Kima is no longer working with PMU as a missionary. Joined by his wife, Mawite, and their two children, the Kimas continue to serve as a pastor family in their native land. Please remember them in prayer as they remain faithful in their labors.
PMU continues to partner with the Yangon BPC in helping to raise up more church plants across Myanmar. To that end, we will continue to raise funds for church planting and the orphanage. (One graduate from the orphanage school is now preparing for the gospel ministry!) Rev. Kima’s vision and goal is to establish a full presbytery by 2027!
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Thanking God for:
- My daughter, Jenny, who received an academic award from her school. She is now in grade 7.
- A new believer who confessed her faith in Christ and got baptized.
- New opportunities for home Bible studies.
Please Pray for:
- My wife, Mawite, as she is suffering from a blood pressure problem. In fact, both her parents died because of blood pressure issues.
- The BP fellowship meeting to be held at Thinglei BP Mission in the first week of April. We first thought of having the meeting at Aungthapyi BP Mission, but recently we decided to move to Thinglei, as the Thinglei Mission is now in need of support and encouragement.
- God to provide a good and capable preacher who will take care of the sheep at the Thinglei BP Mission in Chin State.
- The 10 young men and women who are going to serve as a mission team to minister and help the believers at Thinglei BP Mission. My wife, Mawite, will be leading them.