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!
Watch more about the ministry in Myanmar
Thanking God for:
- My wife, Mawite, along with some young people from Yangon who visited Thinglei BP church in Chin state to minister to the people there.They had a month long VBS program and about 70 children came; many young people also came to the evening Bible study class.
- His provision and protection for my family during this COVID19 pandemic. In fact, my family greatly enjoyed a good quality of time together as well as family Bible study and prayer.
- His amazing provisions, protection and guidance for my wife, Mawite, who celebrated her 50th birthday on April 4.
Please Pray for:
- The annual BP fellowship gathering. This was originally planned for the first week of April, but we postponed it to the second week of May due to COVID19. It looks like the pandemic will not be over, but will be worse in May, so please pray for this gathering.
- Sunday worship services to resume soon and for the safety of the flock. We have not had services since the third week of March and do not know how long we must cancel the Sunday worship service.
- The orphanage children, that the Lord will protect them and provide for them even in this difficult time.