Summer 2018 Mission Trip to Myanmar Thursday, July 12 – Saturday, July 28.
Today was an emotionally charged ministry day. In the morning we started with the leprosy hospital and finished with the leprosy village. The people we met and ministered to would be in our hearts, minds and prayers forever.
We had approximately 65 people attend our ministry from the leprosy hospital. These were patients that were strong enough to come whether by walking, crutches, or wheelchairs. They were very attentive and appreciative to the entire program we presented. The message we wanted to convey was on evangelism since the majority of patients are Buddhists. What warmed our hearts, during one part of the program we asked anybody that wanted us to pray for them to please raise their hands. Approximately 70% of the patients raised their hands, and you could tell by their faces they were serious. We have had similar situations in the past that is why we have hired Christine to be our chaplain at the hospital and village. After providing them with some small gifts and lunch we visited the patients in the various wards that could not come because they were bedridden. We placed our hands on many of them and gave them a small gift and lunch. On my Day 2 Update I mentioned that Christine, our leprosy hospital chaplain heard a lady that was screaming in pain and that she laid her hands on this lady and prayed 4 hours for her. When she awoke she was pain free. I had a chance to meet this lady and took her photograph along with Christine which I will attach to this update. When I was first introduced to this lady she placed her hands together in prayer and looked appreciatively at Christine.
After a short lunch with the team we went across a very wet and muddy field from the hospital to the leprosy village. There were over a hundred adults and children waiting for us. Again, like the hospital the vast majority of them are Buddhists. During the latter part of our program we provided them with paper and crayons and asked them to draw a picture of what they learned. We then asked some to come to the front and show and tell everyone what they drew. We had young girl around 8 years of age that explained she had drawn the crucifixion of Jesus and His resurrection. How amazing is that? The team was thoroughly impressed with this group of persecuted people simply because of their afflictions.
You could tell on many of the team member’s faces that they were exhausted by the ministry today, but thoroughly enjoyed it.
- For the patients in the hospital that they can find relief from their afflictions, and hope for the future.
- For the people in the village that they can find a persecution free environment, freedom from alcohol and drugs, and hope for the future.
- That Christine can have a positive impact on the people she comes in contact with, and can plant seeds of hope and love.
- That our ministry to the hospital and village can continue to grow and prosper.
Attached you will find five photos. The first of our baby skit performance, second a leprosy hospital patient, third Christine and the cured leprosy hospital patient, fourth leprosy village, and fifth Amy and leprosy village child.