Summer 2018 Mission Trip to Myanmar Thursday, July 12 – Saturday, July 28.
This morning the team packed all their bags, checked out of the hotel, and divided into two teams to worship with two different churches in opposite direction of each other.
Team 1 went to the New Testament church to worship. At one of the roadside checkpoints we were stopped, and the local authorities boarded our van to check out all our paperwork. Eventually they told us it was OK to proceed to where we were going. We arrived a little early to see a group of about 6 teens performing the praise and worship segment of their service. The team enjoyed all their beautiful voices and the passion with which they sang. After the very little children recited a few bible verses and sang a few songs they asked us to introduce our team, say a few words of encouragement, and asked a few of our team members to share their testimonies with the congregation. There were approximately 85+ people in attendance, but the pastor said on a typical Sunday approximately 35 people worshiped regularly. The team thoroughly enjoyed the worship service and the fellowship with the congregation. After the service we ate lunch with them. Since the other team after their worship service and lunch would drive to the church we were at so we could consolidate to one vehicle. As a result, we had some valuable time to spend with various congregation members.
Team 2 went to the Assembly of God Church, the same church where the evangelism training and baptisms that took place yesterday. There were approximately 60 people that showed up for the worship service. The team was moved by the passion the church worshiped, and friendship they showed to the team. One of our national Burmese staff that is responsible for our orphanages came with our group to act as an interpreter. While at the worship service she met an older lady she thought she recognized. After talking with her for awhile it turned out to be her 6th grade teacher she had in the Chin state. That was 30 years ago. The Chin state is located all the way across the other side of Myanmar, far from the Karen state. Apparently her husband a strong Christian worked for the government and was transferred from the Chin state to the Karen state. Shortly after his transfer he started the church they were worshiping in. He passed away about 4 years ago. What an amazing story.
After the two teams consolidated we started the 8 hour journey to Yangon. During our drive we ran into very strong rains that covered the road in many places. We arrived safely at our Yangon hotel around 9:00 pm.
- For protection from persecution for not only our house churches in Hpa an, but Christians throughout the country. That they can worship freely, whenever they want.
- We have had some minor health issues with a couple of team members. Pray for good health for all team members for the rest of our mission trip.
- For rejuvenation of our team after an emotionally taxing and long ministry to Mawlamyine and Hpa an.
Attached you will find 5 photos. The first is a church worship service, second is children singing, third is children reciting bible verses, fourth is church compound area, and fifth is a team member interacting with children.