Meeting People Where They Are

One of the most remarkable things about Jesus was that He was able to meet each person right where they were – it didn’t matter if they were a high ranking official or a lowly fisherman – He knew their need and was able to fill it.  As missionaries, that is often a challenge, but Harvesters’ ministry partners are finding ways to meet that challenge with amazing results.

In Myanmar, our partner has a very diverse and active ministry that is constantly changing to meet the needs of the people.  What started as a simple church, orphanage and tract producing ministry has now grown to a Bible College, women’s ministry, youth outreach, door-to-door evangelism, home visitation and continued church planting.  In an area where churches are highly restricted and assembly is limited to 5 people, our partner has found a way to meet the expanding needs of His flock.

homevisitationmyanmarHome visitation is one of the ways that the Burmese Church is meeting the needs of fellowship among the believers.  After Sunday services, there is no fellowship because of governmental regulations, so by visiting each home on a weekly basis, the believers have a sense of belonging, care and warmth through the church.  They are able to share prayer requests and know that there is someone here on earth they can go to with their needs who will guide them in the scriptures and their spiritual growth.

Another need is for the women to have fellowship with one another and this is being met through a women’s Bible Study that meets monthly to go verse by verse through the scriptures and to pray for all areas of the government from the wards all the way up to the President.  These women are growing and sharing and finding an outlet where they can safely share their burdens with one another as well as with the Lord.

The biggest area of growth in the ministry this past year has been through the Bible College which is currently meeting the needs of 18 students: one from Kachin State, two from Pagu Region, two from Shan State, two from Northern Chin State, and twelve from Southern Chin State. The students are learning what it means to dedicate your lives to the Lord and to fulfill the school motto of Ephesians 4:12, “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”

Mr. Spergeon, a first year student, wrote about what he is learning from attending the Bible College: “Before coming to this school, I cannot understand the Word of God and am very weak in spirituality because His Word is very deep for me. I was encouraged by teacher by reading this scripture portion from Joshua 1:5, {no one will be able to stand up against you all the day of your life and I will be with you}, so, I praise God and give thanks to Him who strengthens me always. At the same time, by seeing the teachers’ committed life and character, I am pleased and decide to share the Word of God to unreached areas.”

God is meeting the needs of not only His people in Myanmar, but of the nation as a whole to hear the Gospel and have an opportunity to respond. God gives gifts to His people to share in the building up of His Church and His Kingdom.  We thank Pastor “Benjamin” for using His gifts, vision and desire to reach all the people of Myanmar in a creative manner to expand the Kingdom.  Do you have a vision?  Step out in faith as Pastor “Benjamin” did – you will never know how God can grow the seed unless you plant it.