Type: Ecclesial Development & Preaching
Funding Need: $8,250 USD
Sustained contact between Christadelphians and interested parties in Myanmar began in 2007 and our first baptism was of a former Baptist pastor 1 in Yangon in 2012. In Oct 2013 two sisters were added, both of whom had attended a theological seminary in India; and five more were baptised in early 2015, four at the Cambodian Bible School in Phnom Penh. Our church now numbers eight; and just recently three more requested study for baptism from the preaching efforts of the eight current members. This is a very exciting time for growth in Myanmar!
In order to bring our brothers and sisters together, we hired an apartment and organised financial help to enable our Yangon brothers and sisters to organise themselves for worship and study of God’s word. One of the most important aspects of their new lives in Christ lay in recognising each other as members in particular of the one body of Christ. This is no simple or easy task: four of our new family are Chin, but from two different sub-groups of the Chin; two are Mon; one is Karen and one is Lahu. Each of these groups is ethnically distinct with its own culture and language.
The Australasian Christadelphian Bible Mission (ACBM) Myanmar Team is seeking financial assistance to maintain the Yangon Ecclesia through rental of the Mission House and members’ travel to it for the Memorial Meeting. The current cost of the Mission House is $2 250 per year. The annual cost of travel plus the cost of a light meal after meeting comes to $4 000. We feel it would be prudent to allow for some growth, especially since we’ve recently had three requests for baptism, so would like to increase that amount by 50%, to $6 000.
ACBM meets the cost of fieldworker travel, travel expenses for local brothers and sisters preaching activities, preaching materials, welfare and translation of Christadelphian works into Burmese. We request an annual $8 250 to maintain and stimulate the new growth of ecclesial life in Myanmar and we thank you sincerely for any assistance you are able to provide.
Request authors: Bre: Ron Hill (Washington DC, USA), Terry & Karen Nutter (Brisbane, Aus), John Pople (San Francisco, USA)
1 The political situation in Myanmar is unstable. Theoretically the military regime has extended itself to the West but some cynicism is warranted as there is continued fighting with ethnic militias and continued repression of political and social freedoms.