Church of God
On February 24, Rev. Marla baptized four persons at Bahan Church in Yangon. Two of them were converted from Buddhism. Each was presented a Burmese Holy Bible by Rev. Matthew Hla Win.
Bahan Church was the scene of a missionary training institute, March 18-22. Rev. Don and Noreen Merchant, of Equip To Go Ministry, led the sessions in which about 60 people participated. The Lord touched many hearts and prepared some of the trainees to become involved in missions work to unreached people groups.
As national coordinator of the Myanmar AD 2000 and Beyond Movement, Rev. Matthew Hla Win and his team conducted the Myanmar Congress on Evangelism, March 25-29. Some 300 pastors, elders, church leaders, Sunday school teachers, youth leaders, and lay persons attended. The Lord blessed the meetings greatly through the inspired messages of guest speakers from several cooperating ministries.
Seven days of fasting and prayer were held from April 10-16. Thirty pastors, co-workers, trainees, and youth participated joyfully, praying for upcoming activities of the church and for revival in Myanmar.
As a result, about 100 children from our three congregations in Yangon participated in a Sunday school children's camp meeting at Bahan Church, April 23-26. Mona Myat Mon, director of Childrens Bible Crusade, and Dorothy Colney, general secretary of the Church of God, led the camp--a first-time experience for most of the children--and were assisted by Sunday school teachers.
An interdenominational pastors' conference was held from May 6-10. Rev. Hla Win was among the leaders of this training conference that drew together about 200 pastors, ministers, and Christian workers from various denominations. Healing services were conducted in the evenings and many sick were healed.
By the grace of God, we conducted the third School of Evangelism during the first week of June for nine trainees, including two women and five men. Dorothy Colney served as director under Rev. Hla Win. A dedication service for trainees was held at the completion of the school on June 16. Although we have no funds for the School of Evangelism, by faith we are moving ahead and waiting for the Lord's provisions to enable us to conduct more training sessions. We need your prayers and support in this.
We rejoice that we have been able to complete 40% of the new building for the church at Mandalay, the second capital city of Myanmar. We planted the church in this staunchly Buddhist city three years ago. After much prayer, we began constructing the church building (60 feet by 24 feet) in May. We are praying for provisions from God to complete the remaining 60% of the building.