A few reflections on our time in Myanmar:
- Hope Myanmar Partnership is an organisation that is worth supporting. Check out their website for info about all the different ministries the organisation supports. It was awesome to meet first hand the Myanmar family (Lincoln & Leah) who lead the ministry in Myanmar. They have a great heart for the gospel to affect and change the lives of people in their nation and great integrity as they go about their work.
Additionally, Myanmar is a country that is very closed to foreigners. Even as a tourist your movements are recorded by the authorities. As a result the Myanmar locals are the best people to reach the locals. HMP is committed to supporting pastors and training indigenous pastors for the work of the gospel thorughout Myanmar.
- The theoretical social gospel versus word ministry debate that takes place in Australia is a fruitless argument in their context. It makes no sense to them to be one or the other. They have to be both, preaching the gospel and affecting the community around them with gospel works, like education, helping the poor and needy, looking after the orphans etc. Without these works the good news of Jesus falls on deaf ears.
- Young men and women are committed to the gospel and seeing it bear fruit all over Myanmar from an early age. RBI (Restoration Bible Institute) is full of students in their late teens and early twenties. They live on 2 meals a day, they sleep in small dormitory style accommodation (some of them behind a curtain at the back of the lecture hall) and most of them are looking to move to remote parts of their country to minister to and evangelise villages and towns where persecution and hardship is a common part of daily life. This devotion at a young age amazes me as I return to Australia and am again confronted with apathy in the lives of Christian people and an unwillingness to shoulder responsibility.
More thoughts later….