HeartCry Missionary Society has been fervently praying and imploring God for opportunities to partner with spiritually mature churches and faithful ministries in Burma. We, therefore, were excited to discover, through a mutual friend, the favorable details of a ministry in Burma under the leadership and guidance of Pastor Paul M.
Paul is pastoring a local church, translating the Bible into his native tongue, the Falam Chin language, and serves as President of the Biblical School of Theology (BST). The college offers a B.Th. (Bachelor of Theology) and has an enrollment of approximately 150 students. Paul formed the college in 1996 and many young men and women have been blessed spiritually and academically through the education they have received from the college. Many of the young men who have graduated are presently serving as pastors and church planters in Burma. Pastors throughout Burma recommend the students to Paul and the students enrolled represent almost all of the Burmese states and many of the ethnic groups scattered throughout the country.
The staff at HeartCry was profoundly interested in the Burmese efforts after our initial correspondences with Paul revealed we had mutual theological and methodological convictions. HeartCry was invited to visit Pastor Paul in person and see the ministry firsthand. HeartCry visited the work in August and taught the senior class at BST from The Epistle of James. BST incorporates into their curriculum English language courses during the student’s freshman and sophomore years. The seniors were proficient in the English language. Therefore, the men from HeartCry were able to converse with the students without the aid or assistance of a Burmese translator. The students were extremely attentive and appeared deeply interested in the word of God. It was very hot and the electricity would occasionally shut down, which resulted in losing the luxury of ceiling fans. HeartCry discovered that Burmese students are somnolent when they are hot. To battle the drowsiness, the students had been taught to stand with Bibles in hand and listen carefully! In spite of the recurrent power outages, the exposition of James was well received and we trust, deeply edifying.
Moreover, the men with HeartCry were invited to preach at the local church. The church has a lovely and accommodating building on the premises, next to BST. The spacious building was full because both the local church and the students of BST were meeting together. HeartCry was warmly welcomed and the congregation received the word of God with earnestness. Overall, the men representing HeartCry were greatly encouraged during the worship service through the mutual fellowship, the singing of hymns, the fervent prayers, and the ministry of the word.
The visit gave HeartCry the opportunity to discuss with Paul and the elders of the church their burdens, efforts, and methodology in fulfilling “The Great Commission” in Burma. Paul, along with an association of pastors and evangelists, are laboring diligently to make known the glories of Christ’s Person and work throughout Burma. Burma has a population of over 50 million persons, most of whom are unreached with the gospel. However, the ministry is laboring to plant healthy churches in every province and among every people group in Burma. Paul has a great burden to see God’s kingdom expand and healthy churches flourish in a nation that is dominated by Buddhism.
The time in Burma was informative and strengthened the relationship with Paul. HeartCry has begun supporting eight indigenous missionaries in Burma. HeartCry is extremely thankful to God for hearing and answering our prayers and granting us an opportunity to partner with Paul and the missionaries in this nation blinded by radical Buddhists. We ask that you continue to pray for our partnership with Paul and that the missionaries that we are supporting, in difficult and dangerous locations, might “speak forth the mystery of Christ” with boldness and love.