During a recent trip to eastern Myanmar HeartCry Missionary Society interviewed a church planter, Rohan J. Rohan is supported by HeartCry and lives in a rugged area, among animists. Below is the interview with Rohan.
Where are you ministering?
I am ministering in a village called N. K. in Myanmar. There are over 120 families in the village and I am teaching Lahu and preaching the Gospel to 75 children/teenagers every day.
What are most of the backgrounds of people in your village?
They are from a very strong animist background. They used to be very isolated people over ten years ago. Their strict adherence to their animist belief and conductions has kept them, especially older people, from receiving the Gospel.
How do you attempt to teach and explain the Bible to them?
I teach 6 days a week to their children. And I make regular and systematic visit to their homes
and make a way to preach the Gospel to the older people. On the Lord's days, I lead the worship service with the students and a few others those who are willing to come and listen to my preaching. I have begun teaching from Genesis about God, creation, sin and salvation through Jesus Christ in a simple and clear way.
What are the biggest challenges you are facing?
The people are very social and polite nowadays. But their strong belief in their old traditional animism seems to be uncompromising at present. Most old people say that they would never be a Christian. But they say let their children learn about Christianity and become Christians in next generation. Actually, some old people have begun to show their desire to learn more about the Gospel. They do this mostly in secrecy because they still fear the leading elders.
How can we pray for you?
Sometimes I can become very weak spiritually and physically for the big challenge and demands in the ministry. Please pray that the Lord would sustain me and use me mightily. Apparently, only when the Holy Spirit moves and changes the hearts of people can they receive the Gospel and a church be founded.
What can you say to our donors that helped purchase the motorcycle---how will the motorcycle help you in ministry?
Thank you very much for the motorcycle. I appreciate it very much. It is essential equipment in the field given the geographic location. It is very helpful when I travel to meetings and conferences. It is also helpful when I have to buy kitchen stuffs, food and teaching material in the town to where it takes 4 hours on foot. Overall, it's a necessity in the ministry in this region and I am very grateful to God and to you for this.