What can be accomplished with a cup of rice, a stick of wood and prayerfully determined hearts?
Puzzled? The EMC Myanmar Christian, whose story is told here, connects the dots! With faith, prayer and a generous heart so large they often give more than they need t
hemselves, the Christians in Myanmar long to have Burmese Bibles for every believer.They help missionaries reach villages so remote and Malaria ridden that the government nor the Buddhist travel into these areas. How do they do this? Three times a day, as they cook their meals, they set aside a cup of uncooked rice. Often that may be more rice than they have to feed their own family. Each time they gather wood, they set aside the tenth stick. The designated rice and sticks of wood are sold in the market to raise money to buy Burmese Bibles and to help Myanmar missionaries help meet the needs of those living in remote villages.
God has blessed the efforts of the Myanmar Christians inside the 10/40 window with
over 3,500 salvations since 2012. Their project is, "
Bibles for Myanmar
," and to date, 3,000 first generation Christians are without Bibles. Their goal is huge but their faith is strong. Prior to 2012, the village of Paletwa was filled with Animists who believe the plant world is filled with mystical powers. Because of the faith and generous giving from their meager incomes, the Myanmar EMC Christians have seen over 2.000 people in the Paletwa region turn from their Animist worship and accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior. After seeing God lovingly care for their needs through the EMC Myanmar missionaries they wanted to know more about "their God."
After this, my first trip to Myanmar, the burden to help is stronger and I am more determined having met face to face with so many in need. We watched new converts using what Bibles they had in South Dagon eagerly going to the table of contents to find where Philippians was located so they could follow the teaching by the Reverend Dr. James Sai Ruma, Reverend Dr. Ed Williamson and Reverend Bob Perkins. To see the trust and genuine happiness in their hearts among the hardship of their daily life is extremely humbling. To see God working in Myanmar; to see the faith of a first generation Christian who lives among poverty, these things make you ask God, "Forgive me for taking so much for granted. Show me how I can help." From this desire we have created a Facebook page, "
Bibles for Myanmar