Nazarene church continues to grow in Myanmar
There is good news from the country of Myanmar: Jesus Christ is growing His Kingdom! Here are the stories of three new churches in that nation.
On 18 July 2020, Salvation Evangelical Church held its installation service and will be pastored by Nay Lin Kayw. During Pastor Kayw’s time in seminary, the civil war in Myanmar affected many of the native villages. The area around Paletwa became a battlefield, and many villagers died; others lost their homes. About 170 refugees left their villages and moved to the Hmawbi and Shwe Pyi Thar areas of Yangon.
Recognizing both a need and an opportunity, Pastor Kyaw began to work with these refugees, many of whom followed a traditional religion. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, five families are now Christians.
On 19 July 2020, the Mro (Khimi) Youth Community Church held its installation service. The pastor at this church is Mg Mg Tun. He is from Buti Taung, which is in the Rakhine State and borders the Chin State. His background is Mro. Culturally, the Mro people are animists, but in 2011, Tun met Christ and his life was changed. He attended Bible college and graduated with a Bachelor of Theology in 2015. After that, Pastor Tun began serving the Church. He and two friends planted the Mro Youth Community Church.
On 20 July 2020, the Zion Church of the Nazarene held its installation service. Jacob Hruai is serving as the pastor. His father held a Local Minister’s License with Minhla Church of the Nazarene, and Hruai’s parents provided him with a strong Christian background.
Pastor Hruai has been serving in the Myaung Tagar village near Yangon. God gave him the vision of working with orphans in that area. Currently, he and his family care for 17 children. His prayer is that one day, they will become missionaries.
Pastor Hruai is a bivocational pastor; he works as a bricklayer and construction worker. After work, he labors to evangelize his neighbors. Through this work, there are now 35 members in the Zion Church of the Nazarene. Similar to both the Salvation Evangelical Church of the Nazarene and the Mro Community Church of the Nazarene, the Zion Church of the Nazarene also ministers to refugees in the area.