Myanmar 200 years in two Weeks

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Over 200 years ago Adoniram and Anne Hasseltine Judson purchased one-way tickets from the USA to India. This 24-year-old missionary and his 21-year-old wife sailed towards India to serve God.  They were not allowed to settle in India by the local British authorities and took a ship bound for Rangoon, Burma where they served God the rest of their lives. Adonirum died at age 61 and Anne at 36.

Adoniram learned Burmese in three years, produced a translation of the Bible and worked on a Burmese/English dictionary.  He was imprisoned in the Anglo-Burmese War but within 30 years saw 100 churches, and some estimate over 8,000 believers in the animistic region of the country.

 

    

 

 

                                                                                                     

 

 

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Open Door Baptist Missions Director, Dr. David Smith, Paul and Garrett, a seminary intern departed for Yangon, Myanmar (formerly Burma) on January 2, 2020.  They arrived just after the Myanmar 72nd Independence celebration.  Paul preached in the Grace Baptist Church housed on the 6th floor of an apartment building as we began two weeks of ministry.

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For three days a “Teach the Bible” seminar was held in the Grace Baptist College and Theological Seminary.  Enthusiastic students learned 9 tools to help them study and teach the Scriptures.

 

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A one-hour flight, north easterly from Yangon, took us to the following ministry focus in the Shan State.  We met with 23 national missionaries serving in many unreached areas of Myanmar. Our hears were stirred to hear their testimonies of open doors among difficult people groups.

 

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The Grace Baptist Churches both in Myanmar and Burmese Churches in the USA are supporting 39 missionaries and pray that number will increase to over 50 in 2020.  A mission’s movement is being birthed.

 

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Dave Smith and I did some Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship training for two days.  We met Sunday at a house church and were blessed by their worship and fellowship.  We felt welcomed and blessed by our partners in ministry.  The food, conversations, lodging, transportation and exuberant friendliness of the Burmese people overwhelmed us.

 

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It was Paul’s first time to minister in Asia and pray that God will open that door for further training opportunities.  We are thankful that funds were available for airfare through supporting churches and that the Morningside Baptist Church has a generous and mission’s minded congregation.  The site for the new College and Seminary building is close to completion.  May the Lord continue to send forth workers for the harvest.