“Come over [*here] and help us.” This request came from a brother I didn’t know. I did know from Isaiah 6 that when the Lord called for someone to “GO” the only response for Isaiah was, “Here I am Lord, send me.” Often I have felt like Jeremiah in that the Word of God is fire burning in my bones that I cannot hold inside (20:9). “Woe to me if I don’t preach the gospel,” 1 Corinthians 9:16. Furthermore, if the Lord allowed them the opportunity Hades is filled with those who would beg and scream, “Someone go warn my family and friends about this place of torment!” (cf. Luke 16:27-28). *cf. Acts 16:9
How would I respond to The Myanmar Call?
Tachileik, Myanmar borders Mae Sai, Thailand and is ethnically diverse because trading of all sorts of merchandise draws people from everywhere. It’s located in an area commonly called the Golden Triangle, a past haven for heroin trafficking due to the growth of poppies not far away. For me, it was a small city filled with many who had never heard the Truth about the Grace of God descended from heaven. Northern Myanmar (formerly Burma) is not a stranger to the gospel as many missionaries over the last 200 years have sought to make the name of Jesus known among men.
Located on the outskirts of town in the home of Daniel, this new Bible school and church is a devoted group of mostly 20 something to 30 something singles and families. They are eager to grow in their faith and knowledge so that they might experience a closer walk with Jesus. The disciples represent three different clans or tribes, none of which were the native clan for the area. That didn’t seem to matter as virtually all know the Burmese language in addition to their tribal tongue.
Daniel was starting to train others and needed help. Disciples training disciples to make disciples who would faithfully make other disciples (cf. 2 Timothy 2:2)—this was work in-line with my gifts from my God. Travel from Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Tachileik, Myanmar? Answer the call? YES, I would go.
And so I went.
For two weeks we studied the model of the church in Thessalonica from Acts 17 and 1 & 2 Thessalonians. We saw how Paul had heaped praise on this young congregation for their faith and love, both resulting in the Word of the Lord spreading all over northern Greece. These disciples were imitating Paul as he was imitating Christ and doing so in the midst of trials and persecution.
And so we studied and discussed, and we grew. I pray that all of us are good, fruit-producing soil in the fields of our Father. I hope you will join my prayer.
There was a wealthy farmer who had many fields. To one of his servants he said, “Go, work in my fields.” The servant refused to go but later changed his heart and went to serve his master. To the next servant the farmer said, “Go, work in my fields,” and the servant said that he would…but never did. To a third servant the master said the same. This servant immediately left everything behind and served in his master’s fields with all his heart, mind, soul and strength, toiling until the labor was finished and never looking back. Oh that we could all serve like the third.
Thank you for your prayers, support and encouragements in our work.