Myanmar believers host Christmas events to share the Gospel
SOUTH THAILAND (BP) -- This month, Myanmar believers in South Thailand are hard at work. They are few in number compared to many churches, but their dedication to share the Gospel story this season is unwavering. Three small churches, planted to reach factory workers, band together in December to share the Christmas story through music, drama, food and fellowship. This will be their third year to produce the outreach events.
Christian workers Randall and Liz Briggs* helped plant these three house churches and have watched them grow toward independence through the faithfulness of God and the dedication of the national partners. This year, the Briggses will be in the U.S. for Christmas and ask for prayers that God will provide for their friends during this time and open up more opportunities to share their faith.
"Christians are much more open to tell people about Jesus during Christmas. They will have a lot of opportunities to tell the biblical meaning of Christmas," Randall said.
Liz explains that the Myanmar Buddhists do not have a strong history of music used for worship in their culture, but that they really enjoy hearing Christmas carols.
"People will come to these events because they love the music that the Christians sing. It's a big draw. They will also go caroling during the season," Liz said.
"It's really just 20 people putting on all these events," Liz said. "They work so hard."
Ko Lin* is a key national partner and leader of two of the churches. He became a believer when a Christian family helped rescue him from human trafficking. Today he is actively growing in his faith and in leadership. Randall disciples him weekly, along with two other church leaders, but is glad that Ko Lin is taking the step this year to lead the Christmas events without the Briggses' help.
"We used [mission] gifts in the beginning to help support him to lead the churches full-time. But now the believers are giving to support his salary and the work of the church," Randall said.
-- Praise God for the work that He is doing in Thailand.
-- Ask God to sustain the believers through the long hours of preparation.
-- Ask God to bring people who will come with open minds and hearts toward the Christmas story.
-- Ask God to continue the growth of the Myanmar churches and that more will be drawn to leadership.