Pastor Letter for November 2014
Dear Members and Friends
We want to thank you all for praying and supporting us to travel back to Burma during September and October, it was great to have fellowship with churches and friends and of course my Mum and family members. Our trip to Lashio was full of challenges with my health and yet the lord gave me strength to preach, fellowship and have meetings with Myanmar Council of Churches, Wa Baptist Convention, Lashio Union Church, Lashio Women rescue mission, Immanuel Baptist church, Yangon Methodist church, Grace and Peace Methodist church, CMF Myanmar, all went well with great joy. Please keep on praying for our future mission projects in Burma schools and clinics.
Life in Christ is always exciting as Paul said in Philippians 1:21 “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain” Amen to that. Christ mission on earth was to bring good news of great joy of salvation to mankind; He came to preach, to teach, to disciple, to heal and to set people free from the bondage of sin and death. Jesus touched all layers of human society, rich or poor, healthy or sick, alive or dead, weak or powerful His messages was to safe them all and bring them back for the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of God. As we are alive among billions of living human beings we are to represent Christ in this very selfish generation, we are to care for people who are lost spiritually and walking in the darkness and hopelessness of this world, when we met Daw AhJi at Lasho Women Rescue Mission, she told us how risky and costly to reach out to those girls who work for sex industries and not only that the ongoing challenges of rehabilitation of those women even more convincing the love of Jesus. We need to educate people with the knowledge of Jesus to help them know that heaven belong to them because of the life , death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Spirit of God was upon Jesus to proclaim the good news and we all need to have the Holy Spirit to do more of His works here and now with conviction and power. We met a young lady who was on her crutches but full of energy and passion to tell other about Jesus and serving the Lord with gladness in the remote part of Northern Shan State, in her interview she witness that she loves Jesus and Jesus loves her and everybody deserve to know and receive this great news. What a conviction and powerful testimony. When we visited Mayan chaung leprosy village I experienced wonderful praise and worship of 12 disfigured Christian brothers and sisters who were affected by the leprosy virus, they praise and worship wholeheartedly and testify that Jesus is worthy to be praise and worship and that experience upgrade me with more understanding of how to praise and worship the Lord. Aunty Iday Pay one of our most senior members set a great example how to serve God with joy and faithfulness, Aunty didn’t waste her 95 years of earthly life, she asked the Lord on her knees for the blessings to flow through her to those who are in needs of help and prayers, with her hands, her prayers and her generosity she served the lord well. Finally our lives here on earth is limited with time and things however, when Jesus promises us in John 11:25-26 “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”. Yes we do and therefore we can proclaim with Paul, For me to live is Christ and to die is gain. Let us be believers and doers of God’s truth and mission as long as we live. Amen.
Shane khin (Pastor Burmese Christian Church Sydney)