Burma/Myanmar: Evangelist S.
Radical poverty. An opium epidemic. And over 45 million people (84.3%) with minimal exposure to the gospel. Yet Jesus is saving souls and transforming lives. MM Evangelist S. labors in the difficult harvest field of Burma/Myanmar.
 

S. was born into a churchgoing family, but his parents divorced when he was only a child. This painful separation left S. feeling crushed and abandoned. “He felt like he couldn’t rely on his parents’ love, so he sought love from friends,” MM Partner David S told us. “But he ended up making  friends with drug addicts, and before long, they pulled him into their dark lifestyle.” Soon, S. found himself hooked on heavy drugs, which many Burmese children buy for the price of candy. His downward spiral continued for years, inspiring S’s Christian loved ones to prayer.

After High School, S’s mother sent him to Bible school. At first, the Bible classes had little effect on him. He listened closely to each lesson, but when class dismissed he went right back to his drugs and alcohol. “He knew about God, but it was just religion,” David S. told us. “He didn’t believe from the heart.” But S’s world changed forever when he witnessed God’s miraculous power first-hand. Suddenly, he realized that Jesus Christ wasn’t an imaginary storybook character, but the living God who loves us and desires to transform our lives. Soon, he devoted his life to Jesus and received the call to become a church planter.

Today, S. (in his twenties) is working hard to win the swarming city of Tachileik to Jesus Christ. He spends most days building redemptive relationships in homes, soccer fields, and anywhere else God leads. “He has made a lot of non-believing friends,” David S told us. “First he builds relationships, and then slowly shares the gospel. He has led many to Christ this way.”

Evangelist S. also evangelizes Burma’s youth through his small music school and recording studio. Every three months, he teaches a new small group of students the basics of guitar and keyboard. After classes, he seeks opportunities to share God’s hope. “Sometimes they go out to eat and play soccer and S. learns their family background. Soon he can naturally share the gospel. Sometimes he offers to pray for a sick family member, and God uses that to open hearts.” About seven have received Jesus after taking S’s music classes.

Evangelist S. seeks to model New Testament evangelism by preaching clearly and demonstrating Jesus’ miraculous power. “It’s very clear that Evangelist S. has the spiritual gift of healing [1 Corinthians 12:9],” David S. told us. “Sometimes the healing happens instantly, and other times it happens after a few days. But God has used Evangelist S. to heal deafness, paralysis, and more.” Sometimes Evangelist S. even visits hospitals to minister to the sick, and God has healed many as a result.

Over twenty people have received Christ in Tachileik City as a result of Evangelist S’s labors. S. meets almost daily with these new believers to break bread, strengthen relationships, and teach the ways of Jesus. Eventually he would like to train these new believers into a powerful ministry team and establish a Sunday morning service. He also would like to open a restaurant to help future converts exit the drug and sex trade.

Evangelist S. is driven by a yearning for the salvation of his generation. “He strongly desires to see young people transformed,” David S. told us. “He knows what it’s like to live addicted, and he longs to see young souls saved, transformed, freed from drugs, and enlisted in God’s work. He believes that if he reaches young people, those young people will reach many others.” Please take a moment and pray that God will use Evangelist S. to win many from his generation to Jesus.

You can provide Evangelist S’s primary missionary support for only $100 a month! Would you like to fully finance Evangelist S’s labors? Or would you like to give a one-time donation to S’s ministry? Click the appropriate green button below!