Everyone who heard Pastor David speak was deeply moved by his courage in the face of persecution and his faith to move forward in the plan of God.
David, from Myanmar, was with us in Hot Springs for less than a week, sharing his heart with churches, a home meeting and other groups who gathered to hear his story. He explained the clear call of God at 17 to leave engineering studies in the university and reach the Burmese people (only .07% Christian). He honestly recounted the difficulty of starting House of Glory Church, how they have been kicked out of meeting places over and over, how church members have suffered beatings and other hardships because they follow Jesus.
Now is a time of favor with the community leaders because of the success of the Glory Football (soccer) Club and the blessing of the Glory Library, open to the community with over 1,200 members.
In June Buddhist monks interrupted the church service held in a tent-like structure, demanding that they no longer meet as such a large group (250-300 in attendance). The civil authorities allowed the monks to prevail and have prevented the church from meeting — unless they can build a permanent structure.
If the church can build the community center they envision housing the Glory F.C. offices, the Glory Library and a space for community events (available to House of Glory Church on Sundays), they have the approval from the authorities!
The cost for the building is $60,000 and half of that amount has been raised! The House of Glory members sold their pigs, motorbikes and jewelry to give what they could. When $45,000 is in hand they will begin building and must be finished in one year. Considering weather, September is the best time to begin. We are praying with David to reach the 1st goal of $45,000 by September and the full amount of $60,000 by the end of 2019.
We give a heartfelt thanks to the generous partners who have given to make this vision a reality. If the Lord touches your heart you, too, can be a part of this miracle in the making! You will be investing in a strategic ministry that will impact a community and continue sending church planters throughout the nation.
God is faithful! We trust that He will finish what he began for His glory!