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Church Planting Among the Mro
The Mro are an unreached tribal people of roughly 55,000, 96% of whom are folk Buddhists. They live in Rakhine state in Western Myanmar, along the borders of India and Bangladesh. There is no full translation of the Bible in Mro, a spoken language deemed endangeredby UNESCO.
To date, the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Myanmar (RCPM) has planted five churches among the Mro. SEAP sponsored the construction of a Mro church building in 2013 and is assisting RCPM in its goal of planting an additional seven churches.
Mro Primary School Project
The Mro people are largely isolated with little access to schools and healthcare. RCPM seeks to minister holistically to the Mro people. RCPM and SEAP are partnering and planning to create five elementary schools. These schools will be strategically located near local churches that will each serve approximately 100 students from two to three neighboring villages. These will serve to create organic networks for evengelism.
Children's Charity House
This new initiative focuses on the children of the Mro. The Mro church has identified 20 children who are either orphans or socioeconomically disadvantaged. RCPM is partnering with SEAP and Mission to the World's One Child program to create a children's charity house in Sittwee, the capital city of Rakhine state. The residential program with connect at-risk children wit the family of Christ and provide an opportunity to minister to the whole child.
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The Reformed Presbyterian Church of Myanmar (RCPM) was founded in 1995 and has grown to 33 churches. This vibrant growing church movement is still young and there is a presssing need for theological education for its pastors and missionaries. A retreat led by Rev. James Han from SEAP partner church Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, CA, together with MTW field missionary Rev. Timothy Lim was held in Yangon in 2013. Plans to again serve and equip local church planters in the fall of 2014 are underway.
Church Building Project
Evangelists and church planters have a difficult time reaching their communities because of the transient nature of their physical church location. When the churches begin to grow, the local landlord does not want to continue to rent out the facilities, forcing the church planter to find a new rental house. An identifiable permanent building is very important in the Southeast Asian cultural context. It also communicates to the local people a level of commitment that is not communicated when using temporary rental houses.
Our plan is to buy land and build simple structures in two targeted communities where our church planters and evangelists are working. Local contractors will be used for the construction of the buildings. The local church members will be asked to help with the construction as well. In terms of funding we are asking the SEAP churches to come alongside and contribute to the building and land costs. Short-term teams would be welcome to do some minor construction as well as come to pray and dedicate the buildings.
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Pastors and Wives' Retreat
In October 2014, a retreat is scheduled for pastors and wives. They will travel from various places in Myanmar and gather together for a time of refreshment, renewal, and rest. Many of them minister in environments that may pose religious, political, ethnic and economic challenges.
This is the one time during the year when they can experience a break from these challenges and receive much-needed time away, receive spiritual direction and encouragement, then return to ministry with a renewed sense of purpose and enthusiasm.
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