Signing Off for the Week from Yangon, Myanmar

Hmawbi Bible School

Hmawbi Bible School

The week has all but ended; maybe four hours from now I will turn in for the night and sign off from Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). Looking back over the week, I preached for two congregations on Sunday and taught four hours daily Monday through Friday at the Hmawbi Bible School, some 45 minutes to an hour from Yangon in a jungle setting. Lessons preached and taught include: “Redemption, Forgiveness, Justification & Sanctification”; “Male Leadership in the Home”; Male Leadership in the Church”; “Worship in the Small Congregation”; “Decision Making without Elders”; “Organization and Operation of Congregations without Elders”; “How to Train Members to Become Elders and Deacons” and “The Ministry of Preaching.” I also worked on Gospel Gazette Online magazine, publishing the October edition to the Internet from my hotel room. This coming week, I plan to teach at least “Basic Principles of English”; “Elementary Greek” and “The Deity of Christ” at the Hmawbi Bible School, plus additional lessons Monday through Friday half days at another location in the outskirts of Hmawbi.

Tracts in Burmese

Tracts in Burmese

Today (Saturday, October 10, 2015), Winsome Vertannes and I ventured downtown to the river port, an excursion that consumed the day. We waited in the longest line of people in which I have ever waited for half of an eternity just to board a visiting book store ship (Logos Hope). Once inside, we were among hundreds if not well over a thousand people crammed into the ship’s interior poring over many thousands of educational, fiction and religious books. We were the proverbial sardines in a can. We waited hours in line again just to make it through a store-long, doubled serpentine line just to get to a cashier.

Burmese Preacher (rt)

Burmese Preacher (rt)

With the Lord’s money made available by donors to memorialize my wife Bonnie, I purchased three copies of Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old Testament and New Testament Words; there were only three copies available or I might have purchased more. I was also looking for copies of Strong’s Concordance, but I could not find a version based on a standard Bible translation. Though I could have purchased the Vine’s more cheaply in the States, the shipping expenses necessary to get them to Myanmar would have far negated any saving. I will be giving the three books to soldiers of the cross in Myanmar to assist them in their labors for our Lord. Earlier in the week, two of my tracts and one tract by brother J.C. Choate were translated and printed in Burmese for distribution to attendees at the Hmawbi Bible School and to a faithful preacher who labors in the delta outside of Yangon.

Logos Hope (floating book store)

Logos Hope (floating book store)

1,000's of readers swarmed the ship.

1,000’s of readers swarmed the ship.

Tomorrow, I will worship with the house church in Hmawbi that meets in brother Kyaw’s home. Lord willing, it will be my pleasure to speak at that time as well. Thank you for your part in putting me for the Lord in this place. May God be glorified and every soul with whom I come in contact be edified.

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