|KFC in Mandalay|
Wasting no time, Stephen spent time at a youth camp in Myitkyina; there were over 500 youth attending this camp. The president of the camp wanted Stephen to open up the minds of the youth to be ready for the coming trends of the world. Since the country had been closed for several decades, the people are unprepared for incoming globalization. Christians have not been prepared for the new kinds of temptations and trials. Churches are not ready the new challenging of faith. Many younger generations have been struggling with drug addictions and alcoholism even though they called themselves Christians.
The highlight of the Myanmar trip was in Mandalay, where Stephen and Mary had to stop for a two-night layover before flying back to Thailand. On the first day, they had an opportunity for sightseeing and to visit historic sites. Even though they had been to Mandalay several times, this was their first time to enjoy actually seeing the city. On top of this, they went to one of the city’s slums to share God’s Word and to demonstrate His love by providing their basic needs and candies particularly the kids who live there; ended their visiting with prayers for the people.
|Slum in Mandalay|
|Mary with disadvantaged kids|
|Mary is giving candies|
|Mary is giving cooking oils, |
noodles and etc
|The Bible leaflets|
|Mary gives her testimony|
|Stephen is preaching His message|
|Ending with praying|
|a group picture!|
|Feeding the orphans!|
During that time, the president of Shiloh Christian College in Mandalay requested Stephen to equip their professors and their church leaders to be in rooted with the Word of God in the near future. The Shiloh Christian College is a college with various ethnic group of people; Chin, Burmese, Lisu, Hmong, Shan, and even Vietnamese. We are given many more ministries to take care of; we need more field workers. Please pray that God provides more field workers and also resources so that we can expand the Kingdom of God.
In the early weeks of April, Stephen and Nick will go into Lao in order to work with the Christian Hmong. The Hmong are a large ethnic group living mainly in China, Vietnam and Laos; a great number of Hmong have immigrated to America. The country of Lao is communistic in nature but they have a main religion of Buddhism. Lao is a country known to persecute Christians, so your prayers would be much appreciated. Stephen and Nick have been invited to go and help Christians in Laos with the wholistic ministry. This is a great opportunity for us to expand His Kingdom into Laos.
|KFC with a Burmese flavor!|