Faithfulness in trouble
Philip reports that yet another student has had an appendectomy. This is the seventh appendectomy since the school year started. Philip says that they still praise God for His faithfulness in all circumstances and we praise God with him that all the students recovered well.
Sometime back, a few laws targeting religion were put into effect—presumably targeting Muslims more than Christians. There is much conflict between the Buddhist monks and the Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State. In Yangon, Philip said “the authority in our area has issued an order to stop all Christian worships at home and especially those that have no private building. But the work of God is not bound nor can it be stopped and so we will still strive according to the courage and strength He provides.”
He and the eleven senior students plan to make a mission trip to Rakhine State in a village that one of the students came from. They will conduct an evangelistic meeting and also a seminar to encourage the discouraged pastoral leaders in that state. The violence in that area has slowed down so they feel safe to travel and be a source of encouragement to the Christian workers there who are active in evangelism and church planting.
Philip says, “Every support is much appreciated for this trip if the Lord leads you to do so.”
Lately, Philip says God is revealing to him the many ways that sin is increasing and that our definition of sin is so dim it is almost blind by our sight. He says, “may God help us all with an eye that sees our sins and with a willing heart to come to repentance.” [Psalm 40:12, 17]
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