Here's a recent (last 2 weeks) report from one of our Church Planters who works with several Burmese people groups in Clarkston:
I am awestruck at what God has done this week. On Friday, 4 Karenni children came to know the Lord after a follow-up visit with the family. The family had recently watched a Jesus film DVD we had given them earlier in the week. On Saturday, KM's whole family - mom, dad, sister, brother - came to trust Christ as Savior. Also, HM's whole family came to know the Lord - dad, mom, three brothers and grandmother. Here's how it happened ...
I woke up Friday night around 3:00 AM and was burdened to pray for the 2 families mentioned above. It was a set up! God let me participate in praying for what He was doing. When I walked in to the first home, KM's mom was so sad because she had a bad dream and was ready to trust Jesus to save her.
The next home I entered, I found HM's dad and mom were also sad, and both broke down in tears over the pain the dad had been suffering from many years. He said that when we prayed, the things that were bothering him completely left him. He and his whole family came to know Christ that night. He burned the family's statue of Buddha in the parking lot and threw the rest of the idol paraphernalia in the dumpster!
These families and individuals have recently been baptized and are gathering to meet in their homes as new churches. Already, there have been some difficulties as well as some spiritual growth. Life transformation is being seen as they are following Jesus and sharing the good news of Jesus with others around them.
That's not all! Just a few days ago my roommate noticed a couple of Burmese teenagers hanging out in the parking lot and looking suspicious. When they noticed him, they quickly ducked down, ran away and hid. He quickly called me and shared what had happened. I asked him to pray for me as I went to talk with them. After pointing me in the general direction they had run, he followed behind in my search.
We quickly found them and began talking to them. I felt compelled to share with them about Jesus. Both my roommate and I shared our testimonies, and God began convicting them of sin. After several minutes of some focused spiritual conversation, a larger group of Burmese teens joined us. We preached the gospel to them, and when it was all said and done, 3 of them (including the original 2) surrendered their lives to follow Jesus! I'm not sure what they were looking for in the parking lot, but what they found instead was much greater.
Please pray for all of these new believers, as well as those who we have been discipling for several months. Also, pray for the house churches that are being planted, as the enemy is quick to bring an attack. Praise God for what He is doing!
Join with me in praise to God and prayer for these workers as they make disciples among the Burmese.