Greetings in the name of our Lord! I thank God for this privilege to serve Him among my people with your faithful partnership. I briefly would like to thank you for your recent special supports to my ministry in addition to your regular helps. It's a special blessing to have loving, caring and praying friends like you at HC. (The picture is of the three men we HC supports in eastern Myanmar)
Although I had been engaged in regular preaching and teaching ministry for some years, I never thought that I would serve a full-time pastoral role at a local church. However, in the early weeks of my partnership with HC, I had very strong desire for a healthy church, more than I had ever felt before. I was convinced that my people and I need healthy churches in the region. As I continued to work with HC, God revealed His will to me through my ministry that He wanted me to build a healthy church that is a biblical model for others. Finally, with God's clear guidance, I entered full-time pastorate in early May with a new small congregation to shepherd. A small church building was constructed and I am thankful to HC for your contribution towards it. Please pray that God would build a healthy church through my ministry at this local church. I'm also preaching the Gospel to two unbelieving men in this village.
I would also like to thank you for supporting my trip to 9Marks' conference in 13-21 May, in Washington DC. It was a unique experience regarding biblical ecclesiology. It was so relevant, perfect timing and it provided a huge biblical resource for my pastoral ministry. And I am grateful to HC for J.T.’s visiting me during my short stay there. It was so helpful to witness the gospel lived out by a local healthy church.
From June to the end of the year, I will be teaching at the bible school in my hometown. My subjects are OT Survey, Pastoral Epistles and selected topics in ecclesiology. Please pray for me that whether I preach or teach, it would promote biblical elements of healthy church as I try to do so and that, as a result, many healthy churches be built in the region. Thank you for accepting another missionary from my region. We've just had a meeting. Please pray also for my medical trip to Thailand soon. My wife is encouragingly well and so are our two boys, the older one, Calvin, is going to pre-school this year! Thank you very much and God bless you.
In His service, JHT