Randy and Jonathan arrived in Hmawbi last Sunday night and hit the ground running. They met with 21 hungry disciples for the past two days. Going through God’s Plan for His Disciples (GPHD) has truly been amazing to see the dedication to God's word in them. Three of the disciples from Rakhine state continued to work on GPHD while others broke for lunch. They also have 9 graduating today which is truly God's work.
The story about Hmawbi is that this is the fourth time meeting with the Pastor there and it has really been a 180-degree change. This work has literally been transformed from the first two visits being about money and a lack of faithfulness to the present day; not wanting to take ANYTHING from Randy and Jonathan, but simply asking for prayer to reach the surrounding area and Myanmar for Christ. We been asking the question; how did this happen?
Randy and Jonathan were talking over lunch yesterday when the story of the Canaanite woman from Matthew 15:21-28 and her "great faith" came up. Jesus commended her for "great faith" and that she came on behalf of someone else, not herself. At the heart of our material, GPHC and GPHD, is about others, someone else. We want to see God reach the nations through His Word and His way. We want tradition and institution to be brought to nothing and stop choking our brothers and sisters. We want transformation in God’s people so they think of OTHERS!
“Let us go to God on behalf of these brothers and sisters around the world and ask Him to do His work through His Word in His Way. Let us ask Him for the crumbs that fall from His table on behalf of OTHERS. I am guilty of wanting those crumbs for myself. What we are seeing in Hmawbi is a selflessness that I am jealous for and that I know only Christ can give to me. This is the key though, the empty self. Praise God for His work.” (Jonathan)
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