Greetings to you in our covenant Lord’s name. Hoping you are doing well for His grace in His service.
First of all, good news, last month, a girl that run away with unbeliever returned with repentance, but not the man, they separated, the elder and deacon asked her of the marriage, she said they just living together no formal marriage. Now, she return back with a baby boy, quite pitiful to see, but we rejoice over her repentance which only our covenant Lord can bring.
And, I like to thank you to you all for sending two delegates to teach seminar to our people. This time Elder Dave and Deacon Jonathon, to teach us practical side of our reformed faith, which are so crucial to maintain proper reformed church life. Theory if important, but if we do not know how to live it, very unhealthy for our spiritual life. So, we learn from them a lot. Especially, my elder Soe Thine and deacon Timothy learned from them, the most, these two benefit the most. And in teaching, Deacon Jonathon talked about the life of pastor, elder and deacon, especially, pastors realized the importance of reading, “tying oneself to the desk” we pastor should not be all the time walking around busy in the social life, political life and national spirits. Especially, in this country many pastors involve in national movement, which I mean is that we have so many different tribes who are never get‐along, but heat each other so many years, look‐down each other so severely, that is why we have so many rebel groups, each tribe think itself that tribe is the most important and the highest in rank, pastors involve in that kind of movement, but through this seminar, many churches that attended know that is not right.
And Elder Dave, taught us true church, many realized how important to join true church, the result was Rakhin state groups, more than five villages, seriously asked to elder Soe Thine and Deacon Timothy how to be real PRCM in Rachine state. We, asked them go slowly but firmly stand in our Three Forms of Unity in live and teaching, slowly the Lord will open door for you.
When minister is in the delegates, elder and deacon stay behind, but now no minister elder and deacon stand at the front, then we see the importance of their places. Here in this country, very much Baptistic and authoritarian rule, people think of pastor only, but in our reformed setting, not only that but also elders and deacons, one office but three aspects. That truth, we learn seeing actual lives of elder and deacon.
All conference members told me that we do not have this kind of teaching anywhere else, so, next time they come, please let us learn again. That is very encouraging feed‐back.
The ladies from my congregation also very happy to see, elder Dave and deacon Jonathon could eat what they cook for them. They very much concern for their health while they are here, because very hot. When deacon Jonathon was sick, they all very worry and pray for him. The Lord gave Jonathon health again for His mercy, the ladies rejoice very much. With this seminar, all the ladies of my congregation came and cook together that make them more united in the fellowship. So, the seminar that you make for us not only benefit for men but also the ladies also.
And in their teaching, every boys in the church must prepare themselves for to be called as officers of the church one day, to be elders or deacons even though not all will be called as ministers. And they taught us that fathers must teach their boys to prepare them for that very important task. That give us so much joy and responsibilities to fathers as well as young men. That kind of teaching in this land, where Baptistic individualistic arminian view influenced, very new yet very comforting because all our boys included. Now the youth also realized their duty very clearly. Thank you so much for sending these two delegates, elder and deacon.
Personally, I enjoyed very much to have sweet covenant‐fellowship with the delegates of you. They are your delegates so fellowshipping with them is actually fellowshipping with you all. And our fellowship is based on the reformed truth. Seeing them taught which I love so dearly with my whole heart, I can not describe the joy.
And on two Sundays, Elder Dave read the sermons which is the first time in my congregation like that, though I also when travel I left the sermons like that, but not the translations, and this time Heidel Berg Catechism preaching also included, so my church members noticed that Heidel Berg preaching is not we invented but all true reformed churches practice.
Every Sunday, I am still preaching the book of Acts for morning service, now I reach chapter 17. Evening services Hidelberg Catechism, this is the six time I preach, now I reach LD 25.
And every week put out Sunday Digest, it contains an article from “For They Truth’s Sake” by Prof. Hanko, now I am still translating “the Meaning of the Concept Organic.” I adopted the word “Organism” to Burmese language and explained why I did that, and in the book itself explains what that means, so, in our reformed Burmese vocabulary we have new word, that will live on in His providence care, because in the Bible lots of that idea is used. Without understand that concept it is even difficult to translate the Bible correctly. I explained it when I translated Numbers chapter 23:21 ” He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the LORD his God is with him, and the shout of a king is among them.” In this passage our organic unity with Christ is clearly revealed, and for Christ’s organic headship to His people, no iniquity is seen in Jacob.
Presently, in our Burmese Bible, since the translator did not have that organic idea translated very wrongly like this ‐ “The Lord will not see any ill treating to Jacob, and any disturbance to Israel, their Lord God is with them. I hear a shout of king among them.” So, when I read to the congregation the differences, all are surprised and know more of the need of new translation. Our theology effect our translation as well.
And I reached “Come, Ye Children,” by Gertrude Hoeksema, “Joseph is Sold.” I intend for the children but, even the adults enjoy the Bible stories. The book of Numbers I reach chapter 24. I am teaching young ones of our church PR catechism books, older one I used Heidelberg Catechism by Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma, I translate it into Burmese and use for children. Younger one NT story by Rev. G. Vanden Berg, this one I translated a few years ago, but at that time no new KJV translation yet, so now the wording I edited with KJV Burmese.
Thank you very much for supporting my ministry till today, without your help I cannot do it. Please, continues to pray for me, so that the name of the Lord will be glorified here in this land. The Lord’s blessings to you all.