Greetings to you in our covenant Lord’s name. Hoping you are doing well for His grace in His service.
This month good new was, for His providence care, we had a new civil government. That is within, over 50 years of army rule. Our country, after WWII, got independent from British colonial rules, that is 1948 and from 1958 military coup, from that time on we became so‐called, socialism of Burmese way, not Marxism, Leninism, Communism, but military rules, but outwardly socialist government, led by General Ne Win. Then at 1988, critical uprising from the people happened, I was then second year Bible School of Presbyterian Church. Military crack downed the uprising, and killed a lot of students and its own citizens, no one know exact numbers, but estimated that more than 250,000 people were killed. Some said, they throw the bodies to the sea, because near Yangon city, there is sea‐port, and that city is the center of uprising. And some said, they buried in mas‐grave, and that grave was covered with cement and made it the public squire. So, in near future, those crimes might come back to the surface.
And 1990 army made general election, and the National Leage for Democracy party won the election, then military imprisoned all the democratic leaders. After that about 1992 started drawing a constitution, which will grantee the army’s grips over the country’s power, that finish at 2008, that year was our Sovereign Lord sent a big cyclone which called Nagis Strom, and killed over 200,000 people, part of our country was devastated. And Yangon city also damaged a lot, some of our church members’ homes also destroyed, I wish that at that time I like to have a camera, but I did not, otherwise, I could take a lot of good pictures. And that was the year, Hope Church started to help me, which I never stop giving thanks to your and to God.
Then, instead of helping the people, the military government asked us to vote the lousy constitution to be official, we all have to go and vote, under their watchful eye no one dare not to vote, including me. In that way, though we did not want that constitution, it became legal. And in 2010, based on that constitution, the army made election, but the leader of democratic party was in house arrest, her name noble‐price‐winner, Lady Aung San Su Kyi, she asked her party not to participate in election. And with so much manipulating votes, army‐back party became ruling government, all the officials were, army‐take‐off uniform, generals, now they pretended to be civil but they are not, the duration of government term is five years. After 5 years past, 2015, election again, then the whole country vote for National League for Democracy party, it won.
Now, in both upper and lower parliament, democratic representatives are majority, so they can nominate and appoint their choice person to be president. Not like America, but rather like British. But in that bad‐constitution, the army bared purposely the lady not to become president of our country. But in that constitution, one rule was exception, if the president wants to post a person as “State Counselor,” he can do it. Seeing that weak point in the constitution, now the Lady became “State Counselor,” which army afraid so much, but with their own‐rule, she became what they real afraid of.
That is the last political situation here, and according to that constitution, there must be two vice presidents, so the democratic party choose, a vice president from Chin tribe, I am also Chin, so now we have Chin man ruling, and he is a Christian, in our country’s history, the first Christian vice president. We start having quite liberation in worship.
Every Sunday, I am still preaching the book of Acts for morning service, now I reach chapter 22, the Lord willing next month, I will be finish translating the whole NT, then I will report, OT I reached translating the Book of Numbers, 28. Evening services Hidelberg Catechism, this is the six time I preach, now I reach LD 28.
And every week put out Sunday Digest, it contains an article from “For They Truth’s Sake” by Prof. Hanko, now I am start translating “The Schism of 1953: Background in the Netherlands.” By reading those articles of history, my congregation learns our history is very meaningful and appreciates very much of the struggles that they faced.
And I reached “Come, Ye Children,” by Gertrude Hoeksema, “Joseph’s brothers visit Egypt.” I am teaching young ones of our church PR catechism books, older one I used Heidelberg Catechism by Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma, this week will finish, and the Lord willing next month I start essentials of reformed doctrines. Younger one NT story by Rev. G. Vanden Berg.
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.
Ps. right now, I am teaching young people from various PRCM together at my place, a bible lessons a week. We all are about 20 peoples.