As it is customary to New Life Myanmar’s ministry, Christmas is a season for evangelism, more than gift-giving. The ministry uses the opportunity of the Christmas holidays to bring the Gospel to unreached villages. First, they ask permission from local government to organize a Gospel event. They feed the villagers and tell people what Christmas is about. Often, although the heads of the villages have agreed, the outreach team still faces challenges from the Buddhist monks in the village who do not want to see the story of the incarnation spread to the village.
This year, again, the ministry prepared meals. The villagers also gathered to help in the preparations for the Christmas feast. Relational bridges were built through the communal effort. Pastor Robin, Emerge ministry partner in Myanmar, shared the gospel and asked the people if they wanted to follow Christ and be baptized.
Monks who disapproved of the event spread a rumor among the villagers that baptism would cost an unbelievably expensive US$30. One old man approached Pastor Robin anyway and asked if he can get baptized (though he had no money). Rumor dispelled, four other people followed him. This is a testimony of what believers often encounter in villages where the gospel has never been shared.