The Bible talks about loving the oppressed – the widows and orphans, those who have suffered and have been treated unjustly. But what about loving the oppressors, the ones who have sinned against others? In Myanmar, the Bamar majority people are seen as oppressors and the perpetrators of some of the worst violations to human rights. These are the people Sandra and Tim want to share Jesus with. 

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AuthorDenise Poon
CategoriesAsia, Main Page

PATHFINDERS | STORIES OF BEGINNINGS

SIM Myanmar is the newest field in the Southeast Asian region, and "Tim", "Sandra", and their three young boys are the first family sent there by SIM. Very few have gone before them; Myanmar has historically been one of the most closed nations in the world – and Tim and Sandra talk about life for them in Myanmar. 

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For many years Prang's family has had no peace. They have been plagued by evil spirits who use many of Prang's relatives as mediums. But when Prang became a Christian a lot changed - for her and several people in her family.

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Two years ago Jonathan and Genine Thomas moved from South Africa to Thailand to begin the long process of planting a church. As they slowly adjust to their new home they have had to figure out how to make the gospel feel at home, too in this overwhelmingly Buddhist part of the world.

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Staying at home with her children and spending her days doing housework was not what Carol had envisioned for her life overseas but it would be the only way to build relationships with the women in the community she and her family had moved half-way around the world to reach.

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"In their previous lives some on this team were engineers, paramedics, nurses, teachers, businessmen, artists. Now they are mostly language students and they all want the same thing - to see just one Christian church growing among the hundreds of thousands of Muslim Yees who live in and around the city they have come to call home." 

Read about the life, the challenges and the hopes of a unique SIM church planting team in one stark, Central Asian City. 

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