“Our government is not yet improving,” says Mang Cin Pau of Myanmar, a country that’s under martial law. Mang is pastor of Ambassador Baptist Church in Yangon.

“In this midst of so many hindrances and hardships we are able to continue proclaiming the gospel among unbelievers. If we make excuses with COVID-19 and our political problems, we’ll never achieve our goal. We step up to go and share the gospel to the unreached people.”

Through his church’s sharing of the gospel, two girls professed their faith in Christ and joined Mang’s church.

In addition to meeting the spiritual needs of his church members, Mang has also been meeting some of their physical needs. With the country under martial law, many members of his church are unable to work. So Mang has been giving them money to buy rice, cooking oil, and other necessities.

Fifty miles away from Yangon, Mang had also been ministering in a small rural village until the COVID-19 lockdowns began. The believers there, former Buddhists, have no pastor or church building but gather for worship and prayer anyway. “They are growing in faith,” Mang says.

Due to the lockdowns and political changes, he can no longer travel to that village. “They all love God, although I cannot go to encourage them,” Mang says.

During the lockdowns, Mang made the most of his time in his home by writing a book called Pasian Pianngeite (meaning “the attributes of God”), a 197-page resource for Myanmar Baptist pastors and church leaders. He is now ready to print 1,000 copies but is praying for funding. The printing cost will be about $5,000.

“Please join me in prayer that God will supply my needs,” he says.