Myanmar Mission Overview. In the fall of 2016 the Keizer Church of Christ made a three-year commitment to oversee and conduct a yearly World English Institute campaign in Yangon, Myanmar beginning in the summer of 2017. Myanmar has been closed off to outsiders for many years but is now opening up. The time is right to make an impact for Christ in this predominately Buddhist culture. The Myanmar Short-Term-Mission (STM) will work with Philip Van Biak Lian (local minister in Yangon) for coordination and evangelistic follow-up with WEI students that are taught by members of the Short-Term Mission team. The Keizer Church of Christ desires to develop partnerships with other churches & institutions to help fill out the remaining slots in the teaching program.
Where is Myanmar? “Myanmar, also known as Burma, is the most extensive country in mainland Southeast Asia. The country is bordered by the People’s Republic of China on the northeast, Laos on the east, Thailand on the southeast, Bangladesh on the west, and India on the northwest, with the Bay of Bengal to the southwest. One-third of Burma’s total perimeter, 1,199 miles, forms an uninterrupted coastline. The country’s culture, heavily influenced by neighbors, is based on Theravada Buddhism intertwined with local elements (adapted from Wikipedia).” Click here for more information about the country of Myanmar: Myanmar travel guide.
Sponsorship. This short-term mission is a collaborative effort between the Keizer Church of Christ, two local congregations in Yangon, Myanmar, and the World English Institute (WEI). The Keizer Church of Christ serves as the overseeing congregation and is working directly with Myanmar minister Philip Vanbiak Lian, who will make the local arrangements and assist in registering students and conduct follow up after the mission is completed. The strategy of the mission is to provide six-weeks of face-to-face teaching, utilizing the World English Institute curriculum. WEI is a well-established ministry that helps non-English speakers learn English through a Bible-based curriculum.
In the process of teaching students English many develop a desire to learn more about Jesus Christ and the salvation that He offers. Click HERE to read more about the ministry of WEI.
The Keizer Church of Christ Missions committee is made up of Leon Haight (Chair), Darren Williamson, Dick and Pam Haines, Melynda Falzone, JoAnn Matson, Fred Nichol, Alex and Pam Ray.
Mission Dates: The actual dates for teaching will be July 2, 2018 – August 10, 2018. This doesn’t account for travel times. Teachers must commit to a minimum of two weeks.
How do I get involved? There are three ways you can get involved with the mission to Myanmar.
- First, begin to earnestly pray for the people of Myanmar and for the success of this mission trip. Operation World provides great information on how to pray for each country of the world, including Myanmar. The short video below provides some wonderful prompts for prayer.
- Second, consider supporting the Myanmar mission financially. The cost of going on the mission is approximately $2000 per teacher. Most of the teachers will be raising some of the funds to pay for their mission.
- Finally, the Keizer Myanmar mission is currently recruiting teachers for the mission. If you feel God may be calling you to participate personally by being a teacher click on the application link below to see a full list of teacher qualifications. If
you want to apply fill out the application and send it to: email@example.com or send a hard copy to Keizer Church of Christ, 5405 Ridge Dr NE, Keizer OR 97303.
Application for Keizer Church of Christ Members: Myanmar Application.Keizer Member.2018
Application for Non-Keizer Church of Christ Members: Myanmar Application.Non-Keizer Member.2018
If you have further questions see our page Myanmar Missions FAQ