An MTM Testimony

mtm-conference-3There really is no way to sum up my experience this past week in Myanmar. The Lord Jesus was so sweetly in our midst and we all were richly blessed.

The MTM Conference began on Wednesday. These students came from seven different people groups in Burma, and they all were servant leaders in Christ’s Body. It was such a blessing throughout the week to see their earnest and hungry faces drinking deeply at the Fountain of Grace. I was deeply moved by their passionate love for Jesus and hunger for His Word.

In the mornings, Raymond taught World Evangelism from the Book of Acts. I taught my series in the afternoon entitled, A Chronological Revelation of God. Raymond’s messages were very inspiring, and motivated the students to take the Gospel of Jesus to their own people. As he taught on the beautiful example of the Antioch church, the students and translators were deeply moved, and it brought up many practical how-to questions in their hearts. They asked questions like, “How can we be free from outside support and truly have an Antioch-type mission church?” They said, “We want to have indigenous churches. We want to be free from dependence on outside support but we don’t know how to get there.”

These are excellent questions, and we believe they need to be dealt with not only by the native missionaries themselves, but also by all of us who are involved in obedience to the Great Commission. It is very easy for us Westerners to give them some US$ thinking that we are helping expand the kingdom of God. What we don’t realize is the dependence and loss of dignity that goes along with that money. We didn’t give them a lot of practical answers, but rather tried to hold high the standard of God’s Word, encourage them to seek the Lord earnestly and trust Him that He will guide them in all of this.

These dear people are on the very front of the front lines. They are serving in oppression and poverty. They are taking the gospel not to exciting frontiers, but to their very own people. The vision of MTM is to train and equip native leaders who have no chance to attend seminary, to go and reach their own people. It was such a privilege for me to be able to be a part of this ministry. Thank you, Lord Jesus!

By Martin Holsinger (I Witness News/Summer 2011)

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