Photos & greetings from the Mawyio family

19 May

Note from Kelly, forwarding agent: My apologies. I forgot to attach Daniel’s photos with the last newsletter. Please enjoy lots of photos now: some from before the pandemic: Daniel’s trip to conduct ministry seminars. Then some current photos of the Mawyio family and kids living with them, taken now during the pandemic. All attached. Thank you.

From DANIEL:

Hello all! I am praying that you all are doing well.
By the grace of God, my family and all our friends in Pyin Oo Lwin are doing well.

The government extended the lockdown to the end of May. As of this morning, 6 have died and 191 positives. The government manages well to respond to the pandemic. We had no positives for a couple days but from this week we see 2 or 3 positives in a day from among the laborers who came back from other countries, and this we call the 2nd wave. Thousands of laborers are still coming back from the neighbor countries.

We cancelled our family trip to northwest that was planned for the end of March. I also postponed Gideon’s medical checkup trip to Bangkok in May. Since we need to follow the government’s instruction, MBI will wait and be opened when the government allows the schools; it is guessed in the end of June or July. The schools used to start in June in the whole country.

The pandemic makes changes to our daily life style. We become familiar with delivery marketing system, online classes, and a couple things. Gideon is taking online piano courses. Now he plays in can plays in worship. Ezra is also taking online class from their school. Buzi is teaching hymns and praise songs to the children.

Many churches worship online but so far our church worship at home with our own family. My family has worship service every Sunday with the Lord’s Supper. One good thing is all the children can participate in worship service. But we still miss our friends at church.

Since we stay together at home, it’s a good time to turn our faces to God with the family. We pray three times a day. We have Bible study at noon. We study the Book of Acts, focus on four facts. 1. Jesus: Salvation – He died for us and rose again; 2. Jesus: Miraculous power and Great Healer – Trustworthy God in the pandemic; 3. Jesus: Deserved to be served – We must serve Him; 4. The Holy Spirit: The Controller in Acts – Our guide Divine in daily life in any situation. I am happy to make sure this foundation to family for their faith.

Please remember the people from Dunghe Township, in Naga hill in NW in your prayers. They are facing famine because the crops were destroyed by the insects in harvest time last year. In the midst of famine the new crops are also being destroying again. They feel hopeless. Please pray for them.

We remember you all in our prayers. Stay safe, God bless you all!

Daniel Mawyio
mawyio.daniel
MBI
123, Ward (1), Pyin Oo Lwin
Myanmar
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Myanmar Bible Institute
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Yugoslav, ward (1)
Pyin Oo Lwin
Myanmar

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COVID update, family update & church update from Daniel Mawyio

27 Apr

Greetings from Myanmar!

Our God is good, His mercy and power are enough to protect us from the time of hardship. We are praying to our God day and night to overcome the hit of COVID-19, the pandemic. We are so sorry for your country’s suffering as other countries that the virus affected. As of April 11, 3 died from 31 positive cases in Myanmar. No positives seen in my city, but lockdown for several weeks.

We turn “stay at home” to “stay with Him!” We pray three times a day at home since we cannot go to church. All our friends and sponsors are remembered in our prayers. We call you by name to those who we know in our prayers.

Thank you very much for your generosity and your prayers. Your faithful participations make great changes in the ministry here in Myanmar. We still need your prayers and support to do great things for His glory. Please keep praying and stay with us.

MY FAMILY

We all are doing well by the grace of God. The children took final exams in of March. Gideon needs to take an MRCP test for the last time since his stay in the Cincinnati Children’s hospital. We had planned to travel to Bangkok sometime in May; now we are not yet. Thank God, he is doing great. He got an award in singing competition in his school this year. Ezra Kaemark and Nathanael Jungmark are selected in Honor Roll trip in both semesters. We thank God for our boys and proud of them.

Our house was filled with guests who come to MBI’s graduation on February 11. Including a 3-month infant and 85-year-old grandpa who came from thousand miles from the north, we had 10 guests. We are so happy to receive our friends at home and we had a good fellowship.

In January, Scott and Kathy Hudson and Brandon Gilbert from White Oak Christian Church came to visit us. For Brandon it was the first visit to Myanmar. It was a really good time with friends.

**Current ministry resource needs: Daniel is in need of a laptop. If you would like to donate a laptop or funds for one, please reply here and reach out to Daniel (Mawyio.daniel). Thank you.

MBI

MBI graduation went well: 20 students graduated this year. We rejoice in the Lord for their achievements, on the other hand, it was a sad day for us because one of the graduates went his eternal home with the Lord the night before graduation day. He was on an evangelistic trip in Rakhine State, the west part of Myanmar, during Christmas break and was sick then. He went back to Putao in the north to take medical treatment and died in a hospital.

MINISTRY TRIP

Some of my trips are now cancelled. But before the lockdown, my February visit with churches and leadership trainings went well. It was a successful and important trip for future ministry. On this trip I took two friends.

Tanai: minister housing need

This is a town in Kachin State, the first stop after 24 hours by bus from Mandalay. Many Naga people moved to this plain area from Naga hill to escape from the war between the Burmese army and Naga armed forces. They started Tharyarthit Church of Christ a couple years ago. They have around 50 regular attenders. Hundreds of people around them do know Christ yet. We stayed one night there. At night, around 30 people gathered at the church and we shared the Word of God. The minister and his wife have 2 children. They need a house. So far, they live in his friend’s house. A piece of land (40x100ft), next door to the church with a house is available to buy. The church wants to buy it, but we still need $4,000. Please remember this in your prayers.

**If you or anyone you know anyone wants to give to this ministry need, you can designate a donation to Echo Church with CMFM & Tanai Church in the note.

Khalung Village: growing church plant

We traveled by motor bike from Tanai to Lahe. We had a good fellowship with the churches along the way. Khalung is a 3-hour drive from Tanai. 6 years ago, two faithful men and I prayed in a jungle to start a church. Now that place became a church compound, and around 30 people are worshiping in Khalung Church of Christ. We stopped here for lunch. One of the minister’s daughter graduated in February from MBI. As the church members increase, we are planning to build a worship center sometime this year.

Tasik Village: former refugee village

Tasik Village is an hour drivesfrom Khalung. It was a refugee village. But now peaceful and around 60 people are worshiping. One MBI graduate is ministering in Tasik Church of Christ. We stopped for a while and encourage our brothers and sisters.

Shingbwe Yang: strategic ministry

Shingbwe Yang is the last town of Kachin State and the end of plain area. Like Tanai, Shingbwe Yang is a strategic place for ministry; we can travel to Khamti in the south through Chindwin River and through Stillwell Road, we can get to Nanyung, Pangsua, and to India. We stopped a while to meet the minister and some church members. Although a small church, they are strong in faith. Their church building is still under construction.

Nanyung: literature meeting

From Shingbwe Yang, all the rest is mountainous Naga Hill. We were in Nanyung after a 4-hour drive from Shingbwe Yang. Nanyung is the government’s administrative town and the only place both the electricity and the internet is available. And it is the intersection of Stillwell Road and Lahe Road. We stayed two days in Nanyung. We had the Tangshang Naga Literature Committee meeting two whole days. As the board’s decision, I will meet divisional authorities in Monywa, the capital city of Sagaing division later to apply the permission from the government to teach our language in the schools in our land. Since I was so busy, I just met some church leaders and talked about future ministry.

Sangkai Village: literature advocacy

It is 3-hour drive from Nanyung. We stayed one night just for literature advocacy. We had a good meeting with some tribal leaders.

Dunghi Church: church plant new building

It is 3-hour drive from Sangkai. This is a new sub-township and Dunghi Church of Christ is started four years ago. The church members increase now. The church building is almost done. So far they worship in an elder’s house where we stay. Around 20 people came at night to listen the Word of God.

Gaye Church: famine

This church was started by Lisu and Rawang missionaries 30 years ago. Now a Naga minister is serving. They are suffering famine this year. At night about 70 people gather at the church and we encourage their faith to endure the hardship.

Santung Church: former persecution

Now we are in Lahe Township. Santung Village is one-day trip by motor bike. This church suffered many kinds of persecution under former government but now they are peaceful and growing in faith. These people recently move to a new place. Hundreds of people remain in the old place and they do not accept Christ yet. They need church building and the minister’s house. Around 20 people gather at the place we stay and we can share the Word of God.

Lahe Church: office building need

Lahe, the capital city of Naga Self administrative zone is 3-hour drive from Santung. Lahe Church of Christ is growing rapidly. Now they are the office building of Lahe Regional Evangelistic Committee. We need financial help to complete the building. Worship service will be in this building before we build worship center in the land we bought. From this year, a new minister is serving as a senior minister when the former one serves as an associate minister. We stayed one night and meet some church leaders.

Nyinshong Church: preaching

We drove 3 hours from Lahe to this village and preached on Saturday and Sunday. My team from MBI preached in this church one week in December break. It is good to see brothers and sister strong in faith.

Tamai Church: leadership seminar

We did the leadership seminar and meeting in this village. About 40 leaders, preachers and Sunday school teachers and youth leaders attended the seminar from 13 churches from Lahe region. And also the chairman and secretary from Nanyun Regional Evangelistic Committee attended the seminar and represented 14 churches from Nanyun region.

We had a meeting after the seminar. We reviewed CMFM ministries and leadership role in the Northwest. Thank God He has done great things during these 10 years. Now we need to step forward another milestone. So, we make some important decisions for the future ministry. We need your prayers and your participation more in this journey for the Lord’s Kingdom.

May God protect you and bless you all!
—Daniel

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Follow the link and instructions and choose “Christian Mission for Myanmar” as your designation. Your gift is a tax-deductible donation

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CONTACT
Daniel & Buzi Mawyio (Gideon, Ezra, Nathanael)
mawyio.daniel
Myanmar Bible Institute
No. 123, Thiri yeikthar St.
Yugoslav, ward (1)
Pyin Oo Lwin
Myanmar

Forwarding Agent:
Kelly Carr (kelly)

Gospel trip: a report from Daniel Mawyio

27 Feb

Friends, thank you for your prayers for our ministry. Because of your support, I want to give you a follow-up report on our big gospel trip over Christmas. Also see the attached photos.

Next week I will send another update on some upcoming ministry plans and needs.

People were reached!

Christmas is a great season for gospel sharing here in Myanmar. On this trip we had good fellowship with 9 churches and reached 1,000 people with the gospel.

MBI had four major trips this year. Some teachers and students traveled to Rakhine in the west, some to the Magwe division in the center, and some along the rail way in the north. My team took a trip to my home region of the northwest.

Our trip to the Northwest, village by village

I took 6 people with me—this is the first time I took a group of students to Khanti and Lahe.

Dec. 14: from my home it is 2.5-hour drive to Mandalay International Airport and then 1.15-hour flight to Khanti. We had lunch there in a small restaurant and took a van to Lahe. Since the flight was delayed almost two hours, we got to Lahe at 9:00 pm. The minister and his wife had already prepared the food and beds for us. Except a few teashops, there were no restaurants or guest houses. So we depended on our friends’ house to stay and their kitchens for food.

Lahe church is growing fast. An MBI graduate and his wife and two kids are ministering at the church. They bought a new piece of land to build a new church building.

Dec 15: We went to Nyinshong Village by motor bikes through the hilly jungle track. This is the largest church in Lahe Township among the churches of Christ. They are Nyinshong, a subtribe of my own Tangshang Naga tribe, but they speak their own dialect that I don’t understand, so we have to communicate in Burmese. They have more than 1000 people in the village. A young man age 25 who finished short-term Bible training is ministering there.

They have some doctrinal challenges and some dishonest people are trying to destroy the unity of the believers. We strengthened their faith in the Lord and had a good fellowship with the whole church. As it is the dry season and the harvest was done, it is a time for building new houses, repairing the old house buildings, and weddings.

We needed to prepare sermons for any kind of services we would be asked to preach. We shared the Word of God 4 nights at the church.

Dec. 21: We celebrated Christmas at Nyinshong Village. Hundreds of people listened the story of the coming of our Lord Jesus and His salvation.

That evening we went to Yomdai Village. They are Lainong Naga and they speak their Lainong language. There are around 800 people in the village. Two years ago I had been to this village. At that time only a few families were Christians and the rest were animists. I thank God, for this time the believers increase to 120 people. We did a night program with the students’ performance and shared the good news of Jesus Christ. Many unbelievers came with their friends to listen the gospel.

Dec 22: We went to Khalai Village where a combined Christmas service was held. This is called Majam village and the people are Majam Naga tribe and speak their own Majam language. There are more than 1000 people live in this village. The Buddhists and Baptists are the majority.

This church was the most persecuted in the past, but now in faith they are strong and the members are increasing.

Dec 23-26: Around 2000 people participated for Christmas. The festival started on Dec. 23 and the participants departed on Dec. 26. Celebrating Christmas for 3 days is a tradition, and we had 7 services.

Now the situation is changed so some township level authorities and some Parliament members came and enjoyed with us and also they gave a speech to the civilians. The good news is, 18 received Jesus as their Savior and were baptized. We pray that more will come turn to Christianity soon.

Dec 27: My team left to Khamti. We got there at 5:00pm. At night, the minister asked me to perform a wedding ceremony the next morning at 7:00 am. When we talked at lunch table, I found out the bridegroom is one of my relatives.

Dec 28: After the wedding, we left to Padumung village, a 3-hour journey by boat. Burmese, Shans, and Nagas live in this village. Most of the people are Buddhists and Baptists. Church of Christ members are around 30. Four months ago, the minister of this church stayed almost 3 months in my house when he came to the hospital. This trip is the first time to this church. More people came than usual to the Sunday worship service. Their old bamboo church building was too small for that day. So we did the service outside on the church grounds. The church is growing, and they laid the foundation for a new church building.

After the church we go back to Letpanthar church. Around 100 people attend in the night service. Lisu and Naga Christians attend in the same church. We spent the night at that church. It is good to see some of MBI graduates are serving in many areas in the church.

Dec 29: we visited Namkhamar and Majam kha churches, a 2-hour drive from Khanti by motor bike. An MBI graduate is serving as associate minister in Namkhamar. At night we led a program in the Khanti church.

Thank you for reading about our trip. Please keep praying for the faith of our brothers and sisters in the Northwest to reach unsaved souls.

Again thank you for your support and partnership for His glory in Myanmar. God bless you all.

CONTACT
Daniel & Buzi Mawyio (Gideon, Ezra, Nathanael)
mawyio.daniel
Myanmar Bible Institute
No. 123, Thiri yeikthar St.
Yugoslav, ward (1)
Pyin Oo Lwin
Myanmar

GIVE ONLINE:
http://www.echochurch.org/give/
Follow the link and instructions and choose “Christian Mission for Myanmar” as your designation. Your gift is a tax-deductible donation

DONATE VIA CHECK
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Your gift is a tax-deductible donation. Mail to:
Echo Church
PO Box 6067
Cincinnati, OH 45206

Forwarding Agent: Kelly Carr (kelly)

Support ministry in Myanmar on Giving Tuesday (+ Daniel’s latest update)

2 Dec

Thank you for your prayer & financial support of Daniel, Buzi, and their ministry in Myanmar through CMFM. As you read their fall update below, please note the needs of their Christmas trip to spread the gospel. Please consider donating and spreading the word to friends & family to join in on Giving Tuesday.

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Choose “Christian Mission for Myanmar” as your designation.

Thank you.

CMFM News
July – November, 2019

Hello! I hope you are doing well and had a Happy Thanksgiving last week. I haven’t emailed for a while. This is the update on all the news that has happened this summer and fall. Thank you very much for your faithful prayers and support for the ministry. God bless you all.

Insurgent Activity
This year we had some unusual things happened in our city. Some insurgent groups launched rockets in a military technology school in the city that is one of the army populated and peaceful cities in the country. We have a Defense Service Academy in the entrance of the city, this technology institute in the exit of the city, and we also have several army trainer centers in the city. Thank God we are safe, but at the moment no visitors, either foreign or local, came to the city. Since the city’s economy depends on tourism, they held a media conference to declare the city safe. Now everything is getting back to normal.

Elephant Flu
As chikungunys (elephant flu) spread, we became victims. Everyone in the household except Buzi got sick during last two months. Some got repeatedly sick, two or three times. A number of MBI students had it also. It is unusual and severe. Some of us are still suffering pain in our bones and joints, but thank God we can work normally. Gideon got the flu first, but now he is doing great. He got A’s in all subjects in his weekend English school. He has a big dream that is to earn his higher education in the USA when he grows up. That is his usual prayer request at family night devotions every day.

Ministry Gift
We are so thankful to White Oak Christian Church for the Compassionate Wave gift. We received $4,000 and it was a great blessing to make the kitchen for the orphanage and a wall to prevent erosion in the back. We are so thankful to every single person and church and Sunday school class for your support in many ways. We are so blessed in the ministry by all of you.

Church Events
Buzi is teaching Sunday school and leading the ladies choir group and other social activities in the church. Now they are busy preparing for convention. We had a church revival on Oct 14-16. Usually the church invites preachers from different places, but this year three of us from MBI were invited. I preached the first night entitled: “Honor your Father and your Mother.” And I had another chance to preach again at our Thanksgiving service. I always thank God for giving me the opportunities both in teaching and in preaching ministry.

Myanmar Bible Institute (MBI)
Although we have faced financial difficulties, MBI is running well. All the faculty and staff are serving faithfully and the ministry is growing. Some students are teaching Sunday school in 7 different places, including a new place that is started this year.

The new building at MBI is also almost complete. The first semester went well, and now we are in the second semester. As a dean of students, I enjoy being able to mentor students both spiritually and educationally.

American Visitors
We enjoyed our friends’ visits to us. We had a good time with Kent Odor, the chairman of Asia Christian Services (ACS). I also had a good opportunity to meet Chuck McDaniel, a Board member of ACS in September. In Nov. 9- 16, Doug Umbanhowar, his daughter, Anna Fudge, and Cris Fuller visited to MBI. Anna taught two days about “Introduction to Trauma Competent Care” and Cris taught Music. What a good time and blessings to meet our beloved friends who love the Lord and serve Him faithfully.

Ministry Travels
• On Nov. 12, I am heading to Mesai, Thailand concerning “Tangshang Naga Literature.” We had one-week workshop and an important and fruitful meeting with Summer Institute of Language (SIL). We have made a future plan for producing hymnals and the Bible in Tangshang Naga language—which would be the first time ever.

• I went to Myitkyina, in the north on Nov. 26-30 to participate in the Myanmar Churches of Christ leaders’ conference and meeting. This was a National level meeting.

• I will have several advocacy trips in the NW and Arunachal Pradesh in India after MBI graduation.

• Dec. 3-5 the Lower Myanmar Churches of Christ Combined Christmas and Convention will be held in Mandalay City that is 42 miles from Pyin Oo Lwin. I am assigned a teaching session. The whole school will serve in a couple of areas.

• During December break, we will have gospel trip to Naga land in the Northwest. I will bring some students with me.

Special Christmas Funds Needed

I would like to take at least 6 students on the Christmas trip to spread the gospel. Each student will need $200 for the trip. We will travel to Khamti and Lahe areas and will participate in Lahe churches combined Christmas in Khalai village, Lahe Township. During this trip, I am planning to travel along Chindwe River up to Khamti city for sharing the gospel and doing survey for a new outreach ministry field.

Please lift your prayer up for Myanmar ministry. Thank you, God bless you all.

Daniel

CONTACT
Daniel & Buzi Mawyio (Gideon, Ezra, Nathanael)
mawyio.daniel
Myanmar Bible Institute
No. 123, Thiri yeikthar St.
Yugoslav, ward (1)
Pyin Oo Lwin
Myanmar

GIVE ONLINE:
http://www.echochurch.org/give/
Follow the link and instructions and choose “Christian Mission for Myanmar” as your designation. Your gift is a tax-deductible donation

DONATE VIA CHECK
Make the check out to Echo Church & on the memo line write: CMFM
Your gift is a tax-deductible donation. Mail to:
Echo Church
PO Box 6067
Cincinnati, OH 45206

Forwarding Agent: Kelly Carr (kelly)

Hello from Daniel & family: June ministry update in Myanmar

29 Jun

Hello all!

I am praying that you are doing well and enjoying summer. Thank you very much for your support and prayers. Here is the latest update about my family and our ministries here in Myanmar.

My Family
We all are doing fine by the grace of God. The record heat of the summer is over and we have rain now. Pyin Oo Lwin’s weather has also changed from this summer; it is hotter than previous years. But by the grace of God, we all are doing fine. Also it was busy summer. We thank God for the things we were able to accomplish.

The schools opened in June, so it is one of the busiest months of the year.
• Gideon’s school started two weeks ahead of the others. He also takes weekend English and piano courses. We praise God that he is feeling very well. We did his MRCP check in Bangkok during the first week of May. When we sent the result to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, the doctors saw no complication from the bile duct changes. But they say that he remains at a higher risk for liver cancer. So they suggest that Gideon’s doctors follow him annually with ultrasounds, liver labs, CBC and AFP. We are praying to God for his health—please remember him in your prayers.

• This year, Ezra and Nathanael both go to St. Matthew, a private English school. The school is run by St. Matthew Baptist Church and is the only Bible based school in Pyin Oo Lwin. So Ezra and Nathanael do not need to go to weekend English school. They both enjoy their new school.

• As the school year begins, Buzi is the busiest person in our home. It is impossible to take all three children to two different places on her scooter at the same time. So I bring Gideon to MBI with me, and he has to wait 30 minutes there and then I have to take 30 minutes from my teaching hours to take him to his school. If there is no rain on the way, we are lucky.
The Orphanage
Enjoy the photos of the students in our orphanage as they prepare for school. Except for one boy, all the kids in our home passed their exams last year and are working hard and growing in all phases: physically, mentally and spiritually. They also participate actively in worship and church activities. One boy failed his matriculation exam but he is trying hard again to have good results this time.

• We have devotions every night and every morning. One night is a special time to pray for our sponsors, as we do for the other ministries on the other nights. And we fast on the first Saturday of every month. All the students participate joyfully to praise God and pray for other people.

• One MBI student who lived with us last year earned a B. Th., degree in February and went back home to Naga land. He will teach in Thaho Christian Bible School in July.

• We had planned to add three more children to our home, but they cannot come for some difficulties. But Buzi and I are helping three MBI students who do not have sponsors for their school fees. We decided to help them when we heard their stories; they are potential young people for future ministry.

• One student converted to Christ from drug addiction in our summer youth camp. When he heard about MBI, he wanted to go there but felt hopeless because his father is also drug addict. So I brought him to my home and we teach the Word of God every night. Now he is trying hard in MBI.

• One young boy is very active in the church and wants to come to MBI, but he has no parents to support him. So I encouraged him to trust in God.

• Another one is an intelligent third year B. Th., student. Her parents are supporting her brother, who is studying in a medical school so her parents cannot support her anymore. The only way is to go back home to sacrifice her education for her brother’s future. Now they all are studying hard in MBI.

• These future leaders need $40 each month for their living and school fees. That is $1.33 for a person in a day. But this small amount can change their whole life and their community.

MBI (Myanmar Bible Institute)
MBI started the classes during the first week of June. We have now enrolled 60 students, including 9 freshman and 13 newcomers. Master of Divinity students increased to 9 this year. As usual, the school has financial difficulties, but we all are trying to serve in the Lord’s work as much as we can. The office and dining hall are under construction; we also need finances to finish the building.

Outreach
We are so thankful to God that the summer activities were fruitful. A minister from the church where the youth camp and leadership training program was hosted this summer reported that the church attendants have increased since that time. And some drug addicts who did not go to church for decades, including the father of the boy whom I brought to MBI, have changed their lives and come to church now.

As I mentioned before, one MBI graduate is ministering in Lahe. Now the church members are increasing and the church is growing. They used to worship in a temporary place, but the room is too small for worship service. So some members began going to other denomination on Sundays. Now they have bought land to build a new church building. They paid most of the cost but they still need financial assistance.

All these ministries are only able to happen because of your partnership. God bless you all.

Financial needs:
1. Monthly needs for the orphanage we run: $40 x 10 students = $400

2. Sadly, I lost my laptop when I travel in summer. So, I need a laptop. I prefer Apple (like Macbook pro or air) no matter new or used so that I do not worry for anti-virus update in no internet access areas. (If somebody is able to donate it for my ministry, Doug Umbanhower from Bangor and Cris Fuller from Forest Dale church will come to MBI in November.)

3. Sponsoring MBI students = $40 a month for a student to go to college

Others in Myanmar:
• A minister’s house/office in Nanyun = $2000
(This is a small growing church that was able to build a new church building and need ministers’ residence and office.)

• To buy a piece of land for church building in Lahe = $1000

If you or anyone you know would like to designate a gift to any of these needs, follow the instructions below to give online or by check.

Thank you, God bless you all!

Daniel Mawyio
mawyio.daniel Myanmar Bible Institute
No. 123, Thiri yeikthar St.
Yugoslav, ward (1)
Pyin Oo Lwin
Myanmar

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to CMFM for ministry or the Mawyio family needs, here’s how you can give:
GIVE ONLINE:

http://www.echochurch.org/give/
Follow the link and instructions and choose “Christian Mission for Myanmar” as your designation.

DONATE VIA CHECK
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Echo Church
PO Box 6067
Cincinnati, OH 45206

Forwarding Agent: Kelly Carr (kelly)

Youth Camp & Leadership Seminar: Thank you for your support

15 Apr

Report on Youth camp and Ministers’ seminar
4/12/2019

Thank God for the ministry happening for His Kingdom. Every achievement through CMFM in Myanmar ministry is by your faithful partnership. Your constant prayers and every single dollar that you donate contributes to great change to individuals and the ministry as a whole. Thank you very much to each one of you. God bless you all.

Here is the update on the NW youth camp and seminars we just held (photos attached):

Our Team
Our group teamed up with 10 people: 7 from MBI, 2 ladies from Kalay (one is an MBI graduate), and a minister from Tachileik, Shan state, who is an MBI graduate. We traveled three days by car to get to Taho. Typically, summer is the dry season in Myanmar, but it was raining there. Traveling in rain is a real adventure, but under the protection of God, we had a safe and fruitful trip. The works produced more than we expected.

Impoverished & Isolated
I am always praising God and thankful to you, our sponsors and prayer partners, for we have some achievements in the outreach fields also.

As the UN development program reported, Naga land is still the poorest, most isolated, and least developed region in Myanmar. Under the civilian government’s administration, the roads and transportation has become better than before. In religious outlook, more than 90% of the population of the land claim themselves as Christians, but Christianity is cultural for most of them, and their faith is not based on sound doctrine but mixed with syncretism. For instance, some people pray to God, on the other hand, they offer food to spirits; but they say they are Christians. They are still under the bondage of Satan.

Many people are thirsty to hear the true gospel of Jesus Christ. On the other hand, I was very thankful to God to see some faithful devoted Christian brothers and sisters there. These Christians are eager to participate in this ministry and are so encouraged every time we come, like we feel when you visit us. Each year many young people receive Christ in the youth camps and their faith in Christ is growing; some even come to MBI. Some drug addicts also have changed their lives and participate actively in the churches and some go to Bible schools.

Youth Camp
The youth camp was held March 18-22 in Taho 1 village. Our theme for this year was “The Church, God’s family,” based on 1 Cor. 12:27 and Eph. 2:19. About 400 youth and children attended. According to the population ratio in that area, most are from a Baptist background. It is so good, for the gospel is not only for a particular group or class but for all people.

Since it was raining, we could not do outdoor activities as we had planned, but the campers actively participated till the end of the program. The ladies from Kalay are well-trained in evangelism to children. They took care of all classes for the youth. I was able to take extra time for Bible study about baptism with the young people. A total of 8 young people from Churches of Christ received Jesus as their personal Savior and were baptized during the week and we encouraged others to be baptized in their churches.

Leadership Seminar
The one-week seminar for the leaders also done in the same week, March 18-22. There were 41 church leaders, leaders from the villages, and Sunday school teachers who attended. The attendants have increased, and some come from other denominations. I taught Christian leadership—as Christians, how to be good leaders not only in the church but also in any areas in society. My friend taught about the duties of elders and deacons in the church.

New Open Doors
God always has bigger plans than we have. He opened a new door to share the Word of God to other churches. Before youth camp, as the church requested, I taught about Christian Family three days in Naung Yang Church of Christ, and my friend taught the same topic that he taught in seminar. On the way back, we spent one day in Nanyung Church of Christ to share the gospel and had a night program with praising and action songs. At Shinbwe Yang church we stayed one day for teaching and a night program. Tanai is just two hours’ drive from Shinbwe Yang, so we left early to our last stop to spend the whole day and night to share the Word of God.

People are poor in material and financial means but eager to hear the Word of God. They have great vision to build or complete the church buildings in their own villages that were banned in the past under the old administrative system.

Thank you very much again for your participation for the ministry and keep praying for these ministries and for the churches.

The Ministry Center
Thank God, we have 21 people now living in the ministry center and all of us are doing well. God is faithful to give our daily bread and gives us peace and protection. Buzi is going the extra mile, not only in the house and in the church but leading Bible study at night and morning devotion every day at the home also. The children are growing in faith as they grow physically. We poured concrete around the house last week, and now there is enough space for the children to play. Now the children are enjoying a one-week youth camp in our church that started from today during the Buddhists’ Water Festival.

Gideon’s Health
Concerning Gideon’s MRCP (an MRI specifically designed to check on the pancreas, gallbladder and liver), Singapore is very expensive than we expected; Bangkok is cheaper but we still need to do some steps in order to get a doctor’s appointment. On the other hand, we inquired at a new hospital in Yangon to see if they can do the test, instead of us having to travel out of the country. Please pray that we can find an affordable place for this test and for good results to know that his body continues to be healthy. Gideon is an active boy among his friends. God is good. He is asking a new piano for the old one is not fit for higher level. Now he starts playing hymns. He needs around $500 to buy a second hand one. Thank you, God bless you all.

Daniel Mawyio
Mawyio.daniel
Myanmar Bible Institute
No. 123, Thiri yeikthar St.
Yugoslav, ward (1)
Pyin Oo Lwin
Myanmar

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to CMFM for ministry or the Mawyio family needs, here’s how you can give:
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http://www.echochurch.org/give/
Follow the link and instructions and choose “Christian Mission for Myanmar” as your designation.

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Echo Church
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Greetings from Myanmar! ministry travels & more

14 Mar

Greetings from Myanmar! Again, thanks to all of our friends who are faithfully supporting CMFM ministries and MBI in so many ways. God bless you all.

My Family
God is good all the time! We are all doing well.
• Gideon and Ezra Kaemark now have summer break. They continue summer English school and they enjoy it. Nathanael is still in school.

• Buzi and the ladies from our church have done a great job. They had a wonderful four days’ evangelistic trip to Mindone, central Myanmar. They taught cooking, Bible, praising and entertainment. I always thank God for my family, for they all love God and ministry and support me in any ways in my ministries.

• For Gideon’s medical check, Singapore is too expensive and we now enquiring in Bangkok but it will be in the first week of April if we get an appointment.

Ministry Center
The children living with us in our home are all doing well. Even though we have some financial difficulties to support all of these children, the Lord who loves the, is faithful to take care of them, and we finished this school year peacefully. One boy is taking his high school final exam and will be done on Wednesday.

Summer Outreach
With six students, I am leaving today (March 11) to Naga land in the north west. The youth camp and ministers’ seminar/ leadership training will be in Taho from Mar. 18–23. Thank you very much for supporting these ministries. As I always mention, there is much need in these far remote areas. Please pray for our safety and to God be the glory.

MBI
We held graduation for 31 graduates on Feb. 13. MBI had another milestone this year—we had one Master of Divinity graduate from this year. As summer break is a huge ministry time for us, some teachers and students have already left for youth camps and other ministries. Please pray for our ministries. Thank you all.

Enjoy the attached photos.

Daniel Mawyio
Mawyio.daniel

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to CMFM, Daniel’s summer ministry travels or for continued care of the children at the ministry center, here’s how you can give:
GIVE ONLINE:

http://www.echochurch.org/give/
Follow the link and instructions and choose “Christian Mission for Myanmar” as your designation.

DONATE VIA CHECK
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Echo Church
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Cincinnati, OH 45206

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Thanks for loving Myanmar: updates & needs from Daniel Mawyio

5 Feb

CMFM News
Oct 2018—Jan 2019

Greetings from Myanmar! We are sorry that you are having record low temperatures and suffering cold in some parts of your country. We are praying that you are warm and safe. Thank you again for your participation in Myanmar ministries. Enjoy the update and some pictures from our ministers’ seminar and leadership training in the Northwest, as well as some pictures Scott Hudson took of our ministry center.

FAMILY
Thank God and friends for supporting us. By God’s grace, all of my family members are doing well.
• Gideon stopped piano course for the winter and will continue in the summer.
• My three boys enjoy their school. The younger boys are happy for no exams while Gideon is preparing for his final exams in the next week.

We had a great time in December. After I came back from NW, my family took a trip to Putao, in the north in Kachin state where Buzi’s mother and brother live. We went for Buzi brother’s wedding, and it also a nice family reunion for Buzi and all of her sisters and relatives. Buzi reunited with her sister who lives in Singapore and another sister and her family who live in New Zealand and many relatives; about 2000 people participated on the wedding day.

MINISTRY CENTER & VISITORS
We thank God and are grateful from our hearts to each of you for your support as we built our ministry center and home.

We thank Steve and Kelly Carr, who’ve done a great job in fundraising to finish the construction, God bless you all. The major construction is done and well enough to stay in, but we still need some funds to finish some small things. We are really enjoying the new house and so happy to receive our friends anytime.

Last week we had a good visit with Scott and Kathy Hudson. So far we have 14 people in the house. After MBI graduation, 3 students who cannot go back home will stay with us in the summer and 4 students will for a while before they go to youth camps.

Buzi and I also had a good time with Kent and Marcia Odor when they came to Pyin Oo Lwin at the end of last year. I am so grateful to ACS for their partnership and encouragement of us. God bless you all.

MINISTRIES
Myanmar Bible Institute (MBI)—This is the last week of the school year, next week will be the final exam: 31 students, including the first M. Div. student, will graduate on Feb. 13, 2019.

We again thank God and grateful to sponsors and friends for your faithful partnership in Myanmar ministry. During this academic year, 7 brothers and sisters from the U.S. sponsored 8 students $40 per month so they could attend MBI. That makes them have a better future and it increased the number of MBI students this year.

God answers our long-time prayer. Some of you may remember about the old properties that the authority took from MBI. We get 5 acres back. We had about 16 acres total, but we don’t know why the government did not return the whole land. We are still praying to get the whole land back. Please join us in prayer. The office and dining hall are under construction. MBI still has financial difficulty. Since the school year is finished, we are preparing for summer ministry trips.

December trips—As the best gospel season in Myanmar, MBI teachers and students took several gospel trips to many places. Final year students and some teachers participated in Lower Myanmar Churches of Christ/Christian Churches Convention in Myawady. The teachers were involved in both in teaching and preaching. The students participated in night programs and other services and then took other gospel trips to different places.

I went to NW with a student and held a ministers’ seminar in Jampan church of Christ in Lahe township. Around 50 church leaders and members attended in this one-week seminar. This time I chose the book of Acts, that contains all about the good news of salvation of Jesus and practical church ministry. Besides the teaching, I preached the Word of God in several places as He opened the door to share the gospel. The result was wonderful; lost souls turned to Christ. Four people changed their lives in Christ and will be baptized soon in Lahe church, and some changes and improvement among the church leaders and some achievement in the ministry are seen after this program was started since a couple years ago. I am so happy to see the changes in these neglected remote areas. This is the victory that the Lord has been doing through your faithful partnership in His kingdom work.

Children ministry—In March 2018, I brought 7 children from the NW and keep them in my home, plus 1 MBI student, so totally we are 14 people in my house. Now they are preparing for the final exam in the second week of Feb. It’s so sad to hear the tragic stories how they lost their parents in their childhood in the isolated remote areas; some never saw their parents. Now they are safe and happy in the school and in the community, but they need sponsors. So far each person needs around $40 per month that can cover all the needs: food, clothes, school fees, and stationaries. That means one child needs $1.40 for one day. I need $400 each month for 10 children in coming in the new school year.

Nursing Aid program—Some of you may remember last two years, many children and older people died in Lahe township in Naga Hills, in NW by the seasonal flu. Last Monsoon, it happened again in Dunghe township and some children died. I shared the pictures to some friends on Facebook to pray for them and pray how can we fill their needs. Thank God, He touches many people’s hearts and responded to their prayers. Especially, thank you so much to Joana T. Jones, the director of Asian Children Mission (ACM) who raised funds for 8 nursing students whom I sent from the affected areas to Rural Nursing school in Yangon. They will finish the course in May. After they complete their courses they will go back to their villages that are in isolated remote areas; we hope they can help provide better health care in their communities.

SUMMER PLANS & FINANCIAL NEEDS
1. Gideon needs to take MRCP scan and CT scan as the doctor from Cincinnati Children’s instructed us to do it once a year for three years. It should have been in Nov. 2018 but I asked Cincinnati to do it in Summer. Last year we did it in Yangon but the only hospital that can do an MRCP is not satisfactory. They cannot read Gideon’s medical treatment record CD from Cincinnati. So this time Buzi and I want do it in Singapore or Bangkok somewhere. We will need about $3000 for the whole trip. Please pray for this need. If God will provide donors, we want to go at the end of Feb before Gideon’s Summer English class starts.

2. Summer youth camp will be started in March 18, 2019 in Thaho (1) church of Christ in Pang sau township. The churches request me again to lead the youth camp as usual. And leadership training will be at the same time in the same place. I am planning to take 5 students, to lead the youth camp. We have the people ready and the strength, but we need your participation both in prayer and in financial matters. We will need $2000 (this will be including one Sound Box that the church need which will cost around $500).

God bless you all, thank you.

Daniel Mawyio
Mawyio.daniel
Myanmar Bible Inst.
123, Thiri Yeikthar St.
Ward 1, Pyin Oo Lwin
Myanmar

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to Daniel’s outreach ministry or for Gideon’s medical needs, here’s how you can give:
GIVE ONLINE:

http://www.echochurch.org/give/
Follow the link and instructions and choose “Christian Mission for Myanmar” as your designation.

DONATE VIA CHECK
***Make the check out to Echo Church & on the memo line write: CMFM
Echo Church
PO Box 6067
Cincinnati, OH 45206

Forwarding Agent: Kelly Carr (kelly)

Your support is changing lives in Myanmar

3 Oct

CMFM News
July through September 2018

Hi all! I give glory to our Father who is so good to us, and I’m praying that you all are doing well. It is very exciting to share the works of the Lord that are being done here in Myanmar. Thank you all for your participation for His glory.

The Family
We are all doing well. Thank for your constant prayers for our family and our ministries.

• Gideon turned 12 on August 1. He is healthy and growing. He likes swimming and goes to the pool every weekend. He needs to take an MRCP again in November, as it was instructed in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. If God wills and if we have money, we want to do it in Bangkok or Singapore—somewhere the hospitals have more advanced medical technology. He took the test last year in a hospital in Yangon, the only hospital which has an MRCP machine. And they said they cannot read the surgical history data-recorded CD that is given from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. And the result was not satisfactory. Thank God, Gideon is doing great since we came back from CCH.

• Nathanael goes to pre-school in September that is in a different place. He turned 5 on Sept 15.

• Ezra and Nathanael enjoy their school.

• The building is complete now, and Buzi is very happy to host our guests and friends in a new house that she has been dreaming of.

The Orphanage

We started this children’s ministry in April. Nightly Bible studies and a devotion program are exciting daily events for the family (see photo). We are doing a Bible study on the book of Acts that is all about salvation and ministry, and the results are great. Four of seven from the orphanage have decided to be baptized (see photo). They are trying hard and growing spiritually. One boy has broken his arm and was hospitalized but now he goes to school. Please remember this ministry in your prayers. Financially, we are struggling—the family is sharing what we have but do not cover their daily needs. Mainly, they need food, clothing, stationaries, and slippers. The winter is close now, and they will need blankets and winter clothes.

MBI (Myanmar Bible Institute)

The first semester went well. God is leading us, although it is financially difficult. Some newcomers will be added in the second semester, and nearly 80 students are enrolled this year. We enjoyed our semester break last week and the second semester started this past Monday, October 1.

It was really busy semester for me. We had a biannual meeting of the board of trustees on September 25. Dr. Robinson has been appointed as the President, and I will serve as Vice President. I thank God and was glad to have completed some necessary changes for the institution during my leadership: the decades old constitution and bylaws were revised, our quarter system has changed to a semester system, the M. Div. degree program started, and with the EC members, we budgeted the yearly and monthly needs that haven’t been done publicly before. And we led the presidential election successfully. Now I am thinking to start finding a way for further studies before I am getting too old.

The churches in the NW

The churches in the Nagaland in the NW are growing and the believers are increasing. Recently, 6 people converted to Christ in Lahe church. Taho Christian Bible school has moved to a new place, and 20 students are studying the Scripture there under the leadership of one of MBI’s graduates from this academic year.

On the other hand, in some places people are suffering from natural disaster and diseases. Many children and old people died last year by flu or diseases, formerly reported as unidentified diseases. It happened again this year in monsoon season and 7 children died.

Many rice fields and some houses were struck by a landslide in the NW. In some villages, rats destroyed all rice plants and crops. They are facing famine. And many people are facing trouble from the floods. Please pray for these people.

Again, thank you very much for your constantly prayers and financial support. God bless you all!

Daniel Mawyio
Mawyio.daniel
Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation
to Daniel’s ministry and/or the ministry center building project, here’s how you can give:
Give online (new, updated giving portal):

http://www.echochurch.org/give/
Follow the link and instructions and choose “Christian Mission for Myanmar” as your designation.

Donate via check:
***Make the check out to Echo Church & on the memo line write: CMFM
Echo Church
PO Box 6067
Cincinnati, OH 45206

Forwarding Agent: Kelly Carr (kelly)

We’ve moved in! Thank you & more . . .

18 Jul

CMFM News
report on April-June 2018

Greetings from Myanmar!

I am praying that all of you are doing well. Thank you very much for your prayers and your support. Please rejoice with us in how Kingdom work is being done through CMFM by your participation in Myanmar.

OUR NEW HOME & MINISTRY CENTER:

In May 9th we moved to the new house and this is A BIG BLESSING and A BIG CHANGE for our family. (Please see the attached photos.) In the first week, we stayed awake till over midnight because of happiness and excitement! The construction is not complete yet—but it almost done and was complete enough to move in and have enough rooms for 14 people and guests. We are so thankful to you, our friends, for sponsoring for the construction.

***We still need financial support to complete the building and for labor fees. There are several things such as painting, wiring, and water pipe fitting that were not included in the original estimate.

• We will need an additional $5,000 to complete the building.
(See giving options below.)

Although it is not completed yet, the building is already scheduled for ministry purposes. We hosted the Naga Christian Fellowship service at the end of June, and around 70 people attended. The ladies’ Bible study began. And in a few weeks we will host the MBI faculty fellowship dinner.

FAMILY NEWS:

By the grace of God, we are all doing fine. I myself had a stomach problem and was hospitalized for a week in April. The colonoscopy shows the stomach is somewhat damage severely, but thank God I took the treatment in time. I am still taking medicine, but now I am working normally.

Summer is filled too. Buzi participated in church youth camp and other activities as usual. Plus she does all the work of caring for 14 people in our home.

Many boys and girls enjoyed the youth camp. About 120 young people attended this year, and three people were baptized.

We are blessed to have 5 to 10 guests throughout the summer. Some come for their children’s education and some come for medical treatment and some for visit. Gideon and Ezra Kaemark started their school in May. Gideon is doing well, and his teachers recommend him as a good student in the school. Ezra is a little bit slow to learn, but he likes to learn and school. Nathanael Jungmark will go to preschool soon.

THE MINISTRY:

1. Teaching and preaching:
Even though I am not fully well, God always gives me strength to serve Him as much as I can. During April and May, after I came back from the youth camp in the Northwest, I also had preaching and teaching opportunities in our church and other churches. I taught based on the book of Philemon entitled, “From the slave of sin to the slave of Christ” in a one-week session at Bethel Church (Assembly of God), in which about 60 people attended, including some non-Christians.

I also thank God for the opportunity to share the gospel among our Nepali brothers and sisters. (We called it “Resurrection festival.”) I shared a story in this Nepali church, around 30 minutes’ drive from MBI. One of my friends and me started their Sunday school program when we were MBI students in 1990s. At that time, only one Nepalese young man was a Christian—and now it has become a growing church.

On Mothers’ Day, I preached in Naga Christian Fellowship service. It consists around 50 people from different denominations. I led this program five years and directs to the biblical doctrine from denominational teaching.

2. Orphanage:
As I mentioned last time, I started the orphanage/youth ministry this summer with 7 teenagers, age 13 to 16—5 boys and 2 girls; some are orphans and the rests are raised by single parents who cannot support them for their education. They are from very remote and isolated areas in Northwest, but they have high aims for their future and are capable young men and women for future leadership in their community. Now we have rooms for them, but we need funds for food and clothes and stationary fees and health care.

• It is estimated that each young person will need $40 per month.

3. MBI:
MBI opened in June 1 with 76 students, including 26 freshmen. We thank God for sending more students than last year. It is wonderful that more young people choose Bible college among many other options. Also, we can start an M.Div. program this year with 2 students. We hope two or three more students will come in the second semester. The blessings are coming more in MBI this year.

Brother Scott Hudson volunteered to recruit sponsors for student scholarships ($40 for one student per month) and so far 8 students have been sponsored. We are so thankful to Scott for his dedication and to the sponsors who are doing life-changing ministry in Myanmar. And it is a blessing to MBI to have more students.

We also had regular scholarships awarded each year to selected students but this year we have no funds for them. These students are selected from last academic year. There are 7 students and some remain one year, some two years and some three years to complete their degree. We hope to find $1,500 to cover their fees for the whole year.

I am teaching 4 days a week. We have also had meetings on weekends besides weekly faculty meeting. I am trying to lead a smooth transition of the college and on the other hand, we are doing a review of the decades-old constitution and prospectus. The State educational policy will be changed totally in 2020, so we need to change MBI’s admission policy too. We’ve also made a new budget policy. The monthly need of the institution is $3,000 but we have a monthly income of about $1,000, so the school needs $2,000 monthly still.

We hope to get back the old compound of MBI soon; we are informed that the government is working, and the process is improving much more. Please keep praying for our ministries and the needs of the ministry.

We thank you for keeping all these needs in your prayers. We trust God will make a way.

Thank you very much for your constantly prayers and financial support. May God bless you all.

Daniel Mawyio
Mawyio.daniel
Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation
to Daniel’s ministry and/or the ministry center building project, here’s how you can give:
Give online (new, updated giving portal):

http://www.echochurch.org/give/
Follow the link and instructions and choose “Christian Mission for Myanmar” as your designation.

Donate via check:
***Make the check out to Echo Church & on the memo line write: CMFM
Echo Church
PO Box 6067
Cincinnati, OH 45206

Forwarding Agent: Kelly Carr (kelly)