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Myanmar (Burma) is primarily Buddhist, but by traveling in canoes and on horseback, indigenous missionaries are establishing Christian churches at great risk to themselves.
In the poor hill tribes, meetings are often held outdoors because the people are too poor to erect a building. Their labor, coupled with the financial assistance from GCRI donors, provided facilites where they can worship during wet and dry seasons.
Before the church was built, the leader wrote the following two emails:
"Titus Tial Tu has been facing persecution from the authorities, and from his neighbors. He is a very brave missionary. He reached Chauk City back in 1999. At that time no Christians at all. Now through him there are 27 believers. The persecution is going on. He goes forward on his knees. Last Sunday, he was invited by the authority and warned him again not to worship at his house. Buddhist Monks cut off his water pipe. In the midst of this kind of persecution, a small house church is stronger and stronger."
"This church is the one that faces a lot of persecution from the authority. The Pastor is very brave. Now there are 21 baptized believers. The church building is 22 feet long 18 feet wide. They still have water problem. The authority cut off water pipeline and electricity wire line. That kind of persecution they face. This missionary visits houses every day with the gospel. He does very wisely."