Matthew grew up in a home in Myanmar with a father who was a Buddhist and a mother who was a Christian. His mother’s efforts to bring Christianity into their home and get her four children to attend Sunday school met with failure, for the most part. Matthew notes, “[My father] dismissed Christians as the most unreasonable people on earth, up to no good, trouble.”
When he graduated from high school, Matthew thought a lot about the important questions of life and searched for the answers in religions. He shares, “Buddhism failed to appeal to me because it spoke only of the future and had no answer for the present. Christianity offers answers concerning the present and the future, but I was greatly prejudiced against it, as it seemed to me to be a Western religion that was foreign to our culture. So, I never entered Buddhist monastery nor went to church for many years.”
Starting in March 2013, Matthew was chronically ill and suffered from headaches. “When the headaches were particularly bad, I felt the same as if something was violently squeezing my head,” Matthew explains. He went to different physicians and hospitals. The family lost their cows, their land and money paying for medical treatments, but nothing worked. “Finally, I was convinced that God was punishing me; therefore, I asked God forgiveness and another chance,” Matthew submits.
Then, in May 2015, Matthew’s mother invited a man from Reach A Village to come visit. Matthew recalls, “... he taught me about Salvation, and I accepted Jesus on that day.” When this Christian brother laid his hand on him and prayed for him, Matthew says, “I felt what seemed like electricity entering into my belly, moving up to my head where it stayed for a while, then the current left. And I noticed that I was healed!”
Matthew rejoices, “I have seen God's gracious hand at work in my life through healing. God knows how to make it all work out. That’s why I can live life in peace. God is in complete control. Today I can boldly declare that it’s not by my own strength or by my own power. It’s because Almighty God, the One who holds our future in His hands, is going before me, fighting my battles, making crooked places straight, even causing me to want to live for Him. All for God’s glory!”