After almost 50 years under an oppressive dictatorship known for persecution, censorship and human rights violations, there is finally an opening for religious freedom in Myanmar. Today, there is great opportunity for the Gospel in this Southeast Asian country where nearly 90 percent of the 57 million people are Buddhist.
Like his country, Myine Yazar too has been liberated from the chains of oppression and finally found freedom and hope. For him, the key was letting go of control and trusting God to be in charge of his life.
As a successful building contractor, Myine Yazar was used to being in total control. He had become a millionaire entrepreneur with a beautiful wife and children. He should have been happy, but he wasn’t. His life lacked purpose and meaning. Myine Yazar began to turn increasingly to alcohol and drugs.
Eventually, he was diagnosed with clinical depression, but Myine Yazar refused to accept the diagnosis. When nothing he tried improved his situation, finally Myine Yazar cried out, “God, I can’t go on like this! Just tell me what to do.” Immediately, the answer came, “Give it to me, son.” So he did. Myine Yazar felt the weight lift from him.
He joined a Bible study group in his village led by a local Burmese believer who was trained, equipped with materials, and sent out by Reach A Village partners. There, Myine Yazar learned that God loved him so much that He sent His Son to die on the cross for him. Myine Yazar realized that God’s love was what he had been missing all along!
As more and more Burmese believers become local champions taking the Gospel into villages all across Myanmar, people like Myine Yazar are finding love and freedom in Christ. Lives and communities are being transformed, churches are growing, and we believe that, in time, this nation will be changed!