Khine was living as a Buddhist monk in Myanmar. One day, he suffered a stroke and was paralyzed. His followers took him to a special clinic for treatment. But even with the best treatment available, he wasn’t getting better.
Feeling desperate, Khine told one of his followers, “I have heard about those Christians. People say that when they pray, anything can happen. Please take me to see them.”
Khine’s friend carried him through their village to a house church meeting. The pastor and the people welcomed them — even though they were surprised to see them. They prayed for Khine to recover. That night, God healed Khine, and everyone there witnessed an awesome miracle of God.
Khine began to attend the house church meetings and hear more about Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection, and how to have a personal faith in God. “This was the first time in my life that I heard about Jesus,” he says.
Soon, Khine asked Christ to be his Savior. He continues to face a difficult challenge as a Christian in a country where Buddhism dominates. But he never loses heart or gives up. He loves to explain to his followers about the only God and about Jesus who died to set them free.
Alida grew up in Serbia with no interest in God or faith. That changed a couple of years ago when she came to a bad place in her life as difficulties arose in her marriage. Her friend invited her to a church service. She immediately felt the warm, loving atmosphere and noticed demonstrations of sincere care among the people. Alida wanted to have what they had and kept returning. She decided to accept Jesus and allowed God’s Word to start transforming her thoughts, attitudes and behavior.
The real storm in Alida’s life came when her husband was unfaithful to her. Her only harbor in the eye of the storm was Jesus. He gave her strength to continue to pray, read His Word and hold on to His promises. This gave her a real determination to follow and serve Him. She forgave her husband and was ready to take him back, but he left with another woman.
Alida gradually healed from those wounds and committed to the promise she gave to the Lord: to serve Him and seek fulfillment in every area of life through Jesus Christ. Today, she ministers at a local church and is working to help start a new church in a neighboring area.
Over 94 percent of Thailand’s population practices Buddhism, and it is an integral part of the Thai identity and culture. Each year, hundreds of thousands die believing they are hopelessly doomed to an endless cycle of karma and reincarnation. Most never met a follower of Jesus or read a Bible verse. In a country of over 68 million people, fewer than 500,000 are classified as evangelical Christians! Reach A Village has partnered with a Thai church network, the Free in Jesus Christ Church Association (FJCCA), to change that statistic.
Cutting-edge database technology developed by Dwight Martin of CrossTies Asia, a ministry of Reach A Village, shows that Thai Christians are the most effective at reaching their people for Christ, yet only a small percentage are actively involved in evangelism and discipleship. Reach A Village believes that we can make the most significant impact by helping the FJCCA mobilize, train and equip Thai Christians with the Scriptures and Bible study materials needed to reach more villages and start churches.
The Harvest database enables workers to pinpoint unreached villages, and God is blessing their efforts in tremendous ways. Last year, 7,320 people began a new life in Jesus and 191 new churches were started! We anticipate even higher numbers this year. On average, more than 600 people are coming to Christ and 20-30 new house churches are started per month! Over 500 people were baptized at a service earlier this year, which is unprecedented in Thailand.
This incredible movement is being fueled by everyday Thai people like Galong, a 50-year-old wife and mother of two children who has only a first-grade education. Before becoming a believer, Galong (pictured at left in pink dress) had serious health issues and was in severe pain. She spent a lot of money trying to find a cure, but no one was able to help her.
Then, one day, her husband was given a Christian pamphlet and urged her to go to a meeting with him to learn more. There, she found Jesus and gave her life to Him. She asked Jesus to heal her, and He did! “My health got better and better and I got stronger and stronger. I was very thankful to God,” she says. Her life changed. Her family had peace and joy.
Now, Galong’s passion is sharing the Gospel in villages that have never heard before. She was blessed to receive a motorcycle that enables her to do evangelism every day. She goes out in the early afternoon and returns around 8 p.m., then does her job selling noodles along the roadside from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m., and sleeps from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. Over 1,000 people have begun following Jesus because of her ministry, and she has helped to start around 50 house churches!
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Aye Le May in Myanmar was raised by Muslim parents, who instilled in her a strong faith in Allah from a young age. She was married at 20, and at first all went well. Then, the family business went from bad to worse. They went bankrupt in 2017, and her husband went on trial.
“I felt sad, I was angry with myself, and I felt hopeless,” Aye Le May says. “It finally dawned on us that we were headed either to jail or to the grave. In my great distress and depression, a former co-worker told me that I could find answers to all my questions in the Bible.” Aye Le May willingly listened and accepted an invitation to her home to hear more.
Her friend shared about Jesus Christ and gave Aye Le May a New Testament. When she heard that Jesus has the power to deliver and to bless, Aye Le May devoured the book and was eager to learn more. They studied together twice a week, with each session lasting about two hours!
Aye Le May was thrilled by what she was learning from the Bible. This God doesn’t just reveal His will; He reveals Himself in the person of Jesus Christ, the only sinless one, who paid the penalty of death on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. In Islam, prophets can only show the way; they cannot rescue someone. No prophet can die in our place. Aye Le May could hardly believe that God would send His Only Son to be her Savior.
“Turning to the living Savior brought me inner peace and joy. But the situations around me actually got worse, not better,” Aye Le May shares. “I was lonely and afraid. Nevertheless, the Lord Jesus gives me hope for greater things.”
Later, Aye Le May’s youngest daughter developed an incurable kidney problem. “The doctor said it was hopeless, and we should prepare to lose her. They told us to call on a spirit priest or Mullah for her last hour and comfort,” she tells. “Instead, I went to the hospital with my Christian sister. We both held the hands of my daughter and spent the whole night praying for her in the name of Jesus Christ. The next morning, she was much better and her body started to function normally again. The Lord Jesus has been so good to us! He is alive, gracious and brought real transformation to our lives.”