And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. (Acts 4:29–31 ESV)
Shan-Tai prayer month 2011, day 22
Local believers are taking steps of faith to put on the first training of believers in their area. The training is using oral storytelling as many in this area are illiterate, The goal is for every believer to realize they too can go out and share and start fellowship groups even if they cannot read and have had no Bible training.
The Good News is not restricted to those who are well-trained or educated. God can use a believer even with only partial knowledge, though He is also likely to call others to help train such people (see Acts 18:24–26). Bible training for Shan Christians is occurring. Several organizations are training Shan Christians in Bible study and interpretation. These folks are able to more effectively communicate the Gospel in their own culture and language and are also very valuable to the church in building up other Shan believers.
Some of those being trained will go back into Burma to reach their people and strengthen the church. This is a potentially dangerous mission which requires not only knowledge and wisdom, but also courage and boldness from the Lord.
- The training as it occurs in October, that the Holy Spirit will empower the Shan.
- New churches to be established as a result of this training and outreach.
- Courage, vision and empowerment from the Lord as Shan reach out to their own people.
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