While there are 12 major tribes in Burma, there are approximately 140 sub-tribes. And out of these 140 tribes, only about 40 have heard the gospel. Until the remaining tribes receive the gospel (here and in other areas of the world), Christians work to hasten our Lord's return. (Matthew 24:14)
A respected Burmese Christian started a mission to reach people in places where many others will not go.
Now this missionary sends trained workers into unreached areas during the dry season (November through May) when people do not need to work the fields. Equipped with gospel songbooks, tracts, Bibles, and food, they go and set up camp.
After they arrive, the team cooks food for the people. This way, those who come can sit and listen to the gospel without interruption. Because there is little else going on in these poor villages, many stay from early morning until evening.
The team visits for one week, and then a worker stays to live among the tribe and plant a church. In time, this worker will disciple a chosen vessel from the tribe to take his place. The new disciple will be invited to the ministry headquarters for three months of training. Once he returns to his village, he will take over as the pastor. The first worker is then "rotated" into a new unreached area after the next camp meeting.
A missionary presents the gospel to a curious crowd.
"Many churches have been planted because of these effective camp meetings, but we need to do more," writes the ministry leader. "We are very grateful to the Christian Aid family for providing a truck this year to expand the ministry. Using public transportation was expensive, inadequate, and time-consuming. Pickpockets were another problem. Praise God for His help in proclaiming the good news!"
Workers also reach out to tribal children orphaned by Cyclone Nargis. The ministry has four orphanages where they provide regular education, and teach the children about Jesus. Caring for these children also gives workers access to villages where there are no believers. When the children grow up, they often return to their former villages. Those who become believers and have a burden for their people are encouraged to plant a church among their own people.