Hwambi, Myanmar: Thank you for your Alabaster Giving! On 28 October 2023, Zion Church of the Nazarene dedicated their new church building. This local church was organized in July 2020. This church is one of three churches in the Myanmar Southern District.

Pastor Jacob has been pastoring Zion church, and during the dedication day, he was officially assigned as senior pastor. Pastor Jacob is a pastor’s kid, and his father planted and pastored a church in a village called Minla in Tahan City, Myanmar. He graduated from Southeast Nazarene Bible College (now Chapman International College) in Yangon.

After he completed his Master of Divinity Degree from Madras World Bible College in India in 2011, he came back to Yangon. And God showed him a small village called Mi Aung Thaga near Yangon. He felt the Lord was giving him a vision to serve the orphans near the area and plant a church for them. This area has many Rohingya refugees, and about 70 people are gathering to worship in the church. Recently, the church opened a Chapman International College (CIC) extension center to train and equip the youths in the Myanmar Southern District.

About 200 people gathered during the dedication service. Myanmar Southern District Superintendent Rama, Northern District Assistant Superintendent Mafinga, and CIC Principal Vula were also present on this special occasion. Field Strategy Coordinator Dr. Bill Kwon, shared the message to encourage the people to stand as the church is built on the rock (Matthew 16:18).

Even though they have emphasized that the church of Christ is not about the building but a body of Christ, they also understand this building can be a blessing to their people. The building project was made possible through Pastor Jacob’s donation of the land, and the church received funding for the building through the Alabaster offering. They pray that the church building will be a venue for more ministry opportunities to serve the community in various ways.