Hope Now in Myanmar

We need NZ $20,000 to invest in a new ministry that will help change Myanmar! International Needs began the "Hope for Now" project in October 2016 in Myanmar and it is now ready to go. From day one, we have stressed the need to create a ministry that will be able to look after its own day-to-day needs. An investment of $20,000 will set this ministry on its feet and enable it to operate both in an evangelistic and caring way.



Myanmar is waking up after years of mismanagement by the ruling military Junta. Many Burmese are educated(89.5% are literate), but there is a hunger for more. The young people are keen to learn English to connect with the outside world and to learn computer skills in order to get jobs in the new growing economy.

International Needs started the ministry “Hope for Now” in 2016, to help Myanmar get back on its feet. Thawng Cin the leader of Hope for Now, would like to establish a number of ministry focuses during the year all with the goal of self-sufficiency ( operations wise).

The first ministry focus is Block courses in English and computer skills. These would run for approximately four months of each year for fee-paying students. Later in the year evangelism is the focus; using the Jesus film and showing it to unreached people groups, (we recently have supplied a data projector).

Another portion of the year is a different kind of outreach is teaching English and computer skills for free course, which has an evangelistic focus aimed at people with very little English or understanding of computers.

Finally, Thawng Cin and some of his associates are organising “Saturday ministry” days that have already been well attended. Thawng has discerned that the current lack of growth in the Myanmar church is because of the lack of focus on evangelism and discipleship. He wishes to help local churches and the 600 Christian NGOs based in Yangon (the capital) become strategically focused. Thawng’s doctorate is in Church growth through discipleship.

Our goal is to fund 20 laptop computers and some printers (NZ $20,000) to help create a self-funding ministry

What others say about Dr Thawng Cin...

"Dr Thawng Cin loves God whole-heartedly and serves him faithfully. He will provide or provides quality leadership for the Myanmar Church and he is committed to help bring about lasting change to communities and societies in Myanmar."
Dr Aung Mang - founder and board chairperson of Myanmar Evangelical Graduate School of Theology. Dr Aung is also chair of Hope for Now.

"Dr Thawng is an influential person. His communication skills are excellent. He has passion to lead, ability to sense needs and a heart to help. We are proud of having such a talented, gifted and young entrepreneur in our church."
Rev Dr Mang Chi – Falam Baptist Church Yangon.

"Thawng Cin participation in class activities and homework were great. In fact, he is an educated person and he can see well what he should do in the future. He has many great ideas to help Myanmar."
Johnny Knox – Opportunity Now (after Thawng graduated from Opportunity Now - small business training course)

Dreams of a leader

Vision

Working with the poor and oppressed is great opportunity. I believe this is what Jesus did and he wants us to do the same and do it with all our might Luke 4:18, “the Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed.” I would like to see the poor release from the poverty, the oppressed from the discrimination, justice prevailing over wickedness, human trafficking and drug abuse be stopped and the equality of male and female.

I believe education is a powerful weapon. While in ministry, I have found that teaching English is useful tool for evangelism. We will teach English and teach others how to teach English. The goal is to enable people to raise funds for themselves and organizations. Besides the English language we hope to offer a basic computer course, tailoring, how to make food, and management training - all are very useful for elimination of poverty and community development while reaching the people through the gospel. It will help them to have better living, better jobs and better ministries.

Thawng Cin

Profile of a Young leader

2008 -2001 Doctorate of ministry from Union Theological Seminary Cavite Philippines

Teaching English as second language (TESOL) 2012/ Diploma in management ( HR , project and marketing) 2014

Employment as an interpreter, lecturer at various theological colleges and worked as a TESOL coordinator and as an English teacher.


Could you help us with a gift of $100 to help fund this project?

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