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Myanmar

View map Population: 50.5 million

Life Expectancy: 61.2 years

GDP: US$446 per capita

Unemployed: 5.7%

unknown% earn less than US$2 per day

Current Partnership Impact

1 families are being assisted

1 church planters are being supported

Myanmar, Asia

MYA08c - Personal Support of Peter Thein

Partnership Ref.:

MYA08c

Commenced:

25/02/2016

Funding Status:

No Current Donor

Partnership Type:

Evangelism / Church Planting, Micro-enterprise / Micro-loans

Funding Size:

$0 - $2,999

Annual Budget:

US$ 2,640



Partnership Overview

reaching outSince becoming a Christian from a strongly Buddhist background Peter Thein has become passionate about getting the good news out into the rural areas of Myanmar. He has started a church in Yangon and that church is now reaching into the rural parts of tribal areas.

He has also commenced a ministry in Rakhine State, Rakhine Mission Band for Christ (RMBC), with a group of friends. This is a strongly Buddhist State and the vision is to plant a church in each of the 17 cities in that State. There are already more than 50 people working in the area and bases have been commenced in seven of the 17 townships. Some of them have small businesses to sustain themselves. Since 2003 there have been approx 2,000 Buddhist converts in seven townships in Rakhine State with about four million people. There are more than 1,000 secret believers already in the State. They stay within the Buddhist culture and live alongside their family members with a new God. 

Previously Peter was a professor on staff at Myanmar Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (MEGST), in charge of the missions department. However, this full time role limited his availability to lead the development of this other work which is his real passion. He has therefore decided to take some time away from MEGST to concentrate on this expansion, perhaps for a period of 1 or 2 years, and so Bright Hope World is providing some financial support during this time.  

History of Partnership

Bright Hope World came to know of Peter and his work through involvement with Dr Aung Mang and MEGST. The Field Director has met him on a number of occasions and the relationship has developed since approximately 2006. 

In 2014 Bright Hope World provided funds to commence the work in Rakhine State (MYA08a) and in February 2016 started providing personal support for Peter.  

Beneficiaries

The direct beneficiary here is Peter Thein and his family however the secondary beneficiaries will be the people who are impacted by the ministry he is involved in.  

What We Like About The Partnership

Peter has given us two new partnership opportunities in Myanmar, both of which fit within our parameters, and he has the potential to become a significant partner. He has an understanding of the issues, he has already got things going, and he is passionate enough to want to give up his job. He has a clear understanding that he doesn't want to become dependent. Along with this, it is for a limited period to give a boost to some potentially significant initiatives. 

  

Key People

Leadership Profile

reaching outPeter was born into a staunch Buddhist family on the island of Manaung in the Rakhine State of Myanmar. All the people on the island are devotees of Theravada Buddhism. Early in his life he determined to become a monk. After he completed High School he left the island and moved to Yangon for the purpose of studying the Buddhist scriptures. At the age of 20 he was ordained as a monk and went deeper into study and began to think through the ethical disciplines (227 precepts) that every monk has to observe. He began to worry about whether or not these religious observances cuold save him and got to the point of realising they could not. 

After a couple of weeks he met a Christian pastor who lived near the monastery and they began to discuss the way of salvation and Jesus Christ. He came under conviction and realised that he was a sinner and that he needed salvation through Jesus Christ. Six months later he became a Christian, this was in November 1990. Immediately he had a burning desire to tell the gospel to Buddhist people.

He went to Evangel Bible College and completed a BA in Theology and during that time started a church in a Buddhist community. Due to hardship most of those people returned to Buddhism and their community. It seemed that the gospel could not hold them and he began to ask serious questions about the good news and how to most effectively present it to Buddhist people. It seemed to have little impact on them and was alien to them. Its impact was like that of a potted plant in Burmese soil.

So he went back to study and gained a M.Div in Theology in 2001 at Myanmar Evangelical School of Theology (MEGST). In 2001 he joined Nusantra Bible Seminary in Malang, Indonesia and earned a MTh in Missiology in 2003 and then came back to MEGST as the Dean of students. In June 2006 he went to SAIACS in Bangalore, India to pursue a PhD in Missiology as part of faculty development at MEGST and gained his PhD based on Burmese Buddhists in Yangon. 

He is married to Roi Bu and they have three children, John Patrock Brang Nan, Esther Hkawn San Aung and James Sut Aung Ja. They live in Yangon. 

 

Vision And Annual Strategy

Vision

For Peter to be able to establish the work in Rakhine State, Shan State, and other areas around Yangon.

Strategy

He intends to spend a lot of time recruiting key people and implementing income generation activities for them so they become self-sustaining. 

 

Annual Budget

The annual budget is US$2,640.

 

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