Go. Share. Equip.

Myanmar, formerly Burma, is a nation in Southeast Asia with more than 100 ethnic groups and 14 states. Yangon, the country’s largest city, has bustling markets, many parks, and lakes. In 1813, the first Protestant missionary was sent from North America to preach the Good News in Burma. That missionary was American and Baptist Adoniram Judson, Jr., and he served there for about 40 years.

Fast forward to today, where the World Bank shows about 54.05 million people living in Myanmar, with roughly 6.3% claiming to be Christ-followers. It is here that Haggai leader Uk Ling Thang is passionately, obediently, and humbly continuing the work of advancing the Gospel in his nation and around the world. Thang, founding president of Cornerstone Baptist Mission Myanmar and senior pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church, is dedicated to meeting both the physical and spiritual needs of all people. In fact, his church’s vision statement reads: “Reaching and transforming all nations through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Making it even more simple, the church’s tagline reads: “Go. Share. Equip.”

God used the Haggai Leader Experience (HLE) to create a new way for Thang to view missions. Instead of trying to do it all on his own, Thang sees that a team approach is best. And that happens through equipping those around him to share the Gospel. After the HLE, Thang shared the Gospel with more than 5,000 people in 2017 and 10,000 in 2018. Many Christian leaders in Myanmar are now equipped to share Christ in remote areas cut off from the rest of the population.

“The Lord strengthened me to be able to plant a new church that is planting churches in the most unreached area . . .”

Uk Ling Thang

“From small beginnings to great impact, our ministry continues to go, share, and equip, making disciples of all nations,” Thang explains.

In 2014, Thang planted a church among the unreached people of Shwepyithar Township in Yangon. Many Christian ministers don’t want to live there due to frequent flooding, difficulty in transportation, and poverty. When God called Thang to go there, a friend tried to discourage him from it, concerned for his health and safety. He responded, “I must go. I know I may be sick, poor, and despised to live there. But I also know the One who calls me can give me strength to endure all these things.”

Uk prays with a man from Shwepyithar Township in Yangon.

Eight people attended his first service in Shwepyithar. But after one month of sharing the Good News, the congregation grew to 30; then to 60; and today, they regularly host 200 worshippers.

Ultimately, Thang can now say, “The Lord strengthened me to be able to plant a new church that is planting churches in the most unreached area . . . We reached the most remote village with the Gospel and bring Christian leaders to Yangon for equipping them and helping them to do the same.”

“What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2) is a verse on Cornerstone Baptist Church’s website. This seems apropos for what God’s faithful servant Uk Ling Thang is doing in Myanmar today.

This article comes from the 2021 Fall edition of Impact magazine.

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Published On: June 24th, 2021Categories: Asia0 Comments

Go. Share. Equip.

Myanmar, formerly Burma, is a nation in Southeast Asia with more than 100 ethnic groups and 14 states. Yangon, the country’s largest city, has bustling markets, many parks, and lakes. In 1813, the first Protestant missionary was sent from North America to preach the Good News in Burma. That missionary was American and Baptist Adoniram Judson, Jr., and he served there for about 40 years.

Fast forward to today, where the World Bank shows about 54.05 million people living in Myanmar, with roughly 6.3% claiming to be Christ-followers. It is here that Haggai leader Uk Ling Thang is passionately, obediently, and humbly continuing the work of advancing the Gospel in his nation and around the world. Thang, founding president of Cornerstone Baptist Mission Myanmar and senior pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church, is dedicated to meeting both the physical and spiritual needs of all people. In fact, his church’s vision statement reads: “Reaching and transforming all nations through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Making it even more simple, the church’s tagline reads: “Go. Share. Equip.”

God used the Haggai Leader Experience (HLE) to create a new way for Thang to view missions. Instead of trying to do it all on his own, Thang sees that a team approach is best. And that happens through equipping those around him to share the Gospel. After the HLE, Thang shared the Gospel with more than 5,000 people in 2017 and 10,000 in 2018. Many Christian leaders in Myanmar are now equipped to share Christ in remote areas cut off from the rest of the population.

“The Lord strengthened me to be able to plant a new church that is planting churches in the most unreached area . . .”

Uk Ling Thang

“From small beginnings to great impact, our ministry continues to go, share, and equip, making disciples of all nations,” Thang explains.

In 2014, Thang planted a church among the unreached people of Shwepyithar Township in Yangon. Many Christian ministers don’t want to live there due to frequent flooding, difficulty in transportation, and poverty. When God called Thang to go there, a friend tried to discourage him from it, concerned for his health and safety. He responded, “I must go. I know I may be sick, poor, and despised to live there. But I also know the One who calls me can give me strength to endure all these things.”

Uk prays with a man from Shwepyithar Township in Yangon.

Eight people attended his first service in Shwepyithar. But after one month of sharing the Good News, the congregation grew to 30; then to 60; and today, they regularly host 200 worshippers.

Ultimately, Thang can now say, “The Lord strengthened me to be able to plant a new church that is planting churches in the most unreached area . . . We reached the most remote village with the Gospel and bring Christian leaders to Yangon for equipping them and helping them to do the same.”

“What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2) is a verse on Cornerstone Baptist Church’s website. This seems apropos for what God’s faithful servant Uk Ling Thang is doing in Myanmar today.

This article comes from the 2021 Fall edition of Impact magazine.

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Published On: June 24th, 2021Categories: Asia0 Comments

Go. Share. Equip.

Myanmar, formerly Burma, is a nation in Southeast Asia with more than 100 ethnic groups and 14 states. Yangon, the country’s largest city, has bustling markets, many parks, and lakes. In 1813, the first Protestant missionary was sent from North America to preach the Good News in Burma. That missionary was American and Baptist Adoniram Judson, Jr., and he served there for about 40 years.

Fast forward to today, where the World Bank shows about 54.05 million people living in Myanmar, with roughly 6.3% claiming to be Christ-followers. It is here that Haggai leader Uk Ling Thang is passionately, obediently, and humbly continuing the work of advancing the Gospel in his nation and around the world. Thang, founding president of Cornerstone Baptist Mission Myanmar and senior pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church, is dedicated to meeting both the physical and spiritual needs of all people. In fact, his church’s vision statement reads: “Reaching and transforming all nations through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Making it even more simple, the church’s tagline reads: “Go. Share. Equip.”

God used the Haggai Leader Experience (HLE) to create a new way for Thang to view missions. Instead of trying to do it all on his own, Thang sees that a team approach is best. And that happens through equipping those around him to share the Gospel. After the HLE, Thang shared the Gospel with more than 5,000 people in 2017 and 10,000 in 2018. Many Christian leaders in Myanmar are now equipped to share Christ in remote areas cut off from the rest of the population.

“The Lord strengthened me to be able to plant a new church that is planting churches in the most unreached area . . .”

Uk Ling Thang

“From small beginnings to great impact, our ministry continues to go, share, and equip, making disciples of all nations,” Thang explains.

In 2014, Thang planted a church among the unreached people of Shwepyithar Township in Yangon. Many Christian ministers don’t want to live there due to frequent flooding, difficulty in transportation, and poverty. When God called Thang to go there, a friend tried to discourage him from it, concerned for his health and safety. He responded, “I must go. I know I may be sick, poor, and despised to live there. But I also know the One who calls me can give me strength to endure all these things.”

Uk prays with a man from Shwepyithar Township in Yangon.

Eight people attended his first service in Shwepyithar. But after one month of sharing the Good News, the congregation grew to 30; then to 60; and today, they regularly host 200 worshippers.

Ultimately, Thang can now say, “The Lord strengthened me to be able to plant a new church that is planting churches in the most unreached area . . . We reached the most remote village with the Gospel and bring Christian leaders to Yangon for equipping them and helping them to do the same.”

“What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2) is a verse on Cornerstone Baptist Church’s website. This seems apropos for what God’s faithful servant Uk Ling Thang is doing in Myanmar today.

This article comes from the 2021 Fall edition of Impact magazine.

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Published On: June 24th, 2021Categories: Asia0 Comments

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