God talks about doing new things, making things new, and even recreating us as new. It seems we find ourselves facing some of that newness as a regular part of our lives at Network Beyond. It’s wonderful! New people, places, and partnerships.
First, a little context … Refugee resettlement brought many people from many places to our country. Our own Colorado community is home to people from fifty nations, speaking many languages. One of those people groups is the Karenni Burmese people of Myanmar. Several years ago, local Karenni people embraced Jesus as their Savior, and a church was formed. It continues today.
As leaders from Burma connected with their people here, we learned of an association of 47 churches and 6,000 people back in Myanmar. We also learned of a need they faced—developing leaders.
As a result, The International Training Institute (ITI) began in Burma.
Our initial class of twenty-five was young, attentive, and eager to learn. These leaders represent the future of the Karenni church in Burma. God favored us with good translators and growing relationships, even with significant cultural differences. Plans are in place for the next series of classes.
We’re thankful for these new friends in our Network Beyond family. Pray for God's continued direction for them plus vision to reach nearby people groups with the Gospel. Burma still has unengaged tribal groups—some Buddhist, some animist—who know nothing of Jesus.