Over 90% of the people in Myanmar do not know Jesus Christ. Our objective is to bring the gospel of Christ to as many of the lost in Myanmar as possible while providing them with the next step option of attending one of our local house churches for discipleship. With the addition of each full-time missionary location, 40-60 non-Christian Burmese will be reached on a weekly basis. There are currently 30 trained evangelists waiting for support to become full-time missionaries. Our immediate need is to raise support to empower these missionaries to reach the unbelievers. Each missionary location, including a full-time missionary and several part-time missionary staff, costs $4300 annually.
There is currently an orphan crisis in Myanmar. Missionaries are being approached on a regular basis and asked to take care of homeless orphans. In 2016, one of our missionaries was housing 20 orphans in his rented home. After numerous evictions, IM decided that the orphan’s living conditions were unsustainable and housing orphans represented an enormous need. While IM never intended to build an orphanage and does not plan to build future orphanages, the need compelled us. We currently have room for 18 additional orphans in this orphanage on an as-needed basis. No additional orphans can be added without additional financial support. It costs $900 a year to provide housing, food, clothing, education and medical care for each orphan.
We hope to organize two day-long conferences on an annual basis in which a thousand or more attendees will hear the gospel of salvation, with the next step of attending a house church. We have conducted several of these evangelistic conferences in the past and they have proved a great draw for Buddhists attending IM house churches for the first time. Each conference costs approximately $4000.
Another huge community need is education for children. In the neighborhoods in which IM works, nearly half of all children do not attend school because their parents cannot afford to send them. Education in Myanmar costs approximately $100 a year per child.