Blessing Nations

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” 

Matthew 28:19

Myanmar

It has long been the desire of Grace Church to follow Jesus' command in Matthew 28 to 'Go and make disciples' among an unreached people group in the world. As a church we have asked God to lead the Flanders to an unreached/least reached people group within Myanmar. There are 49 such people groups in Myanmar


"Oh Lord, please help the Flanders to be led to a people who have not heard about the love You have for them in Jesus, and the truth of the Gospel that can set them free!"


Over the last several years we have been able to place an ongoing team in Myanmar for 70-day stays to effectively facilitate the learning of the Burmese language and culture, to pursue a sustainable way to serve in the country in order to be a blessing to the nation of Myanmar, and to extend the worship of God to places and people that have not yet experienced Him. 


Everything began in November 2011, when the Flanders traveled for two weeks with Calvary Church of State College, PA in order to get an understanding of their ministry in Myanmar. The trip to took them to several orphanages and a Seminary near Yangon, giving them many opportunities to speak and minister as they learned the inner workings of Calvary's effective ministry. You can read about their adventure and enjoy many pictures and videos on facebook.com/myanmarmp


In 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2017 the Flanders family has returned to Myanmar for longer-term stays, establishing a place to live (Mandalay Division), to legally establish a Myanmar branch of Grace Church's twelve17 Coffee Roasters ministry, and maintain an incredibly rewarding ministry with 60-plus children at small orphanage. To date over 35 individuals from Grace Church, including many Twelve17 Coffee Roasters volunteers, have ministered in Myanmar. They have done so largely at their own expense, coming away with a deeper burden for the Myanmar people and understanding of what it will take to effectively bless these precious people who have endured so much hardship.

Moving Forward

So, you may be wondering, what's next in 2017? We are trusting the Lord that the next trip will further deepen no only the Flanders' understanding of what the Lord is already doing in Myanmar, but two additional Grace Church teams as well! On this trip, they will continue learning the language and learning how to live and function as a family in a Myanmar. This will prove especially helpful to future, full-time ministers from Grace Church who devote their entire lives to living and ministering in Myanmar.


On this trip, the Flanders get the privilege of once-again expressing Grace Church's love to the people of Myanmar in practical ways, ministering regularly in both music and sport. Grace Church's financial gifts flow as a beautiful by-product of our desire to reach out to the Mt. Pleasant community through the diligent volunteers of Grace Church's Twelve17 Coffee Roasters ministry. Ten percent of all donations received through this ministry are used to minister the Gospel in many different ways in Myanmar.


Since there is a group of musicians within the Flanders family, this trip will again provide much opportunity for ministering musically at Agape Orphanage on a regular basis. It goes without saying that there will be a fair amount of football (soccer) played, as well as a host of other games and activities. The Flanders' orphanage ministry also includes creating and ministering to younger children outside of the regular services with a variety of crafts, English language acquisition, and teachings designed to reach them at a level they can comprehend.  


Grace Church's commitment to a longer-term presence in Myanmar will allow us to assist and establish vibrant communities of faith in this precious land. It is our desire that additional families and individuals will be sent to further the initial pioneering efforts of the Flanders.  With such, our hope is that the twelve17 Coffee Roasters Myanmar location will be able to secure a permanent station for receiving and training both Myanmar nationals and expats visiting short-term. 


Doing good, one cup at a time

So far, the Twelve17 Coffee Roasters has financially supported the ongoing food and supply needs for several different orphanages in Myanmar. 


Furthermore, with donations received we have distributed money to individuals in difficult or tragic situations to assist them temporarily with food and, in one case, recovery funds while a Burmese individual who was undergoing extended medical recovery. We have had the joy of helping our Myanmar partner repair/refurbish his coffee roaster for his small, family-run coffee roasting business. All of these funds have primarily come from 10% of every donation that has come into Twelve17 Coffee Roasters, with significant additional funding being donate by those traveling from Grace to Myanmar.