They blew up that cross.

It happened in the village of Mateipi in the Chin province (state) of Burma.   The Christians had erected a concrete cross on the top of the mountain in testimony to their faith in God and His importance in their lives.   But in 2005 the Burmese military came in and began to tear down all vestiges of Christianity.  Because of the isolation of these villages a number of things took place that were harmful to the people.

When the military decided to dynamite the cross, the Christians elders called people to prayer.  Eventually the charge was placed but because of fear a single soldier was conscripted to fire the dynamite.  The  soldier was injured by the blast and eventually died.  And the once vital free Chin province suffered another setback.

However the faith of the Christians, now being tested by the government was not destroyed by a blasting cap.    God has brought some of them to America (High Point), others are worshipping more secretly now, and God’s kingdom will come to pass on earth as it is in heaven!

The folks that attend our church are from the Chin state on the left and the Karen state on the right side of the map.

India, China, Lao and Thailand border Burma.

There are many Christians in these states and the Kachin state is nearly 100% Christian.


About johnmcmurphy

Jesus is first and foremost in my life. He is above all religions, principalities and powers. In everything He must increase and I must decrease. Into the hands of Jesus, God has placed life and death, truth and purity. strength and meaning. Only in a growing understanding of the triune God, and his son Jesus can I do, breathe, exist and serve. I have a Bachelor's degree in Bible from Vennard College, a Master's in Social Science from Azusa Pacific University and a Ph. D. from Ohio State in Family Relations and Human Development. I am an ordained pastor involved in cross-cultural ministry. I am currently employed at several colleges as an instructor. If you need to get in touch with me, just leave a comment, I screen all comments and so you can leave further contact information which I will erase before it is published. -John

Posted on May 31, 2008, in Chin, Kachin, Maps, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. jasonmcmurphy

    I didn’t think about the country being broken down into this many states. These people probably have so many stories about things just like this happening there.

  2. The best Christians seem to come from countries where the where the government hates Jesus.

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