Burmese Missionary: 'Can't Keep [Tracts] in Supply'
One of the most needy mission fields today is in Thailand and Burma. Tom and Karin Gaudet are spearheading a church-planting strategy there that involves Bible translations, pastor training materials, Bible story books for children, doctrinal study books, and nearly a quarter million Chick tracts in several local languages.
Tom and his wife have been on the ground there for several years, preparing for the day that God would open the door wider to reach the primarily Buddhist population. Although there has been a long-running civil war in Myanmar (Burma), God's work is beginning to spread. One church was scattered by persecution but the members went on to start 26 new churches. These are now led by pastors who have very little formal ministry training. Gaudet's team is ramping up their literature translation and printing to fill the need.
The Chick tracts that have been supplied through the Chick Mission Fund provide a convenient format for biblical truth to be distributed widely among the pastors and people. In addition is their value in reaching the lost in that dark part of the world. Gaudet says that the Chick tracts in the local languages are a special treat. He writes: "I will tell you, these are a real blessing. The first ones printed in Burmese and Karen were a special treat to our staff as they had been the ones to translate them. They went out very quickly. I cannot keep them in supply. At this point, even though we just got the other supply, we are nearly out of Thai, Burmese and Karen. They are always the first of the items requested. Many pastors know about the supply and ask for them. Simple fact is: Chick tracts get read."
Like Gaudet, many other missionaries around the world are discovering the value of Chick tracts in the local languages. There is currently at least one tract title in over a hundred languages. In some languages we have dozens of titles.
Gaudet points out that there are about 80,000 Burmese living in the U.S. He encourages Bible believers here to take advantage of the translations he has done to reach these immigrants.
On the other side of the world in Brazil, John Wallingford from Macedonia Baptist in Longview, Texas, reports that when they visited Brazil on a missions trip, they were able to enhance the outreach of the local churches with thousands of Chick tracts that you provided through the Chick Mission Fund. At one point, they participated in a "march for Jesus" which involved literally thousands of believers who walked nearly two miles through the city of Volta Redonda singing praise songs, carrying banners, and rejoicing in Jesus —with police escort! The parade slowed traffic so that the believers were able to pass tracts through the vehicle windows as they marched. Those who came to Christ were followed up on by the local church members. The tracts encouraged the believers in soul winning. One teen girl got a group of friends together and visited a local rest home and led 20 to the Lord.
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