Little Door International’s work in Myanmar (Burma) is fourfold:
(1) Teaching – Several teams of men travel to Myanmar (Burma) each year at their own expense to teach the Word of God to students in Bible schools, seminaries, and churches. When doing so, they are trying to model good teaching styles for the students, primarily through expository messages working through the books of the Bible.
(2) Providing Study Materials – We help provide study tools, such as computers, generators to operate those computers, and Bible study software. We also provide the financial support and are the directors of the Myanmar Christian Literature Group which translates and prints sound Bible study material in their native languages.
Currently we are working on a new translation of the New Testament into the Hakha Chin language. There are 600,000 Chins (one of the 8 tribes in Myanmar) who do not have a real translation in their language. When completed this will probably be our most lasting contribution and most important tool given to the people of that tribe.
(3) Purchasing Land and Constructing Buildings – We have financially underwritten the purchase of land and construction of buildings for Bible schools, seminaries, churches, day schools, and orphanages. The people who are involved with these institutions are simply too poor to build these facilities without help. We provide the funds, general planning, and oversight, but we work with the local people who do the actual construction work.
(4) Setting Up Self-supporting Cottage Industries – Not knowing how long we will be allowed to work in Myanmar (Burma), we have attempted to place most of the entities—the schools, seminaries, and the orphanages and day care centers—into some form of small business to help them support themselves.
We do not want the people and institutions to be dependent on us or other westerners, but to be able to take care of themselves. We believe this part of our work not only helps remove that dependency, but also teaches good habits as the people learn how to operate small businesses. Our goal is that each ministry will be able to provide for its own needs in the future.
Thus far, we have purchased for them several vehicles, farms, a sewing business, retail stores, a small trucking operation, and a water purification business. Currently we are paying for the higher education here in the States of our key man in Myanmar, Henry Liann, as he is working on his Ph.D. at Southern Seminary. His family is in the U.S. with him, and we are supporting the entire family as he completes his education. That education and degree will be extremely valuable when he returns to his country. As President of Berean Evangelical School of Theology, Henry will be recognized as a scholar in residence. That fact should draw the most promising Bible students to the school. And we hope, in turn, that those students will receive a first-class biblical education and be sent throughout the country to spread the gospel of Christ.