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A Pastor’s Daughter in Myanmar Finishes High School with Your Help

June 5, 2013 by Open Doors in

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Khaing Daw* pastors and preaches to a small church in a village in Western Myanmar every Sunday. On week days, he visits and prays for the families under his care. He also holds an important position in his church denomination. For all these different roles, Khaing Daw gets a monthly support of roughly $ 50.

It barely covers his family’s daily needs. With three girls and two boys in the family, Khaing Daw needs no less than a miracle to feed them, let alone provide for their education. He desires to be a faithful breadwinner for his family, but he does not want to neglect God’s house either.

To make ends meet, Khaing Daw, having finished a course in education, got a teaching position in a public school, where he witnesses firsthand the struggles of Christian children.

“They are forced to join the Buddhist worship program every day before the classes start,” said the 48-year-old pastor. “If they don’t participate, some teachers beat and scold them. (A few of the teachers are considerate.) Many of them join the Buddhist program out of fear.”

Khaing Daw’s eldest daughter, Mimi*, is not exempt from such pressures. But more than the persecution, Khaing Daw is more concerned about Mimi’s schooling. “What I earned as a pastor isn’t enough,” he said. “I tried to get another job, but it’s dividing my attention and energy. So, I chose to continue being a full-time pastor and hoped for God’s provision.”

His hope did not fail him. Through Open Doors’ scholarship program for children of pastors, Mimi finished high school, and she’s on her way to getting a degree in education, like her father.

“If not for the scholarship, Mimi won’t be able to go school,” Khaing Daw said. “I have to spend at least 80,000 Kyats ($ 92) every year to put her through school. I simply could not afford it.”

Open Doors scholarship covered Mimi’s tuition, dorm fees, daily food, and school supplies and textbooks. “She just passed the matriculation exams,” said Khaing Daw.”She is now enrolled in a university under the government’s distant education program (a correspondence course).”

Mimi is a third generation Christian in the family. If she finishes college, she will be among the very few youth believers in Myanmar who hold a university degree, and not many of them want to stay in the country.  But Mimi is different.

“Mimi is a courageous girl,” described Khaing Daw. “She loves God and wants to serve him. After college, she wants to study in a theological school.”

*Names and other details withheld for Khaing Daw’s protection.

Please Pray for:

  1. Mimi to finish her college with excellent grades.

  2. God’s provision for Khaing Daw’s children who are still studying.

  3. Khaing Daw’s church in western Myanmar to grow and mature.

  4. Twenty pastors’ children, whose education Open Doors is supporting this year.

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