Profile: Matupi, Myanmar

February 22, 2017 at 6:00 AM

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(Join us as we take a closer look at each of our ministry partners from the viewpoints of the ministry directors. Three to four ministries will be profiled per month, so check back often to learn more about the Luke Society's 42 ministry partners.)

Profile: Matupi, Myanmar

 

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Ministry: Siloam Pharmacy
Location:
Matupi, Myanmar
Director:
 Rev. Chan Thleng
Established:
December 1998
Employees: Five

 

 

 

 

Q&A with the Director

Q: What are the important components to your ministry?
A: Giving basic health education to the villagers, and providing treatment and medicines.

Q: What factors led you into a career in ministry work?
A: Due to the lack of health education and lack of medicines, the people in the remote villages in the southern part of Chin state in Myanmar have been suffering from several diseases. The love of Christ led me to help these people by improving their health and their knowledge of how to prevent diseases.

Q: Describe some parts of the culture in the region where you operate your ministry?
A: It is mountainous, and there are no roads to go from one village to another village. There are only foot trails up and down the mountains to go to visit villages. The people are still using traditional farming systems, slash and burn, and moving from one place to another to do farming every year. The climate is humid and warm. Most of the people in the area have now become Christians, but some still adhere to the practices of the animism.

Q: How are you able to witness about Christ in your ministry?
A: By teaching basic health education and helping the sick people, we also have opportunity to share with them the love of Jesus. We let them know that this is through the love of God we help the people and do treatment to the patients.

Q: What do you enjoy most about working in your position?
A: Giving training of basic health education to the villagers and helping them know how to improve their health, and sharing the love of Christ through helping them with medicines.

Q: What is your vision for the future of your ministry?
A: My vision is that all the villagers in the region know the cause of malaria and diarrhea and other diseases, and know how to prevent them so that they may not get sick. And that the pharmacy of Siloam may be promoted to a clinic with a dedicated doctor and nurses so that people who are in need of treatment for various diseases may have treatment at the clinic.

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