Gospel for Asia Shares on the Miracle at the Myanmar Mine Mudslide

HPAKANT, KACHIN PROVINCE – Gospel for Asia (GFA World and affiliates like Gospel for Asia Canada) founded by Dr. K.P. YohannanDiscussing the miracle that happened amidst the tragedy of the Myanmar mudslide. 

As July 2020 comes to a close, most readers will not have heard or read about the massive mudslide that killed more than 170 in the Kachin Province of Myanmar on July 2.

Gospel for Asia (GFA World and affiliates like Gospel for Asia Canada) founded by Dr. K.P. Yohannan: has called for "compassionate prayer" after more than 160 people were killed by a horrific mudslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar

Far from being miners in a sense most familiar to us in the Western Hemisphere, these men and boys were of the Yay Ma Hsay or “unwashed” echelon of Burmese society (the local name for the groups of informal fortune hunters). They came to the abandoned Hwekha jade mine in search of treasures missed by the mining company that formerly operated in the mountain gorge.

The Mud

These so-called miners sloshed through mud and mining debris with the simplest of tools and even their bare hands. They were from the poorest of the poor, dreaming of finding some overlooked scraps of the jadeite so highly prized by the neighboring Chinese. Like many of the California and Yukon gold miners, few find enough jade to make their effort worthwhile, let alone to be their path out of poverty.

The early bird may get the proverbial worm, but such was not the case for the “unwashed” miners on the morning of July 2. Just as they staked their claim to what they envisioned to be the most suitable spot for them that day, the mountainside, muddied by monsoon downpours, gave way and, in a flash, buried the early bird in a sea of mud and muck.

Personal stories from the few survivors are heart-breaking. Sons lost fathers and fathers lost sons. Brothers were slung to safety by the tumbling torrent while their siblings were swept beneath it.

The Miracle

Among the miners that day were several Christians from a nearby village where a Gospel for Asia (GFA World, www.gfa.org) pastor serves. Those church members were later than usual arriving at the mine site because they were late for their breakfast.

In retrospect, it appears God’s providence was evidenced in making a decision that saved them from the disaster. No one from the church was injured that day.

The Ministry

As it usually does, disaster opened a door for ministry. The GFA pastor now has the opportunity to minister to the families of the dead miners. The mud claimed the lives of the miners, but the aftermath of their loss may only multiply the misery of their surviving families.

Sharing in their pain, the pastor and his church will minister to their misery by assisting in practical ways during their time of need and by encouraging them in and through the love of Christ.


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